The highly-prized rimfire Marlin 39A .22 tube magazine lever-action debuted in 1891. The world “timeless” is easily bandied about, but this literally was world’s first ever .22 lever-action. It remained in production decades and earned records for longest continuous production by a company that originated a gun. It also held the record for most sold .22 lever-action with over 2,000,000 being delivered to delighted customers. The 39A was a high-quality .22 that could quickly empty its 26 x .22 Short, 21 x .22 Long or 19 x .22 Long Rifle ammo. Other versions included the Marlin Golden 39A and the Golden 39M straight-grip carbine.