39-2. Slim & Sexy

Discussion in 'Smith & Wesson Forum' started by NHForester, Jun 2, 2019.

  1. NHForester

    NHForester Active Member

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    You have to remember that this gun was essentially designed in the late 50’s. It is the first mass produced 9mm pistol made in the USA. Designs have changed a lot since then.
     
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  2. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    True what you say, BUT many of those 'designs' were to make the guns cheaper and easier to make, not necessarily to make them BETTER!!!;)
     
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  3. NHForester

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    I guess you could say that about the second and third generation Smith pistols (especially the 3rd gen value series) but the first gens were new to the domestic market.
     
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  4. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    Thanks for the picture! Beautiful Pistol!

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  5. ifithitu

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    It is a beautiful pistol.:cool:
     
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  6. NHForester

    NHForester Active Member

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    Bringing this to the top because I have a 3913NL on the way. Kinda the grandson of this 39.

    [​IMG]
     
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  7. BVAL

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    The Smith & Wesson Model 39 was the first U.S. designed double action (DA) semi-automatic pistol marketed in the United States. First generation models use a 2 digit model number, second generation use 3 digits, and third generation models use 4 digits.
    The Model 39 was originally manufactured with an anodized aluminum frame, a curved backstrap and a blued carbon steel slide that carried the manual safety.
    The Model 39 was produced in limited numbers with a steel frame.
     
  8. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Classic firearms had a batch of police trade-in 915s and other 39 or 59 series pistols, but they sold out pretty quick.

    Can sometimes find “good” to “very good” condition S&W pistols in the $300-$400 range.
     
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