snagged a SW 908 this morning


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Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 03:02 PM
I know this may not be one of those amazing deals that some people seem to luck in to, I am still very pleased with a Pawn Shop score I made today. Obviously, this one was not somebody's safe queen but the frame rails don't have a mark on them or show any signs of wear and the barrel looks perfect. After a good cleaning and lubing it hand-cycles and dry fires exactly like my 3913. Same break point and trigger feel. I'm going to remove the mag disconnect right now then take it outside for 100 rounds.


I feel like I am definitely going to get my $250's worth out of this one. Should be an excellent carry gun.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/SW908-1.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/SW908-2.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/2011-10-28140213-1.jpg

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David E
October 28, 2011, 03:16 PM
$250? You stole it!!

usp9
October 28, 2011, 03:50 PM
Great price. $250 is in Makarov and CZ82 price vicinity. Though never my favorite compact 9mm, the 908 has no weak feature or flaws... a very solid, reliable performer. Enjoy your new pistrol.

COK
October 28, 2011, 04:03 PM
Nice find at that price

LCPor9mm
October 28, 2011, 04:13 PM
I'm going to have to start frequenting pawn shops! I have always been afraid of getting stolen property.

Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 04:34 PM
Great price. $250 is in Makarov and CZ82 price vicinity. Though never my favorite compact 9mm, the 908 has no weak feature or flaws... a very solid, reliable performer. Enjoy your new pistrol.
My 3913 is one of my favorites. I carry it frequently. My dad has retired his 1911 and I let him borrow the 3913 to try. He's been carrying it for the last few weeks and I don't see me getting it back any time soon :)

surfinUSA
October 28, 2011, 05:57 PM
I'd love to find one for $250. Its predecessor, the 3913 is one of my favorite carry guns and I usually prefer the G27. But these are so slim and light, they are a pleasure to carry. The fact that they always work goes a long way too.

AJChenMPH
October 28, 2011, 06:14 PM
I feel like I am definitely going to get my $250's worth out of this one.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a96/ajchenmph/Personal/drool.gif

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a96/ajchenmph/Personal/dayum.jpg

$250? You stole it!!
Amen. I damn near fell out of my chair when I saw that.

Enjoy that 908. I have a soft spot in my heart for just about all 3rd-gen S&Ws. I especially love seeing a young NYPD cop with a 5946 in his/her holster.

The Lone Haranguer
October 28, 2011, 06:41 PM
At $250, did you use the gun to hold him up? :p

The 3913 series are one of my favorite handguns. I nearly broke down when I pushed my LadySmith across the UPS counter for the final time, but I had to have a car to drive to work, too. :banghead: The 908 only differs materially in that it has a square chamber shoulder barrel lockup, which necessitates a squared-off slide, and plastic, non-Novak sights. Otherwise, it has the same smooth action and extreme reliability. I like the two-tone appearance of this one, too.

Janos Dracwlya
October 28, 2011, 06:51 PM
Like everybody else said, you pretty much stole that 908.

I'm not even in the market for something like that, but I'd buy one in a heartbeat for that price.

Husker_Fan
October 28, 2011, 07:03 PM
I don't care for the grip on the 908, and I am not a fan of DA/SA guns in general.

I, however, would have sprained my wrist going for my wallet at that price. Nice job.

Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 07:25 PM
My 3913. At least they can share holsters.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/Smith%20Wesson/3913-holster.jpg

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/Smith%20Wesson/utf-8BSU1HLTIwMTEwNzA5LTAwMTY5LmpwZw.jpg

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Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 07:27 PM
I don't care for the grip on the 908, and I am not a fan of DA/SA guns in general.

I, however, would have sprained my wrist going for my wallet at that price. Nice job.

I guess I'm just used to the grip because it feels at home in my grip as my G23 or G19.

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Husker_Fan
October 28, 2011, 07:34 PM
I like the S&W tooled logo on that holster. I'd like to have a holster like that for my model 15.

As for the grip, I don't know how to describe it, but they just feel a bit off in my hand. The most comfortable pistol grip, to me, is a hi power followed by a 1911. It's all personal preference, and I can appreciate that 908.

Racinbob
October 28, 2011, 07:45 PM
jbabbler, is that decocker/safety something you modified on the 3913? I didn't want an ambi on my 3913 so I swapped it, the trigger and the slide stop with a 908. I also like the contrasting black parts.

Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 08:20 PM
I removed the right side lever and polished the safety-barrel flush with the slide.

JustSomeDude
October 28, 2011, 09:17 PM
So what are the differences between the 3913 and the 908?

Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 09:31 PM
So what are the differences between the 3913 and the 908?

This gun is a "value line" version of my 3913. It is different in a few obvious ways.

No checkering on front strap.
Plastic 3 dot sights
Single sided decocker/safety lever
Less machining on slide, more squared off.
Barrel uses squared hood rather than lugs
Plastic guide rod





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Jbabbler
October 28, 2011, 09:33 PM
I like the S&W tooled logo on that holster. I'd like to have a holster like that for my model 15.

As for the grip, I don't know how to describe it, but they just feel a bit off in my hand. The most comfortable pistol grip, to me, is a hi power followed by a 1911. It's all personal preference, and I can appreciate that 908.

Thanks. That holster is actually for a Walther PPS. It fits my 3913 like it was made for it. I bought it as a"blem" because out had the wrong logo on it.

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Devonai
October 28, 2011, 10:04 PM
I've never understood why S&W 3rd Generation autos aren't more popular. I've owned several, but my interest have always wandered too much to hold onto more than my 4566.

