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Old 03-25-2012, 06:10 AM
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I would like to see comments and photos of the S&W 639.
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I'm shopping locally for a 639 as we speak. I have a 39-2 and a 39 no-dash, and I prefer all steel guns.
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The 39 is probably the best-fitting handgun I've ever held in my hand.
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My 639 seems awfully heavy in my hand after shooting my 39-2. Other than that, no complaints.

Well, that's not totally true. My 639 shoots to the left, no matter how much adjustment I give it.

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Here's mine:

100 shots rapid fire @10 yards.
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Bought this back in the 80's, and I still have it.

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About the only thing I can add is I rarely see them locally and when I do they are priced high usually. I think I remember seeing one in movie Beverly Hills Cop. Also a S&W model 3000 in that movie.
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I'm shopping locally for a 639 as we speak. I have a 39-2 and a 39 no-dash, and I prefer all steel guns.
my old 639...
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I bought mine NIB (that's unusual for me) in 1985. Mine has a very smooth action and I will swear it has a lighter DA pull than SA.
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I have 2 retired cops that are works in progress . The 639s are heavy but they do make recoil almost nonexistent and you can make the action as smooth as silk. Mine are great shooters.
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Rescued this one but got it for a song.
Previous owner had tried to fit Millett sights designed for a 1911. The stake on fornt sight kept falling off. Gave it to a very good 'smith near here. He welded up the top of the slide and cut proper dovetails for the Millett rear and also the fiber-optic front. Did a nice action clean up too. It's now my daily carry gun and performs well at the range too.

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My fixed sight trio, they've been shown before but what the heck...
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My fixed sight trio, they've been shown before but what the heck...
I know they have and they're still gorgeous.

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My fixed sight trio, they've been shown before but what the heck...
And they still look nice.
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Grif,

You don't need all three of those 639's. You ought to sell me one of the square trigger guard models. Either one would be okay; I'm not picky.
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You don't need all three of those 639's. You ought to sell me one of the square trigger guard models. Either one would be okay; I'm not picky.
Sorry, I just can't bring myself to part with even one....i'm sure I will probably end up with more at some point, they're one of my favorite (ok, are my favorite) S&W pistols....
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Just bought mine. It fits my hand better than any other pistol I've ever held.
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Just bought mine. It fits my hand better than any other pistol I've ever held.
Very nice, it looks to have a 669 slide/barrel, or was it chopped?
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Very nice, it looks to have a 669 slide/barrel, or was it chopped?
I'm new to the 639 and don't know much more about the 669...so I can't answer the question. However, I'd love to know the answer.

I do know that when I stripped it, I didn't see any evidence of modification.
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Now I think I see what you are talking about. Is the flare, or recess, at the barrel end of the slide is too short for a 639?
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I'm new to the 639 and don't know much more about the 669...so I can't answer the question. However, I'd love to know the answer.

I do know that when I stripped it, I didn't see any evidence of modification.
Looks like a 639 frame/669 slide-barrel hybrid to me - very nice, though.
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It must be a hybrid. Oh, well. I guess that's what happens when you buy something based tactile response rather than a base of knowledge.

Now I'm really curious to see how it performs at the range.
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I would like to see comments and photos of the S&W 639.
It never hurts to ask, right?
Is that the correct safety? It looks like a gen 3 safety (no ugly screw). My 439...which is a Frankengun if ever there was one, has the same safety (I know mine isn't original because the gun is blued and the safety on mine is either Stainless or possibly just "in the white" unfinished).

Your 639 is a beautiful Gen 2 gun by the way.
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Any 639 magazine available?

Looking to buy but nothing out there...

Any help?

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Midway normally carries them. Mags from similar first, second and third generation pistols will fit.
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I have a S&W 639 w/ round trigger guard and 3 magazines, that I am looking to sell. I purchased it in January 2013 and have only used it a half a dozen times, at most. I find it too heavy, the grip uncomfortably big and just overall does not suit me.
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I may be interested in a 639 need a round trigger guard pm me and let me know what your thinking.
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I have a S&W 639 w/ round trigger guard and 3 magazines, that I am looking to sell. I purchased it in January 2013 and have only used it a half a dozen times, at most. I find it too heavy, the grip uncomfortably big and just overall does not suit me.
Elwhy, I sent your a PM. I'm interested in your 639.
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Thanks to those who have shown interest. This handgun was previously owned by former law enforcement, in good condition except for scratches around the slide stop pin (compliments of my ineptness!), the pachmayr grips are a little beat up, 3 magazines.
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Wow, that is a very nice collection you have there! That must have taken years to collect.
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Thank you for your compliment. Funny, though, is when I look back it seems like only weeks or months, maybe, spent collecting them. And that's not even a most recent reflection of my collection. I need to do another, newer image!
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They do seen to arrive in waves, don't they? I got a 59 and 2 39-2's in a VERY short span. Quickly after a 439 and a 5904 appeared. All within about two week ls of me finding a 3904.
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Like to sell my old 639 but no idea what to do...

