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Old 08-19-2013, 06:57 AM
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I'd love to know what year my 39-2 9mm is. Serial number is A156666.
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Just joined the forum. I was willed a Nickel 39-2 s/n A306xxx, I know it was mfg and shipped in 1977 as my late father was the original owner. I am wondering the value, it is in great shape and still fires flawlessly. Not interested in selling just for want the info for me.
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Greetings all! I am guessing that since a S/N of A122xxx is from around 1970, a S/N of A123xxx would be around the same time frame (1970-1972)?
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Greetings all! I am guessing that since a S/N of A122xxx is from around 1970, a S/N of A123xxx would be around the same time frame (1970-1972)?
I would say 1970 is a good bet, I have A154xxx, which shipped Sept. 1971...
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Hi Folks, I don't know the birthdate of my SW 39-2 but I love it! Anyway, I am not the first owner of this pistol. It is nickel and absolutely beautiful. I noticed in many pics I have seen on these postings, it looks like the metal Smith and Wesson design on the grips is goldish on the SW. Is that true or am I seeing things? Oh, my gun is Serial Number A417217 if anyone knows the Manufacture Date of my unit. Thanks. Ted
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I think I will jump on this thread bandwagon to ask my questions! I have a beautiful nickel finished 39-2 and I only have 1 magazine...I see expensive S&W ones on eBay...Does a 39 S&W magazine fit this gun? Is there a better place to find one. I am limited due to handicap regard wainting in a gun show line! I would rather keep with S&W. Thanks folks!
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hey guys im jeff I have a 39-2 just reading up on the gun and this thread and I am interested to find out what year this gun was made my mother give this gun to my dad when they got married i just dont think its over 35 years old its been put up stored away for long time anyways the serial number is A200049 its nickel also the finish is little dull cause of the holster it was in anyways any info on year made and if i could polish it a little or be best to leave like it is thanks for the info
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Just picked up a NIB Model 39-2, serial number A 5275XX. Has rubber grips but feels heavy. Is this a steel frame version? Will be a great back up gun or maybe off duty. Any help appreciated.
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Darn, I didn't know there were this many 39's on the forum waiting to be dated.
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I've got a neat early mod 39. It has an interesting history. It was used in a bank robbery in a town where one of my uncles was a policeman. He was given the gun and then presented it to my father who was headed to Vietnam. So this would've been early 64, he carried it is first tour there when he was an advisor mid 64-mid 65. I still have the pistol and have fired thousands of rounds thru it myself. He also had a "cheap charlie" holster rig made up while there (sadly my mom threw it out in the 70s!) He also carried it in an m1911 holster which caused some wear to the alloy frame.
I'll take a pic of it. serial #31615. Any other info would be great to hear!

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That is quite a history on your 39 and it looks fantastic for so many miles. The SCSW doesn't have particular dates for pre-1970 serial numbers so an exact year is difficult. I can tell you that they were started with #1001 in 1954 and ran to #115000 by 1970 when the A prefix started.

So all things being equal and your number being about 25% into production numbers I would guess around the late 50's and depending on annual production perhaps as late as 1960...I wouldn't guess it to be much later than that.

Nice 39 you have with a great family history! Hang on to it and enjoy.

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I just picked up a nice blued 39-2 for $390 plus tax.

Serial number is A199XXX.

What year would this have been built. In doing a little research maybe 1973 or 1974?

Hopefully an expert could tell me.

As a side note, I got the pistol because I live in CT and we can only carry 10+1 or lower. So I figured I would get a single column 9mm. This feels great in my hand. I am so glad I got it. I just can't wait to get it to the range and try it out.
I'm in Ct also. I don't carry the 39-2 as it's in beautiful condition. Not a safe queen but don't want any holster wear on it as it has none now.
As far as shooting you'll love it. I have to say the trigger pull is darn near as smooth and light as a Python I once had. That's saying a lot!!!
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thanks so much for that info! My dad loved this gun. At the time 9mm was hard to come by in VN. He ended up using french 9mm smg ammo from the mat 49, left over from French presence.



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That is quite a history on your 39 and it looks fantastic for so many miles. The SCSW doesn't have particular dates for pre-1970 serial numbers so an exact year is difficult. I can tell you that they were started with #1001 in 1954 and ran to #115000 by 1970 when the A prefix started.

So all things being equal and your number being about 25% into production numbers I would guess around the late 50's and depending on annual production perhaps as late as 1960...I wouldn't guess it to be much later than that.

