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Old August 13, 1999, 03:10 PM   #1
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Perhaps you can answer a question that was asked of me recently. I shoot an old S&W Model 39-2. I was asked if that was the pistol that was used by the U.S. Navy SEALs in the '60s. It could have been as far as I know, but do you know for sure?
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Old August 14, 1999, 01:17 PM   #2
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The Seals did have a modified S&W M39 based on the steel frame version of the gun. It had higher sights (higher and uglier than the protective ears on the 4506) so as to look over the suppressor (about 5" long, slightly under 2" in diameter), a modified slide stop which served as a locking mechanism to keep the slide from cycling (hush hush). The latter was held on by a castle nut. Supposedly it was used to kill dogs (hence the nickname, "Hushpuppy"). An experimental version built on the higher capacity (evil evil evil) M59 was also built.

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Old August 14, 1999, 08:56 PM   #3
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4V50 Gary, thank you for the information. I had never heard about this before. It's amazing what you can find out if you get in touch with the right people.
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