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Some SurvivalBlog readers often question me as to why I don’t do more articles on old, used, or classic guns. Well, if you cruise through my many articles, you will see that I do cover these types of guns all of the time. For example, if you look at my many articles on the 1911, you’ll read about this classic, which has been around for more than a hundred years. Even though there are many improvements made to the 1911 by various makers, it is still basically the same gun it was when it first came out.

I think many of us love to read about new guns and dream about owning them. Unfortunately, we aren’t well off financially and can’t afford all the new guns that seem to come out almost daily.

Many readers mistakenly believe that I own all of the guns I write about. Such is not the case; they are on loan to me from the gun companies. Sure, I’m able to purchase some of them, but most get away from me after I’m done testing them. I’m always on the lookout for great deals in a used firearm at the local gun shop I haunt and quite often find some outstanding deals on used guns. However, one is advised to closely examine any used guns for excessive wear and tear before laying down your hard-earned money. Even with my many years of experience working on guns and writing about them, I often find myself having to repair a used gun I purchased. Also, to be sure, the gun shop I haunt often asks me to repair some of the used guns they took in on trade. Most of the time it’s a quick and easy fix.

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The Smith & Wesson Model 59 may not qualify as a “classic” in the sense of the word or in the eyes of many gun owners, but it is. The Model 59 was the first successful DA/SA double stack 9mm handgun to come out in 1971. It was an updated and improved version of the Model 39 that came along many years before. However, the 39 only held 8+1 rounds of 9mm ammo. The 59 held 14+1 rounds, and it was considered by many as the first “Wonder Nine”. Yes, I know; the Browning Hi-Power came along back in the 1930s, but it was a single-action only 9mm pistol. The S&W Model 59 was the first in an unrelenting line-up of DA/SA 9mm handguns to come along that held a lot of ammo in the magazines.

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