|PRICE:||R 5,500.00 Incl. VAT|
|CONDITION||Good used condition|
FIREARM HISTORY AND FEATURES:
Marlin Firearms Co. is an American manufacturer of semi-automatic, lever-action and bolt-action rifles, founded in 1870.
They produced a large assortment of firearms such as lever-action rifles, pump-action shotguns and single shot rifles, and were once considered the main competitor to Winchester.
The Marlin 39A represents the oldest and longest continuously produced shoulder firearm in the world.
It started life as the Marlin Model 1891, the first lever action rifle ever chambered in .22 LR, and the magazine was loaded through a conventional side gate in the receiver.
The tubular magazine was changed to front-loading with the Model 1892, due to the difficulties of receiver feeding the small rim-fire round.
The 1892 gave way to the take-down Model 1897, which became the Model 39 in 1921 and Model 39-A in 1939.
Since the early 1950s Marlin has used their proprietary Micro-Groove rifling in the Model 39A, which uses many small lands and grooves rather than 2, 4, or 6 deeper grooves used by the majority of rifle makers.
The rifling is also made to a 1 in 16″ right hand twist. The combination of these two factors arguably adds to the accuracy of the rifle and indeed the 39A’s reputation would seem to bear this out.
The Model Golden 39A is built of forged steel parts and American grown black walnut.
It is one of the very few remaining .22 rifles with easy take-down ability (it can be taken apart using a coin).
This firearm is in good, used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The overall, original finish is still good with a very light, overall, aged wear, but no wear marks or scratches (except for on the side of the hammer).
There are a few, very small spots of extremely light surface rust in places, but nothing significant and that can’t be easily removed.
The wooden forend and stock are still very good, with only very few, tiny dents in the stock in places.
It is fitted with a Tasco 1.75-5×20 scope.
The rifle is a great, fun gun for simple target shooting and plinking at the range, and is also an excellent tool for teaching rifle shooting and fundamentals of basic marksmanship to young or beginner shooters.
This firearm is also suitable for vermin hunting.
On March 10, 1893 Annie Oakley used a Model 1891 to put 25 shots through one jagged hole in 27 seconds at a distance of 36 feet (11 m) using 22 short cartridges.
On the same day she also produced another jagged one-hole group through the center of an Ace of Hearts playing card, while shooting off-hand.
Marlin has since made two “special runs” of Annie Oakley commemorative 39A rifles to honor Oakley’s achievements and fame while using their brand.