Nice 39 you have with a great family history! Hang on to it and enjoy.
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Hello and thanks for an awesome forum. My serial number is a little higher numbers than others here. But I hope someone will please tell me the year. The serial number is A585596,
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I know the serial number thing has been done, but can anyone help with a model 39-2 nickel, serial number A 4387XX. Thank you!!!
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Great forum. I just picked up a S&W Model 39-2. My favorite pistol has been the Ruger P90 - I like the decocker. So imagine how thrilled I was to get this classic S&W beauty, also with a decocker. My serial number is A4135XX. Can someone please tell me the date? Also, has anyone found a reliable source for extra mags?
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I just bought a 39-2, serial #A659xxx and
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ViceGrip - Oh, do hold onto that M39 . . . or sell it to me (I'm serious). It is from very early in the production cycle of Model 39s, as shown by the location of the slide serrations.

Alas, I'm already getting a little ahead of myself, so let's undertake a little S&W M39 primer:

Smith & Wesson, bless their pea-picking hearts, tends to use up "old" parts before "going all the way" with a full-on production change.

When the 39 was first produced, it followed in the footsteps, or, if one will, the bullet holes of the "Pre-39" or (the moniker I prefer) the "No-No," and of which I have two and neither possessing a model number.

According to the Blue Book of Gun Values, Internet Edition, which I prefer mainly due to its ability to more quickly react to pricing trends), parts from the No-No and Model 39 were intermixed during the Model's earliest construction.

Now, while a "31,000" serial number may sound huge (and is) S&W at that time assigned serial numbers randomly. As an example of such, The Blue Book states: "There is no positive serial number that can be established when the (Model 39) number was added, however it occurred between serial number 2500(*) and 5000, with the production changes taking place somewhat randomly over the same serial range. It must be remembered that Smith & Wesson did not make pistols in order of serial number."

(* As one can see when perusing my No-No photo album herein this incredibly wonderful forum, my first No-No retains Serial Number 2623, so it can be said that the insertion of the "39" model number took place sometime after the No-No possessed by yours truly.)

The Blue Book additionally states: ". . . slides were fitted without regard for serial numbers. For example, serial number 1069, which was shipped from the factory on Oct. 4, 1955, has the patent pending marking, while 1,150 that shipped on July 7, 1955 does not." (SIC)

One final point on the serial numbers: Models 41 and 52 (no dash) semi-automatics were introduced during the same time frame when the No-No and M39 were going through its gyrations (again, keeping in mind that Models 41 and 52 dove into the same pool of serial numbers in which the No-No and M39 were already swimming.

Again according to The Blue Book, the ". . . distinguishing features of the Pre-39 compared to the Model 39 are as follows: short safety, short tang, a unique frame back strap insert and hammer stirrup, a unique left grip (no safety relief), no trigger play spring (and) no model number on frame."

Given the placement of your slide's serrations and that the pawl lever is very short (compared to the M39 and M39-2) it is evident that your slide was among those Model 39s that got some of the leftover No-No parts intermixed with the M39 changes.

Indeed, the "intermixed" or, perhaps as appropriately, "intermingled parts" phenomena can be again witnessed in the change from the M39 to the M39-2, the so-called "RSR Transitionals" as well as other model lines.

And, one last thing, ViceGrip, PUHLEEZE post a pic or two of your M39's OTHER side!!! I'd really, really like to see it. You may even have one of the very limited number of a third type of extractor. Man, are you ever on Happy Street (or should be!).

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Listed as 1977/78...probably 1978. Extra mags are on fleabay most of the time although a bit pricey. Very early mags had a metal follower while most will have plastic followers as factory issue. Enjoy.
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Your serial number indicates 1981...the last 39-2's were shipped very early 1983 so yours is about as new as 39-2's get!

I have 4 that range from 1974 to 1978 so neither early ones or late. Here are a couple...I just posted this pic in another thread so please forgive the redundancy!
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Thanks for the "dating service"
Mine looks new other than the slightest holster wear on muzzle edges. These are one smooth pistol!
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ViceGrip - Oh, do hold onto that M39 . . . or sell it to me (I'm serious). It is from very early in the production cycle of Model 39s, as shown by the location of the slide serrations.

Alas, I'm already getting a little ahead of myself, so let's undertake a little S&W M39 primer:

Smith & Wesson, bless their pea-picking hearts, tends to use up "old" parts before "going all the way" with a full-on production change.

When the 39 was first produced, it followed in the footsteps, or, if one will, the bullet holes of the "Pre-39" or (the moniker I prefer) the "No-No," and of which I have two and neither possessing a model number.

According to the Blue Book of Gun Values, Internet Edition, which I prefer mainly due to its ability to more quickly react to pricing trends), parts from the No-No and Model 39 were intermixed during the Model's earliest construction.

Now, while a "31,000" serial number may sound huge (and is) S&W at that time assigned serial numbers randomly. As an example of such, The Blue Book states: "There is no positive serial number that can be established when the (Model 39) number was added, however it occurred between serial number 2500(*) and 5000, with the production changes taking place somewhat randomly over the same serial range. It must be remembered that Smith & Wesson did not make pistols in order of serial number."

(* As one can see when perusing my No-No photo album herein this incredibly wonderful forum, my first No-No retains Serial Number 2623, so it can be said that the insertion of the "39" model number took place sometime after the No-No possessed by yours truly.)

