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Old 07-17-2019, 08:40 PM
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Kevin, No offense taken. Thanks for the clarification and I believe we are all here to learn so your educated input is well received. I have always heard the dust shield referred to as a dust cover. So today I learned I have a dust shield for my Model 39.

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That part is called the dust cover on a Colt M1911 or M1911A1 so I wouldn't say it is improper to call it the same on a Model 39, since it is largely derived from the Browning design. However, there is a dust shield that S&W sold in limited numbers for the Model 39 as seen below in the upper left hand corner. I know this is picky so I hope cougar015 doesn't take offense.
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So in order to make amends for my confusion on dust cover vs dust shield I am posting pictures of my recently acquired Model 39-2 with the Venezuela stamp. Numbers on the slide and frame match and are as follows 02-72/PTJ. I also have the box and paper work and everything appears to be NIB.
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There you go, again!

Gosh, that's nice, man.

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Cougar,

I'll see that 39-2 and raise it a 469 (sans all that other stuff; paperwork)!



Or is it, "I'll call with one 469"? Yeah, that's it, "I'll call!"

Nah, with an additional 27 seconds of reflection, I'm not so sure that'll work, either.

Oh well.

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Those venezulean contract pistols are rare and certainly more interesting today than a decade ago. Since that country is in massive poltical and humitarian turmoil and not accessible to US citizens it brings a certain "forbidden fruit" aura to them. I would certainly love to own one. Or a 469 for that matter. It's always interesting to watch World history over many decades. What was once easy to access becomes forbidden and visa versa. Look at the guns from the old iron curtain.They sell but for very reasonable prices. I have to assume that Eastern European pistols pre 1989 were more collectable pre 1989 than they are now. I was not buying or collecting back then so I am just presuming and I am sure someone willeither verify my statement or refute it.
Either way those Venzuelan Pistols are very nice.
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Fact is yours truly would consider up to and including such barbarous acts as baring one's buttocks whilst upon the courthouse steps - at high noon, of course - if such would lead yours truly to securing that Venezuelan 39-2 (Pics are about four, maybe five posts back) - now possessed by The Cougar - for Ol' DC's own self.

Truth be told, years ago this then-collector of all things Smith & Wesson 9mm, saw within this Forum a "line-up" of a half-dozen-or-so Model 39s neatly arranged in a row with the help of something like a 3/4-inch dowel. Such made for a neat, concise image indeed envied by your faithful correspondent.

Lacking a dowel, this soon-to-be gun photographer found in our household's flooring - first, in a family room's parquet flooring (below) and, much later, in a kitchen rug (below the below)(think about it) - geometric patterns upon which this collector's "massive" gun S&W collections would soon be amassed.





Sometime later, Cougar would admit to seeing the above layouts as at least partial inspiration to do more with respect to his collecting and he has . . . with a key difference.

Cougar has pursued a path one might liken to eating at private dinner clubs whereas Ol' DC is more of the Burger King type (IF WE ONLY could HAVE an In-and-Out!): Cougar gets guns with pedigrees well established; Ol' DC pursues something a little less. Okay, a lot less.

Whereas Cougar maps and eventually finds the crŤme de la crŤme of his pursuit, Ol' DC has often preferred McDonald's "milk shakes" that really aren't. You know what I mean?

It's like Cougar's and Ol' DC's recent postings of Venezuelan sidearms festooned with that country's crest. Insofar as this collector is aware, the Venezuelan crest is found on only two S&W models, the 39-2 and the 469.

Cougar's Venezuelan Model 39-2 is replete with clear pedigree whereas Ol' DC took a Venezuelan 469 slide and mated it to a 469 frame only for as long as it took to take pictures of the misbegotten combo.

Someday, Cougar will realize a clear return on his investment while Ol' DC . . . well . . . will realize he's older still.

While Cougar's Venezuelan 39-2 has some Roy Jinks' authenticity to it, Ol' DC has a slide with a Venezuelan crest on it. Mr. Jinks doesn't do "just slides" (if you catch my drift).

Cougar has attended Smith & Wesson Collector Association National Conventions, where he's learned, displayed exhibits and established friendships through which knowledge is gained while Ol' DC, also an SWCA member, has done his business thing each and every SWCA convention weekend since becoming an SWCA member.

