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.