My first 39 was a 1965, the one I have now is a 1978. Mine too didnt like feeding properly when I bought it, and after adjusting the takedown, all is well. I would love to find a 1952 and 1953 rifle. 53 was the first year for Microgroove rifling.
Do you know what year yours is REDRYDER?
Marlin year of manufacture maybe determined from the following list of letter/numeral prefixs to the serial number; this coding only applies to serialized rifles:
Starting in 1973, the year of manufacture maybe determined by subtracting the first two digits of the serial number from 100:
Example: SN 2512345 would have been made in 1975 [100 - 25 = 75] and SN 94365295 would have been made in 2006 [ 100 - 94 = 06 (2006) ].
Last edited by willfully armed; 02-13-2010 at 05:01 PM.