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Old July 29, 2022, 09:56 AM   #1
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Did I land the most beautiful semi-auto pistol ever?

1975 Smith & Wesson 39-2

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Old July 29, 2022, 10:43 AM   #2
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Meh...it ain't no Sig 210.
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Old July 29, 2022, 11:10 AM   #3
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The 1st gen are definitely a work of art. I particularly like the grip contour and texture on the model 39, along with the nice old-school finish and deep bluing of the slide.

I'd probably rather own an excellent condition 1st gen than an excellent condition 3rd gen, these days. But that's purely due to the art value, since practicality would not really be a consideration (I got some decidedly less beautiful blocks of plastic and tenifer-treated steel for practical carry).

But yeah, where can you get anything built and finished like that today without breaking into the thousands of dollars?
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Old July 29, 2022, 11:32 AM   #4
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That was the first gun I ever bought - back in 1979. Very accurate, reliable and comfortable to shoot. My 39-2 was nickel plated. It was a fine concealed carry but not for the hotter climates.
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Old July 29, 2022, 11:39 AM   #5
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Did I land the most beautiful semi-auto pistol ever?

No.


Good looking? yes. Most beautiful ever? Not in my book, not even close.
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Old July 29, 2022, 11:56 AM   #6
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No, have you ever seen a model 52?
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Old July 29, 2022, 12:36 PM   #7
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Did I land the most beautiful semi-auto pistol ever?

No, sorry.

My full size SW 1066 that has been polished tops yours. Can you say "bling"?
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Old July 29, 2022, 01:05 PM   #8
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Ah, no

Are we counting the squishy trigger and 2 mile trigger reach? I think the trigger is easier to reach on a Coonan!
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Old July 29, 2022, 01:20 PM   #9
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Elegant gun, quality gun, great looking gun. Most beautiful ever? No.
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Old July 29, 2022, 02:27 PM   #10
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Beautiful semi auto

Second only to me Volquartsen Scorpion!
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Old July 29, 2022, 03:32 PM   #11
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Suppose, 200 years from now, archaeologists dig up a gun safe with six 9mm service handguns in pristine condition.

A P210 from the 1950's. A M39 from the 1960's. A P220 from the 1970's. A 92FS from the 1980's. A CZ75 from the 1990's. A G17 from the 2000's. And a M&P from the 2010's.

What conclusions might they draw about this time period?
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Old July 29, 2022, 04:49 PM   #12
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Suppose, 200 years from now, archaeologists dig up a gun safe with six 9mm service handguns in pristine condition.

A P210 from the 1950's. A M39 from the 1960's. A P220 from the 1970's. A 92FS from the 1980's. A CZ75 from the 1990's. A G17 from the 2000's. And a M&P from the 2010's.

What conclusions might they draw about this time period?
There was a time when Americans were free
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Old July 29, 2022, 05:34 PM   #13
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ever, no, but that is a very fine looking weapon.
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Old July 29, 2022, 06:55 PM   #14
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You guys are brutal. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Old July 29, 2022, 06:57 PM   #15
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Suppose, 200 years from now, archaeologists dig up a gun safe with six 9mm service handguns in pristine condition.

A P210 from the 1950's. A M39 from the 1960's. A P220 from the 1970's. A 92FS from the 1980's. A CZ75 from the 1990's. A G17 from the 2000's. And a M&P from the 2010's.

What conclusions might they draw about this time period?
They would think people used paper weights for defense in the 2000s?
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Old July 29, 2022, 10:09 PM   #16
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Second-most, maybe?
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Old July 30, 2022, 06:34 AM   #17
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Well, I more or less agree with the OP, although mine is far from pristine. Still, it's one of, if not my favorite semi-auto. I've owned a couple of others that were in much nicer shape, but never a nickel one.



Close runner up.

Beretta 84F, 380.

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Old July 31, 2022, 03:08 PM   #18
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That Beretta 84 is very nice.
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Old July 31, 2022, 05:11 PM   #19
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Tough crowd!! It is actually beautiful! Congratulations!
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Old July 31, 2022, 05:17 PM   #20
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Old July 31, 2022, 08:57 PM   #21
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I hate to hurt a guys feelings but I’m afraid you missed out. Below is the most beautiful S&W cf auto pistol. The model 52
38sp WC. It is dripping with class.


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Old July 31, 2022, 09:48 PM   #22
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You have a fine-looking gun, and it's one you can be proud of.
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Old August 1, 2022, 08:22 AM   #23
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Nice gun but a P08 Luger has that something special about it that puts it in a whole different league.

The Walther PP floats my boat too. Classic lines and gorgeous finish.
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Old August 1, 2022, 12:53 PM   #24
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Very nice! Congrats! I can't argue much with your taste in guns, although I'm partial to the "full size" version of that gun. Here's my 52 and 952:




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Old August 2, 2022, 01:44 PM   #25
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I get that people have their likes, but one thing I can't abide that I thought we all agreed upon, slide mounted safeties or just the worst for looks alone.

In my mind, the old S&Ws will never look good just because that slide mounted safety is just so glaring. Delete is even worse with that circle missing piece.

Has lines...but all ruined with the safety.

For me.
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