Bought a S&W 39

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by Dan762, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Dan762

    Dan762 Active Member

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    Nov 26, 2019
    Been wanting one for a while now and ran across this one at a good price.
    NIB, sold to the previous owner in 1974.
    Bonus of 2 extra mags.
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  2. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    Nice. I bought one around 4 years ago and shot it for the first time last week.

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  3. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    One of the better fit in hand 9mm IMO...
     
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  4. jaypap

    jaypap Well-Known Member

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    Feb 19, 2019
    Everyone should have a 39.
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  5. Alexy

    Alexy Well-Known Member

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    Oct 30, 2016
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  6. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    Ordered new stocks for mine a couple days ago. Hope to post pics next week.
     
  7. Ethanol Red

    Ethanol Red Make it a double Supporting Addict

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  8. FrankG

    FrankG Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

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    Jun 24, 2018
    Have had this one for a few years...great shooter...circa 1981....with that serial number, I should look to sell it to someone from Las Vegas!!! IMG_E4942.JPG
     
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  9. Barry in IN

    Barry in IN New Member

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    Oct 15, 2013
    I got my first 39 earlier this year. I’m not a fan of DA autos, but I always thought the 39 was a nifty gun.

    The S/N on mine dates it to 1973-74.

    When I was younger and they were still being made, it seems like they had a so-so reputation. When I’d ask someone why, I’d only get vague answers about extractors. I didn’t know until later that the extractor issue was solved very early on. I guess some never learned that. Reputations stick, deserved or not.

    There were plenty around anyway. It was definitely a revolver world then, and considering that, they sold well. As they should have. They work, they shoot fine, and that grip feels great in the hand.
     
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  10. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    I forgot to post pics of the new grips.


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  11. Boldkarma

    Boldkarma Well-Known Member

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    Oct 20, 2019
    Very nice, the S&W 39 was my very first pistol. Wish I still had it.
     
  12. SLAM37

    SLAM37 Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2016
    That's cool ... like a time capsule.

    Congrats.
     
  13. GaryH

    GaryH Active Member

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    Aug 26, 2020
    Very nice! The 39-2 was my first semi auto centerfire pistol. Picked it up at a pawn shop in 1980 for $200. A195xxx serial number puts in around 1974 as year of manufacture. I replaced the recoil springs and magazine springs about 5 years ago. It has been 100% reliable since.
     
  14. Tom_R

    Tom_R Active Member

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    Nov 7, 2016
    The 39-2 is a sweet shooting pistol.
    Be aware though that it is not drop safe.
    If a round is chambered, the hammer is let down via the safety and the safety set to off and the gun falls on the hammer, it will go off.

    This was fixed with the next generation 439/539/639.
    They don’t feel as good in the hand as the 39-2 though.
    So the 39-2 should be a range gun only.
     
  15. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    Plan to carry mine. I believe I have a Galco/Jackass shoulder rig for S&W autos. I would never carry the gun with the safety off. No problem.
     
  16. NIU2009

    NIU2009 Active Member

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    Nov 6, 2018
    You're a brave man. I have a 639 that's a family gun with a very good factory trigger, but I'd need a kevlar belt to carry it. Also, the 3rd gen mags that hold an extra round will work, but they stick out a hair and have bulkier baseplates. They'd be good to carry as a reloads, though.
     
  17. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    I have 2 of those 9 round newer mags, and they do work in the 39-2, however they may be too long to fit in the magazine pouches on the shoulder rig. Why do you say "You're a brave man"?
     
  18. Rick McC.

    Rick McC. Well-Known Member

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    May 3, 2013
    Perhaps he thinks that, sooner or later; you’re going to drop it on the hammer.

    I don’t drop firearms myself. Way back when; Uncle Sam frowned on such behavior, so I’ve made it a lifelong habit not to do so.
     
  19. Wildcat Creeker

    Wildcat Creeker Well-Known Member

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    Jan 26, 2012
    Back in my younger days, the Illinois state police transitioned to the model 39. I don't recall hearing even one problem with ADs or NDs with this gun. I have heard of a 1911 firing when dropped onto a hard surface muzzle down.
     
  20. NIU2009

    NIU2009 Active Member

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    Nov 6, 2018
    I was thinking about how much my 639 weighs, but then I realized the 39 has an alloy frame, so it’s probably not nearly as bad. The weight is really pronounced on a 4” gun (639) when trying to carry it, even on a duty belt.
     

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