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Old 05-06-2018, 12:04 PM
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My first center fire semi-auto pistol was a 39-2 bought NIB in 1983. I went through the academy in 1989 with a 3904. Yesterday, I acquired a nice 639 w/(4) original SS mags. It needs a 'slide stop button', but otherwise, I'd rate it at 90%+. Numerich Arms has the part for $7....
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Old 05-06-2018, 02:40 PM
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It needs a 'slide stop button', Numerich Arms has the part for $7....
That should be an interesting fix since that part seems riveted or otherwise solidly attached to the frame.

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Old 05-06-2018, 03:20 PM
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Yep. That's what I'm afraid of...
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Old 05-06-2018, 11:45 PM
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Pics are worth a thousand words....
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:07 AM
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You can use a hammer pin all one piece with sear pin. I have one on my 39-2
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Old 05-08-2018, 07:01 AM
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Tell me more, please!
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:32 AM
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The button will be a pain to replace properly. We had a special tool to secure it in the frame. I needed one on my Mod 39-2 and I no longer worked at S&W so I used the above style hammer pin and sear pin instead. This was quite a while ago, I'm not sure but at the time I think I used a Mod 59-2 hammer pin and sear pin and shortened them to fit the 39. I'll see if I can get a pic of mine.
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Old 05-08-2018, 09:22 PM
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Thnx! I appreciate your efforts and info.
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Old 05-09-2018, 09:11 AM
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After looking at my 39, It was a later mod 59 pins cut down. works fine.

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Old 05-10-2018, 06:27 PM
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Thanks. I'll see if I can find the parts.
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Old 05-11-2018, 02:48 PM
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Got my eye on a 639 right now. Any idea of the going price for one?
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Old 05-11-2018, 06:15 PM
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639 is among the more loved of all the 2nd Gens -- with 2nd Gens (generally) being without argument the least popular of all the 1-2-3rd Gens. The 639 also occupies a unique place for the fan of S&W pistols because it is one of extremely few production models that combine these features:

Single stack 9mm
Full size
Steel frame

The only models that fit those criteria are all scarce. A steel frame 39 is one of only about 900 ever made, worth a couple thousand bucks. A 539 is the blued steel version of the 639, scarcely made -- hard to find and collectible. The 3906 is the 3rd Gen version and it was made in very short supply and can be difficult to track down. The only other that fits the criteria is the Performance Center Model 952, and those were hand-built elite target guns, admission is $2000 and up.

That makes the 639 a desirable 2nd Gen when many 2nd Gens are more "ahhh, okay."

If you are talking mint shape, original box and goodies, $750 would be a fair price for a buy in. Solid shape with very little wear and original box? Market is probably floating around $600.

Shooter grade, looks decent but no extras and maybe missing the stocks? Solid buy at $400-$450. (Good news is finding stocks is extremely easy)

My estimates are for fixed rear sights and the screaming 80's hooked trigger guard. Adjustable rear sight is worth a bit less (no matter what SCSW says) and the rounded trigger guard is definitely worth more.

Local markets vary -- and for sure, not everyone who offers one for sale knows that they aren't always easy to find. The above is merely my opinion, but if anyone wants to tell me I'm nuts (I may be ) make sure you can actually FIND and BUY it, because they aren't spotted as often as most 1st Gens and 3rd Gens.
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Thanks. I'll see if I can find the parts.
OK. Numrich had the parts you see, but for the 639. I ordered the plate cover and sear pin. I also ordered a new recoil spring, although I'd be surprised if this gun has had more than a couple of hundred rounds through it. School's out Friday. Hopefully I'll get the parts installed this weekend. I found a good video on YouTube that shows how to detail strip the gun. I had already figured 'slave pins' would come in handy.
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One popped up on a local forum. The owner's son was selling it because it had become too much for his dad, the original owner. I replied, made the deal and owned it within the hour.
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One popped up on a local forum. The owner's son was selling it because it had become too much for his dad, the original owner. I replied, made the deal and owned it within the hour.

I hate how jealous this makes me. Use it in good health!
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Is it wearing a Millet rear sight?
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