Now, if we, the body politic of the United States, elects Sanders or Pocahontas or Eh-See-Oh to the presidency, I'm sure they'll make things right or, shall we say, "equal" by forcing Cougar to stay at home one day for each day he's spent at conventions so I'd have a better chance to catch Cougar - because he, today, is clearly ahead of yours truly in the collecting thing - by bringing Cougar down to my level instead of, well, you know. Right? I mean, thataway it's a lot more easier on Ol' DC?

I'm glad we, as a society, have finally realized that "equal opportunity" isn't the same as "equal outcome" and we, as a society, will finally force the latter instead of just providing the former. Or should that be "former" and "latter?"

Yep, I can hardly wait. In fact, I suspect The Cougar is right now dividing his stash so that he can offer it to me before the weekend is out (Cougar, I won't be able to take that stuff from you until the hurricane passes).

In the meantime this "collector" will continue looking for that Venezuelan-crested slide, for it was mated to a frame for only as long as the photographs (one posted earlier herein this Forum thread) were being taken. Then I'll sell it on some web-based auction site by hooking it up with an ugly frame I don't want, anyway. I mean, I won't really SAY it's a four-figure collector's item. We'll just let everyone think it is.

I mean, that's "equal" and "just," right? Let 'em look at the pretty pictures and, you know, don't tell anyone anything, right? Just let viewers draw conclusions and don't answer any questions. Finders keepers and losers are losers, right?

Right?

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Quite the commentary and an interesting read. Your pictures are awesome and what a great collection. If only you could include model numbers with the pics. Knowing some of the guns you own, I suspect they are on an equal par with mine. someday we will have to view them in real time. Take care
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I have re-read all six pages and still gathering tid-bits.
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The 39 series is one of my favorite S&W offerings. Maybe because it feels like a 1911 or maybe because it feels just right...
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Help me with this one New in factory matching blue box with all the papers; sealed cleaning package, screw driver and extra hammer and stirrup enclosed in the package; white outline rear sight and front inlaid yellow insert; and serial number 86859. That number is in the middle of all the Air Force Officers gifts but not identified as such. I've had at least 10 different Model 39's, but none with all of these extras.

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Help me with this one New in factory matching blue box with all the papers; sealed cleaning package, screw driver and extra hammer and stirrup enclosed in the package; white outline rear sight and front inlaid yellow insert; and serial number 86859. That number is in the middle of all the Air Force Officers gifts but not identified as such. I've had at least 10 different Model 39's, but none with all of these extras.

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Could be original but could be someone cleaned it up and customized it a bit with the white outline rear, however, the yellow front insert is likely a faded red/orange front insert.

My son has a 39-2 at least 99% in the box with Millet Target sights. I'll add, exceptional perfectly installed Millet sights which require milling off the front sight that is integral on the slide. Makes it look like a hot target 39 on steroids.

Post a few pix of yours would help immensely.
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Were the pre-39s and early mod-39s shipped from the factory with two mags? Had a discussions with a few collectors, and nobody had a definitive answer.
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Were the pre-39s and early mod-39s shipped from the factory with two mags? Had a discussions with a few collectors, and nobody had a definitive answer.
Yes, Mike, both the pre 39s and the 39s had 2 mags included when new. It's all these years later the flat follower mags are so hard to find and so expensive that a seller might figure they'd get an extra $150-200 for the 2nd mag instead of including it with the gun.

Unfortunately, most of my pre-39s, even the few that were in the box with correct papers and manual(s), had only one mag.

The only complete pre-39 that came with 2 mags, the original box, correct green & white manual and many other extras that were included was Bob Freilich's (the Tired Gunsmith) pre 39 when I purchased it a few years back. WHAT A GUY !! Thank you Bob, if you're reading this. Sal Raimondi

PS: some bonus info ... the 52A in .38AMU came with 2 mags which are unique to only that model gun. They appear similar to a Model 52 mag except the follower has a "hook" on the rear end tab. The 52A had no papers, what so ever, except the warranty certificate and perhaps an advertising brochure (e.g. S&W holsters or ammo etc). For the very limited production of the 52A, S&W didn't bother printing a manual nor parts sheet, etc.
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So, the pre 39s came with two flat follower mags, but thru the years one mag may have been held back by some greedy or unscrupulous seller. Or both mags with held and two figure 8 followers substituted for the flat follower mags? If you have any flat follower mags for sale or know of some , please PM me. Im looking at a very nice boxed mid range pre-39 example located in Ohio that needs some flat followers mags.
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What a great Thread. Lots to learn and I hope there are more posts to keep this alive. Mike
Yes this is a great M39 read, so to keep it going... I just scored on a 39-2 in 7.65mm(30 Luger). Havenít heard about this one in the thread yet. It didnít come with a box, but I think a gun made in US, sent to Germany to get a 7.65 barrel refit, sent to Italy to be sold commercially and then make it back to the states, would be hard pressed to still have its original box, no worries- in this case I am thrilled to have just found the gun for my collection!! Pics when I get it in hand.
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Just discovered this thread... itís going to keep me busy for a while. My only 39s are this 39-2 and itís successor, a 639.

