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?