Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Gun Pr0n #135

Today's gun pr0n is an old school piece:

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2

The model 39 was introduced in 1955, some six years in development bringing it to market. It was the first American double-action semi-automatic pistol, using a modified Browning Hi-Power locking principle. It's a single-stack (8 round capacity) recoil-operated, locked breech all-steel auto-chucker; the double-stack version (model 59) would appear some 15 years later.

This particular model belongs to Dad G.; he dusts it off twice a year for his quals (LEOSA and also NH PI) and scores Expert Marksman every time (apparently the shooting skills skip a generation or two in the G. family; I'm hoping this means TheBoy is a natural). Brought it along on the range trip with Lissa a couple weeks back and was positively amazed at how easily it broke orange clays at the 25 yard berm.

One could do a lot worse than one of these fine pistols, that's for certain.

That is all.


libertyman said...

The nice thing is they are still reasonably priced and available. I bought an older one, new in the box 39 for a very good price. What year was your Dad's made?

Lissa said...

I am purely tickled you're getting so much blog fodder out of our range trip! Yay!!

Weer'd Beard said...

And they put a Mag Disconnect on it!


TOTWTYTR said...

I have the third generation version, the 3914. It points and shoots tremendously. I was using it's bigger brother, the 5906 at the Northeast Bloggershoot and someone remarked how I was hitting whatever it was I aimed at. That's a tribute to the gun, not the gunner. And to be complete, I have the 6906, which is also a great shooting carry weapon.

Lissa, if and when you decide to carry for self defense the 3914 or 3913 Ladysmith weapons are good candidates. They are a bit lighter than the 39, because they use an alloy frame, not a steel one. Other than that, they are very similar.

Weer'd Beard said...

"Bloggershoot and someone remarked how I was hitting whatever it was I aimed at. That's a tribute to the gun, not the gunner."

That was Lyssa and I. and I think you deserve at least SOME credit!

TOTWTYTR said...

Maybe Weer'd, but even a blind squirrel finds and acorn now and then! ;)

Thanks, though.

Dr. Feelgood said...

Late to the party but just a note of interest. My Dash2 is an alloy frame. It is comfortable to carry, to the tune of about 1.5 pounds lighter than the BEagle, and recoil isn't much snappier. My only problem is finding mags.

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