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    I've owned a few 9mms in my life, mostly Browning Hi Powers. I never cared for the 9mm much, it kicked almost as much as the 45, threw the brass into the next county and required jacketed bullets for reloads. Things have changed, the 9mm is now the cheapest round to shoot in the world. Good US made brass cased boxer primed Winchester goes for $10 a box and foreign is even less expensive. At a local gun show 500 rds of Fiocchi, which is top of the line Italian ammo was $107. I found this S&W model 39-2 at the local gun shop for $550.
    It is a very interesting weapon. Designed in the mid 1950s, it was an improvement on the Walther P38. Designed to be sold to the US Army as a replacement for the 1911A1, this was the first US made 9mm automatic. The Army changed their mind about adopting a 9mm so the S&W company peddled it to the Navy where it was an issue pistol for Navy Seal teams and a command officers weapon.
    It was the first US made double/single action pistol. It has a safety/decocker similar to the P38 and can be carried with the hammer down on a loaded chamber safely. The frame is aluminum and the slide steel, It has adjustable sights, and is an extraordinarily beautiful weapon. S&W quality is evident across the board and on the single action mode the trigger is target grade. It is very accurate and was the basis for the very successful Model 52 .38 Spl target pistol. The trigger seems funny at first, but after you are accustomed to it it is great. I was wildly successful as a police sidearm and was made until double stack magazines became popular then it was offered in three other configurations. I haven't seen one for sale for 20 years so when this came up, I jumped on it. This example is about 42 years old, shows some holster wear but beyond that, it is in fabulous shape. When Trump was elected, our 2nd amendment rights were safe for at least the next 8 years so I celebrated by adding this piece.


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    Oh Boy! Great piece. I had a M39 in the late 60's and a M59 in the 70's. Of the two the 39 is the best but I wish I still had both of them.

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    Sweet Dave!

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    Pretty cool, good price for one that nice; great bit of background info on that particular model as well!
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    Dave, I really enjoy your finds, I am tempted to retain you on my behalf!
    Best,
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    That's one of my favourites Dave, congrats!

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    Beautiful pistol!
    Carry on. And, I mean carry.

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    That's really nice. We can't own pistols in the UK but I would like something similar if I could.
    9mm is an intresting caliber, easy to manage in terms of recoil so double tapping is a breeze but lacks out right power.
    My father in law gifted me an ex Rhodesian army Star model B 9mm pistol for use when I visit them in Southern Africa, it's good fun to shoot but even on a large baboon it might take two to stop him.

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    Hi John,
    Interesting that the FBI now went to the 9mm over the 40 S&W. They use very deadly projectiles that are designed to penetrate 12-18" and then stop. Very lethal. We recently had 5 folks from Vallejo do two home invasion robberies in one night. Shot the guy at the first house wounding him. Got nothing. Went to another larger house 5 miles away and shot that guy 10 times (He fought back) killing him and got nothing. They've legalized ganja in Calif so now it's robbin' time because they have no money. And we've had another school shooting. They regularly schedule a mass shooting either a false flag massacre or a disturbed loner led by the hand by the FBI, to move us one step forward toward confiscation. Most of the false flag shootings are held on the same day as a scheduled drill or similar event and are full of "Crisis actors" who act like victims and it all kind of melds together but the American public is too busy to look beyond the first row of trees. Boston Bomber, Sandy Hook School, San Bernardino and your London Bus bombing were all parallel incidents with a drill at the same time. Today's Florida shooting they had two separate fire drills. The Las Vegas massacre was so screwed up that they are having a tough time covering it up.

    Bottom line, don't get shot with anything. Try 9mm CorBond projectiles.

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    I fully intend not getting shot (I have heard it hurts a bit) nor shooting anyone else!
    Just noting my (very limited) experience with 9mm, admittedly it was a large baboon (100lb+) and very angry

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    The caliber argument between 9mm and .45 is near moot with ammunition advances in hollow point technology, hence the Federal and many State PDs are moving away from 40S&W back to 9mm.
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    The 9mm is much easier to deal with and is also quite accurate. The firearms using it are a bit smaller and lighter than say a 45. The name of the game is hits and placement. Baboons? I'll tell you John, I think that they are about as dangerous an animal as anything made. Teeth, power and a brain. Bad combination.

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    My in laws garden has Baboons, monkeys, both green and black Mamba, 3 types of cobra and occasionally the odd pride of lion walking through. Hence the need for a pistol when walking about.
    Bloody good fun though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
    Hi John,
    Interesting that the FBI now went to the 9mm over the 40 S&W. They use very deadly projectiles that are designed to penetrate 12-18" and then stop. Very lethal. We recently had 5 folks from Vallejo do two home invasion robberies in one night. Shot the guy at the first house wounding him. Got nothing. Went to another larger house 5 miles away and shot that guy 10 times (He fought back) killing him and got nothing. They've legalized ganja in Calif so now it's robbin' time because they have no money. And we've had another school shooting. They regularly schedule a mass shooting either a false flag massacre or a disturbed loner led by the hand by the FBI, to move us one step forward toward confiscation. Most of the false flag shootings are held on the same day as a scheduled drill or similar event and are full of "Crisis actors" who act like victims and it all kind of melds together but the American public is too busy to look beyond the first row of trees. Boston Bomber, Sandy Hook School, San Bernardino and your London Bus bombing were all parallel incidents with a drill at the same time. Today's Florida shooting they had two separate fire drills. The Las Vegas massacre was so screwed up that they are having a tough time covering it up.

    Bottom line, don't get shot with anything. Try 9mm CorBond projectiles.

    Hi Dave.

    Can you elaborate a bit more on these "parallel incidents" that you speak of? I am quite interested in learning more about the "American state of fogginess as we march towards total confiscation of our firearms".

    thanks.
    Carry on. And, I mean carry.

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