I'm checking out an S&W Model 59 at a local shop. They'll take $380 for it, and I'd say condition is about 80 to 90%. A bit of carry wear on the sharp edges, but generally nice condition and good blueing. Barrel is dirty from the last firing. The grips are about as wide as my hand can fit, but it points well and feels good. I have years of experience with handguns, so I'm not worried about the feel and handling.
o a buddy of mine inherited a S&W model 59 in 9mm recently. His father was a police officer in San Francisco during the 60's and 70's and it was probably his duty weapon.
We took the gun to the range (I was teaching him to shoot for the first time as well) and I walked him through the four rules as well as how to operate his weapon (once I figured it out).
The weapon is DA/SA, with a heavy but smooth DA pull and a very short, nice and light SA pull. The frame is aluminum and the gun feels very light for it's size. The slide-mounted decocker doubles as a safety. The gun came with one double stack mag.
This is a 1911 clone Smith & Wesson built in the late 70’s to early 80’s. Made in 9mm with a steel slide and aluminum frame, double stack magazine and safety/decocker/trigger disengage. Very popular in it’s time this model was adopted by many government agencies and originally came with nylon grips and two 14 round magazines.