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Old 06-29-2020, 04:55 PM
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I am new to this side of the forum...I spend most of my time in the 1980-present revolver section, but I came across a model 39-2 and I am hoping to get some pricing advice on it.

It looks like a fairly clean copy to me.

See photo below. Thank you in advance.
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Nice condition 39-2.....in Montana it would be about a $400-450 dollar gun if it had the box etc.

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In Texas too. Around $400-$425 w/o the box.
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From the Sn. appears to be a 1973-74 era mod-39-2. One pic makes it difficult to ascertain condition. For me, $590 is high end on retail. You stated you are a rev. guy. Before you jump to the dark side, do some research.
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Many were made and with most guns condition is everything. A shooter with no box is a good gun and will bring years of service but the price is as stated above in most areas...some exceptions.
BUT...a LNIB example could almost double the price to the right buyer. They are only LNIB once and not being made any more.

I have 4 39-2's, 2 nickle and 2 blue. One of each is LNIB but I don't shoot them so they have no application outside of pride of ownership. The blue shooter on the other hand goes to the range regularly and has been a joy to have. The DA pull isn't as nice as my 3rd gens (not really close) but the SA pull and reset can't be beat! Very tight groups and 100% reliable with standard load ball ammo in any of the regular grain weights of 115, 124 or 147. They also feel very good in the hand.

Smooth shooting and great looking is a good package. I suggest you give it a try as they aren't very expensive. New recoil spring and you should be good to go. Let us know what you decide! All threads need pics...
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$590 without box, papers, and in used condition is a Gunjoker price. I'd say $400-$450 would be reasonable.
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That looks to me to be a $400 gun around here (Virginia). Mine is a 1977, came with original box, docs, tools but did NOT have the spare magazine that these guns usually shipped with (my understanding). A exact correct mag (thin floorplate, S&W logo, black follower) cost me another $53.00 off of flea-bay so my package ended up around $425 all said and done.

I do admit they are very nice shooters, quite accurate, a pleasure to shoot, no felt recoil to speak of, but I spent too much non-shooting range time, loading that 1 mag, so definitely need the extra mag.

The other thing is the lube during maintenance. They don't like wet, and they don't like dry is what I've heard, and can now verify....so just minimal amounts of your quality gun oil on the rail/slide....kinda like a Glock.

That price tag is too high unless you are in California...those prices seem to be 15 to 25% higher than the rest of the country it seems. I would use the finish wear around the trigger guard, the "shiny" rail drags at the muzzle end, a little denting on the grips, the lack of a spare factory mag as negotiating starters and maybe offer $375 cash, be prepared to go up to maybe $450 but I wouldn't get any further out there, unless the owner does have the box, docs, tools and extra factory mag stashed somewhere. I do not usually use the box, docs, tools (or lack thereof) as any kind of negotiating point because most LGS either don't know the worth of these items, or they do and have already jumped in a fairly healthy premium. If they don't know then why tip them off?

The other thing that might work to lower the price is ask how long they have had it...some of the LGS here will drop the price (high to begin with) on used guns about 10% every 30 days, after 60 days from when they acquired it, until the price they will accept is about 60 to 70% of the ticket. They don't change the ticket at all (hoping somebodies drool will impulse buy), but if you ask you never know...after all it is unsold inventory to them, not a treasure, and to pay the bills they need to move inventory.
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From what I was seeing, I thought it was priced too high, but wanted some expert opinion. Thank you for confirming what I was thinking.

The shop that has this is unlikely to reduce his price because he almost out of guns and doesn't see his availability increasing any time soon. Of course, because of that I'm not likely to bring it home any time soon.

Thanks, again.
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I paid $200 for mine with a serial number close to yours, A195xxx. But...
that was 40 years ago. $590 seems a bit high, but all firearms are selling at a premium price now due to the covid-19. Go ahead and get it if you want it. It might be a long while before prices come back down. And in a year or two from now, it will be long paid for and the price won't matter any more.
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As a follow up comment on prices I think you can always do better on a local deal if you can find it. The only issue there is to find the one you want at the price you want in the hands of someone local. I'm in the midwest and while there are plenty of guns around it is slim pickings for the older stuff. I haven't seen a 39 listed local for a couple of years. This can influence what a person will pay when they find that "one".

Example: I have a LNIB 3913LS. Have been on the lookout for a 3913NL to go with it. Seen a couple over time but none local. Passed on the couple I did see as they weren't the right one. Finally ran across the "one" I wanted and paid $600 plus fees. Maybe a little more than the value some would place on it but it was worth it to me and I am very happy.

The only person you have to satisfy is yourself. Do your homework to know the value's involved so you don't get taken then go after what suits you. A few bucks one way or another are soon forgotten when you are 100% satisfied with your purchase. I certainly am...

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Correction on my 39-2. I checked my FFL log books, and see where I told you wrong...I paid $450 OTD for my "package" and another $53 for the factory original correct magazine off of flea-bay so my complete package ran me $503.

I believe Ihump1961 is spot on when he says, if you see the one you want a few bucks either way is not going to make a big deal because these are not made anymore, and you just don't see them come around locally (the only way I buy too) very often.

Add to this the fact with this covid stuff these days, all of my local LGS just don't have any guns to sell, new plastic or old used guns. I saw last week a beater Model 10, 4" looked like old police trade in, finish pretty well gone, don't know about timing and lockup. It went for $550 and with background check and tax I'm sure the guy paid around $625.....but the only revolver up for instant grabs at that shop.

Looking over my gun pics I ran across where I put my Model 39-2 up against my favorite 9mm, the Browning Hi-Power just a year ago yesterday. As I said....very accurate at 10 yards, but you really need at least 2 mags to stay up with the double stack BHP.

I would say all in all....go back and see if that 39-2 is even still there and grab it if you can. I see you are in North Carolina. That means you are too close to Mike (GM...) who is one of the top dogs (read "hoarder") in the Model 39's.

Best of luck in whatever you decide.
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Given the recent uptick in prices, I would expect to pay $500 here for just the gun and a magazine and as said above up to twice that with a box, papers and extra magazine..
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From what I was seeing, I thought it was priced too high, but wanted some expert opinion. Thank you for confirming what I was thinking.

The shop that has this is unlikely to reduce his price because he almost out of guns and doesn't see his availability increasing any time soon. Of course, because of that I'm not likely to bring it home any time soon.

Thanks, again.

The economic principle of supply and demand. Supply is limited and demand is currently very high, so prices naturally seek the balance point of the maximum which demand will support.
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I paid 400 for mine with 2 mags no box
98%. About 1 1/2 years ago.
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