Dating marlin 39a rifles
The 39 was produced until 1983 when the current Golden 39A with the cross bolt safety was introduced.
Changes between models were so minimal the rifle is considered to have been continually produced to the same basic specifications for over 110 years.
The build has bright stainless steel metalwork finishing, a dark wood stock and fore-end with checkering in the pistol grip wrist and fore-end, a MIL-STD-1913 rail atop the receiver, and a heavy barrel.
There were several variants of the Model 39A, most of which differ primarily in decoration, luxury, or are special commemorative versions; these types are identical to the standard Model 39A for game purposes.
Though the Model 62 has long been out of production, an owner of one of a Model 62 without a serial number can return it to Marlin to this day for application of a serial number, and register it with the BATFE without penalty.
The Model 1894SS is a stainless steel metalwork version of the original Model 1894, that is chambered only for .44 Magnum/.44 Special.
Newer variants of the Model 1894 include the Models 1894SBL and CSBL; both have a MIL-STD-1913 rail atop the receiver and extending halfway down the barrel, a folding rear semi-buckhorn sight with a Ghost Ring front sight with a fiberoptic inlay, a Big Loop lever; black walnut furniture with checkering on the wrist and fore-end (hand-cut), an 16.25-inch barrel with deep-cut Ballard rifling, metalwork of stainless steel; and a trigger guard plate and hammer block manual safety.
In 1988, the Model 336TS was replaced by the Model 336LTS, which was essentially the same weapon with the barrel length further reduced to 16.25 inches and the tubular magazine length reduced accordingly.