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Geez Charlie you need to show one of those in a shoulder holster.

No 39''s here but I'm preppeared for one or two.
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Have any of the 39 lovers noticed the price of Factory mags lately?
Even the later plastic followers have taken a real leap.
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Yeah, I just discussed this on another thread with someone, Mike. Since then, it looks like $40 + HIS is about the floor, from what I've been able to find.

I'd really like to get a couple of plain old steel bottom, black follower stainless mags for my 639 Franken-Smith. I paid $45+ HIS for the one I got (to get back to the "original" 2 that were included when new) but I hope I can stumble on one or two more at a bargain price... meanwhile I'll rob a couple from my 39-2 if I need them for an event or something.

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Ok, I now finally have added a steel M39 to the collection!! Mint but no box, so Sal..anyone... look around and see if you have my box, I will buy it from you, cool serial number also: 62226 (pics when I get it and Iíll include the 7.65 m39 I just got also)
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Mr. Keith, you have been a busy collector. Steel and a .30 cal. all in one
week. I do not have any steel labeled boxes, unless there is a steel,
matching gun in it. That .30 cal. is a real treasure. Great snag. Mike
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I was seduced by the 39-2 allure and picked up a couple this month.
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how is SN 62291 STEEL box with papers & tools? appx 85-90% condition. no cuts tears or stains.

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I was pretty sure I had posted my article on the Model 39s - so I dug it up. It's more of an overview, and not much room to go into the tons of details that others more knowledgeable than I have at their fingertips, but it may throw some perspective on these remarkable pistols.

Here's the link to the posting I made some time ago -

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The S&W Model 39 - book excerpt...
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Yes this is a great M39 read, so to keep it going... I just scored on a 39-2 in 7.65mm(30 Luger). Havenít heard about this one in the thread yet. It didnít come with a box, but I think a gun made in US, sent to Germany to get a 7.65 barrel refit, sent to Italy to be sold commercially and then make it back to the states, would be hard pressed to still have its original box, no worries- in this case I am thrilled to have just found the gun for my collection!! Pics when I get it in hand.
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Here they are.. steel, 30 Luger and the lnib nickel 39-2 I just got!
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I have wondered if the factory sent blank barrels to Germany or if an independent barrel manufacturer was contracted.
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I have wondered if the factory sent blank barrels to Germany or if an independent barrel manufacturer was contracted.
According to catalog #4, ďthe M39ís were sent to Germany without barrelsĒ. Donít know that answers the question though.
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Hello Keith, kind of! No, not at all. It seems if the factory sent blanks,
there are manufactures that could bore, and chamber them. Those German gun manufacturers have kind of a talent in that field.
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I'm wondering whether there is a stash of replacement 7.62 barrels in some German warehouse. IIRC, you should be able to simply field strip the 9mm Mod 39-2 and replace the barrel. Everything else would still work (except maybe the recoil spring?)

I've never shot any gun in 30 Luger and don't plan to start at my age, but it would be an interesting "convertible."

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I'm wondering whether there is a stash of replacement 7.62 barrels in some German warehouse....
There is a good chance there is one in the US. A long-time owner of a LGS told me recently that the factory sold off unused spare parts by weight a few years ago. As he put it, "by the ton", and a few people took the best advantage of it that they could. Some of them never sorted through all the parts, just took out what they wanted, and the rest are probably sitting on pallets in a warehouse somewhere.
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Have any of the 39 lovers noticed the price of Factory mags lately?
Even the later plastic followers have taken a real leap.
Any thoughts?
I have also noticed that when buying a few. They ain't gonna get cheaper either IMHO.
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As a young lad, I was fortunate to visit the old warehouse of Inter-Arms,
in Alexandria, VA. owned by Sam Cummings. The pistol room was full of
everything. I remember he picked up a C-93 Borchardt.
So somewhere there is a stash of parts and pistols.
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