SOLD FOR: $3000
Make: Marlin Firearms Co.
Model: 39A Mountie 90th Anniversary Commemorative #435
Serial Number: T23836
Year of Manufacture: 1960 C&R
Caliber: .22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle
Action Type: Lever Action Rifle with Full-Length Tubular Magazine and Takedown Action
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “The Marlin Firearms Co., New Haven, Conn. U.S.A. / 22 CAL. S, L. & LR. MICRO-GROOVE BARREL” and “—MARLIN GOLDEN 39-A MOUNTIE”. The lower tang is marked “T23836”. The right side of the barrel at the receiver is marked with a circled “JM” proof. The upper tang is marked “Marlin NO. 435”. The right side of the buttstock is hand engraved with a squirrel motif. The inner left side of the receiver is marked “836”.
Barrel Length: 20”
Sights / Optics:This rifle is mounted with a “U” notched rear elevator sight dovetailed into the barrel and a hooded brass beaded blade front sight dovetailed into a serrated and ramped base screwed to the barrel. The top of the receiver has three drilled, tapped, and filled holes. The left side of the receiver has two drilled, tapped, and filled holes.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece checkered walnut. The buttstock has a straight grip, a straight comb, and a checkered black Marlin hard rubber buttplate. The forend has a chrome steel nose cap with a chrome sling swivel on the bottom. There is also a chrome sling swivel in the belly. The Marlin Bullseye is present in the belly but it is a bit loose in its slot. There are a few light draglines and faint compressions on the sides of the stocks. There is a little scuff on the left side of the forearm at the front. There are no chips or cracks. The checkering is sharp. The LOP measures 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate shows faint wear and the checkering is sharp; the white spacer has receded. The stocks rate in about Fine-Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Chrome
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rate 10/10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. There are some scratches and nicks on the sides of the receiver. The barrel shows some infrequently scattered faint scuffs and lines and a notable ding on the left. There is some minor buildup in some of the crevices. The markings are clear and the screwheads are sharp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The hammer has a half-cock safety position. 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: The Marlin 39A represents the oldest and longest continuously produced shoulder firearm in the world. The 39A was produced until 1983 when the current Golden 39A was introduced. Changes between models were so minimal the rifle is considered to have been continually produced to the same basic specifications for over 100 years.
On display is a 90th Anniversary Commemorative Marlin Golden Model 39A rifle, with a 20” barrel, manufactured in 1960, that sport a beautiful chrome finish and a hand engraved stock, of which only 500 were produced. This commemorates 90 years of Marlin Firearms Co. manufacturing since they opened their doors in 1870. This takedown rifle is in beautiful condition. The Marlin collectors should show an interest in this rifle. Please see our photos and good luck!