SOLD FOR: $1056
Serial Number: S15632
Year of Manufacture: 1922-1932
Caliber: .22 Short, Long and Long Rifle
Action Type: Lever Action Takedown Rifle with Tubular Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “The Marlin Firearms Corporation. / NEW HAVEN, CONN. U.S.A.-PATENTED”, the left is marked “22 S L & L.R.” The lower tang is marked with the serial number and the inside of the frame is marked “632”. The upper tang is marked “Marlin / MOD. 39” with a star inspector stamp. The butt plate is marked “Marlin”.
Barrel Length: 24”, Octagonal
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a “V” notched rear elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel. The front sight is a beaded blade on a dovetailed base, located near the muzzle. The bead is missing and the blade is slightly bent.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth select walnut set with an “S” shaped pistol grip, capped forearm, Marlin bullseye in the belly, and a hard rubber Marlin buttplate. The forend has some scattered compressions and little scratches that have darkened with age. The butt stock shows a few compression marks and there is a tiny hairline crack on the top of the wrist at the rear of the tang with the grain. It is easily overlooked and something most would probably not mention. The LOP measures 13 1/4” from the front of the trigger to the back of the hard rubber buttplate. The buttplate shows some scattered little nicks and dings along the edges and the checkering is generally sharp. The stocks rate in about Good-Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case Colored Receiver
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling shows light wear and is well defined. There does not appear to be any erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The magazine tube and lever show an even patina throughout. The case coloring of the frame and receiver is still vivid and bright. There are some surfaces experiencing a shift to mottled gray and orange patina and very light pin prick erosion. The lever and hammer have handling rub and operational wear, with mild surface oxidation. There is thinning at all leading edges. The barrel shows scattered nicks and scratches throughout as well as light surface oxidation. The forend nose cap has scrape wear and tooling by the screw holes. The screw heads have light tooling and are highly serviceable. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition for being nearly 100 years old.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. The trigger breaks crisply and the lever is tight in the action. The rifle takes down in seconds for easy storage and maintenance. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is an early “S” prefix Marlin Model 39 1st Model that was made between 1922-1932, just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Still showing about 90% of its blue and case colored finish, the rifle really comes together with its select walnut stocks and nice overall construction. This rifle would be great for teaching a new shooter the basics of safety and marksmanship, and is light enough that you could carry it while hunting rabbits in the field all day without it wearing you out. Though it would be the dream plinking gun, the collectors are more than likely to take an interest.