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Marlin 39A Lever Action 22 Mountie Chrome Lvr 1956

The Marlin 39A is the oldest continuously manufactured rifle in the world if you consider that it began life as John Marlin's Model 1891 (used by Annie Oakley), was redesigned as the 1897, then as the Model 39 in 1922 and the 39A designation appeared in 1939. The "third variation" of the Model 39 series appeared in 1946, the fourth variation added a fluted comb, the fifth variation was introduced in 1951, and Marlin's "Micro-Groove" rifling appeared in 1953. All this "redesigning" is so slight that the rifle has been essentially the same for over 110 years with way over two million produced. Its remarkable durability, reliability and accuracy are due in no small part to the use of precisely machined steel forgings which distinguish it from other 22s. This example was made in 1956 (SN N20818) with 20 Micro-Groove barrel, straight stock and fluted comb. It also has a chrome plated lever and while Marlin did produce chrome plated levers for other models, they didnt for the Mountie. We dont know if it left the factory with it or it was put on later. Other features are tube magazine (it will feed Shorts, Longs and Long Rifle ammo), adjustable sights, take-down and walnut stocks.
It retains about 90% blue with loss mostly at the carry point, the upper tang and the top of the receiver where a scope mount used to be. The bore is perfect: bright and shiny with strong, sharp rifling and the stocks are completely sound with only a handful of light handling marks. A really handy, reliable, accurate and handsome carbine from the year my Dad bought our Buick Century black and red two-tone with the VentiPorts making it look like a fighter Oh Yeah! If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for Gun Broker the evening of October 15th. Please go to the top of auction on the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 10-07-18A--18-66-33