Marlin 39A question....

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  1. Nolaphoto1

    Nolaphoto1 New Member

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    A friend at work is interested in purchasing a new Marlin 39A. However we noticed that on sites such as Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop most of the reviews were very negative. The only positive reviews for the 39A involved guns made prior to the mid 80s. The negative comments were all reserved for new guns recently made and purchased. The common complaints were ejection and feed issues. I feel bad for the guy because he's had his heart set on one for a while now. A friend of his has an older (early 80s production) 39A and that's how he fell "in-love" with it. However these negative comments/reviews have him second guessing it. Does anyone have an experience with a newer 39A?

    Personally, I think the reviews are garbage just based on the fact that there are so many unmentioned variables to consider. Did the guy who hates the gun ever clean the darn thing? Was the action so fouled with powder and dirt that the extractor couldn't work? There's just so much to consider before writing it off... in my opinion. Anyway, any comments or experiences will be greatly appreciated.
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    I did get a marlin 60 with ejection problems sent it back to marlin rifle is on the money now and no problems i am sure someone will be along about the 39a
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    My very first gun was a Model 60. I've never had an issue with mine. It's 20 years old now and still going.
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    Someone will be along to give you there opinion
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    My Marlin 60 had some problems as well, but all were resolved after a deep cleaning and replacement of a bent firing pin. I remember reading that Marlin ships their guns with the heavy greases and lubricants used in manufacturing still inside.
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    The question was about the 39A lever action, not the Model 60. There is nothing wrong with the current Model 39A. You see folks bashing the newer Marlins since Marlin was bought out by the Cerberus bunch, but that's mainly just internet yakking. Some guns have been not up to par, but they will take of any that aren't and your friend will be just fine.

    They said the same thing when Winchester became USRAC and then again when USRAC went away and the new FN Winchesters came out. Just grumblings, that's all.
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    I wanted to buy my son a Marlin 39 but I also was concerned about the feedback I was reading on these rifles and the lack of customer service so I went with the Henry which I read nothing but good about their quality and customer support. Its possible I over reacted as the Marlin is a beautiful looking rifle but I have no regrets with the puchase of the Henry and I still have plans to buy a stainless Marlin 795.
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    Thank you all for the responses. We all become passionate and sentimental about our firearms and firearm brands. There will always be those that bash one brand because his brother's friend's cousin's buddy had one issue that was blown out of proportion. If I had listened to some, I wouldn't have what has become my favorite gun.
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    You only read bad reviews because they are the only ones that get noticed. Bad reviews get told on a forum and then 20 people who have never even shot a 39A before will relate that story to someone else who is interested in one. The actual number of bad experiences is much less than the number of times posted and MUCH less than the number of great rifles produced.

    A lot of the bad customer service reviews come from someone who wasn't really interested in receiving service. They read the bad reviews, happened to get a bad rifle and throw a big stink about it even when the problem gets fixed for free.
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    StoneChimney said it all,and then some!:)Cliff
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    That's pretty much what I told the guy. Complainers voice an opinion far more often than satisfied customers. Like I said, if I had listened to all of those who said negative comments about the 1911, I never would have found my favorite gun.
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    I have 8 39A's, the newest is 1963. I have read the same posts about the newer ones. I like the quality of the older ones but some of the new ones are very attractive. I don't like the crossbolt safety, I wouldn't buy a Winchester with one either or a Marlin centerfire with one either
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    8 huh can u put up a picture?
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    hi. i did buy a brand new marlin 39a in 2010 and i love it. it did have problems to fire (FTF) and problem to extract (FTE) from the very first day. I do not complain about that i am just saying. i did not send the rifle to the company and i did not fix it yet. i figure this is only a small problem. i will fix the problem some day but i do not want to spend too much money doing this. so, these problems that you mentioned exists but i do not think that makes the marlin 39a a bad rifle. it just need to be fixed. cheers. alexboy
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    I'm not picture capable. Besides, they are burred in 4 different safes. I did have the 1946 model out yesterday. I found out it is actually a 1945 model
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