Have you ever fallen in love with...


April 9, 2003, 09:25 PM
a pistol which you never thought you would even want?

I did.

My dealer had a S&W Model 39-2, about 1981 vintage. An okay pistol usually. But this one was a very beautiful nickle (and I usually do not like nickle), in excellent shape, and with some really nicely colored wood grips. A reddish-brown on one edge going to a nice blondish color on the other edge. For some strange reason I want this pistol for my collection.

Is this all that strange?

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April 9, 2003, 09:46 PM
Sure! a lot times guns look better in person than in magazines or internet pictures. Also I've found a lot guns just fit great when you get them in your hand. Vice versa on the above two factors has happened to me as well.. "Ohhh I want a a..." then when I actually see and handle one :(

Now one thing to guard against is that some of my Love at first sight guns have ended up "Why did I buy this?" gun a month later. I personally always wait at least two weeks before purchase.

My worst buys have been guns I fell for quickly and bought quickly because I thought "You don't see many of these! I might never find one like this again!". I've kinda figured out if they only made a very few of something there's usually a reason for it;)

P.S. Not to jinx you but my last purchase was a rather shiny S/W 639. While I'm not really really disapointed with it and it has some nice features I like.... frankly I'd take what I (over) gave for it in a heartbeat...

April 9, 2003, 09:50 PM
I've taken quite a shine to the S&W 610 and 625, and may have to buy one or the other later this year. If you'd asked me about them two years ago I would have krinkled up my nose and said, "what do I want a revolver for?"

April 9, 2003, 10:15 PM
Yes, and it is called a 10MM!

Never thought i would ever want a Tangfolio..as i
remembered the TZ75 and other guns like them.

For me any CZ copy was just not up to par with the
'real thing' despite what CZF guys were saying in

However...it was chambered in 10MM. Miami Vice episodes
aside. I'd read about and talked with guys who chose the
TEN for Handgun Hunting..especially Black Bear.

Living in rural IDAHO..i no longer patrolled the concrete
jungle of Las Vegas, and my handgunning needs had evolved
towards Magnum revolvers. MY 629 Mountian Gun was OK,
just not as neat as my CZ75s.

Here was a Magnum level auto-pistol in a most trusted design.
Like CZs, the Witness was hard to come by in my area. The
NIB 10MM was a canceled order. The price was right, so i
decided on a gamble.

I took the Witness and stocked up on the dusty boxes of
Winchester 175 gr. Silvertip.

By the second flawless mag, i was hooked! Thousands of
rounds later. The Love Affiar is still growing!

10 x 10mm..It's All You Need!

April 9, 2003, 10:24 PM
Yes, numerous times.
The most recent was the Charter Arms Bulldog 44.
I love that little gun. :D

April 9, 2003, 10:44 PM
My first 9mm was a 39-2, nickel, and just hearing it described makes me wax nostalgic for it again. It never malfunctioned and was more accurate than many of the wonder nines of today. I foolishly sold it to a Probation Officer who promptly traded it away.

Wish I had it back now.

April 10, 2003, 03:39 AM
Yep, I sure have....I was saving up for an AR 15, and ended up getting an Autauga 32 caliber mouse gun instead....kind of a different direction...I just saw one, saw the price, and had to have it.

Ill probably still get the AR.:D

April 10, 2003, 04:42 PM
Love? No, more LUST :D And it was over a S&W 19. For some reason, I'm starting to really like those blue revos.

April 10, 2003, 05:21 PM
Yes, Ruger P95 and Kel-Tec P-32. Also my S&W 19 target is not something that I wanted to get but I can't help loving how accurate it is!

April 10, 2003, 05:33 PM
not only did i fall in love with it, i became a zealot and recommend it at every oppurtunity.

when i first handle the beretta 92fs, it felt like a 2x4 in my hand. i didn't even fire it and went with a sig 226. i even began to believe the legends of disassembly in combat and locking block failures.

years later a beretta 96 came into my possession (no cash out of pocket). i only shot it out of curiousity. i was stunned by it's accuracy and smoothness of trigger and safety. i've since had it tuned and rebuilt. i now carry it as a duty gun and stake my life on it on a daily basis.

April 10, 2003, 05:33 PM
Ya mean, "damn that Glock is ugly in the gun rags, but I think I'm in love now that I see it in real life???"

Umm, no.

