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Pictured is the latest model 39 I stumbled upon. It was shipped in July of 1968. "gmborkovic" sent me a PM letting me know that this is the highest numbered model 39 he has in his data base. It came in the original box with 2 original magazines and a complete 39-2 slide (minus the barrel). It has a green front sight insert and a white outline rear sight blade which I can live with.
I had to replace the trigger play spring and trigger play spring rivet. It now functions perfectly. I will be shooting it soon.

"gmborkovic", thank you for the information.
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Nice looking shooter Model 39.
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Hello Ken, post a pic of the box label, pls. best
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Old 03-04-2020, 11:16 AM
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Pretty gun! I can't quite make out the SN but I've recorded Model 39s up into the 109XXX range. Is yours that high? There are even a few during the transition period with A prefix numbers. There are also some 39-2 guns with no prefix.
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Kevin, its 106103. If you have higher mod-39 numbers, I missed them.
This is an interesting transitional period. Mike
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Kevin, its 106103. If you have higher mod-39 numbers, I missed them.
This is an interesting transitional period. Mike
My issued 39 serial number is 300 higher. Note the modified split extractor.
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Hello capt, that is an interesting late mod-39 variant. Thanks for the post.
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Very nice! I wonder if the prior owner bought the -2 slide to save wear and tear on the original when firing. I've heard some of the extractors on the early models could be a bit delicate, plus hard to find if they end up breaking. Not a bad idea.
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My dept had our 39-nothings modified with that split extractor. I don't know how many other 39s had that mod. That particular 39 was first issued in 1968.
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Pictured is the latest model 39 I stumbled upon. It was shipped in July of 1968. "gmborkovic" sent me a PM letting me know that this is the highest numbered model 39 he has in his data base. It came in the original box with 2 original magazines and a complete 39-2 slide (minus the barrel). It has a green front sight insert and a white outline rear sight blade which I can live with.

I had to replace the trigger play spring and trigger play spring rivet. It now functions perfectly. I will be shooting it soon.



"gmborkovic", thank you for the information.
S&W 39-2 is one of the best guns ever created, easy, reliable, efficient. Respect whoever carries it, he knows what the gun is.

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Pictured is the latest model 39 I stumbled upon. It was shipped in July of 1968. "gmborkovic" sent me a PM letting me know that this is the highest numbered model 39 he has in his data base. It came in the original box with 2 original magazines and a complete 39-2 slide (minus the barrel). It has a green front sight insert and a white outline rear sight blade which I can live with.
I had to replace the trigger play spring and trigger play spring rivet. It now functions perfectly. I will be shooting it soon.

"gmborkovic", thank you for the information.
Yes Sir without doubt this is my favorite, by far, 9mm handgun!!!!., every time I see a picture and remember me inspecting one in the 80s at the gunshop in Buenos Aires y regret that I did not buy this gun!!!!!...
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"kennethg" very nice find! I have a later S/N 108919 model 39 that was shipped 11/69. It was an Illinois State Police pistol. There is a notable thread on this pistol. Interesting read.

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Mr. 625, thanks for your post. That is the highest mod-39 Sn. I now have in my data base. thanks for helping me tidy up my data. I now have the Sn. range of the 39 series from first to last. Pre 1001,11-15-54, to 39-2
A747148, 2-15-84. Total mfg.347,551. Thanks again, Mike
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Yes Sir without doubt this is my favorite, by far, 9mm handgun!!!!., every time I see a picture and remember me inspecting one in the 80s at the gunshop in Buenos Aires y regret that I did not buy this gun!!!!!...
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Did you see her at Pedro Worms y Cia?
Yes Sir,indeed!!!!! those were so happy days!!!!, I regret not buying this gun!!!!
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Yes Sir,indeed!!!!! those were so happy days!!!!, I regret not buying this gun!!!!
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For the members of the forum to understand Pedro Worms y Cia, it was an important gun shop in Buenos Aires (Argentina) and was a representative of Smith & Wesson, Remington and other top brands, unfortunately it closed its doors in 2009.
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Very nice. Bought one new in 74. Going for $125 back then. Bet ya had to pay a little more now!!!
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Beautiful acquisition! Rare weapon...I had in the early eighties a S&W M39-1 which had incorporated much needed improvements to enhance the 39s reliability. My 39-1 even cycled 158 gr SWC reloads (Yes, 158 gr swc .358 using data from a period gun magazine (I forgot which, perhaps NRA or Guns and Ammo)).

That 39 of yours is a rarity, and congratulations - thanks for sharing!
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Hello 38SPL HV, not familiar with a 39-1? Fill me in, pls. Mike
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No such animal. It was developed for the Army Marksmanship Training Unit in .38 AMU but S&W was worried about folks trying to fire 9mm in it so they changed the model number to 52. If your pistol fired 9mm it was either a Model 39 or a Model 39-2.
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Yes, it was 39-2 (which made the improvements to enhance reliability to the problems encountered in the base 39 model), my oversight...heck it’s was nearly forty years ago!
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