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Old 10-06-2012, 11:52   #1
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I added yet another classic S&W to the collection :)

In discussions in my thread yesterday about my new S&W 39, the rare steel version was mentioned several times. I added that one of the 39's descendants, the seldom seen 539, was basically a steel 39. All the while I knew that my favorite local shop had one in the case for a few days.

Well, all that talk made me want to grab it. I do about 75% of my over the counter purchases and ALL of my Gunbroker transfers at this shop. Because of that, they usually give me a huge discount on used guns when they buy them cheap and their margins are high.

This 539 is in the same beautiful condition as the the 39 I bought yesterday. They gave me $100 off the $519 price tag it had on it, so I got it out the door at $450. Its not the amazing deal I got yeaterday, but still a great deal in every way. The 539 is not common and Gunbroker prices are usually over $600 for models in great shape. That's when they're on there. Many times, I don't see a single 539 listed.

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=308583309

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=308749725


At any rate, the 539 has the guard on the rear sight and a steel frame, but otherwise its basically the same gun as the 39. I'm not sure the exact number S&W made, but it was between 5 and 10,000. That's rare compared to many other Smiths. They were only built from 1982-1985.

Can anyone tell me which of those years mine was produced based on the serial #?

Anyway, please enjoy the pics. As always, I appreciate your thoughts on my latest addition. I've bought quite a few S&W handguns this year.

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Old 10-06-2012, 11:52   #2
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:55   #3
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Damn Brian! You're on a roll brother!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:13   #4
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All the S&W semi owners. Bac is coming! HIDE YOUR GUNS!
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:15   #5
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All the S&W semi owners. Bac is coming! HIDE YOUR GUNS!


No, this is it.

At least for a while.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:17   #6
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Nice.

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Old 10-06-2012, 12:38   #7
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Nice.

1982 A745001 A806399
Thanks Rick.

Its one of the earlier models, I guess.

That was a lot easier than trying to date my 39.
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Old 10-06-2012, 12:44   #8
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Very nice shooter. Do you have a 3 inch model 19 revolver by any chance? Or a 2.5 inch? Those are my favorite Smith's of all time.


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Old 10-06-2012, 12:45   #9
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Nicely done. The whole "39" series is a field, specialty if you will, that has been overlooked. There are several "variants" and enough model changes to make it, I think, almost more interesting than collection the "dash" numbers of some Smith revolvers.
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Very nice shooter. Do you have a 3 inch model 19 revolver by any chance? Or a 2.5 inch? Those are my favorite Smith's of all time.

No, just a 6" 19.

They are great revolvers though.
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Very nice find! I have seen more steel frame 39's (two) than I have seen 539s.
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Old 10-06-2012, 15:08   #12
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Very nice find! I have seen more steel frame 39's (two) than I have seen 539s.
Thanks Bruce.

Yeah, the 539s are not very common. This is the first one I've seen in years, actually.
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Man, that is nice Bac. I passed on one a few years ago, and kicked myself for that.

I do have a really nice 59-2 on layaway.
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WOW! Nice catch! Immaculate by the looks of the pics. And a steal, to boot!

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WOW! Nice catch! Immaculate by the looks of the pics. And a steal, to boot!

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Thanks. I thought it was a great deal too.
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Man, that is nice Bac. I passed on one a few years ago, and kicked myself for that.
Thanks, my friend.

I've passed on a couple guns I really regret as well.
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I do have a really nice 59-2 on layaway.
I have a nice nickel 59. I honestly didn't know Smith made a -2 model in the 59 model line.

I learn something new every day.

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You know...now that I look at the paperwork from the shop, it doesn't say it's a -2. I had just assumed it was based on most of the 39's I see being -2. I'll have to check the next time I'm in there and see.

That one's on the back burner for right now anyway. I've got a line on a nother 24-3, 44 Special. The semi can wait.
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You know...now that I look at the paperwork from the shop, it doesn't say it's a -2. I had just assumed it was based on most of the 39's I see being -2. I'll have to check the next time I'm in there and see.

That one's on the back burner for right now anyway. I've got a line on a nother 24-3, 44 Special. The semi can wait.

IIRC the -1 or fist change was a change to the feed ramp on the 59, -2 was the change in the factory sights. Somewhere in there ther wa also an extractor change IIRC.

Some of the first 59s had some feeding problems that were corrected by a change in the feed ramp
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