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S&w 39-2

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    S&w 39-2

    One of these was offered to me on trade. I don't know anything about them. I had a 59 when I was much younger and liked it so I am tempted here. But not knowing anything about the gun I don't know. Anything I should watch out for with them? Anybody know a value on the guns? Any info would be great.
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    Long discontinued. I've heard they can be a little difficult to find parts for but I have no knowledge of that. It'd be worth it to hunt a part in order to own and shoot an extremely good looking 9mm pistol. A lot of them were made and the Model 59 you mention would share some parts. I've had relatives and acquaintances who owned both Model 39s and Model 59s. Very nice shooting and trouble-free pistols.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmcgilvray View Post
    Long discontinued. I've heard they can be a little difficult to find parts for but I have no knowledge of that. It'd be worth it to hunt a part in order to own and shoot an extremely good looking 9mm pistol. A lot of them were made and the Model 59 you mention would share some parts. I've had relatives and acquaintances who owned both Model 39s and Model 59s. Very nice shooting and trouble-free pistols.
    I will agree......and tip my hat to the "Gentleman Shootist" and S&W resident expert. (You won't find a better source......except maybe Roy Jinks at S&W, but that would still be a heck of a showdown!)
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    If memory serves me correctly, the 39-2 model corrected its predecessors' dislike of JHP ammo. The original M39 was the issue gun of the Illinois State Police (ground-breaking) and ultimately, issue ammo for the -2 was a light (95? 100? grain) +P+ JHP round. Fun for a range gun, but for serious defensive use, I'd be inclined to go with something newer.
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    Not a defensive gun, but I refuse to own a firearm I couldn't use to kill commies if the need arose. It will hang out in the safe and go to the range from time to time if I pull the trigger on the deal. Finding magazines seems to be a problem though, and that may be a deal killer.
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    I had a 39-2 but it was stolen by a burglar in December 2012. It was the very first pistol I ever bought and owned and I loved it and still do and I want it back, plus five minutes with the maggot who broke in and stole it and several other guns. I'm hoping that whoever did steal it will attempt to sell it or somehow get caught with it. The serial number of my stolen one is :
    A655126. Hopefully the one you are looking at to trade isn't stolen or mine.

    They are reliable, and mine never ever misfired no matter what ammo I used. I still have some of the after market magazines, originals are a bit hard to find and pricey, the thief got both of the original magazines along with taking my pistol. They are easy to shoot, mine was so accurate that it never needed the sights adjusted for me or anyone I let shoot it.

    I think they would run into the $300 to $400 range in price if you can find one in decent shape. The cops estimated mine as being worth in the $500 range when he came to investigate the burglary.

    I don't think you can go wrong in the 39-2.
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    The 39 series is a good gun, and one of my favorites for just "feels good to shoot." Magazines aren't that hard to find when you figure out what is interchangeable among the series. Still quite effective and usable for plinking, self defense, and accurate enough for light target shooting. If I had to give up my Glocks my 39 is the auto I would go to for CCW.
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    I have a 39-2 great gun .I have fired gold dots with no problem .but mostly FMJs. Its used as a range gun.
    It fits perfect in My glock 19- 26 leather holsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    I will agree......and tip my hat to the "Gentleman Shootist" and S&W resident expert. (You won't find a better source......except maybe Roy Jinks at S&W, but that would still be a heck of a showdown!)
    The only thing I can say for myself is that I have the books that the real experts authored to guide personal observatioins and I've shaken hands with Roy Jinks on two different occasions. Not much rubbed off either time. His knowledge of all things Smith & Wesson is nothing short of amazing. And then there are the "back room" Smith & Wesson forum collectors over on the private side of that forum. Some specialize in one particular facet of Smith & Wesson collecting but all could make me look just like the relative neophyte that I am.
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    I have a 39-2 that was used for police work by a friend of mine before I bought it from him in 1990.
    I have posted here that I am giving it to my nephew in August as he asked me to will it to him when I am gone, but I want to see him use it and have it while I am still here.
    He says it was the pistol that helped him fall in love with S&W and shooting.
    I will miss it, it has always gone bang, and has been a part of my life for so long.
    It is(mine at least) very accurate, and a joy to shoot, with almost no felt recoil.
    Prices will vary but one in average shape will run around $275-300, with very good examples going for north of $500.
    I would grab it if you want a hell a va good made pistol to shoot at the range, or teach someone DA SA shooting.

    Here is a GB page with some for sale.
    Semi Auto Pistols for Sale - Buy Semi Auto Pistols at GunBroker.com

    Here is a page with some mags for sale.
    $20 is very reasonable

    Pistol Magazines & Clips - Pistol Accessories at GunBroker.com

    Echofour, I have five mags for mine, if you decide to buy that one, and cannot get any mags, I would be willing to part with one, MAYBE two for $20 ea + ship.

    Couple more places with mags,, http://www.gunclips.net/smithwesson.html

    http://promagindustries.com/48-smith-wesson
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    Had a coupla 39's over the years. From my recollections they were fine performers without issues. Hadn't had any in quite some years but i ain't scared to grab another one should the mood strike me.
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    BTW, Buds has got somr police trade ins, 5903's, 5906's and the cool.lil chopped 6906's on the cheap right now. The 5903's are $299.00 delivered.
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