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Two Guns
03-21-2010, 17:37
I was just wondering if anyone carries a S&W model 39 anymore?I have one and was thinking of carrying it again.I know the 8 rounds are much but they carry so good. So how about it guys.

Two Guns
03-22-2010, 17:41
Here is a pic of my 39-2 made in 1978 or 1979.

MinervaDoe
03-23-2010, 20:28
I still have my 6906. I don't shoot it much anymore, but I do remember when it used to get a lot of range time.

There was a time when Smith's "Wonder Nines" were all the rage. I'd carry my in a heartbeat. If I was going to carry it, I'd like to get some rangetime on it to get proficient at the double action first shot again.

Two Guns
03-25-2010, 19:21
I still have my 6906. I don't shoot it much anymore, but I do remember when it used to get a lot of range time.

There was a time when Smith's "Wonder Nines" were all the rage. I'd carry my in a heartbeat. If I was going to carry it, I'd like to get some rangetime on it to get proficient at the double action first shot again.

What are you waiting for?:embarassed:

Glock 17L
03-25-2010, 19:29
I used to have both a 3913NL & a 3913LS & they are slim & lightweight 100% reliable with anything & everything I ever fed them & carry great..
I'd have to think that the M39 would make a great carry gun & if 8 rounds of 9mm para won't get you threw a gun battle you need to carry a rifle..
I have a buddy who has just about every M39 ever made, He collects them & swears by them totaly..

den888
03-25-2010, 19:59
My Dad had a 59 and I have a 459 (from 1985). S&W autos are extremely reliable and some of the best autos made. They are not really popular now, but in my opinion, they are great pistols.

I say, carry it !

MinervaDoe
03-25-2010, 20:36
What are you waiting for?:embarassed:
... not bring a smart alec or anything, but I have a Glock 26 and and a Kahr MK9 which shoot circles around my 6906 and both are more concealable . .... I said "If I was going to carry it" ....
Still, it would be fun to take it out for a day at the range.... :supergrin:

It just took a lot of practice to make that double action first shot as accurate as the single action shots.

COWBOYSHOOTER
03-26-2010, 19:20
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/Sabotage68/39.jpg

:wavey::cool:

Two Guns
03-26-2010, 19:29
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/Sabotage68/39.jpg

:wavey::cool:

I see you have a very old Model 39 with the long extractor.Do you carry it often?

mesteve2
03-26-2010, 19:44
I had their autos and they were if-y.

Might work and might not.

Today it is Glock .45gap's or Sig's that I would carry.

They are known to go band when you need them too.

In Texas Leo's use mostly Glock's or a few Sig's.

Use what the pro's do. They know what works.


:embarassed:

Two Guns
03-27-2010, 16:50
I had their autos and they were if-y.

Might work and might not.

Today it is Glock .45gap's or Sig's that I would carry.

They are known to go band when you need them too.

In Texas Leo's use mostly Glock's or a few Sig's.

Use what the pro's do. They know what works.


:embarassed:

I can't say I know of any LEO's that use the 45 gap's.I really can't recall anyone I know that has a gap.

azdick
03-27-2010, 17:33
I carried a M39 when they were first adopted by the Il State Troopers -- great carry gun, especially concealed. The early models were not certified for +p so if yours is one of those, check #s with S&W and see if yours fits in that category. If so, avoid hot loads, but enjoy!

COWBOYSHOOTER
03-28-2010, 15:19
I see you have a very old Model 39 with the long extractor.Do you carry it often?

I have carried quite a bit! Carries good, shoots GOOD! Mags is expensive. carryin a P40 Kahr these days, just because its really small. The 39 isnt hard to conceal though. If the 39 was the only handgun I had...I wouldnt be the least concerned. I did replace the extractor when I first bought the gun. Its a no-dash :cool::wavey:

Webley Green
03-28-2010, 17:16
My 39-2 is nickel and is a safe queen. If I had a second one in blue finish, I'd carry it. I even have the Uncle Roy pancake holster in smooth black finish to carry it in. I've picked a few extra magazines over the years, normally at gunshows and at very reasonable prices. Can't say as I've seen them much in the last few years. g

MinervaDoe
03-28-2010, 17:17
I remember prior to these guns earning the moniker of the "Wonder Nines" (due to S&W investing in state of the art Computer Aided Manufacuring), they had a reputation for needing to go to a gunsmith for "tuning."

After Smith improved their manufacturing quality, they had a reputation for feeding anything you put through them. Prior to that, you kind of needed to know a reputable gunsmith.

I'd carry my 6906 with no hesitation. It conceals well too.

CajunBass
04-24-2010, 04:29
I've had two 39's and traded them both off. I wish I hadn't and may well look for another one one of these days. They're good carry guns IMHO. The ones I had worked just fine, and they looked like a million bucks. I did carry that one for a couple of years in an Uncle Mikes pancake holster.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/SW39-21.jpg

One of the reasons I got rid of that one, the last one I had was I couldn't find a good holster for it. The Uncle Mikes, although it wasn't bad, would wear out and start to flopping around. Since I got rid of it, naturally, I found out that Don Hume makes a J.I.T. Belt Slide holster, in leather, for them.

Master T
04-24-2010, 04:57
I still have my 39 S&W. This was my favorite gun, until I got my Glock 23 and 27.

It just always felt good in my hand , double action, and I could hit just about anything with it moving or stationary. My all time favorite! Tried the model 59 S&W, but the grip was just too wide.

Shoulder holster was my favorite carry of choice with this weapon.