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The Smith & Wesson 639 began production in 1984; ceased in 1989. The ambidextrous safety became standard in 1986 (although a 639 was and could be ordered or produced without the added right-side safety latch).

A little less certain is the date when S&W went from a rounded trigger guard (like that found on the preceding S&W Model 439) to the "hook" trigger guard.

It's worthy to note at this point that S&W often has "transitional" periods with its weapons, the meaning being its final-assembly gunsmiths, working side by side, could coincidentally be simultaneously working on "old" and "new" versions for days, weeks and possibly even months on end before finally working "on the same page."

While remembering that customers large and small could special-order a 639, factory variations on the all-stainless steel 639 were basic: Hi-Viz (visibility) adjustable sights; Fixed Sights; ambidextrous safety (beginning in 1986).

According to the industry pricing "bible," Blue Book of Gun Values, a 639 in "new condition" ('100-percent,' "as-is from factory," unfired by end user/s) with adjustable sites, full factory accessories (whatever accompanied the gun from the factory, e.g., extra magazine, cleaning tools) and miscellaneous materials (box, pamphlets, unused warranty card, etc.) today is valued at $502. (Note: see below attributions)

However, the best place to determine a current price is the marketplace, itself.

Comparables:
Here (ARMSLIST - For Sale: Smith & Wesson -- Mod 639 cal 9mm) is another very nice 639 listed for sale ($500) on ArmsList. There evidently being no takers since its 13 Sept 2013 listing date.

Another ArmsList 639 offering, listed on 26 Aug 2013, (ARMSLIST - For Sale: Smith and Wesson 639 all stainless. Super nice) is $575, including holster and three magazines.

Still another ArmsList 639 offering (and last available at this time) with "one" magazine and, presumably, original S&W box is asking $450 (ARMSLIST - For Sale: Smith and Wesson 639 stainless 9mm).

The average price at ArmsList came in at $508.

At Gunbroker.com, here's a link (Firearms for Sale - Buy Firearms at GunBroker.com) that returned a $536 average price for all five offereings, or $546 average price if removed from the formula were the highest and lowest-priced sidearms.

As a collector who almost exclusively buys and sells only Smith & Wesson "x39 series" semi-autos, this Smith & Wesson Forum member usually favors a derived price average which excludes the highest and lowest prices of available examples. Helpful to that end are offerings of more than three of a given item.

In most cases, selling owners of almost every type of property attach an "emotional" value to whatever is being sold and thus comprise most "high-end" sellers. Whereas on the other end - the buyer - an emotional value is irrelevant.

Accounting for many "low-end" prices are sellers who don't research market values and grossly undervalue an offering.

Though buyers can't wait to find this type of seller, low-end prices are just as ineffective of determining true market value as are too-high prices.

Additionally checked sites for examples of market values herein included GunsAmerica.com, GunsInternational.com and GunAuction.com, none of which yielded an S&W 639 for sale.

Lastly, at least insofar as this contribution is concerned, is to remember a potential buyer often has assigned a potential "resale" value to whatever is being offered and thus is willing to pay only a percentage of that price.

Try to sell a gun, or anything, actually, to a pawn shop and prepare to meet with a huge surprise - as did this contributor when a young man, who wished initially to get $100 for a gun and got $35.

In reality, the pawnbroker saw the potential retail value as about $70 whereas the fellow pawning (not selling) the gun not only ignored retail value, but added another $30 worth of "emotional value." (By the way, the gun in that transaction was and still is a S&W Model 39-2, which three years earlier as a brand-spanking-off-the-shelf-new Model 39-2 exacted a $73.63 price to the buyer, yours truly, who to this day has that same in-the-box Mod. 39-2, its original sales receipt AND the pawn receipt, showing the loan was repaid, in full, only 12 days after it had been pawned.)

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Reference materials for above include: Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas; The Blue Book Pocket Guide for Smith & Wesson Firearms & Values, by S.P. Fjestad; Smith & Wesson Autos, by Duncan Long; Blue Book of Gun Values - Online Subscription, updated quarterly, by F.J. Fjestad.
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did you sell your 639? I'm sure you must have by now
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I have a S&W 639 w/ round trigger guard and 3 magazines, that I am looking to sell. I purchased it in January 2013 and have only used it a half a dozen times, at most. I find it too heavy, the grip uncomfortably big and just overall does not suit me.
Still available ?

I am looking for 639 mags...
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Still available ?

I am looking for 639 mags...
Yes I do...
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Run some time now, I am still looking for 639 mags if not get lucky, my old S&W soon in Orlando for sale (funds for new project...)

Any suggestions?
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