April 10, 2003, 06:55 PM
Yanno, it happens to me all the time.
I'm such a gun floozy. :D

April 10, 2003, 07:20 PM
Yeah, I had that... P99, big brother to the P22 that I already owned... Now what would have been sad is if they had the CZ75 in .40S&W as well.... I'd been a tortured soul...

April 10, 2003, 07:37 PM
After seeing a James Bond flick, I bought the next Beretta .25 I saw that was of the type he was supposed to have carried before switching to the Walther. In other words, the vintage Ian Fleming would have known about.


concerned citizen
April 10, 2003, 07:47 PM

I certanly have..

April 10, 2003, 08:10 PM
I know the exact gun you're talking about. They are indeed beautiful and attractive.

April 11, 2003, 03:29 AM
Umm me no never.........

Believe it or not the 1911, when I started buying guns has no interest 14 years later almost all I look at.

And the 40s&w round just got one for IPSC matches in 1996 now I like the round, now everyone on THR can hate me I like 9mm's and 40's:what:

April 11, 2003, 04:30 AM
A nickeled 39-2 was one of the first centerfire handguns I ever fired. It was the "fourth gun" (carry piece) on my NRA Instructor's NY state CCW in the early '70's. Even though SuperVel ammo was out by then, it hadn't hit our neck of the woods and all firing was with the FMJ he carried. I actually liked that gun better than the National Match .45's we also shot... but, I've come to my senses since then! :D


April 11, 2003, 07:39 AM
"Haven you ever fallen in love with...
a pistol which you never thought you would even want?"

B4 I bought my Ruger .22/45, I would never have considered a polymer frame of any sort. Even when I bought the Ruger, and thru the first few hundred rounds, I really didn't like it all that much. I shot it, mainly to see how long it would run before giving up.
@ ~ 10K rounds, I started to gain some respect for it.
@ ~ 20K rounds, I had a great deal of respect for it.
@ > 30K rounds,,,and still going strong,,,I dearly love that ugly black plastic thing.

April 11, 2003, 10:35 AM
Yep, the CZ-75, when I first saw it in the 2nd edition of 9mm handguns I thought it was as ugly as sin. Needless to say my impression changed greatly and I love it.

Ala Dan
April 11, 2003, 10:46 AM
Att: FPrice-

Not at all strange!:uhoh: You see, the Smith & Wesson
model 39-2 9m/m self-loader is among MY favorite's.:rolleyes:
Just as a little reminder; the 39-2 with nickel finish in LNIB
condition is kind'a rare these day's. If I were you, I would
be most happy to add this gem to my collection!:)

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

April 11, 2003, 06:59 PM
Took some pics the other day, still hoping my dealer will decide to sell.

April 12, 2003, 10:29 AM
i only shot it out of curiousity. i was stunned by it's accuracy and smoothness of trigger and safety. i've since had it tuned and rebuilt.

I am curious about this statement. Did you have it tuned and rebuilt because you wore it out?

Chuck Perry
April 12, 2003, 11:10 AM
I just did. I have always sniffed disdainfully at 9mm autopistols for duty use. Have carried a 10mm,45ACP and 357SIG. So why am I now purchasing a 9mm Hi Power for duty use? Don't know. But I can't wait!

April 12, 2003, 03:32 PM
People wouldn't stop spoutin' off about the 1911. I became sick of hearing the 1911 jargon and decided to purchase one if I ever found the right price.
A series I Custom Classic Kimber was being sold NIB for $550 at a dealer nearby, some mention of a new series soon to be released. So, I put down the dough, sent it off to be electroless nickeled and fell in love. The trigger breaks nice and crisp, the recoil is not only agreeable, but comfortable. The thing's never malfunctioned and the accuracy puts most my pistols to shame.

Yes, my unexpected love was with the Kimber Custom Classic.


April 12, 2003, 09:45 PM
I succumed to the Siren song of a SS Kimber II
sure glad I did I love it lots

April 14, 2003, 07:01 PM
Th 39-2 is a great gun. They seem to go for about $350 NIB when you can find them. I'd definitely like to get another one to put away.

The ergonomics on the 39-2 are the best on anything this side of a SIG 225!:)

April 15, 2003, 07:44 PM
Everybody falls in love, even with ugly guns. Ugly sometimes turns into lovely if she shoots and handles right. Thats why even women whom you thought were homely, get married. Beauty is in the eye and feel of the holder. Woman or gun. Never thought I could love a P7, now own two. Never thought I could love a Glock, have owned 4. Never thought I could love a USPc; ugliest thing I have ever seen! I was wrong --- a lot of times.

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