Scored on a SW 39-2


May 10, 2013, 03:51 PM
I fell into this gun on a very nice trade. I own lots of SW revolvers, but this is my only pistol, looking forward to getting it out to shoot. ( (

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Wil Terry
May 10, 2013, 04:17 PM
THAT, IS ONE OF THE CLASSIC AMERICAN 9MM pistols of all time. Have had three over the decades and still have number 3 which has never spent a day unloaded since it moved into permanent quarters here in 1971. I did put on a set of MMC sights made specifically for it, ' just like Skeeter had '.:)

May 10, 2013, 04:28 PM
Just saw a nickel Model 39-2 in really nice condition at a local gunshop. Looked mighty tempting though it seemed a little overpriced at $599.

May 10, 2013, 05:04 PM
I don't know values but I traded a .380 bodyguard I took on another trade. Net $260 for the 39!!

May 10, 2013, 06:10 PM
Those are great pistols and are usually very accurate.

A 39-2 was my second CF and I'd still have it except I just had to make a trade for a Colt Diamondback later

May 10, 2013, 10:23 PM
One of the most underrated and under the radar American firearms. Don't own one currently but my best bud does, and I'd prefer it to my real new SA XD9. The whole series or two of these Smith pistols are underrated, capping probably at the S&W 1006 and variants.

Nice score!

j frame
May 11, 2013, 02:08 PM
Really nice gun! I own it's stainless third generation child, a 3913.

May 11, 2013, 02:22 PM
looks to be in awesome shape.. nice find

May 11, 2013, 09:18 PM
I got mine used in 1968 or something for $55.00.

And it's never missed a lick since then!!

Another great S&W gun I will never sell!


Steve CT
May 11, 2013, 10:02 PM
Just today I was talking with my son about 39-2's, mostly because my 59 is considered an "assault weapon" here in CT, and will be subject to registration. I told him I was getting ready to buy a 39-2 that I saw locally, and sell (out of state) the 59. He told me that he has a 39-2, and asked if I wanted to trade?

Gonna make the swap, but I'm keeping the fully adjustable rear sight that I have on the 59 and he needs to come up with 5 magazines to trade out for the five I have with the with the 59.

The second gun I ever bought, way back in the day, was 39 that has long since gone away, now I get a second chance on one, and it's one less gun I need to register by the end of the year.

May 11, 2013, 10:08 PM
I bought one brand new at retail in late 1968: $96.00 plus $4 tax. #83856. Carried it for seven years, been gone since 1975, and I still remember the serial number.

May 11, 2013, 10:15 PM
I have owned a few 59's through the years.

But never one as accurate as my old 39-2.

The Model 59's were the 'loose as a goose' Combat Tupperware of the day.

The Model 39's were the end of an era!!


May 11, 2013, 11:57 PM
PS: I currently have a S&W 3914, a gun that I dearly would have wanted the 39-2 to be way back when if I could have had it. The 3rd gen 9mm compacts could give the converted Model 39 "ASP" a run for the money, and have many improvements over the 39-2. (

May 12, 2013, 01:09 AM
If you are going to shoot your Model 39 a lot, avoid using the +p+ loads that are being offered. I used a lot of hot surplus ammo in my gun because it was cheap at the time and shot well, but ended up with a crack in the frame extending down from the takedown pin. Very early gun in the series (SN 7737), maybe the later ones held up better under abuse. Otherwise a great gun as others have said.

May 12, 2013, 01:44 AM
I had a new 59 back in the early 80's and hated it. The trigger was just awful. Were the 39's better? At the time, I kinda wished I'd bought one of those instead - but the high cap of the 59 lured me in.

May 12, 2013, 01:50 PM
I bought mine mail order new from a police supply whse in 1970.........I would not even hazard a guess as to just how many thousands and thousands of rounds have been thru that gun........both heavy handloads, surplus and all over the map alleged hi-performance stuff ranging from Supervel to the 147 stuff we once issued on the PD I worked for.

I experienced precisely ONE semi breakdown....I say semi because the gun kept on shooting even tho the guide rod began to separate at it's juncture with the bbl circular stud...........I crimped it back down with pliers and finished a qualifying session, I replaced that rod as soon as I could...........................but it STILL worked.

I recall an article that appeared in what I think was Shooting Times in the early 70's where Skeeter Skelton ran something like four plus thouand non stop thru one, cracked the frame near the unlocking lugs and it kept on going.

Mine is in the safe now, still gets plinked with occasionally, holster wear and minor dings are more than apparent, but I would not hesitate to tuck it in my belt to this fact, I cannot recall it ever having a failure to feed or fire!

May 12, 2013, 07:28 PM
Got mine in 1984 still a great pistol. It fits in my leather Glock 19
holsters . Actually compare the two closely you may be surprised.

May 12, 2013, 07:54 PM
Dangit, I knew I should have bought a 39 instead of the 59. That's a beautiful pistol, and if they're that nice I might still have it. But my two 19's were sweethearts, and they're long gone. Gotta do whatcha gotta do.....

May 12, 2013, 08:38 PM
It was the gun my department issued. I carried it on and off duty until they changed guns. Wish I had it back.

May 12, 2013, 09:46 PM
After having the feed ramp polished and the trigger action smoothed just a bit, my 1968 S&W 39 ate 7000 rounds before I traded it for a 1911. It never had a functioning problem that I can remember, or showed any serious signs of wear.

7.62 Nato
May 12, 2013, 11:23 PM
My 39-2 needs to come out for some range time. The only problem she ever gave me is intermittent decocker operation.

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