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I added yet another classic S&W to the collection :)

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by bac1023, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. bac1023

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    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/ViewItem.aspx?Item=308583309

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?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. :supergrin:

    Thanks! :)


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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012

  2. glock2740

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  3. All the S&W semi owners. Bac is coming! HIDE YOUR GUNS!
     
  4. bac1023

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    :rofl:

    No, this is it.

    At least for a while. :cool:
     
  5. Rick C

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  6. bac1023

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    Thanks Rick. :cool:

    Its one of the earlier models, I guess.

    That was a lot easier than trying to date my 39. :dunno:
     
  7. 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.


    The A serial numbers are when they started keeping good records in the 70s, when the feds started to get off their asses because of the 68 GCA.
     
  8. countrygun

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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.
     
  9. bac1023

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    No, just a 6" 19.

    They are great revolvers though. :cool:
     
  10. Bruce M

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    Very nice find! I have seen more steel frame 39's (two) than I have seen 539s.
     
  11. bac1023

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    Thanks Bruce.

    Yeah, the 539s are not very common. This is the first one I've seen in years, actually.
     
  12. 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.
     
  13. rv4driver

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

    J
     
  14. bac1023

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    Thanks. I thought it was a great deal too. :)
     
  15. bac1023

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    Thanks, my friend.

    I've passed on a couple guns I really regret as well.
     
  16. bac1023

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    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. :cool:

    Here's mine. :)


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  17. 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. :supergrin:
     
  18. 38 Super Fan

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  19. countrygun

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    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