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Old 12-15-2013, 13:43   #41
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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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Old 12-15-2013, 14:01   #42
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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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Old 12-15-2013, 16:17   #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, 18:09   #44
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Very nice 3rd Gen S&W collection.
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Old 12-15-2013, 19:49   #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, 21:12   #46
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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?
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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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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, 12:55   #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, 14:05   #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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Old 12-16-2013, 17:05   #51
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Great gun. One of the few guns I wish I had not sold. I bought one around 89 or 90, it was accurate and reliable. I sold it because I needed the money a long time ago, now my monthly cell phone bill is more than I got for it. I really wish I still had it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 18:18   #52
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Very nice S&W Gen 3 collection.
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Old 12-16-2013, 18:31   #53
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Very nice S&W Gen 3 collection.
Thanks, much appreciated.
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Old 12-18-2013, 17:20   #54
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Nice grab bac! Sweet lineup there bud, want that 4006 so bad.

I have a question, just picked up a mint 4506 that has the frame like your 1006 in the pic (no step) and it has the square trigger guard. Is that fairly rare? I have seen maybe one other like it after searching google images for 1006's and 4506's extensively. It has the sliver trigger and bobbed sliver hammer with grooves. Also has the sliver adjustable rear sight. It shoots incredibly well and accurately. Not a scratch on her. S/A is almost too light and perfect!

Thanks in advance and enjoy your new toy.

EDIT: Also it has a capital 'L' stamped on the upper left side of the trigger guard.

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Old 12-18-2013, 17:38   #55
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Nice grab bac! Sweet lineup there bud, want that 4006 so bad.

I have a question, just picked up a mint 4506 that has the frame like your 1006 in the pic (no step) and it has the square trigger guard. Is that fairly rare? I have seen maybe one other like it after searching google images for 1006's and 4506's extensively. It has the sliver trigger and bobbed sliver hammer with grooves. Also has the sliver adjustable rear sight. It shoots incredibly well and accurately. Not a scratch on her. S/A is almost too light and perfect!

Thanks in advance and enjoy your new toy.

EDIT: Also it has a capital 'L' stamped on the upper left side of the trigger guard.
I believe the earlier 4506 models had the squared trigger guard, but I'm not 100% sure. Not really rare, but not as common as the rounded trigger guard.

Do you have a pic?
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Old 12-19-2013, 03:33   #56
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They had three evolutions on that trigger guard, which is funny. I like the last version with the rounded profile.
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They had three evolutions on that trigger guard, which is funny. I like the last version with the rounded profile.
I also prefer the rounded trigger guard. My 3906 has the squared guard and it looks funny to me.
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Old 12-19-2013, 20:04   #58
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Great find. Congrats.

I have an old S&W 39-2, 9mm that I bought new about 30 years ago. It has the wooden grips. It is still in the original box. Only has about 100 rounds through it and still looks like new.

I have not fired that gun in many, many years. I guess it is time to take it out and get it dirty!
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Great find. Congrats.

I have an old S&W 39-2, 9mm that I bought new about 30 years ago. It has the wooden grips. It is still in the original box. Only has about 100 rounds through it and still looks like new.

I have not fired that gun in many, many years. I guess it is time to take it out and get it dirty!
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Yeah, I've got a couple model 39's. I have an old no dash and a 39-2.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:32   #60
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Very nice! I love the 3rd gens, and I particularly love the 5906: of all the guns I regret selling, the one I regret most is the 5906 I special-ordered in the late 90s.

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