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Question by RLhunting. Uploaded on July 12, 2012
At Bass Pro Shops they are retailing at $599.99.
Really! That much for an old gun?! It ws passed down from my grandfather he never shot it. That suprised me
99explorer is correct on new Marlin 39AS rifles. A used 39A in good condition will probably sell for about $300-325. That model was one of my first .22 rifle purchases in 1963 and, at the time, they sold (new) for $85, which was expensive at the time. I don't know the year of manufacture on your 39A , but they're built to last.
I have an older 39A. They were known as the "grown mans.22". Very accurate. Nice heft. Will handle ANY load. Short, long, long rifle and rat shot.
If the gun is truly in great condition, original bluing great wood condition you could be looking from $300-$400 depending on how badly the buyer wants it. The 39A is a great gun and I doubt that you would have any problems finding a buyer for it.
As much as someone is willing to pay for it at the time you want to sell it. Book values are a good starting point to get an idea, but on the market used guns rarely bring book value unless they are in immaculate condition, and even then it's a crap shoot. Although with the political climate, we may see prices bumping up over the next few months.
I have my dad's old Marlin. His was the version with the white spacers. It's in decent shape considering it was stored in a gun case for years until I found it when I was 13 or 14. It has a few spots on the receiver where the finish has been worn/rusted from the case. It's a great gun, and I won't be selling it.
I do regret selling my Marlin 39A, but I was trying to cover school & living expenses - always a vulnerable time - and thought I'd purchase another when my classes were over and a good job would enable to repurchase the ones I'd sold, but that never seemed an affordable priority afterward; other priorities developed.
Briefly, if you've purchased or received a good rifle or you own one that has some personal history, try to retain it. A time may come when you will cherish it.
Great rifle. I cherish the only gun I got from my grandad; a Smith & Wesson .38 SW M&P built in 1943 that he had as a War Department guard during WWII at age 66.
I've shot and collected Marlins for years, so in my humble opinion, a lot of the value will depend on the year produced, and the condition.
"great condition" means lots of things to different people, but assuming we would agree it means 98% or better original bluing, and 98% or better wood condition with original varnish/oil (depending on the year) and few to no dings, dents or scratches, then I'd guestimate the value as follows:
WW II guns (with case colored receivers) would be 700+
Late 1940s guns (with blue receivers) in at 550 to 600+
1950s manuf guns in the 450 to 500+ range
1960s manuf guns in the 400 to 500 range
ditto for 1970s. The price of the newer guns with the push button safety runs in the 350 to 450 range, depending on condition.
Again, age and condition are the keys. If you want to insure them for replacement cost, go up another couple of hundred dollars to be safe... there's never as many "great condition" guns around when you start to look for them!!
If you check the marlin website, you'll see that the Year of production on the 39A's are pretty well documented - for the older models, just look at the Alpha letter in front of the serial number. Both should be on the bottom tang,under the lever.
Sounds like you have a real nice family gun! I'm jealous! PB
Check guns america.com
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