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    Howdy from Appalachia

    Great site. Lots of expert opinions to be gleaned.

    Got a Question. I want to get the advice of those who live and breath this stuff.

    Was thinking about purchasing a S&W Model 59. Doesn't have original packaging, but the gun itself is in fine condition. I don't know much about the 59 other than it is considered a classic. This particular gun has rubber handles. Can anyone tell me when this gun was made and roughly what it is worth? The serial number is A38XXXX.

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    Thanks in advance!
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    son,

    Welcome!
    It looks like your 59 shipped 1977-1978. It will go for different money depending on locale. If it is mechanically "right" and a 95% or better gun, I would opine $400.00.

    Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by mmitch View Post
    son,

    Welcome!
    It looks like your 59 shipped 1977-1978. It will go for different money depending on locale. If it is mechanically "right" and a 95% or better gun,I would opine $400.00.

    Mike

    +1 About the same here PLUS it will continue to go up in value.

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    Cool

    Welcome to the forum from sunny Florida.

    $400-$450 in my area of the country.

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    Thanks. Here's a little something I made for your troubles. A 1280x1024 Desktop of the S&W logo on brushed metal, if the website software doesn't scale it down.

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    What about general home defense? I mean, if it is a classic, should it be used as such? Who would drive their '63 Stingray to work every day?

    Mike, help me with the lingo. What does "95% or better" mean?

    1 old, why is this gun prone to increase in value?
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    Cool wallpaper, mind if I use it?
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    son,

    Muchas Thankyas fer that fine logo.
    95% means that about 95% of the original finish is intact, and assumes perfect mechanical condition. 0311 will have his own input on the increasing value, but I will state this, "That model 59 is like real estate, they ain't makin' no more of either."

    If you bought it to shoot, shoot it, if you bought it as an investment put it away with regular maintainance to stave off any rust. It is not, today, considered a rare gun, but your grand-son may, someday, think differently.

    Mike

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    As for home defense any gun is better than no gun The only - i have read about the 59's is they might not cycle hollow points. I have read some will and some wont and I want hollow points in my defense pistols. Black Talons are in the mags of my carry guns. As far as using it at the range I'm sure any 59 will eat up any fmj. If you're looking for a Smith auto like this as a home defense gun then look for a 2nd or 3rd series unit. It sure is a purdy one and you cant have just one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter View Post


    Cool wallpaper, mind if I use it?
    Sure. I hate that the website software scaled it down so much. I have all the brand in a widescreen format (1280x800) which is slightly less resolution. Enjoy.

    Gun Logos pictures by solomons_song2 - Photobucket

    To listen to you guys, one might think this gun is something of a legend.
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