SOLD FOR: $1075
Make: Smith & Wesson
Serial Number: 62839
Year of Manufacture: 1955-1970
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Double Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol with Decocker
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 number above “MODEL 39”. 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.”.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade, integral to the slide. The rear sight is a square notched leaf in a base that is adjustable for windage.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip panels are checkered walnut with smooth borders and S&W medallions. The backstrap of the grip frame has blunt checkering (from the factory), the butt has a lanyard loop. There are some scattered compressions and draglines. The most noticeable compressions are on the right panel at the top. There are a few little nicks and light scratches. There are some light handling marks. The checkering is strong with a few little nicked peaks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, these grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Polished & Matte Blued Slide, Gloss Black Alloy 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. There is some oxidation on the sides of the trigger and the stud behind the slide stop. There are a few scattered little nicks on the frame, most noticeable on the dust cover. There is some finish loss on the edges of the frame. There are a few light rubs on the matte portions of the slide. There is light handling and standard operational wear. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates 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 is crisp. 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 an 8-round magazine, manual, and a blue S&W cardboard box with metal reinforced corners and a serial matching label.
Our Assessment: This Model 39 from Smith & Wesson has seen some light use but still looks great for a gun over 50 years old. 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. It comes with a box and a magazine to get you started. This pistol would make an excellent addition to a Smith & Wesson collection or serve the buyer for decades to come as a carry gun or recreational shooter. Please see our pictures and good luck!