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I realize this will probably need to go up on Gunbroker but thought I'd give it a try here.

Up for sale is my ASP 9mm with three magazines and the original Seventrees holster and mag carrier (holster not pictured).

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The ASP was a custom made handgun designed and built by Paris Theodore, owner of Seventrees, Ltd. a custom gun leather shop in New York City from the early 1970s to 1987. The ASP was based on the Smith & Wesson Model 39 pistol. The ASP featured clear Lexan grips allowing the shooter to see how much ammunition is left, a rounded hammer, hooked triggerguard and no front sight. The ASP was responsible for later innovations made in the development of concealable handguns.

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The ASP was a reworked Smith & Wesson Model 39 or 39-2, employing a shortened slide; a fixed bushing (in lieu of the Smith & Wesson designed colletbushing); the unique Guttersnipe sight system; clear Lexan grip-panels; a fully ramped and throated, shortened barrel; and a smoothed and radiused profile to ensure no risk of snagging on the draw.

The fixed bushing was tightly fitted to the shortened barrel and dry-lubricated by Teflon-S, which was applied to all components of the pistol, with the exception of the clear Lexan grip panels. This coating is somewhat more durable than the more typical Teflon formulations used in cooking appliances and utensils. The unique sighting system, referred to as the "Guttersnipe", was a narrowing U-channel with fluorescent yellow panels that would form three triangles, all pointed at the target when the sight was properly aligned.
Checkering was kept to a minimum, and reserved for the frontstrap and backstrap, as opposed to the grip panels, which were smooth to prevent the drawing hand from catching prematurely on draw, thereby minimizing the risk of any misalignment of the pistol during presentation, aiming, and firing.
The ASP 9 mm handgun was made in either right-handed, or left-handed models, as the extended trigger guard (which included a recurved hook for the index finger of the supporting hand – one of the earliest known instances of such a feature) was cut away on the side of the strong-sided hand (which would depend on the handedness of the individual using the pistol).[2]
Included with the gun was a patented double magazine pouch which used a magnet to hold the spare magazines in place. The cost for the complete ASP modification package on a customer-supplied handgun was $475, and was done by a subsidiary company, Armament Systems and Procedures, Inc..

Production of holsters and magazine carriers for the ASP 9 mm were contracted out to Ken Null, who still produces those designs. Theodore ceased production of the ASP in 1987.
This is a 39-2 conversion. After I purchased the package I sent the holster and mag carrier to Ken Null, who has retired to Georgia, for refurbishment as the leather had cracked. The gun is in amazing condition with no wear marks or cracks in the Lexan grips (a common problem).

These guns appear for sale very rarely. Gunbroker usually has one or two each year at the most. Price for entire package is $4,000. The only trades I would consider is a Tom Bostic UMP45 conversion, a PSG1 or a like new HK93 plus cash.
 

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Damn, that thing is sweet! I always loved the look and the concept behind those pistols. Wish I had the cash!
 

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Always a treat to see another ASP come up again. Are you sure you want to sell it? Modern guns come and go but few really own a piece of history. They have really gotten scare in the last 10 years. I loved mine back in the day.
 

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@Shyster sorry to bring up and old thread but I was wondering who did the conversion on this ASP? Do you know if it was Paris or Kevin? Im looking at one similar to the one you had and am trying to figure out if Kevin marked all of them he converted and the unmarked ones with serials dated prior to 82 were done by Paris before he licensed it to Kevin Parsons? Any thoughts, info or ideas who to talk to would be greatly appreciated! BTW I am in Metro Detroit
 

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Mine was an original beauty. My best friend owns it now.
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@mmissile is yours stamped ASP anywhere on it? Do you know if yours was done by Paris or after he licensed it to Kevin Parsons? I am looking at a 39-2 like yours with a little earlier serial # and I am trying to figure out if it was done by Paris or Kevin. Did Kevin stamp all the ones that were sent in for conversion?
 

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@Shyster sorry to bring up and old thread but I was wondering who did the conversion on this ASP? Do you know if it was Paris or Kevin? Im looking at one similar to the one you had and am trying to figure out if Kevin marked all of them he converted and the unmarked ones with serials dated prior to 82 were done by Paris before he licensed it to Kevin Parsons? Any thoughts, info or ideas who to talk to would be greatly appreciated! BTW I am in Metro Detroit
Pretty sure it was Paris. Sold it long ago and sort of regret it but I have very few safe queens and couldn't bear shooting it.
 
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