Gentleman and Ladies too!
I have a 1965 production Marlin 39A GOLDEN. Serial # begins with AA...a dating website told me this. So, I ordered a front sight hood from Dick William's Gun Parts in Saginaw, MI. They sent me what turned out to be an "old style" round spring steel hood with gently scalloped ends which was nearly impossible to get installed on to the ramp. When I did, I immediately noticed how it had widened out so much that the clearance above the brass bead was around 1/8 inch...not too much. The bead was not centered inside the hood.
I did some research trying to find this configuration on rifles near the age of mine and kept seeing the taller wide scan hood that was supposedly introduced in 1975 according to an older archived post on this forum.
Also odd to me was that the front sight ramp on my rifle is shorter from front to back than any other hood I saw on the selling websites like Gunbroker. There are some taller ramps too. The very long ones are on much older rifles.
I don't know if the ramp on my rifle was changed before I bought it in the 90s. However, it is about twice as long as the hood is. Its my belief that regardless of the 1975 change mentioned above, a wide scan hood belongs on my rifle with this ramp.
If anyone wants to see 2 pix I shot, send me an e-mail....not set up to post pix here!
I'm getting ready to exchange the hood I was sent to Dick's, but if somebody wants to stop me...act fast!
Thank God for our U.S. Constitution and the NRA