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Smith & Wesson Model 39
Smith & Wesson Model 39
Production information
Manufacturer

Smith & Wesson

Type

Semi-automatic pistol

Technical specifications
Size

Length

  • 19.2 cm
Feed system
  • 8-round detachable box magazine
Fire mode(s)

Semi-automatic

Ammunition
  • 9×19mm Parabellum
Operation

Short recoil

Usage
Era(s)

Mid 20th-22nd century

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The Smith & Wesson Model 39 is an American-made semi-automatic pistol chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum.

OverviewEdit

The Model 39 was designed as a potential replacement for the Colt M1911A1 in United States military service. It was the first American-designed double action pistol to be marketed in the United States, behind the German-made Walther P38. Although it never won any major military contracts, the pistol did see limited use with special forces units during the Vietnam War.

AppearancesEdit

In Aliens, Private Vasquez carried a Model 39 with pearl grips as her backup sidearm as opposed to the standard-issue Heckler & Koch VP70. She notably uses it during her attempted escape through the Hadley's Hope ventilation ducts.

TriviaEdit

  • Vasquez's sidearm returns as a "Legendary Weapon" in the video game Aliens: Colonial Marines, known as Vasquez's Pistol, despite the fact it was almost certainly destroyed by the grenade explosion in Aliens. Furthermore, the pistol in the game is erroneously based on a Colt M1911 instead of a Model 39 like it should be.
    • It is somewhat ironic that Vasquez's Model 39 was replaced by a pistol based on the M1911, as in real life the Model 39 was designed to replace the M1911 in US military service (although it failed to do so).

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