S&W 4006


May 11, 2006, 01:49 AM
Whats so great about the S&W 4006? Any CHP officers want to chime in? After all, its your issued duty weapon.


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May 11, 2006, 06:54 AM
I'm not a CHP officer, but I'll chime in anyway.

I have one. I bought it because I love 3rd gen. S&W autos and already have a 4506, 1006, and 5906. I wanted to sorta complete the set. I also got a great deal on it.

With that said, I wouldn't pick it as a duty weapon. It's bigger, heavier, and has less capacity than other .40's. I carried it for a few days right after I bought it and decided that if I was going to put up with that much weight, I'd just carry the 4506 or 1006.

The upside is that it is accurate and reliable. Also, if there's a more solidly built .40 out there, I haven't seen it. My future great grand kids and their great grand kids will be able to shoot it.

May 11, 2006, 02:40 PM
I see, thanks.


May 11, 2006, 03:36 PM
I've put about 400rnds through a 4006 going about 3yrs back. It was a duty weapon for a local part time LEO I used to hit the range with. Not too bad and it was accurate enough. It did strike me as very "old tech" though. Not as cutting edge as it once was, but will still do the job in light of newer pistols that are out there.

J. Parker
May 11, 2006, 03:45 PM
I've had a couple of 4006's and IMO, they are good, solid, reliable pistols in everyway. I don't recall ever having a malfunction of anykind. About the only downside is that they are kind of heavy but with a good holster the heaviness goes away (sorta).


Alan Fud
May 12, 2006, 10:49 PM
The upside is that it is accurate and reliable. Also, if there's a more solidly built .40 out there, I haven't seen it.Owning both, the limited edition all-stainless Sig 229 is more solidly built and holds one extra round but despite that, I still prefer the 4006.

May 14, 2006, 12:09 AM
Sig 229 is more solidly built


May 14, 2006, 01:49 AM
Sig 229 is more solidly built


One I share as well, though unlike him I prefer the SIG.

May 14, 2006, 12:49 PM
It would be diffucult to argue that there is a more solid .40 S&W cal. handgun out there. I bought mine for $300 w/ nite sights (Wyoming F&G trade-in) and it is the only .40 I still have (traded or sold the other half-dozen). The .40 tends to be excessively snappy for a cartridge of average power, but the 4006 makes it quite pleasant to shoot. Like EddieCoyle, I had to complete the xx06 collection and they are my favorite pistols. Well built, good looking, fit the hand and I do not have to worry about a round being "too hot"-they'll take it.

May 14, 2006, 02:14 PM
I remember when the CHP selected their new M4006 pistols.

They wanted a pistol that would have at least a 40,000 round service life using the 180gr JHP load of the time. Their choice of the 4006 turned out to be a good one, and some of the pistols have actually exceeded their original specified service life by a significant margin.

I heard that the CHP academy has a small number of well-used pistols that have logged anywhere from 100-200,000 rounds without significant problems, too.

I've talked to a lot of very pleased CHP users of the M4006 over the years, too. They've developed a lot of confidence in their pistols.

The 4006 pistol is a rather robust .40 S&W pistol.

The weight of the 4006TSW is a bit similar to that of a .357 Magnum M686 ... lighter, 37.8 oz unloaded versus 44 oz for the L-frame ... and I carried an L-frame for several years on my duty belt (and even off-duty ;) ).

When our folks started carrying 4006TSW's they didn't complain about the weight as much as some of us expected, after they had been carrying 5903's for many years. They like the way the pistols handle and shoot.

Granted, my issued SW99 pistol had an extra round of capacity in the magazine, and the grip profile was a bit slimmer ... but it didn't handle and exhibit the same controllability as the 4006TSW during live fire.

