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Old 12-13-2013, 12:27   #1
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Picked up a mint Smith & Wesson 5906! :)

This gem came into my local shop a few weeks ago and was still sitting there the last time I was in. Being that is was in new condition and certainly a great example of the 3rd gen Smiths, I decided to grab it.

The 5906 is one of the 3rd gen iterations of the classic model 59. It is fully stainless steel and comes with a 15 round mag. It was produced for 10 years, starting in 1989, so there are plenty of examples around. However, this is the cleanest one I've ever seen. I can't find a mark on it anywhere. I really like the 3rd gen pistols, due to their heft and durability. The triggers are ok for what they are, but certainly not "match" grade target triggers or whatever that means. The 5906 was certainly one of the most popular Smith autos of its day. Personally, I think its a great looking and great shooting pistol (though I haven't shot this one yet). It features an ambi safety/decocker, front strap serrations and trigger guard checkering. This particular example has adjustable white dot sights.

There really isn't a whole lot more to say about it. Its just a soft shooting, tough as nails 9mm that hasn't been produced in about 15 years. I do own a few other 3rd gens, to include a 3906 and 4006. The 5906 and 3906 use the same slide, I believe. The 4006 is the double stack 40S&W and it has a thicker frame and slide compared to the 5906, among a couple other differences.

I'm sure there are plenty of 5906 owners here. What is your opinion of them?

As always, please enjoy the pics and share your thoughts.

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Old 12-13-2013, 12:28   #2
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I was always of the belief that two is a couple, three is a few, and four is a collection.

...so now I can say I have a "collection" of 3rd gens.

From left to right they are the 3906, 5906, 4006, and 1006. The "6" designates stainless steel. Amazingly, every one of them is in mint condition just waiting for their next trip to the range...


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Old 12-13-2013, 12:39   #3
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Another nice acquisition.

BTW, I think I know that gun! I was handling a 5906 off the used counter last time I was at T~~~~.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:43   #4
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Another nice acquisition.

BTW, I think I know that gun! I was handling a 5906 off the used counter last time I was at T~~~~.
Bucky, I picked it up here...

http://www.americanarms.net/default.asp

They actually had two for a while, but one was not nearly as nice.
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Bucky, I picked it up here...

http://www.americanarms.net/default.asp

They actually had two for a while, but one was not nearly as nice.
That makes sense. When I looked at the one I mentioned, I don't recall it being so mint. I was fixated at the time on the 938 so I wasn't paying too close attention.
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Old 12-14-2013, 08:57   #6
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Bucky, I picked it up here...

http://www.americanarms.net/default.asp

They actually had two for a while, but one was not nearly as nice.
ah......HA!!!!!!

now I know!!!!! all this time I wondered where the hell you find these pistols!

they are a nice group of folks...but, watch out for the attack dog.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:15   #7
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ah......HA!!!!!!

now I know!!!!! all this time I wondered where the hell you find these pistols!

they are a nice group of folks...but, watch out for the attack dog.
Yeah, I do most my business there. I also do all my Gunbroker transfers there.

In fact, I did business with the owners 20 years ago when they worked at another shop.
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Old 12-14-2013, 17:34   #8
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Congrats Brian! That thing looks brand new.
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I like the lines! What a beauty.

I only own S&W revolvers...

Is this their signature pistol (pre-polymer)?
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:42   #10
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Very nice. That's the first semi auto I got to shoot. I'm sure the current polymer M&Ps are fine products and I know sales drive what gets produced. But, I think it's a shame S&W quit making metal frame autos besides the 1911.
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Very nice. That's the first semi auto I got to shoot. I'm sure the current polymer M&Ps are fine products and I know sales drive what gets produced. But, I think it's a shame S&W quit making metal frame autos besides the 1911.
They quit making them after Glock took their market share!
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I want one so bad. I want to get an ugly one, though. My next two guns are going to be a 4506 and a 5906.

I have a 4506-1 that is just too pretty to shoot. It has a history to it, too, nothing important to the world. My wife gave it to me as a Christmas gift years ago. An older couple that she knew forever through her family had bought the gun as a home defense weapon. The man was a Korean War vet.

When he passed, his wife sold it to my wife for a very low price and said she just wanted me to have it because her husband liked me. So you couple the beauty of the gun with the story, and it's a total safe queen. It's only been fired 16 rounds by me, and probably none by the man who bought it and kept it all those years. The wife moved to Florida to be near her children, just so you don't think I got her gun and left her defenseless.

Sorry to kinda hijack your post. Your gun is beautiful, as they always seem to be.
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I want one so bad. I want to get an ugly one, though. My next two guns are going to be a 4506 and a 5906.

I have a 4506-1 that is just too pretty to shoot. It has a history to it, too, nothing important to the world. My wife gave it to me as a Christmas gift years ago. An older couple that she knew forever through her family had bought the gun as a home defense weapon. The man was a Korean War vet.

When he passed, his wife sold it to my wife for a very low price and said she just wanted me to have it because her husband liked me. So you couple the beauty of the gun with the story, and it's a total safe queen. It's only been fired 16 rounds by me, and probably none by the man who bought it and kept it all those years. The wife moved to Florida to be near her children, just so you don't think I got her gun and left her defenseless.

Sorry to kinda hijack your post. Your gun is beautiful, as they always seem to be.
Great story. Yeah, I would keep that one in nice shape. The 4506 is an awesome pistol.
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I was always of the belief that two is a couple, three is a few, and four is a collection.

...so now I can say I have a "collection" of 3rd gens.

From left to right they are the 3906, 5906, 4006, and 1006. The "6" designates stainless steel. Amazingly, every one of them is in mint condition just waiting for their next trip to the range...


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Very nice 3rd Gen S&W collection.
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Beautiful 5906, bac!!!!!


I had one of the early 5906s, with the 'ears' and squared triggerguard.

I really liked that pistol, but, it was galling itself to pieces.
S&W couldn't figure it out, when I sent it back for the grip recall in the late '80s, early '90s.

Some seem to think that the slide and gripframe were the same hardness of stainless.



The trigger was fairly nice, but, the safety was really stiff, on my pistol.
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Beautiful 5906, bac!!!!!


I had one of the early 5906s, with the 'ears' and squared triggerguard.

I really liked that pistol, but, it was galling itself to pieces.
S&W couldn't figure it out, when I sent it back for the grip recall in the late '80s, early '90s.

Some seem to think that the slide and gripframe were the same hardness of stainless.



The trigger was fairly nice, but, the safety was really stiff, on my pistol.
Thanks.

Yeah, stainless has come a long way from the late 80's, thankfully.
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Love the third gen Smiths, love the satin finish stainless.
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I thought you weren't buying any more guns this year .
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I thought you weren't buying any more guns this year .
Lol, just one more yet, Gregg
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