When did the Smith and Wesson Model 39 come out?

When did the Smith and Wesson Model 39 come out?

Overview. In 1949, Smith & Wesson began development of the Model 39 DA semi-auto in caliber 9×19mm Luger. Smith & Wesson began selling the Model 39 commercially in 1955. This is considered a first generation pistol. Since the Model 39 came out, S&W has continuously developed the design into its third generation pistols now on the market.

What is the difference between the S&W Model 39-2 and Model 39 2?

The same features as the original first-generation model, but is distinguished by a shorter coil-spring-actuated extractor. Note that some S&W Model 39-2 hammers have a hole drilled in them and some do not. This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol.

What kind of gun is a Model 39?

The Model 39 was a double action pistol. It was 7.44 inches long and weighed just 26.5 ounces empty with a four-inch barrel. It was a recoil-operated handgun using a modified version of the Colt/Browning locking system used on handguns such as the 1911.

When did the Smith and Wesson Model 59 come out?

The new pistol, called the Model 59, hit the U.S. domestic market in 1971. The Odyssey of the Smith & Wesson Model 39/59, from its Germanic origins to the gun shops of America and the jungles of Vietnam, was unique and very much a product of the Cold War.

What is the difference between the S&W Model 39 and 59?

S&W brought out the Model 59 in 1971 – basically the Model 39 with a 14 shot magazine for greater firepower, and the grip improved to a more 1911-friendly angle, albeit a very FAT 1911 angle. This pistol came out at the right time and enjoyed more success than the Model 39.

What is the difference between a Model 39 and a 39-2?

The 39-2 is like the 39, except it has a different extractor that uses a coil spring. While the gun I purchased has an aftermarket nickel finish, factory nickel guns were available, and demand a premium nowadays. Once you get past the crude machine work, the Model 39 points and handles well.