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So what's the difference 'tween a 39A and a 39D?


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Honestly I don't know all the differences between the 39D and the regular Moeel 39. The barrel is 20" long instead of 22 and there is no hood on the front sight. Maybe some of the more knowledgeable folks on this site can enlighten us about the differences.

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The 39D has a shorter barrel and a barrel band forend.

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That is a great looking rifle.

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That’s a neat rifle. Congrats!
I’ve got a 39A made in 67. Love that rifle. Wouldn’t part with it for nothing.

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Nice rifle,, I've got a 39A that over the years has had about 5 sight and scope combo's. This fall I mounted a 2.5 Leupold compact and it was a match made in heaven!! Sighted for 65yds or so the magpies and squirrels are in the zone.


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Originally Posted by Labman95
I'm still perplexed about the lack of the JM stamp. As previously mentioned no stamp on either side of the barrel and none under the forearm The barrel is stamped Model 39D and it wears a hammer spur with the 39D designation. I'm guess it was somehow missed at the factory.


That is a JM Marlin - the stamp may be very light or like you say they may have simply missed doing it. No matter it’s a JM…..the hammer spur marking was common back in the day and these can fetch a handsome amount by themselves (just check on eBay). I’m not sure if it was an option that they left the factory with but I think that was an aftermarket add on. I have never seen a hammer spur marked 39D but I haven’t seen a lot!! FWIW I have a few marlins that are very lightly marked JM from that era so it wouldn’t be a shock to see one without.

Nice rifle you will like it!!

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Sorry for the confusion. The hammer spur is marked "JM" not "39D."

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I read through all this and decided to drag my old 39D out and look for the JM stamp. Mine isn't stamped either. I wonder if there is a serial number range where the stamp is missing?

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The serial # on mine is written as 71 73XXX. I'm guessing that the "71" before the gap is the year of manufacture. Hopefully, we both have a rare and very valuable version of the 36D. :-)

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Interesting. Mine is a 70 prefix. 65xxx

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Bought my mountie new in 69 and it so stamped. Hammer spur came on it and is stamped JM. I know it must have come that way because I bought it Target in Duluth MN. Wonderful rifle and it killed a ton of sage rats when I lived in OR. First new gun I ever bought and my son will get it when I go home.


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My 39A has a 24" barrel.


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Do not remove the larger screw on the top of the receiver.

That screw retains the cartridge guide spring inside the receiver at the top.

Don't want to lose it either as they can be hard to find...

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Thanks for the tip.

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One of my gun buying regrets; back in the 70’ a K -Mart was going out of business and had a display Marlin M-39 for $100. I had just divorced and had remarried. Starting over, I felt like I could not afford at that time. Too many bills and stuff needed that were a necessity. Back then, as like today, courts always ruled in favor of the female no matter how sorry or crazy they were.

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My Lyman 17AHB front globe sight has been on backorder for 2 months on MidwayUSA, otherwise I would've been plinking with my Model 39.

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A good friend just gifted me my first Marlin Model 39. Its the Golden 39A model. I’m in love, its already my most favorite rimfire rifle and I have several.

Great guns!

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My grandfather gave me a mint 39D back in the late 70's so he and I could hunt Squirrels together in the woods of Northern Indiana. It was my first 22 and now the most cherished gun I own. It's still in near 100% condition, sans one little nick in the feed tube, thanks to a careless college girlfriend who clumsily rested it against t-post. Knew there was a reason I never married her. Ha! Anyway, as others have alluded, it's one heck of an accurate bast#rd, especially for a lever. Loves Mini Mag HP's. Quick anecdotal story...While in high school, me and a buddy were out dinkin around behind our neighborhood. He had his Nylon 66 and me the 39D. We spotted a rabbit about 125 yds away down a pipeline right away. I sat down on the ground and rested the gun on my knee. Don't remember how much I held over with the 4x scope, but anyway my buddy chuckled and said "no way". I squeezed off the shot and dumped the rabbit on the spot. Head shot at that. I'm sure it was more luck than anything, but resulted in a dead rabbit nonetheless. I've made some pretty long shots on Crows as well. Besides a 1968 Browning T-Bolt I inherited from my dad, the 39D is the most accurate 22 I own.

As for markings, my serial number also starts with 71. I have the JM stamp on the right side of the barrel, just ahead of the receiver. I also have the JM marked hammer spur.

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