Make: Smith and Wesson
Model: Model 39 - 2
Serial Number: A428254
Year of Manufacture: 1977 - 1978
Caliber: 9mm/ 9mmx19 / 9mm Luger
Action Type: Double Action 1st Shot and Single Action Thereafter, Single Stack Magazine Fed, Semi Automatic Pistol.
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SMITH & WESSON” with the four line “Marcas Registradas” address. The left side of the frame is marked “A428254 / MODEL 39 – 2”. The right side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo. The right side of the slide is marked “PAT’S PENDING”. The barrel is marked “9MM” viewed through the ejection port.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a fixed serrated ramp front sight. There is a square notch rear sight adjustable for windage only.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece grips are checkered walnut with silver colored S&W medallions. There are numerous small compression marks, but there are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 90% of its metal finish. There are small shiny areas on the hard edges of the rear grip frame and at the bottom of the stippling and lanyard loop. The grip screw heads are mildly distressed. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Fine - Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. One magazine marked “S&W” is provided with this pistol. We have not fired this pistol.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: The S&W Model 39 is the first modern DA/SA 9mm pistol manufactured in the U.S.A. It was the first to be adopted by law enforcement as they began the transition from revolvers to semi-auto handguns. This pistol is not only suited to police work, but is particularly well suited for home defense. It is in a controllable caliber for which serious defensive ammunition is available. It has a magazine safety, and thus cannot be fired if the magazine is not fully engaged. It also has a combination safety lever / decocker so that a cocked hammer never has to be lowered by holding back on the hammer while pulling the trigger. By virtue of the single stack magazine, the grip is small enough to comfortably fit most adult hands. This would be an excellent choice to make if you’re looking for a handgun to keep at home.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This pistol is not on the California “roster of certified for sale handguns”, and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley.
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