S&W Model 439
I have recently aquired a Model 439 as my first handgun. I just have two questions since I am really not familiar with handguns. 1, if were to trade this in for a more modern handgun, about how much can I expect to get for it and 2, I have problems with aqcuiring the target and aiming properly because the fron sight tends to dissappear particularly while shooting indoors/low light. Is there any type of luminescent paint I could apply to make the sight brighter for easier targeting?
Money wise around here they are going for about $450 give or take $50 depending on condition and if you have box papers and all that junk. Now a dealer will not give you that much. Probaly about $300 at best. I have tried a few different paints and they are a pain. Keep coming off. Take it to a good gunsmith and see what he suggest and then research it. Good luck.
You might try the inexpensive Nitesiters in the advertising link at the top of the page. One of our regular forum members here, JeffWard, gave them a "glowing" review a short time ago. A quick search should turn up the thread.
Here, I'll make it easy for you: http://www.nitesiters.com/ and NiteSiters Product Review (5 Days).
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Thanks for the info, I'll check into the sights. I don't know if I'll get rid of it anytime soon, I'm growing acustom to it.
I recently bought a 539, same gun with a steel frame. It is the most accurate 9mm pistol I have ever shot in over 35 years of shooting handguns, and is very comfortable to hold and to shoot. It ia also easy to carry because it is slim. I looked for one for sale for years before I found it.
I'd recommend you keep shooting that old time pistol, get to know it a little better-it will shoot and feel better as you get used to it.
Try this site :
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Go to the autopistols section, register and search for Model 39 and 439, then post asking for information on your pistol-give them the SN and tell them it's your fires handgun, etc.
The 39 series-what you have-is extremely popluar and there are quite a few on that forum who are real fans of these pistols.
IMO, any of the later 39's-like yours-are first rate carry pistols, excellent shooters, reliable and accurate.
I'd never sell it.
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