S&W 908? Buy or Pass?


April 11, 2005, 03:21 PM
My buddy is looking for a budget single stack DA/SA for carry. He really likes the S&W 908 but he hasn't been able to find a lot of information on it. Anyone own one or have experience with a 908?

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April 11, 2005, 05:06 PM
Buy, buy and buy. Love mine, accurate, 110% reliable. I think it would feed crayons if I could get them in the mag. I put the Hogue grips on it ( a must) and it made a huge difference. Of course thats just my opinion I could be wrong.

April 11, 2005, 05:10 PM
If he can find a slightly used 3913 I'd go for that. Basically the same gun but the fit and finish is much nicer...

April 11, 2005, 05:35 PM
Buy it! I really like mine. I looked at the 3913 as well, but the two a very close (except for the one side only decocker on the 908), and the 3913 costs more. I will tell you that finding a quality holster to fit a 908 can be tricky. A lot of other gun descriptions will accommodate the 908, only knowing which one is the hard part.

April 11, 2005, 05:42 PM
Buy, buy and buy. Love mine, accurate, 110% reliable. I think it would feed crayons if I could get them in the mag.

The 908 is EVEN better than that! I just can't think of better words.
The 908 is truly underrated and if you're right handed, the fact that it doesn't have an ambi safety/decocker is a BONUS if you're using it for CCW since it makes it just that much thinner.
The 3913 is more expensive AND a tad heavier since it has an extra lever and a steel guide rod compared to the 908's single lever and plastic rod.

Get the 908 as fast as you can and never let it go. :D

larry starling
April 11, 2005, 05:47 PM
Smith & Wesson's value line pistol's are excellent buy's for the money! My only issue with the 3919 or the 908 is I have huge hands and the gun feels like im barely holding on to it when firing! My 3913 was reliable and a great shooter before I sold it! :evil:

April 11, 2005, 05:48 PM
Thanks for the responses! He was worried that the budget series wasn't up to the standards of the TSW line. :)

Ala Dan
April 11, 2005, 07:10 PM
The S&W models 457, 908, and 910 might be some of the best
bargains found in gun shops! :) Right before Christmas 2004, we had
a NIB 457 that had sat there since early September. Then, one cold
day in December a gentleman walked in and plunked down the cash
and walked away with this "diamond in the rough"; and he couldn't be

April 11, 2005, 07:40 PM
I assume that they are DA/SA?

April 11, 2005, 08:51 PM
I don't have the 908, but I do have a 457 and I'm very pleased with it. Just about everybody I know who has a 908 is satisfied with the value they get with these guns. They're excellent little guns that perform every bit as well as their premium line counterparts. If I didn't already have a pre-rail 3913TSW, I'd probably havea 908 by now.

April 11, 2005, 10:07 PM
I have the 908S (stainless) and I am the only 1 in the universe seems to have the slightest problem out of the 908 series. Mine will occasionally fail to go into battery..the feeding bullet seems to stick on the feed ramp I think...gets worse the dirtier the gun gets from continued firing (starts at about mag 2 or 3). So far I am the only one that I have heard of that has had any problems. And I assume that it simply needs to have the feed ramp polished by a gunsmith. Again, I seem the be the exception and I have searched around for similar posts/problems...I don't think it reflects on the 908 design at all...mine is just a little tight and it happens.

Otherwise, sheesh, it is very accurate at 15 yards. And I have number of other firearms to compare head to head with it. The Hogue grips help a lot (same grips used on the 39XX series). Although I have a minor problem with mine (that I think is a simple fix)....I agree with everyone that the value line including the 908 and very good buys and down right under rated. I definately prefer the stainless models for sure.

April 11, 2005, 10:08 PM
I'd get the Hogue grip like the other guy said. I held one at an Academy store 2 weeks ago. With the plastic grip, it felt like it would fall outta my hand. I think it would be much better with the Hogue grip.

April 11, 2005, 10:19 PM
Hogue grips make dramatic improvements on all 3rd generation guns (with the exception of 6906/4013TSW series guns - I hate those finger grooves :barf: :barf: ).

April 12, 2005, 04:59 PM
Update: Problem solved. This thread encouraged me to get un-lazy and take my 908S to the Gunsmith. He asked me a lot of specific questions, spent about 15 minutes in the back room with it, polished the feed ramp and what not, came back out and stated..."problem solved...no charge." Was surprised about how quickly he was done and there was no fee for the service....but he simply moved on to another customer (with a 1911). Took it to the range and fired 50 rounds of basic 115 grain FMJ and 50 rounds of basic 147 grain JHP as fast as I could load and fire. Not even the slightest hint of a problem. Chambered, fired, ejected smoothly. Was not shooting for accuracy (though shots were center mass at least)..just for function as quickly as possible with only 1 mag of very slow fire to round out the test. I'd say problem solved as well...but will put another couple of hundred down range just to be sure. Am quite happy. :)

April 12, 2005, 06:04 PM
Glad to see your problem was solved. Even more pleased to see the gunsmith was a pretty cool guy. Make sure you send him a little business in appreciation.

April 12, 2005, 08:50 PM
Yes, it's always a nice thing to have a small problem fixed... :)

April 12, 2005, 09:10 PM
He won a customer for sure. Which I think was the point really. His questions were very specific and very thorough before even picking up the gun out of the factory case. It was blatantly obvious he is a very knowledgable and good gunsmith. This is the first time I have used him...and it explains why other customers were politely waiting their turn with him. Will do business there a lot.

April 12, 2005, 11:40 PM
Sounds like the gunsmith is a real stand up guy. :) If you have any more problems I would contact S&W. They pay for shipping both ways.

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