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?
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