SOLD FOR: $1,225
Make: Smith & Wesson
Serial Number: 106175
Year of Manufacture: 1957-1969 (a later serial number was issued as a General Officer’s pistol in 1969)
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Double Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol with Decocker Safety & Magazine Disconnect
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SMITH & WESSON” with the four line Marcas Registradas address, the left side of the frame is marked with the serial and model numbers. The right side of the slide is marked “PAT’S PENDING”. The right side of the frame is marked with S&W’s monogram logo. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “P”. The top of the barrel is marked “9MM CTG.”. Each magazine floorplate is marked “S&W”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade, integral to the slide with a red plastic insert. The serrations of the sight have been painted red. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer-click adjustable for windage.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The backstrap of the grip frame has raised checkering (from the factory), the butt has a lanyard loop. The grip panels are bordered checkered walnut with S&W medallions at their tops. The grips have some light compressions and scrapes, most concentrated in the right panel above the checkering. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, these grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Black Alloy Grip Frame
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 95% of its metal finish. The slide and frame have a few scattered light marks. The safety lever has some light marring and minor surface oxidation. The outside of the extractor has finish wear. The barrel has light operational wear and minor discoloration from oxidation at the chamber. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The pistol features a magazine disconnect safety, thumb safety that doubles as a decocker and a nice slide to frame fit, with little measurable play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, single action has a smooth takeup followed by a crisp break with a short reset. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with a two-piece blue cardboard S&W box with metal-reinforced corners and serial-matching label, manual, and a single 8-round magazine. The box has scattered light wear and some light fraying at corners, in about Very Good condition. The magazine shows light operational wear, intact feed lips and a strong spring in about Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This model 39 from Smith & Wesson is in about Very Good-plus condition. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion, about 95% of the finish remains and overall, this is a great example of a first generation, single-stack, Smith & Wesson semi-automatic. The aluminum frame makes it lighter than it’s all-steel forbears though it feels more solid than it’s polymer-frame descendants. This is one of the earlier 39s, with the original long extractor, made between 1957 and 1969. It comes with its original box and one magazine. This pistol would make an nice addition to a Smith & Wesson collection or serve the buyer for decades to come as a carry gun or recreational shooter. Ammunition for this 9mm pistol is widely available and reasonably priced. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R Pistol CAN be sold as a dealer sale in California but CANNOT be transferred as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) as our Simi Valley location. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.