Accurate, reliable, trigger has smoothed up considerably with use and trigger reset is among the best out there. Bit heavy as it is all steel but weight is generally not a factor with me.
April 28, 2003, 06:34 PM
I bought one back in the 80's when they first came out and it is an excellent handgun. It shoots very accurately and I've never had a feed problem, no matter what I was shooting through it. Magazines are still plentiful and cheap. It was my carry gun until I converted to a Glock 17.
April 28, 2003, 06:48 PM
the m-39 was a gun smith introduced to compete, for an air force contract, with the colt commander. the m-59 (blued, alloy frame) was the double stack version when they went after LE sales. it evolved through the 659 to the 5906.
my favorite feature is it's fast re-set, my least favorite is the weight and the take-down. i've seen a performance center 5905 (blued all steel, sperical bushing) that would hold it's own with a sig 210
April 28, 2003, 06:50 PM
I have a 5906 that I bought in the late 80's. It was from a special run where the flats were polished and had very ugly fake wood delrin grips which I quickly replaced with the original black curved backstrap ones. This particular gun has the smoothest DA trigger of any of my DA/SA guns. It feels as if it had a quality trigger job done to it. I have never had any kind of malfunction with it. I can't say enough good things about this gun. It is on the heavy side but recoil is negligible because of that and it fits my hand perfectly. Whenever I hear or read someone putting S&W third generation autos down, I always think that they have never really experienced them. They probably did come out with too many variants and confused everyone but their 5906, 3913, 4516 and a few others are top notch that can hold their own against any other competitors. At least that is my opinion. Best, Mike
April 28, 2003, 06:51 PM
works great as a boat anchor, too.
April 28, 2003, 10:21 PM
You could always ask this question over on the S&W Forum ...
The later production pistols with the rounded trigger guards, MIM hammers & triggers, and slides milled for the Novak LoMount rear sights were especially good pistols ...
I'm slightly biased, though, since we've been issuing the 5903/6906 series since about 1989 ... and we've seen somewhere in the neighborhood of about 750,000+ rounds fired downrange for training & qualification ... and in actual shooting situations ... without any noteworthy problems.
The most accurate non-1911 pistol I've ever fired was a 5906PC ... followed by a 6906PC & a Shorty Forty ... and a HK P9S ... but that's just for trivia's sake.;)
April 29, 2003, 12:04 AM
I trained and carried one for my local Sheriff's Department back in 92/93. Mine was more accurate than I was, in the hands of our range master it was a real tack driver. It fired everytime I pulled the trigger. I never had a malfuntion in the over 1000 rounds we fired in training and qualification. Out of a class of 50 deputies I saw one failure, and that was an extractor that broke. I've heard people complain about the trigger pull on S&W autos. At the time I did not have enough expereince shootin handguns to know the difference. It seemed fine for me at the time though. My only complaint is that it's a little on the heavy side. I do intend to pick up one eventually for nostalgia reasons.
April 29, 2003, 08:33 AM
Smith makes good guns. No they arent pretty, nor do they have to coolness factor marketing image ala HK but the work well*
All the metal frame smith autos I have handled have been both reliable and accurate. I dont partically care for DA/SA guns, but if I had to carry one I would consider a Smith 69 or 45 series gun
*The sigma is the exception what a huge steaming piece of crap.
April 29, 2003, 09:34 AM
I've got about 3000 rounds of various ammunition through my 5906 and have had no problems at all. A set of hoage grips on it improved the feel substantially. The trigger is excellent and it shoots better than I do. It is a little heavy fully loaded with 15+1 but I love shooting it. Hi-cap mags are readily available for cheap so i would recommend one.
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