Hmmm, he must have been carrying it cocked! In SA mode. These are DA/SA. I can't believe it would have fired DA from hopping a fence.Those are neat, my Dad has a 39-2, I think a nickeled 39 too, I forget, he bought a bunch of 1st and 2nd Gen Smith autos over the past 10 years. These were S&W's first attempt to break into the "semi auto service pistol" world.
My gunsmith's wife carried a 39 no dash when she was a cop, he was telling me how he meticulously maintained it for her and most of the other officers' guns were cracking frames and breaking extractors.....
The 39 no dash was also notorious because of a few cases of them going off with impact while the gun was holstered, a story I read about an LEO that was paralyzed when he jumped a fence and the 39 went off and shot him.
I think S&W corrected these issues with the -2.