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Lot 1779: Smith & Wesson 439 Pistol 9 mm parabellum

Auction Date: November 30, 2012

Scarce Smith & Wesson/Armament Systems & Procedures Model 439 ASP Pistol with Original Soft Case, Two Extra Magazines and Manual

Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,500

Scarce Smith & Wesson/Armament Systems & Procedures Model 439 ASP Pistol with Original Soft Case, Two Extra Magazines and Manual

Manufacturer: Smith & Wesson
Model: 439
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm parabellum
Barrel: 3 1/4 inch round
Finish: matte black
Grip: plastic
Stock:
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Catalog Page: 311
Class: Modern Handgun
Description:

Designed in the 1960s by Paris Theodore, abstract artist, holster maker and (self-proclaimed) CIA independent contractor, the ASP takes a basic Smith & Wesson pistol (a Model 439 in this case) and "remanufactures" it into an ideal defensive carry pistol, optimized for long term concealment and rapid deployment. During the process the pistol is shortened, edges rounded and smooth, hammer bobbed, the trigger guard trimmed on the right side and the sights replaced with a one-piece "Guttersnipe" sighting plane. The grips are transparent Lexan with matching cutouts in the magazine to permit assessment of remaining ammunition. Included with the pistol are a pair of extra magazines and a copy of the owners manual. Appearing in Maj. Geoffrey Boothroyd's 1970 book "The Handgun", the ASP was later adopted by fictional legend James Bond; though the films continued using the PPK, the novels of Fleming's successor John Gardner had Bond take up the ASP in 1984. Inlcuded with the pistol is the original factory soft case featuring internal magazine pouches.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, with 95% of the matte black finish, showing some bright wear along the high edges and scattered handling marks. Some mild dents are present on the sight. A few thin cracks are visible in the grips, which are otherwise very good. Mechanically excellent



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