Anyone ever convert a Model 39 into a 38 Super?

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Anyone ever convert a Model 39 into a 38 Super?

Post by LenV on 2/7/2015, 4:46 pm

I am curious if anyone has ever thought about turning a S&W 39 into a 38 Super. I know the barrel twist is 1:18.75. Wolfe makes extra strength recoil springs and the magazine will easily hold a bullet with a case length of 1.120". The barrel has an interesting lock up but I think it could be worked with and the bushing could be tightened. I am playing with the idea of shooting it in a steel match. If that doesn't work then I will have really beefed up a CC pistol.

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Post by Virgil Kane on 2/7/2015, 5:44 pm

Len,

Chapter 26 in George C. Nonte , Jr's book "Pistolsmithing is devoted to converting a S&W Model 39 to 38 Super.






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Post by Virgil Kane on 2/7/2015, 5:55 pm

I might add that I had once though of doing this conversion on a S&W Model 59 but decided that I really wasn't gaining much seeing as how this conversion could only use light bullets in the 90-100 grain category. That and my 59 wasn't the most accurate pistol in the world. This was my issue gun we had to buy from the department I was with and  to tell the truth anything that was more that 30 feet from me I would have been more accurate throwing the gun instead of shooting. Shocked

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Post by LenV on 2/7/2015, 6:17 pm

Thanks Virgil,

  I have been yakking with my local pistol smith since you posted the first response. He can get the reamer. I just need to find a suitable barrel to have it done with. I would want to keep the original as a 9mm. My 39 (439) is pretty accurate as is so wouldn't want to end up with something that wasn't. He had the book you mentioned just needed pointed in the right direction.

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Post by Virgil Kane on 2/7/2015, 8:01 pm

Your might work better. Mine was the original Model 39. IL State Police went to it and lots of other LE Agency's in IL followed suit with that and the M-59. The original aluminum frame 39/59 were a pleasure to carry but kind of lacking in the accuracy department.

Good luck with your venture. Let us know if you do it and how it works out.


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Post by LenV on 2/7/2015, 9:17 pm

Will do. Found some new barrels in stock. I have to wait till Monday to find out what twist they are.

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