I have a chance to purchase a S & W model 639 in 9mm. The gun is stainless with a satin finish and wood grips and eight shot magazine and would like to get an idea of how old it is and what it is worth.
They were produced 1981-88. Early models had a rounded trigger guard; latter models had a squared guard with serrations on the front. One in excellent shape ~$425-450; less if in apparent used condition. Great pistol!
I own one of these guns, and the previous quote is not correct. Your gun, if it has the rounded trigger guard is worth $550 in very good condition, $5 or $10 bucks less if the squared guard. If you have the box, even better. One just sold on gunsamerica for $575, with something like 10 bidders going after it, so, that shows alot of interest. Keep the gun, you have a nice QUALITY piece, that will only be worth more a few more years down the road.
When Smith & Wesson introduced the Model 39 in 1966, the gun was the first double action auto made in America. It started a revolution. Interestingly, about a thousand frames for the Model 39 were manufactured by S&W nearly a decade before the gun was released. Examples of the original Model 39 in NRA Excellent condition sell for more than $1,000. NIB examples will go for nearly $2,000.
The S&W Model 639 - introduced in 1984 - represented the first of the Second Generation autos. It was essentially an improved version of the Model 39, made in stainless steel. These do not hold the same level of collector interest and sell for quite a bit less than their earlier, carbon steel or aluminum frame cousin (Model 39s were available both in aluminum and steel frames).
Current book value for the Model 639 (round or square trigger guard) runs between $350 and $400. NIB examples will go for $500 or more. Prices will, of course, vary region to region, but you should consider these numbers as base value and go from there.
The gun is made of Palladium not stainless steel, the clips are stainless and it come with 2, and a gun cleaning kit.It does have a satin finish and wood grips. The clips does hold 8 and 1 in the chamber. I bought mine in 1987 and only shot it 8-10 times. I think I paid a little over $400.00 then, and the gun shop ordered it for me. Far as the value- On today's market Palladium is going for $623.00 per oz so not sure of the value of it but I would not take anything less than $1,000.00 although its not for sell cos I love this gun !!!
You have to be kidding!
Perhaps you are confused by the fact that this pistol fires the 9mm Parabellum cartridge . . . I guess that word looks enough like "palladium."
what is this gun worth retail
Look at my previous post above. Not much has changed on these guns value-wise since I wrote that a year ago. That post should give you enough to go on.
$350-$400 if in good condition the 659 is more valuble because it has hi-cap mags. The 639 is a great pistom a 2nd Generation S&W originally from the model 39 design. I believe the only changes between the two were sights and finish. The pistol was made in the 80's
from the model 39 design. I believe the only changes between the two were sights and finish. The pistol was made in the 80's
J P why would you you waste your time and everyone elses (esp)mine to tell someone to look at post 9 months back?
Just answer the mans question or be silent . Even im wondering but you have told me nothing.
What in the world are you talking about? I haven't written anything on this thread for 9 months.
The last post before yours was written 9 months ago.
He is right!
"Palladium is a chemical element with the chemical symbol Pd and an atomic number of 46. It is a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal discovered in 1803 by William Hyde Wollaston. He named it after the asteroid Pallas, which was itself named after the epithet of the Greek goddess Athena, acquired by her when she slew Pallas. Palladium, platinum, rhodium, ruthenium, iridium and osmium form a group of elements referred to as the platinum group metals (PGMs). These have similar chemical properties, but palladium has the lowest melting point and is the least dense of them."
Okay, none of us were arguing the existence of palladium, but Smith & Wesson never coated a gun in palladium, much less made one out of it. I don't think you could make a working gun out of palladium, not one small or light enough to call a handgun anyway.
Anyone who's ever taken a chemistry class knows that there is such a thing as palladium. JP was referring to the poster's comment that the gun was made of it. Why are you dragging this up anyway?
Great Caesar's Ghost!
I have no idea what the history of the discovery and classification of palladium has to do with a stainless steel S&W Model 639.
Another internet idiot drive by snark...just delete and ban the guy!
I thought 'palladium' was a rock concert hall in upstate NY???
Didn't I go see Kid Rock there back a year or so ago????
Oh, wait a minute... that was in Manassas, VA... in January... or was it March... not sure...
Quite funny, Bill. Thanks for your sense of humor!
That said, it is time to lock up this old and ridiculous thread.
Wow, forget palladium, I'm gonna name this thread Lazarus, resurrected every year or two for SIX years! It's older than all three of my dogs... put together!