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CW2 Ralph Long Posted - January 05 2017 : 8:53:30 PM
Have an opportunity to pick up a very good condition S&W 39-2 for about $600. Any "real life experience" that makes anyone really like or dislike this particular pistol. Are there "Bangor Punta era" serial numbers or others that might spell reliability issues with factory JHP ammo?
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CW2 Ralph Long Posted - January 24 2017 : 3:37:44 PM
quote:
Originally posted by gw

I have 3 used 39-2 magazines for sale or trade.

I'm not sure we're supposed to trade here, let me know if you're interested



GW, Am trying to contact you through StoppingPower.net system. It has refused to allow me to get rid of my old army .mil email address and update with the new. Am requesting assistance from STPINGPower HQ. RDL
gw Posted - January 24 2017 : 12:49:59 PM
I have 3 used 39-2 magazines for sale or trade.

I'm not sure we're supposed to trade here, let me know if you're interested
CW2 Ralph Long Posted - January 24 2017 : 12:03:46 PM
I am constantly "patrolling" the internet for a couple more spare magazines for my S&W 39-2. A site on EBay says their "like new" magazines will only work in the Model 39, not the 39-2 or any other S&W pistol. I appear to be dealing with a pawn shop; so, they may be listening to another "expert" who happened to be standing there when the ad was put up. Everything I've read and seen in person says the magazines should work in either the model 39 and 39-2. Were there any changes made to the Model 39-2 that would affect the magazine or its retention system?
Malcolm Posted - January 18 2017 : 02:03:09 AM
Yes, it's called a " hammer drop safety" back in the day by S&W.
johns961 Posted - January 17 2017 : 04:52:16 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Malcolm

The "firing pin block" on a 39-2, is more along the lines of a hammer block safety that should be disengaged during the drAw stroke", at least that's how we did it in the olden days.



Are you talking about the manual hammer drop lever ?
Malcolm Posted - January 16 2017 : 10:57:47 PM
The "firing pin block" on a 39-2, is more along the lines of a hammer block safety that should be disengaged during the drAw stroke", at least that's how we did it in the olden days.
jle3030 Posted - January 16 2017 : 11:08:15 AM
Today I'll go into a gun shop and walk right past the rows and rows of "latest and greatest" to check out the used display for a golden oldie. I have a thing for blue steel and walnut. It doesn't have to be pristine. Honest wear means the gun probably worked long and well for a previous owner. Great shooting "veteran" guns have their own level of appeal.

I'm the same way about antique guns. That Colt, S&W, or Winchester with the pristine finish and the sky high price tag never done nothin'. The old beater next to it? I wish that one could talk.

Jeff
LittleBill Posted - January 16 2017 : 10:48:12 AM
There's a 39-2 on Virginia Armslist today: "great condition", 2 mags and a holster, $395

Jim Higginbotham Posted - January 16 2017 : 10:15:19 AM
quote:
Originally posted by Whirlibird

I may be old fashioned, but a good 39 or 59 fits my hand better
than most of not all of the poly guns.

Shot 39's for years, kick myself for everyone I got rid of.





You say "old fashioned" like that is a bad thing

There aren't many plastic pistols that light my fire (not to say they are inadequate at all)...let me count... oh well there are no plastic pistols that light my fire

Naturally I own a few...I had to find out.

Jim
Jim Higginbotham Posted - January 16 2017 : 10:12:12 AM
quote:
Originally posted by johns961

Mine would shoot the Remington 115 jhp regular pressure all day.
If I recall correctly, the pistol does not have a firing pin block.
Unlike the newer pistols made today.



I pretty much found that any pistol that would feed ball would feed that Remington 115 JHP.

OTOH, I shot a woodchuck 5 times with that bullet from a Super .38 at around 1500 fps and none of them opened up (It did kill him - one of them hit the spine) - perhaps they changed them however over the years - that was around 1975 or so.

Jim H.
Whirlibird Posted - January 16 2017 : 05:05:18 AM
I may be old fashioned, but a good 39 or 59 fits my hand better
than most of not all of the poly guns.

Shot 39's for years, kick myself for everyone I got rid of.

Malcolm Posted - January 16 2017 : 01:24:49 AM
Ace,
I have in addition to my 39-2, a
Cherry 6906 "old school", pistol with few rounds fired through it. My brother who owns aLGS in our hometown, bought the lot of the. From the local PD who traded them in on new polymer pistols. I got to cheery pick mine out of the lot, pick-of-the litter so to speak. Have been extremely pleased with it, and the inherent accuracy as well. It favors the 124 grain loads as does my BHP. Cousins of course, but rather distant ones at that, and yes, I am fond of being retro.
Ace Posted - January 15 2017 : 10:10:14 PM
Should it ever become necessary, I'd want to be humane about it. Ace
LittleBill Posted - January 15 2017 : 8:15:09 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Ace

So if someone carries the model 39, or (like me on occasion) a model 669, can we be considered 'retro'? And has a bad guy ever complained because he was shot with an 'old' gun? Ace


Not right away; but he may feel cheated if he finds out about it later: "He couldn't even bother to shoot me with an up-to-date weapon?... ya know what I'm sayin'? Now a Glock 19, tha's the gun to get shot with...."

