Make: Smith and Wesson
Model: Model 39
Serial Number: 84547
Year of Manufacture: Mid 60s. Perhaps 1968.
Caliber: 9mm / 9mm Luger
Action Type: Double Action and Single Action, Removable Magazine 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 “84547 / MODEL – 39”. The left side of the slide is marked “PAT'S PENDING”. The right side of the frame is marked with the S&W logo. On the barrel visible through the ejection port is “9MM CTG.”. The magazine is marked “S&W”. On the left side of the trigger guard is a small “P”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: This pistol is mounted with a fixed serrated front ramp sight with a micrometer click square notch rear sight adjustable for windage. The front sight has been filled with white paint, this can be removed.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece grips are checkered wood with S&W medallions. There are some handling marks and most of the gold color on the medallions is worn to silver. The checkering is sharp with the exception of the right grip with two compression marks. There are no chips or cracks in the grips. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue Slide Black Alloy Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is some light erosion in the rifling grooves near the muzzle. This may go away with some heavy cleaning of the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 70% of its metal finish. The frame is a black alloy that shows spots of finish loss on the sharp edges. The front strap below the magazine release, leading edges at the muzzle, stippled backstrap, and lanyard loop show minor finish loss. The left side of the slide at the muzzle shows frosting, likely from holster wear. There is light surface erosion and scratches on the barrel visible through the ejection port. The Screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this pistol. This pistol features a safety/ de-cocking lever
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: One magazine marked “S&W” is provided, there is not much finish remaining on the magazine.
Our Assessment: The S&W Model 39 is the first modern 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 / de'cocker 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 handguns certified for sale”, and can only be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. This does not apply to out of state buyers.
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