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Old 06-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Back in either 78 or 79 I was looking at handguns for carry and it was a toss up between a Ruger Security Six and a S & W mdl. 59. Because I was working as a guard part time while in college and not too familiar with large cal. autos I chose the Ruger. It has served me very, very well. But I often think back on how very cool the 59 felt in my hand also the added capacity was so new at the time. I have often picked up used 59's when I would see them in stores or shows but they were usually pretty well holster worn. Now since I live in the Democratic Republic of New York, I don't believe I will see them around here anymore. I have my G23 but every now and then think if I ran across a59 in good shape I probably would spend some to get one...
I said all this to ask how well do they perform? Is there much of a following for them? My work partner had a 39 for a while and felt it to be rather unremarkable. I don't often see them come up in the forums but there are alot of weapons that popular for awhile then fade from the stage as they are replaced by newer and better. Is that what happened here?

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Old 06-08-2013, 07:14 PM   #2
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the 59 and the 39 were both good pistols. personally i have seen very few of either for sale and tend to be very rare in my area. i have owned a 469 and a 669 and they were the newer versions the 59 IIRC. sometimes hard to keep track of S & W model numbers!

i wouldn't mind owning either one and even if it did have holster wear.

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For about 15 years I thought handguns were not for me, after I got hold of a beat-up FEG 9mm from which I could not hit a letter-size paper from 21 feet... Until about 3 years ago I picked up a nickel Mod. 59. Not only I hit the black, I made pretty good groups around bullseye. Interesting to note, that FEG was a hybrid of Hi-Power and... Mod 59! I re-discovered handgunning!!! Also, overhauled that FEG and started hitting paper (still there is something wrong with it, need to look deeper). After falling in love with a 59, I got myself a 5906. It is a 3rd-gen 59, all steel (59 I got was an alloy frame).
I am seeing 5906s here and there sometimes. J&G and Southern Ohio Guns had them for around $300 pte-panic; not sure about the price nowadays if available. Briwnell's and MidwayUSA carry parts. So, if you find one, I suggest you get it. Great fit, classic looks, great shooters (59 was an ex-cop, rather holster-warn, but still a great shooter). Only thing may be wrong with a descent-shaped piece is high price, which is subjective nowadays anyway.

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A friend of mine has a 39 and a 59. He likes them both(and so do I).

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I have the 59, I read there were some feed issues with them. Personally, myself never had any. But I also! Polished the feed ramp. It's a great shooter. If you have small hands it might be a issue for some.

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I have the 59, I read there were some feed issues with them. Personally, myself never had any. But I also! Polished the feed ramp. It's a great shooter. If you have small hands it might be a issue for some.
I have a model 39 that I bought in 1968 and a 5903 I bought 10 years ago. Thet are still 2 of my favorite 9mm's especially the 39 for concealed carry.
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The S&W Mdl. 39 was the first ever "Wonder Nine" made in the U.S. In the history of S&W it states that S&W engineers simply streamlined the German P-38 of WWII to make the S&W Mdl. 39 There were 927 of these made with steel frames released in 1966. The steel frame models are in the $2,000 dollar range today. The Mdl. 39 is a very nice 9MM pistol.



This is a Mdl. 39 with a parent Mdl. P-38 CYQ Nazi Marked.

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I had a 59 in college. It worked fine for me. The ergonomics are not up to modern standards, but they are certainly functional. My brother has a 39 a d has not had a lick of trouble with it. I recently overhauled a nickel 39 for a co-worker. It just needed a good deep cleaning.

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i very ever seldom see any of the two or three digit S & W semi-autos for sale anymore. most of them were pretty solid and reliable pistols.

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I have a Model 39. It is really a 'sweet' pistol.

Used it to qualify for my CCL in KS and Tx (after moving to Tx.).

Have used Model 39 since 1975, when working as a Criminal Investigator on a local PD.

Truly a fine pistol.

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