Shooting him's bad enough: surely you don't want to make him feel bad about it too....?

Ace Posted - January 15 2017 : 8:05:17 PM
So if someone carries the model 39, or (like me on occasion) a model 669, can we be considered 'retro'? And has a bad guy ever complained because he was shot with an 'old' gun? Ace
johns961 Posted - January 15 2017 : 6:29:52 PM
Mine would shoot the Remington 115 jhp regular pressure all day.
If I recall correctly, the pistol does not have a firing pin block.
Unlike the newer pistols made today.
RLS Posted - January 15 2017 : 4:37:02 PM
I seem to recall that Randy had an interest in the Model 39.

Maybe I can conjure him up."Jungle gun."



Rick
Chris Christian Posted - January 15 2017 : 2:53:00 PM
quote:
Originally posted by jle3030

quote:
Originally posted by coopman67

Still carry mine as a summer/warm weather gun. Made a OWB holster for it and it is stoked with Rem 115 gr jhp. Back when it was my duty pistol 30 years ago I had Win 115 jhp silvertips in it. Call me retro, I have confidence in it.

Coop

We tend to worry too much about specific platforms. All the bullet "knows" is that it's been fired out of a gun barrel.

Any functional gun that did the job 20-50-100 years ago will not perform any worse today. Maybe better if it's been fed updated ammunition.

Jeff



+1. A very astute observation. After all, the basic DA revolver was designed in the late 1800s (S&W M&P. 38). They still work. The 1911 design is kinda old too. But I wouldn't want to mess with one in the hands of a competent operator.

Just 'cause it's old don't mean it don't work as intended.

jle3030 Posted - January 15 2017 : 2:39:24 PM
quote:
Originally posted by coopman67

Still carry mine as a summer/warm weather gun. Made a OWB holster for it and it is stoked with Rem 115 gr jhp. Back when it was my duty pistol 30 years ago I had Win 115 jhp silvertips in it. Call me retro, I have confidence in it.

Coop

We tend to worry too much about specific platforms. All the bullet "knows" is that it's been fired out of a gun barrel.

Any functional gun that did the job 20-50-100 years ago will not perform any worse today. Maybe better if it's been fed updated ammunition.

Jeff
Chris Christian Posted - January 15 2017 : 1:55:48 PM
quote:
Originally posted by coopman67

Still carry mine as a summer/warm weather gun. Made a OWB holster for it and it is stoked with Rem 115 gr jhp. Back when it was my duty pistol 30 years ago I had Win 115 jhp silvertips in it. Call me retro, I have confidence in it.

Coop



Can't fault carry what you have confidence in. That truly is a key to effective personal protection.
coopman67 Posted - January 15 2017 : 11:27:18 AM
Still carry mine as a summer/warm weather gun. Made a OWB holster for it and it is stoked with Rem 115 gr jhp. Back when it was my duty pistol 30 years ago I had Win 115 jhp silvertips in it. Call me retro, I have confidence in it.

Coop
Ten Driver Posted - January 14 2017 : 2:14:55 PM
Interesting to see how this discussion has evolved into two lines of thought:

1. It has some historical / collector / entertainment value;
2. I wouldn't choose it as a carry gun, because there are much better choices.

I can't find fault with either line of reasoning, and find myself in full agreement with each.

The only thing left unsaid, is what Ralph's intention would be for the gun if he bought it. ;^ )

Mike
johns961 Posted - January 12 2017 : 05:45:34 AM
My 39-2 was my first pistol. It was great for it's time. I sold it after a year to get a S&W revolver. I always regretted selling it.
A few years ago I found one in a gun shop like new with box and papers for $420. I purchased it. I have shot it once. Nice pistol.
But, I will not carry it. I have other modern pistol I can carry if I want to. But the 39-2 is something special to me.
Jim Higginbotham Posted - January 11 2017 : 08:34:17 AM
I grew up when there were not a lot of different *quality* autos and the 39 was the darling of a few true handgun experts back then (George Nonte comes to mind).

I went to look at one and it felt really klunky to me. Not balanced and the slide was to high above the hand and was too thick and the DA trigger was atrocious!

So I passed them by. Flash forward and I've trained literally thousands of people in both L.E. and Military and shot a lot of guns.

I ran into a 39 (I forget the "-" but it might be a 2) for $250 and bought it - all of a sudden, after fiddling with Berettas and other fat guns, it feels great! The DA trigger is not so great but I can manage it if I take my time.

I'm not disagreeing with the above advice - the 39 is an interesting artifact with a bit of history - I would not give $600 or even $400 for one though.

If I was going to buy a single stack 9mm it would likely be a Star BKS. I turned one down at the last gun show - if it is there at the next I will not repeat that mistake! (Mind you my mission for a 9mm is not the same as others - the Sig seems to be a decent carry gun).

Jim H.

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