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Old 05-12-2012, 18:15   #1
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S&W 5906 info please

I am about get a S&W 5906 for a fair deal. The gun is in gteat shape. Its a 2 owner with a low round count that is not a police trade in. The deal isn't my question it's about the 5906 itself. I havent shot a 59 series gun in a awhile and am not super familiar with the 5906. My wife and I are going to use it as a primary vehicle gun and for general defense. I have plenty of other pistols to fill every niche except for her car. I know it's a bit on the heavy side, but I think that will be good for her when it comes to recoil. Will the gun handle +P ammo well? Please give me general info of any kind secifically about the model 5906. Would like a lot of feedback! Thanks!

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Old 05-12-2012, 18:30   #2
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All stainless steel construction, I see no reason in the world why you can't fire +P out of this gun. The 3rd Gen S&W's are known for their toughness. Maybe install a new recoil spring, it's hard to tell when it was last changed, if ever.
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Old 05-12-2012, 18:52   #3
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I carried one as a duty weapon for a number of years. It was well used when it was issued to me, yet despite that, I put a lot of rounds through it and never had a problem. It was a good, sturdy, reliable gun.

As you mentioned, it is heavy. It was like carrying a brick on my hip. But if it's going to be your car gun, that's not really an issue for you. And yes the weight will help with recoil.

Don't know about the +P ammo. It's sturdy enough that I would imagine it's rated for +P, but I would still find an owner's manual or check with S&W to find out for sure before feeding it any +P rounds.

I give it a thumbs up. I wouldn't mind adding one to my collection.
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Old 05-12-2012, 19:15   #4
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Third gen smiths are very reliable, and shoot very well. They never really became as popular as sig or beretta, mainly due to their weight and a slight stigma that never went away. Those that shot around that era, understand. You simply were not as cool with a smith, but a sig or beretta was Ok. The smith was like an entry level gun, and others were what you got when you realized what you were doing, or something similar to that.... It was pretty sad, actually, because the smiths were great guns...


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Old 05-12-2012, 19:36   #5
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Third gen smiths are very reliable, and shoot very well. They never really became as popular as sig or beretta, mainly due to their weight and a slight stigma that never went away. Those that shot around that era, understand. You simply were not as cool with a smith, but a sig or beretta was Ok. The smith was like an entry level gun, and others were what you got when you realized what you were doing, or something similar to that.... It was pretty sad, actually, because the smiths were great guns...


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From what I can tell what you said is right on the money. I have read a lot about these in the past 24 hours and about everything that I have read has been super positive.
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Old 05-12-2012, 19:40   #6
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If it's in decent shape you'll have no issues other than it being a DA/SA pistol.

If your wife has trained with them sufficiently, then she'll be fine.

Not my first choice but they are good pieces.
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Old 05-12-2012, 20:34   #7
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I love the 3rd gen Smiths.
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Old 05-12-2012, 20:58   #8
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As others have stated, it’s a very under rated pistol. It will handle +P just fine. It’s heavy and double actions have fallen out of favor but it’s rugged, accurate and reliable. I’ve owned one for over 20 years. The trigger bow broke at a little over 11,000 rounds. It rendered the gun inoperable but not an expensive repair. I don’t shoot it much anymore. I've moved on to Glocks and 1911's. My round count is over 15,000. I replaced the recoil spring at 8,000, still has the original extractor.
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Old 05-12-2012, 22:29   #9
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I love my 5906, my second after I foolishly traded the first. It'll eat +P with no problems, and the Mec-Gar full and +capacity mags work just as well as factory mags in it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 07:56   #10
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Solid, dependable, heavy. They seem to be creeping up in price a bit at least around here.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:36   #11
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S&W autos are reliable and dependable. My Dad has a 59 and I had a 459, both performed well.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:38   #12
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Great guns. You will love It. I have one in every caliber.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:49   #13
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For info about the durability of 3rd & previous gen S&W 9mm's check the posts of GT member isp2605.
He is a retired Ill. State Policeman who carried & fired various models for 35 years.
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I love the 3rd gen Smiths.
x2. I had a 5906, and miss it.Currently have a 4003
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Third gen smiths are very reliable, and shoot very well. They never really became as popular as sig or beretta, mainly due to their weight and a slight stigma that never went away. Those that shot around that era, understand. You simply were not as cool with a smith, but a sig or beretta was Ok. The smith was like an entry level gun, and others were what you got when you realized what you were doing, or something similar to that.... It was pretty sad, actually, because the smiths were great guns...

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That's odd. They actually weren't that much cheaper than Sig or Beretta were they?
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Old 05-13-2012, 18:25   #16
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I ordered one new from the Factory in 1997 and it was around $650, I think that was comparable to a 226 back then.

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Old 05-13-2012, 22:57   #17
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In 1989/90 the sigs and berettas were around 600, the smith 5906 around 500 and the glock was 350-400. I remember paying 650 or so for a desert storm beretta in the early 90s. I sold it to a buddy for a song, some years later, when berettas were down to 425 or so....


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Old 05-14-2012, 04:57   #18
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Good gun and will last you.
For a car gun it comes in handy that it has a safety, just make sure you practice with it.
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Old 05-14-2012, 14:46   #19
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One of the best service 9mm autos ever in my book. Right up there with with the CZ75, Beretta, SIG226, etc.
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Old 05-14-2012, 15:16   #20
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In case you didn't know, most of these were equipped with the magazine disconnect. Gun will not fire without a mag in it. Not a bad feature but the operator should be aware

These were standard issue for many departments in the late 80's.


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