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Old 04-14-2018, 11:05 AM
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New to the forum, great site with a lot of information. I found an older S&W M-39-2 nickel plated that has been reduced in size. It has been cut down in both the slide, grip frame areas much like the older Devel, Trapper Scorpion designs. The markings on the slide have RJS Mini 9 S&W with a date of 3-1-1983, markings on frame, are standard factory S&W. The barrel bushing has been welded to the slide making it one piece, and the grip frame appears to have been cut and rewelded above the bottom screw section, has a melt job, with entire pistol being nickel plated.

The shop wants $500.00 for it not sure if it's worth that or anything since I can't find anything on the interweb about it.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:09 AM
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I'd buy it... Fast.
But would offer less.
Still, someone who know's ALOT more than I do will be along soon.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:29 AM
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Welcome. I would take a chance if the work is professional in appearance.
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Old 04-14-2018, 12:20 PM
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I was addicted to gun magazines in the 60s and 70s and I remember reading that many such modifications, then called "chopped and channeled" had reliability issues. It would be years before the big names in the gun industry figured out how to make guns smaller without sacrificing reliability.

A factor then contributing to reliability issues was that the earliest hollow points had exposed led to drag on the feed ramp. Contemporary ammo eliminated that issue years ago.
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Old 04-14-2018, 01:33 PM
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Word of wisdom says, "you may always sell something rare you have bought. but you may not buy something rare you missed out on." As aforementioned, if it seems professionally and not bubba'd in some basement with torch and ax, make them a fair offer. Given that this piece interest you above all!!
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Old 04-14-2018, 04:41 PM
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Welcome. I would take a chance if the work is professional in appearance.
Ditto... I'd offer $400 to test the waters....... it may take 39xx mags......

The 80s were prime time of those "chopped and channeled" 39...... ASP, Trapper and DEVEL were the most famous..... but other quality gunsmith were also in the business.........Austin Behlert was another........

A thought ....... would bet the gun was tested and found to work .... before more $$$s were put into the project ..prepped and nickeled....

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Old 04-15-2018, 11:23 AM
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Thanks for the feedback, might just take the plunge as SOTVEN suggested! Could just get a CS9 but then again it isn't the same and a piece of history from a different era. If I do pictures will follow. Was hoping someone heard of or knew of this RJS outfit.

Thanks again!
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