Smith And Wesson 6906


October 28, 2008, 11:15 AM
I just picked up a Model 6906 with less that 200 rounds put through it for $300. Its my first handgun and I wanted to know if its a good weapon. I have never been a fan of 9mm, but I thought it was a good price and it was an impulse buy...did I make a mistake?

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October 28, 2008, 11:19 AM
not an expert on these pistols but 300 seems like a ok price. im not a fan of s&w autos but the are good pistols

Seven High
October 28, 2008, 11:30 AM
Smith 6906s are great 9mms. I would load it up and shoot the heck out of it. That was a fair price.

October 28, 2008, 11:44 AM
thanks for the glad to know that I can have confidence in my gun

October 28, 2008, 02:06 PM
$300 is more than fair in my neck of the woods. It would be hard for me to resist.

The Lone Haranguer
October 28, 2008, 03:12 PM
I had a 6946, the DAO version. I never really achieved the pinpoint accuracy I wanted with such a trigger, but it was 100% reliable when I had it, something I've found almost universal with these pistols.

October 28, 2008, 03:24 PM
It's a great pistol. They are so reliable that are almost boring. It will never loose its value.

The 3rd generation Smith Autos are the most overlooked pistol on the market. You got a good deal.

October 28, 2008, 04:00 PM
I bought a 5906 a few weeks back and im totally sold on the platform. I don't now if i could go back to carrying a plastic gun. I just sold my Sigma, and im not looking back. A great gun, feels good in the hand, and if SHTF you can use it to give a nasty pistol whip. I ran 200 rounds though my gun the other day and nary a single problem from either mags or gun.

October 28, 2008, 04:01 PM
O ya and you got a heck of a deal I paid $250 for mine but would have gladly paid $400. It will last long after the plastic Glocks start decaying (plastic is normally good for only about 100 years).

October 28, 2008, 09:57 PM
Risking redundancy (I've said this in other posts), my favorite semiautos are 3rd gen S&W's- 3913, 6906, etc. Carried them as duty guns, still have 'em, and find them totally reliable, accurate and easy to carry.

$300 for a 3rd gen Smith in decent shape is a good value. They'll feed anything that will fit in the magazine, easy to strip, clean and maintain.

Though many disagree, I like the manual safety, and the magazine safety.

October 28, 2008, 10:16 PM
You got a great deal on it; it's a great piece. My only complaint of them is that I wish the grip fit my hands a little better :P

October 30, 2008, 04:07 PM
I've said this elsewhere but I'll say it again: there are people who complain about the handling/ergonomics, there are people who are turned off by the aesthetics but there are very few people who don't concede that the Smith&Wesson line of Third Generation pistols is the world standard for reliability in semi-auto handguns-well, except maybe for those Glock people...or even the SIG folks, or the Beretta and Ruger guys or maybe the HK fans or the 1911 and XD shooters...:confused: :)

I own and shoot all of the aforementioned pistols except for the Glock (which I've shot a lot) and the Springfield XD (which I've never shot but have heard good things about) but for extreme reliability, my vote is for the Smith 3rd Generation pistols.

The Lone Haranguer
October 30, 2008, 06:14 PM
The new M&P compact does have better hand fit and a consistent short-stroke trigger - as you would expect of new technology and development - but it will cost you over $200 more, too.

December 3, 2008, 05:12 AM
I shoot my 6906 at least once a month. One of the best made and most reliable pistols I own. Buy 'em before they are all gone!

Ala Dan
December 3, 2008, 05:53 AM
I use to own a S&W 6906 that I bought for $235 OTD, with box-doc's
and three magazines. The only reason I don't own it now, is because
I needed to use it for partial trade towards my Les Baer TRS 1911~! :eek:

December 3, 2008, 08:25 AM
did I make a mistake?You made a fine deal on a fine pistol.

Now you need to go invest in 500rds of practice ammo from Academy or WallyWorld, and sign up for a basic pistol class. Shooting a pistol effectively is not an intuitive skill, and paying a little now to learn it right will save you lots of money, time, and frustration down the road.

I sure wish I'd taken that advice, many years ago. :)

December 4, 2008, 02:23 PM
I am now thinkin about getting a full size 5906 to match with my 6906.

December 4, 2008, 07:08 PM
I got a 6906, great little gun. 5906 mags will fit in it & stick out the bottom.

December 5, 2008, 10:59 AM

I'm a big fan of the 3rd gen Smiths.. In fact I have a Crimson Trace Lasergrip on my 5906 for my home defense choice, and I use the 5906 mags (w/S&W +2grip extender) on my 6906 when I need a compact carry pistol w/great capacity (15+1), and a 3913LS and CS9 for single stack carry.

Third generation Smiths are KNOWN for absolute reliability, or as close to it as a firearm can be) and for my personal defense needs RELIABILITY is job one. (Maybe job 2 also?).

I would recommend you order a couple of the +2 grip extenders from S&W as they increase your capacity by 3 rds, look and function as though they came from the factory and surprisingly the "feel" in the hand of the 6906 with the +2 mag is more to my liking than the standard 12rd mag w/fingertip extension.
(Funny S&W calls it the "+2 grip extender", when it's actually +3 rds.)
You might as well pick up a NIB 5906 while CDNN still has 'em.. ($399.99).

You'll be happy with your 6906...

Best Wishes,


P.S. The photos below are of the 6906 w/+2 grip extender, the 6906 w/standard 12rd mag, and the CT equipped 5906.

December 5, 2008, 09:27 PM
I must have the wrong web address for CDNN. Would you please post a link. I would like to check out their S&W guns. BTW - I spoke to you on another forum...I did get the +2 extenders, now I need two of the 5906 mags

March 9, 2009, 06:49 PM
Well, like everything else in Obama-land, the price of these has gone way up. I just picked up a good condition 6906 with 3 factory 12 round mags for $450. It's in good shape, a little holster wear is the only thing I could find wrong with it.

From what I saw on Gunbroker the price seemed about right for now. I can't wait to get out and try it at the range.

March 9, 2009, 11:08 PM
The price wasn't bad and I predict you will fall in love with this little gem.

March 10, 2009, 12:15 AM
I picked up a LNIB 6906 on gunbroker not too long ago, but haven't had a chance to visit the range with it just yet. The gun fits my hand well and it seems like a solid little 9mm. With shipping and FFL transfer, I paid $417 in all, so you did very well price-wise.

March 10, 2009, 03:54 PM
IMHO a good price on a good gun. I wish I still had mine :(

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