Matter of fact, I happen to prefer my issued 4013TSW with it's 9-round magazines over my previously issued SW99, too. Better controllability ... but then I'm one of those folks who really liked the ergonomics of the 6906 grip frame, which is what I get with my new 4013TSW. I still miss my 6906, though.;)

May 17, 2006, 10:12 AM
I had one and was not satisfied. The gun was "work" to shoot rather than
fun to shoot. It was quite heavy. I admired the fact that it is built like
an army tank!

Although, I have determined this model is not for me it could be ideal for
someone else with different ideas about what makes a good semiauto.


tinner man
May 17, 2006, 10:25 AM
Hi, This is new information on the CHP S&W Pistol

CHP will buy 9,700 new guns
The Smith & Wesson contract for $6.6 million will replace pistols in use since the 1990s.
By Andrew McIntosh -- Bee Staff Writer
Published 2:15 am PDT Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Story appeared in Business section, Page D1

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California Highway Patrol Range Officer J. Tomlinson demonstrates the Smith & Wesson 4006TSW on Tuesday at the CHP Academy range in West Sacramento. News of the CHP deal pushed Smith & Wesson stock up nearly 5 percent on the American Stock Exchange.
Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton

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The California Highway Patrol is buying 9,700 semi-automatic pistols from gun maker Smith & Wesson Corp. in a deal the CHP says is worth $6.6 million.
Delivery of the .40-caliber firearms will start in June and be completed over the next 18 months, Smith & Wesson Vice President Liz Sharp said.

The new firearms will replace older Smith & Wesson pistols that CHP officers have carried as their primary service weapon since the 1990s, Sharp said.

Leland Nichols, Smith & Wesson’s chief operating officer, said the Springfield, Mass.-based company was “honored” that California’s premier law enforcement agency had decided to stick with his company’s guns.
“They are happy with the brand and happy with the reliability and durability,” Nichols said. “They have some units that have fired over 100,000 rounds.”

News of Smith & Wesson’s CHP contract pushed the company’s shares higher onTuesday. The stock rose 32 cents, or almost 5 percent, to close at $6.73 in trading on the American Stock Exchange.

The 4006TSW pistols, which weigh 37.8 ounces each, are made in Springfield and sell in stores for between $850 and $996 each, the latter the suggested retail price on the company’s Web site.

Nichols declined to disclose anyfinancial details aboutof the contract, citing competitive reasons.CHP spokesman Tom Marshall said his agency paid about $683 per weapon. He said the CHP is getting a $1.3 million credit for trading in its old Smith & Wesson service pistols as they are replaced.

The credits will cut the CHP’s actual out-of-pocket costs to $5.3 million, Marshall said.

A Smith & Wesson distributor in California, Allstate Police Equipment of Claremont, will supply the pistols.

The CHP sought public bids for the contract in March.

The U.S. affiliate of a rival Swiss pistol maker, Sigarms, submitted a bid, but its offer was disqualified by state officials, Marshall said.

The Smith & Wesson 4006TSW has a stainless steel frame, and a four-inch barrel and is 7 1/2 inches long. The pistol, which can be equipped with light and laser devices, holds 11 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

The CHP order was the second big sale this month for Smith & Wesson. Last week, the firm announced that the Cincinnati Police Department had placed an order for 1,100 of its new advanced M&P9 polymer pistols.

About the writer:
The Bee’s Andrew McIntosh can be reached at (916) 321-1215 or amcintosh@sacbee.com.

A CHP officer demonstrates the 4006TSW. Smith & Wesson had only one rival for the CHP contract, but Sigarms' bid was disqualified because the firm did not have a model that met CHP requirements.
Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton

Delivery of the 4006TSW will begin in June and be finished over the next 18 months. The 40-caliber pistol, which can be equipped with light and laser devices, holds 11 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.
Sacramento Bee/Randall Benton

Alan Fud
June 24, 2006, 05:59 PM
Sig 229 is more solidly builtOpinion.Just shot the two of them side by side ...


... The all stainless 229 is definitely more solid and absorbs the kick better than the 4006. The 4006, on the other hand, has better balance to it. Accuracy was about the same.

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