S&W Model 39-2 ASP
The 9mm ASP is a custom configuration of the basic S&W Model 39 designed and manufactured by Paris Theodore who also owned a custom gun leather business called Seventrees, Ltd. in New York City back in the 1970’s. He was asked by the U.S. Government to design a handgun for covert operatives. Some of his concepts were radical for the day but have now become standard on combat handguns 30 years later. The one pictured was customized even further with a complete action job, polished trigger and ambidextrous safety / decock since the originals were configured only for wrong handed people. The size of the slide, barrel and grip was chopped down to make it more concealable. He was the first to pioneer the idea of adding a finger hook to the front of the trigger guard to give the index finger of the supporting hand a better grip. All sharp edges were smoothed and rounded to prevent any snagging on clothing. The hammer spur was completely removed. You will notice there is not any front sight blade. The rear sight, known as a Guttersnipe, does away with the need for a front sight. When looking through the Guttersnipe sight the shooter sees three triangles all the same size when on target. Acquiring the target is instinctive and very fast. The grips are transparent lexan that allows the shooter to see how many rounds remain in the magazine that has also been completely redone to show the rounds in it. The frame and slide are coated with black Teflon-S.
Photo and information from: Tee Jay