The Blue Book additionally states: ". . . slides were fitted without regard for serial numbers. For example, serial number 1069, which was shipped from the factory on Oct. 4, 1955, has the patent pending marking, while 1,150 that shipped on July 7, 1955 does not." (SIC)

One final point on the serial numbers: Models 41 and 52 (no dash) semi-automatics were introduced during the same time frame when the No-No and M39 were going through its gyrations (again, keeping in mind that Models 41 and 52 dove into the same pool of serial numbers in which the No-No and M39 were already swimming.

Again according to The Blue Book, the ". . . distinguishing features of the Pre-39 compared to the Model 39 are as follows: short safety, short tang, a unique frame back strap insert and hammer stirrup, a unique left grip (no safety relief), no trigger play spring (and) no model number on frame."

Given the placement of your slide's serrations and that the pawl lever is very short (compared to the M39 and M39-2) it is evident that your slide was among those Model 39s that got some of the leftover No-No parts intermixed with the M39 changes.

Indeed, the "intermixed" or, perhaps as appropriately, "intermingled parts" phenomena can be again witnessed in the change from the M39 to the M39-2, the so-called "RSR Transitionals" as well as other model lines.

And, one last thing, ViceGrip, PUHLEEZE post a pic or two of your M39's OTHER side!!! I'd really, really like to see it. You may even have one of the very limited number of a third type of extractor. Man, are you ever on Happy Street (or should be!).

Best.
DCW, I really enjoyed your commentary on the early 39s and the "no-no". I had never heard them referred to as no-no. Anyway, I thought you might like to see a couple of pics of my no-no. Serial number 1539 pat pending markings.



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Can't help with the date, but here is where I bought magazines.
They are 9 round magazines and protrude just a little more (less than 1/4") than the original 8 round mags. On clearance sale right now for $22.95.

Smith & Wesson Mag S&W 39 439 539 639 909 952 3904 3906 3944 3946 9mm
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Congratulations on getting your 39-2. The Standard Catalog of S&W dates your gun within the 1977-1978 window.
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I have an early model 39-2, sn 21xx. Any way of finding out if it's a "pre-military" model?
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I acquired a 39-2 serial # 200. What year was this produced? Thank You for your Help
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I acquired a 39-2 serial # 200. What year was this produced? Thank You for your Help
My information is that production started at serial# 1001 in 1954. If your's is serial# 200 you have something special there. It may be beneficial to start a new thread and include pic's as it will be seen by more members.
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39-2s were shipped starting in 1970 - better do some re-looking
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21XX would be a 39 NOT-2 Would be a Pre39
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+P in your Model 39? I was developing +P reloads for my 9mm pistols in the late 1970s. A particular load worked well in my Hi Power but when I fired it in a newly purchased a Model 39, the case ruptured down the loading ramp and cracked the grips. What happened?

The answer was bore diameter. Ideally, a 9mm bore should be 0.354 diameter plus or minus a couple thousandths. This particular Model 39 checked at 0.352. By comparison, my Hi Power's bore diameter checked at 0.359. The tighter bore raised my +P loads to dangerous levels.

By the way, because the 9 mm and .38 caliber barrel diameters are so close, manufacturers would use one rifling broach or button for both 9 mm automatics and .38 caliber revolvers. During this era, Smith & Wesson went with the 9 mm bore.

So, before using +P ammunition in your Model 39-2, have your gunsmith slug the bore and check the bore diameter. If it's in the 0.354 range, I would be careful about using +P. Especially do not use the 9mm NATO ammunition that appears on occaision.
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The S/N on my 39-2 is A2398XX. This would put date of manufacture somewhere in the early 70s?
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Hi everybody, seems I found the right place to share my passion for the model 39. I recently purchased mine. Its #36274. Any ideas on approximate mfg.date would be appreciated, but from what I am reading on this forum, Im thinking early 63.

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Hi everybody, seems I found the right place to share my passion for the model 39. I recently purchased mine. Its #36274. Any ideas on approximate mfg.date would be appreciated, but from what I am reading on this forum, Im thinking early 63.
My M39 S/N 37323 has an early 1963 ship date.
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Hey everyone. My S&W model 39 no dash serial # is 866XX. Alloy frame and engraved on the slide "Allan Mitchell" and a skull with "Welcome To Hell" . Any info would be very helpful. Thanks
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I'd love to know what year my 39-2 9mm is. Serial number is A156666.
Now that's a lot of 6s Burgergirl. Your 39-2 dates to 1971.
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I have a Model 39 no dash, sn 6205 that is in gently used condition. I purchased it in the 1980s as a gift for my father. I inherited it back after he passed away four years ago. I would appreciate any information as to age and rarity.
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866XX mid 68
6205 1957-59 range
As usual - Jinks/S&W for your SHIP date
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