I once sold my 1006 during a time of financial hardship, and that has always pained me. These days, the 10mm line commands a hefty price, so when I've found others I haven't been able to pick one up. The 9mm line has always fascinated me as well, but obviously they're easier to come by and for far less money.

The 3913 was the pistol I borrowed to qualify with when I got my first carry permit 14 years ago. I was a horrible shot with the Browning Buckmark they first handed me, but for some reason I did much better with the 3913. I probably would have failed the range qual if not for it.

Racinbob
October 29, 2011, 08:24 AM
Along with the guide rod being plastic, the disconnector, the drawbar plunger and magazine catch nut are plastic as well. Shouldn't be a concern but if it is you could always swap them out with minimal fitting, if any. I believe the slide stop, trigger, hammer and maybe the safety that I put on my 3913 are MIM. That's more likely due to the fact that the 908 'parts kit' I bought on Gunbroker was newer than my 3913 which wasn't MIM.

JLaw
October 29, 2011, 08:47 AM
That's a great deal on a solid weapon. I have never, ever seen a two tone 908 though. What's the story on that, anyone know??

JLaw

PabloJ
October 29, 2011, 09:27 AM
That's a great deal on a solid weapon. I have never, ever seen a two tone 908 though. What's the story on that, anyone know??

JLaw
It is result of S&W "splicing" unused inventory of parts together. Sorta like .357 wheel gun with stainless frame blued barrel and cylinder. This is not unlike what Ithaca used to do with 37 pumps years ago. That is part of their charm sorta like opening lid of gourmet French chocs one is never quite sure what they're going to get.

drewzfoster
October 29, 2011, 10:42 AM
I ws literally talking to my Dad five minutes ago about how I would like a 908!

Your very lucky!

Oldnoob
October 29, 2011, 10:46 AM
Congrats. I got an 910 recently in a good deal (just not as good as yours).

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f185/johell/My%20gun/SW910.jpg

It's a solid pistol for sure. Very reliable and I have already get some of cheap plastic parts out and swap on steel parts from 59s.

MillCreek
October 29, 2011, 11:41 AM
Wow, such a deal. If I came across something like that, I would buy it in a heartbeat for a truck gun. My S&W 659, 669 and 3913 have all been 100% reliable for me.

sigma 40ve
October 29, 2011, 08:14 PM
Great deal. Wish I could come across deals like that.

KenW.
October 29, 2011, 11:42 PM
I have always been afraid of getting stolen property

Pawnbrokers know if they have a stolen gun thanks to NCIC. Just keep your reciept.

Jbabbler
October 30, 2011, 12:12 PM
After a 25 round function check I drifted the rear sight and removed the magazine disconnect. The next 100 rounds went without a hitch and the gun grouped nicely on center at 20'. I will definitely order a steel rear sight and replace the recoil spring but other than that I am just about ready to call this one carry ready.

Jbabbler
October 30, 2011, 12:19 PM
It's also worthwhile to get to know the local shop guys and develop a trading relationship with them. There are two shops that I can walk in to, look at a gun and make a fair offer and they'll accept it no matter what they have it listed for. None of my carry guns cost me over $400.

Jbabbler
October 31, 2011, 09:38 PM
100 more rounds fired today. As of 11/1/11 this is my new carry gun. Love it.

carbuncle
October 31, 2011, 10:45 PM
$250? That's a great price!

Jbabbler
November 1, 2011, 12:38 PM
FYI.... in case anyone is interested.
I have been unable to locate any magazine extensions for my 908 locally. I found some LC9 floorplates at a local shop for $5 each and figured I'd give one a try.

Surprisingly the worked perfectly. So, in that vein, I just wanted to post a picture in case anyone else was looking for an inexpensive magazine extension for their single stack 3913/3914/3953/3964/908/908s etc... It actually comes down a little further than the S&W extension and fits my hand much better. I prefer it to the S&W unit. The pattern on the front matches the S&W grip pattern as well.

Ruger LC9 Floorplate. Part number 90364. Price $5.00 (local)

http://www.executivegunrunners.com/images/product/image.php?s=1&id=74847

*Minor fitting is required since the rear of the extension has a tab that angles up to match the LC9 grip. I cut the tab off with a razor then made a few passes across some 600grit sandpaper to clean it up a bit. The hole at the bottom is within 1 RCH of matching the spring tab. I actually trimmed about 0.5mm off the front of the plastic spring holder and it came forward enough to drop in and secure the bottom plate. It also still works fine with the stock plate. The mod took less than 5mins.

http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/Smith%20Wesson/IMG_20111101_115125.jpg
http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/Smith%20Wesson/IMG_20111101_114957.jpg
http://i212.photobucket.com/albums/cc81/jbabbler/Smith%20Wesson/IMG_20111101_114926.jpg

AJChenMPH
November 1, 2011, 09:13 PM
Wow, nice job on the pinkie extender. Put that on the S&W forums for others to see!

JustSomeDude
November 2, 2011, 12:17 AM
Sweet mod. Only problem is the Ruger logo looks kinda awkward on a Smith :)

bdb benzino
November 2, 2011, 09:35 AM
When I had a S&W 908, I used the Peirce pinky extensions for Kahr 9mm's. There is no logo and if I remember right they worked pretty good. Just an FYI.

Oh and congrats on a sweet pistol!! Mine was uber reliable and easy to carry, good luck with yours.

I would still be carrying mine if I could have gotten over the backwards safety. I went to all hand guns with no external safety, or guns that used down to fire like the 1911 style safety. I didn't want any confusion of up or down with the safety to bring the pistol in to action.

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