Smith & Wesson 39-A


March 17, 2006, 05:41 PM
Saw a nice one today. What's the verdict? Any reason not to get it?

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March 17, 2006, 06:09 PM
What's a 39-A?
S&W made 39, 39-1, and 39-2 which are 9mm single stack autos.

March 17, 2006, 06:24 PM
You're right. It's a 39-2. That's what I get for relying on my memory. Duhhhh

March 17, 2006, 06:32 PM
I carried an issued 39 for 3 yrs. My agency issued 39 and 39-2 from 1968 to 1982 when we transitioned to the 439.
It saved my bacon a couple of times so I'm very attached to mine. People tend to like the grip of the 39. They generally have pretty decent triggers. Mine was tuned by our armorers so mine is about what my 52 trigger is like and it shoots almost as good as a 52. IMO, everyone should have a 39 in their collection. They're a great gun and a classic.

March 17, 2006, 09:31 PM
I was authorized a handgun while in the army in the early '60's and none were available where I was stationed. I bought a personal Model 39 and holster frrom a chopper pilot rotating back to the states. This gun served me well until I was able to replace it with a 1911A1. My only complaint was the ammo and not the gun. FMJ ammo issued in those days was very poor. Low velocity and no stopping power. Made me a strong believer in the 45 ACP. Buy the gun if you can get a good price.

March 18, 2006, 12:43 AM
Thanks guys. I had one back in the 80's during my IPSC phase, but I don't think I ever shot it. Back then 9mm ammo was expensive (IIRC about $20.00 a box.) and I was reloading for the .45 so I just never bothered. Eventually because I never shot it, I traded it off on something or other, but I always liked the way the gun felt, and carried. I had said if I ever ran across another one in good shape I was going to get it, just for "old times" sake. I thought I'd check to see if anyone had any practical experience with them.

Ala Dan
March 18, 2006, 08:14 AM
Go for it, as the S&W model 39-2 is my all time favorite 9m/m~!:D

March 18, 2006, 02:45 PM
Always loved the feel of M39 grip but always detested the DA tripper pull. A nice thin carry gun.
Got a 39-2 that has the finest detailed factory engraved slide and was carried by a Houston PD officer. It still looks good and shoots good but has the standard holster wear of a carry gun. But I still like the thing.

Ala Dan
March 18, 2006, 10:05 PM
A bit of holster wear on a Smith 39-2 is nothing too be ashamed of; as
I see it, it just adds some class too a mighty fine weapon~!:D

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