Don't sell it, trade, or even give it away!

Tim

silverado
05-06-2010, 22:21
The 39-2 is a fine gun. Have a nickel version that is in great shape. Heck its older than me. I do carry it every day. Easy to conceal because of width. Galco high ride Fletch holster is what it rides in. Are some custom makers that make nice stuff for the 39 as well. I have fed mine several hundred rounds now of every thing I had on hand. It eats anything. Yeah I know only nine rounds, but carrry a spare mag to. Truly a great gun. Looking for a blued version for carry and keep the nickel for pretty.

bac1023
05-10-2010, 02:25
I have a 3906 that I carried once or twice.

David Frost
05-12-2010, 20:52
I've had several 39's, 59's, 659's, 6906's, 669's and 3913's, not to mention the 4500 series guns. All were exceptional off-duty or on-duty guns. I just picked up a 3913TSW for a very good price. It shoots great and I carry it off-duty quite often.

Berto
05-18-2010, 17:45
I have the 3913, I really like it so far.

m4arc
06-03-2010, 05:46
Here's my Model 39 built in either '55 or '56:

http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee64/oclvtrek/100_8677.jpg
http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee64/oclvtrek/100_8676.jpg

I haven't carried it yet but I certainly could if I could find a nice IWB holster.

DFin
04-07-2011, 21:58
The U.S. Navy SEALS carried them during the Viet Nam war. They were modified to accept the Hush Puppy suppressors and had raised front and rear sights so that the sights were not blocked by the suppressor. I guess they had extended barrels too so the suppressors could be attached.

CajunBass
04-09-2011, 10:37
I said in my earlier post that I might look for another one, and I did. I got this one back about Christmas. I was carrying it, until I got bit by the revolver bug again. I've found that the holsters I've got for a Colt Commander work just fine for the 39-2. I don't think I've ever had one of the three (now) that I've owned that malfunctioned.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b292/CajunBass/handguns/100_0206.jpg

I'll go back to it.

FM12
05-05-2011, 22:35
Used to carry one as a duty weapon as a rookie cop. Seems I replaced it with a Browning Hi Power/9MM or Govt 1911/45 acp. Never a problem or malfunction with mine.

clarkstoncz
09-18-2011, 09:09
Nothing but problems with my (used) 59 that I bought for duty carry.

A friend carried a nickel 39 and also had more than few jams with it.

I soon went to one of the brand new Glock 40 calibers, even before they marked them G22s.

My buddy went to a Glock 19 after he shot my .40 at the range.

I did take a chance and bought a used 1076 about 8 years ago that turned out to be a real shooter.

COWBOYSHOOTER
09-18-2011, 09:27
Nothing but problems with my (used) 59 that I bought for duty carry.

A friend carried a nickel 39 and also had more than few jams with it.

I soon went to one of the brand new Glock 40 calibers, even before they marked them G22s.

My buddy went to a Glock 19 after he shot my .40 at the range.

I did take a chance and bought a used 1076 about 8 years ago that turned out to be a real shooter.

Problems with a 3rd gen Smith & Wesson is more than slightly unusual. I ditched the Glocks and went back to the 3rd gens. I got no complaints. Bought em all used. My 59 looks like roadkill but functions perfectly. :wavey:

G33
09-18-2011, 11:36
I had their autos and they were if-y.

Might work and might not.

Today it is Glock .45gap's or Sig's that I would carry.

They are known to go band when you need them too.

In Texas Leo's use mostly Glock's or a few Sig's.

Use what the pro's do. They know what works.


:embarassed:

Your story of Smith autos is always the same.
Iffy!

My Dad had a M39 no-dash.
From 1970 to his death.
I used it for a number of years with no problems.
From there, I owned a ton of Smith autos.
All reliable.
Still have a bunch.

The 39s and 59s finally broke the revolver hold on US law enforcement.
Glock is just a johnny-come-late.
:supergrin::supergrin::supergrin:

stumpjumper
09-21-2011, 09:55
I just bought a like-new 39-2 yesterday with 5 mags. I was really surprised on how well it shot. The only thing it needs is one of the S&W emblems on the grips and it would be 100%. Now all I need to find is some leather for it.

preventec47
03-16-2012, 07:20
I found a beat up 39-2 in a pawn shop and bought it cheap.
When I found out it shot real well, I removed the wood grips
and replaced with electrical heat shrink to give me the thinnest possible grip ever. Kinda like wrapping the grip with
very heavy duty cellophane kitchen wrap. The gun looks like dog poop but the grip is now thinner than the Keltec 380 AT.

Fantastic for inside the waist carry now.

banger
03-16-2012, 14:07
For me, it's a 39-2 Blued...

I have never found a pistol that I find more comfortable than these.

I have strayed many times, but always came home to an M-39.

It's funny, truth be told, I just finished cleaning one of mine only a few minutes ago.

GREAT shooting weapons.

countrygun
04-04-2012, 15:55
I still carry my 639 often. even though the stainless frame is no lightweight.

http://i648.photobucket.com/albums/uu208/countrygun/IM002430.jpg

I would love to find a 3913

captcurly
04-05-2012, 10:32
Owned two Mod.39s and one Mod.59 in the 1970s. Carried a Mod. 469 from 1986 to 1988 when the Dept. went to Glock. Never had a problem with Smith pistols. I wish Smith would re-issue the Mod.39 beause I would purchase on ASAP. I still have several magazines for the 469.

clarkstoncz
05-24-2012, 04:05
Anyone carrying a 469 these days, the orginal S&W min-gun.