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Old 05-14-2011, 01:46 PM
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Howdy! I have a pristine Model 39, SN 84181. I believe it is an alloy frame. Any help on dating it would be greatly appreciated!
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It probably shipped around 1968.
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It's just beyond the serial number range for the last batch of steel frames, so it has an alloy frame.
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I am considering buying a S&W Model 39 with serial # starting at 89xxx, I looked in the S&W book and couldn't figure out the date, could someone please give me the correct date for this pistol.
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I am considering buying a S&W Model 39 with serial # starting at 89xxx, I looked in the S&W book and couldn't figure out the date, could someone please give me the correct date for this pistol.
That is probably going to be either 68 or 69. S&W didn't ship pistols in order of SN or production, so you really can't get more accurate without a factory letter.
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I have a 39 374xx, any info would help
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S&W 39 836XX Dec-67
S&W 39 841XX Dec-67
S&W 39 851XX Feb-68

S&W 39 378XX Sep-63
S&W 39 386XX Sep-63

AS USUAL S&W/JINKS FOR YOUR PISTOL
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Thanks Tom, So mine being a 374xx would pre-date Sep-63 somewhat?
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i10fwy - because of the way batches are processed your specific M39 may have been shipped earlier OR later than those I show. Think of a box with 100 frames - first in - last out - then - on the ship shelf - first in last out. Net result numerical order does not indicate SHIP order which is what S&W/Jinks supplies. On slow moving items there may be 2-3 years difference. Remember rule 1 of S&W: There ain't no rules.
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I'm also considering buying a S & W Model 39 with the serial number 399XX - can anyone tell me when this gun was manufactured.

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Welcome to the forum! I'm pleased to give you your first "like"!

According to the SCSW it appears the gun you are considering is from the 1977-1978 period making it a Model 39-2. Some positive changes were made from the Md 39 to the Model 39-2 which might make it a bit more desirable than the Md 39.

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S&W 39 394XX Mar-64
As usual Jinks/S&W for actual ship date
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Have a 39-2 I believe (alloy) purchased it used I think in 1967, markings are Mod 39, and the serial No. is 62,XXX. I don't think it was used much, in great shape. I have the S&W Bible, 3rd edition but could not find anything matching the serial number to any year. There are no letters preceding or in the serial number. Anyone have a clue or know where I can research short of the $50 to S&W? Thank you, I have enjoyed reading through this thread and many others - Milrose
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You have a mod 39, no letter preceding SN. A 39-2 would have an A in front. I have a m 39 dated 1966-1967 sn 67xxx
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62XXX probably 1965 - S&W/Jinks for your SN
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Hi all,

New to the forum as well. After reading many post on the age of model 39s I understand there are no certain dates in relation to serial number but after the readings I make the assumption that a serial number 878xx will be around 1968? The reason I ask is because there is a model 39 with that serial for sale with the original box, papers, cleaning rod and one mag for $900 and I will like to know if that is too much. The gun is in good condition. Thanks in advance.
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878XX possibly 1968 but very likely 1969 - remember things are NOT consistently shipped in SN order. Jinks/S&W for your ship date.
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New to the forum as well. After reading many post on the age of model 39s I understand there are no certain dates in relation to serial number but after the readings I make the assumption that a serial number 878xx will be around 1968? The reason I ask is because there is a model 39 with that serial for sale with the original box, papers, cleaning rod and one mag for $900 and I will like to know if that is too much. The gun is in good condition. Thanks in advance.
Welcome to the Forum Mr. Tex. There are a lot of 39-2 lovers on this site you are among friends for sure. Welcome aboard from Nebraska. I keep an eye out for 39-2's on Gun Broker and there is always at least a page full of them. On the front $900.00 does seem like a bunch of cash, I have seen several for $500.00 to $600.00 range that are in pretty good shape. I think you could probably beat the 900 number and get the shooter you are looking for. Good Luck. Wiz

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At $900, I would stop and look. Would I buy, I dont know, to many factors to consider. I was working a show last week down here in SoFo with my
FFL buddy. A dealer had a LNIB Mod-39 in his case. I stopped and asked the price, reply was 3. I asked 3 what? His reply was 3000.00. The medics
arrived and I was OK. I kept walking. Good hunting.
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Thanks to all for your input. I will definetly continue looking.
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I picked one up s/n 630xx. It says model 39 on it not 39-2. It seems heavier than my 439. Any idea when it shipped? Roughly?
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Put a magnet on the frame. Sounds like a steel frame. I have Sn. 63037
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Mine is serial number 841xx. I will assume late 1967. Thanks for the help.
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Yes late 1967 or possibly 1968

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Shipped around 1965.
The 39 was around 27oz, the 439 a little heavier at just over 28oz.
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New to the forum as well. After reading many post on the age of model 39s I understand there are no certain dates in relation to serial number but after the readings I make the assumption that a serial number 878xx will be around 1968? The reason I ask is because there is a model 39 with that serial for sale with the original box, papers, cleaning rod and one mag for $900 and I will like to know if that is too much. The gun is in good condition. Thanks in advance.
A couple months ago I found a LNIB 39-2 for $600. Appears to have never been fired.
A few weeks later, I found a very nice 39-2 at a local pawn shop for $300. If you're looking to shoot it, you can do lots better than $900. If you are a collector and you wan't one "unfired", $900 still seems a bit high.
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raljr1 - might want to check post dates upper left Mr Tex was 12/8/15
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Well....since this thread has been resurrected by others, I don't feel too bad about asking since I've not seen any near my serial number being commented on. I have a Model 39 with the serial number 1059XX that I would like to know the approximate date of manufacture. Thanks in advance for your time.
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1059XX late 1968 to early 1969 SHIP date - as usual, Jinks/S&W for your pistol
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Hi there,

I picked up a model 39 a few months back, and I was hoping I could get a little information about the date of mfr. Serial is 109258. Someone put dang pearl grips on the thing. I need to find some originals.

The SA reset on these guns is ridiculous.

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