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Old 12-14-2013, 09:09   #26
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Price please, web site don;t show gun's or prices.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:15   #27
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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, 10:19   #28
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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.
you mean the one across the street from another shop?

(I miss both the old shops...one was overpriced, the other had everything)
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:30   #29
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Price please, web site don;t show gun's or prices.
Which website? The gun hasn't been built in 15 years.

I paid $450 OTD.
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Old 12-14-2013, 10:32   #30
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you mean the one across the street from another shop?

(I miss both the old shops...one was overpriced, the other had everything)

Yeah, I used to go in both quite a bit when they were there.
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Old 12-14-2013, 11:22   #31
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Very nice. The blued hammer and trigger means your 5906 was made towards the end of the production run. I have heard the blued triggers and hammers are MIM, but no need to worry. An Armory Friend of mine said S&W used good MIM and he had less trouble fitting them. I need to do a report on my 5903.
This is one of those situations where the MIM parts are actually superior. S&W weren't exactly taking the time to hand-polish the critical surfaces on the hammers and other machined parts, so the roughness or smoothness of the surfaces was something of a crap shoot. The MIM replacements tend to be much smoother and produce better trigger pulls.
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Old 12-14-2013, 15:57   #32
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Nice! I bought my beater 5906 from aim when they were $299 a few years ago. Kinda like ruger wheel guns, 3rd gen steel smiths are built like tanks. Not sure how many rounds are through mine, but I know it runs like a clock with anything I feed it. I love the feel of steel!
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Old 12-14-2013, 16:34   #33
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Congrats Brian! That thing looks brand new.
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Old 12-14-2013, 17:01   #34
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Nice.

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Old 12-14-2013, 18:03   #35
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That hurts in a "wish I still had mine" kinda way. VERY good handgun in my exp. Congrats! Still trying to figure out, why I traded mine off years ago.
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Old 12-14-2013, 18:26   #36
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Very nice Bac!

It's beyond me why S&W stopped making those...
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Old 12-14-2013, 18:28   #37
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Very nice Bac!

It's beyond me why S&W stopped making those...
Thanks Cole

Unfortunately, they stopped making a lot of great pistols...
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Old 12-14-2013, 22:30   #38
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Congrats on a great gun, I love my 5906. I'm on my second, I ordered the first new on a special order and never should have let it go. The 5906 is hands-down my favorite 9mm handgun due to the slight recoil, excellent accuracy and tank-like durability. Mec-Gar mags are alI use in mine, I love the 17-rounders but the standard capacity 15s and the extended capacity 20s work with 100% accuracy. My current 5906 came with one factory mag, but after I replaced everything except the tube I installed the base adapter to make it into a mag for my 6906 and use it as a backup for that gun now.

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Old 12-14-2013, 22:33   #39
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I love third gen Smiths. Congrats.
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Old 12-15-2013, 11:12   #40
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Very nice Bac!

It's beyond me why S&W stopped making those...
I would imagine costs to continue to build them was skyrocketing as well as the polymer market was taking off during the same period.
Were they used to a great extent in LE?
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I would imagine costs to continue to build them was skyrocketing as well as the polymer market was taking off during the same period.
Were they used to a great extent in LE?
I know in NJ before the rise of GLOCK, they dominated the police holsters. Notable exception was the state police who carried the HK P7M8. Dover was Colt Government model. Woodbridge was the 92FS. But, I'm thinking 80% was some form of Smith Auto.
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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 12-15-2013, 15:17   #43
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That platform brings back memories. Good and bad. Stainless steel construction is built like a tank. If you need to crush a bad guys bones into powder…those guns could fill in.

My white t-shirt in the range portion of the police academy had a bloody red spot where I placed my support hand when doing one handed shooting drills. The sights somehow, cut my hand. Good training in case I ever had to shoot with bloody hands lol.

Good times…

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Old 12-15-2013, 17:09   #44
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Very nice 3rd Gen S&W collection.
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Old 12-15-2013, 18:49   #45
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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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Old 12-15-2013, 20:12   #46
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Very nice Bac!

It's beyond me why S&W stopped making those...
I would bet that if Smith and Wesson were still making third generation pistols they would be priced similarly to their 1911s or not alot less than current Sigs. Which means at least to some decision makers they could probably get almost two polymer pistols for each steel pistol.
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Old 12-16-2013, 10:58   #47
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My department transitioned to semi-auto's around 1989. We had a choice of the Sig P-226, first gen. Glock 17, or the Smiith 5906. I chose the Smith. Loved that gun. Shortest and sweetest trigger reset of and handgun I have ever owned, even beat out my Sig with a SRT. Sold it when I went to another department and carried a 4506, it was a tank. Joke was if our brakes ever went out we could tie a rope to it and use it as an anchor.

My 5906 did not have a black trigger or hammer, both were stainless. I still have my 3913 BUG/off duty gun from back in the day and it is a favorite sill for CC.

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Congrats on another nice S&W stainless.
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Old 12-16-2013, 11:55   #49
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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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Old 12-16-2013, 13:05   #50
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Nice find BAC! I picked up his brother, a WVSP issue 4006 a few weeks go!

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It will never happen, but a TSW version of the 5906 or 4006 would be on my short list for a duty pistol if I had a choice.
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