Well, I have been looking for a proper nightstand gun for a while now and have gone through about a dozen over the years. I decided for a nightstand gun I don't like: magnums, big bores, tac lites, night sites, lasers, polymer frames, alloy frames, compact frames, DAO, SAO, low capacity, or jam-o-matics. I decided to stick with 9mm, DA/SA, and stainless steel.
So I have opportunity to pick up a pistol I don't know too much about: a S&W 639, which is a 2nd generation, full sized, stainless, DA/SA 9mm with an 8+1 capacity and adjustable rear sight. Supposedly this one is accurate and feeds any ammo flawlessly, and the trigger is supposedly better than most other Smith autos. Comes with 4 factory mags and extra grips. Round count unknown, but it looks to be in very nice shape.
I figure heavy frame combined with 9mm and 4" barrel will minimize recoil. Single stack and good ergos provide a very comfortable grip. This will not be a carry piece. This is an earlier 639 (early 80s?) with left-side decocker and rounded trigger guard.
I'm thinking I'll probably give it a try. Anyone with any experience with the 2nd generation 639 have any opinions? I checked the usual forums and it seemed like 90% were of the opinion it was the best steel DA 9mm ever made, and 10% said theirs either jammed frequently or broke. What do you guys think?