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Best Smith and Wesson Auto

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Mastrogiacomo, Sep 29, 2004.

  1. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    Curious to hear from some S&W owners. Which auto is your favorite and how does the trigger pull compare to other pistols: Beretta, Glock, Sig, etc?
  2. Jason Demond

    Jason Demond Well-Known Member

    I like the Sigma.
    Trigger pull is a little heavy at around seven pounds. It has smoothed out over time, and is now quite nice.
    Maybe I am just used to it.:uhoh:

    Nomex on.:D
  3. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Got a SW99 in 9mm from a member here .. am quite growing to like it. Only downside is ergonomics .... getting used to the mag release and decocker. It's a great shooter.
  4. Mastrogiacomo

    Mastrogiacomo Well-Known Member

    I'm actually partial to the 3913ST. Anyone have this gun that can speak to the trigger pull? I'm interested in how it compares to other guns.
  5. Mad Man

    Mad Man Well-Known Member

  6. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    I carried the attached 645 when I was running 2 drug task forces. It has a set of Wolff springs. DA trigger is as slick as snot on a door knob. SA has absolutly no creep and breaks clean. It will feed anything, including empty brass. Great shooter.
  7. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    OK babe, we are going way back for this one!

    How about a very early Smith & Wesson model 39 9m/m with
    the dust cover. Ever seen one? I didn't think so, but don't
    worry as I haven't either.

    Now that I got you attention, I will answer your question. The
    best Smith & Wesson semi auto that I've ever owned
    was a model 39-2 9m/m; and I have owned a bunch of them.
    The most handsome of course, was a factory nickel version
    with light walnut grip panels. It was just too darn pretty to
    shoot! This weapons serial number was A222567, and its
    whereabouts are unknown; but I would certainly welcome
    it home! :cool: :uhoh: :D

    * FootNote: the S&W 39-2 was the first 9m/m auto to see
    service by a major police department; the Illinois State Police.

    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
  8. JoeHatley

    JoeHatley Well-Known Member

    Favorite? That would be this 952 , well... this week anyway.

    Rapid Fire

    Sorta the great grand son of Ala Dan's model 39.

    Trigger is very crisp. I think it would compare favorably with any other brand.

  9. jeff-10

    jeff-10 Well-Known Member

    1076, trigger is ok and reliablity is great.
  10. JMag

    JMag Well-Known Member

    I'm partial to my only S&W semiauto...the vaunted and tank-like 1006 10mm.
  11. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member


    JAREDSHS Well-Known Member

    I would have to agree with Jason Demond and say SIGMA...I personally
    own a 5906,CS45D,410, and now recently the Sigma40VE. Frankly I really,
    enjoy all of them, but the one that really marvels me is the Sigma. It is
    just so simple to carry and use, and it is so durable, I pack mine everywhere I go and you can't hurt it!! I shoot mine as good as any
    hangun I have ever qualified with. The trigger on mine is GREAT! I paid half
    as much for it as I did my 5906 or the CS45D and it is fast becoming my


    Dave Ginn
  13. Rocket Man

    Rocket Man Member

    I love my 4003 TSW. Trigger pull is crisp and clean. The gun is 100% reliable with no malfunctions of any kind.
  14. Jim4003

    Jim4003 Well-Known Member

    Have to agree on the 4003 TSW. Mine is my issued duty weapon and it has been 100% reliable. Smooth even trigger pull. The gun has been through a lot for three years now and it is by far the best issue duty weapon so far.
  15. Big Mike

    Big Mike Well-Known Member

    S&W 6946. Super accurate, smooth short trigger and fits my hand like a glove. Perfect for carrying concealed.

  16. cratz2

    cratz2 Well-Known Member

    Yeah... barring the SW1911... I like the SW99... and the small single stacks... CS9 etc...

    I'm not impressed with the accuracy of my father in laws 659... I can do at least twice as good with my Taurus PT99.

    The 6946 a single or double stack? Looks like a nice size for carry...
  17. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    Ala Dan wrote:
    "FootNote: the S&W 39-2 was the first 9m/m auto to see
    service by a major police department; the Illinois State Police."

    I still have my original 39-2 that was issued to me. When we were going thru our Academy most of my class was getting NIB 39s. Since my name is near the end of the alphabet I was near the end of the issue line. About 3 or 4 ahead of me the range guys ran out of NIB 39s and started issuing retiree turn in 39s. I knew of the range officer from my trap shooting days. I was no where in the same league as him and figured he'd never know who I was. When he got to me he called my name and told the other range officer my 39 was on the second shelf. He pulled out a holster worn 39 and issued it to me. He said when the new 39s came in if I wanted to trade in for a new one that I could. However, he'd found a special one, looked it over a bit, and I should give the used one a try before making a decision to swap for a new one. First day at the range I realized what he meant by "looked it over a bit". The trigger was silky smooth and that 39 would shoot. I carried it for a few yrs until we transitioned to the 439. I bought that 39 back and still have it. It saved my bacon a couple of times. Sometimes I'll still drag it out to carry off duty just for old times. I won't part with it.
  18. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Might anyone have a pic of the Smith 39 they can post .. I cannot visualize this piece at all.
  19. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

    S&W 39
  20. TK73

    TK73 Well-Known Member


    ... with Glocks and SIG-Sauer pistols on the market most Smith & Wesson centerfire autos (standard production) just never appealed so much to me. Please don't misunderstand me, Smith autos certainly aren't bad sidearms. In fact, I think S&W autos are rather underrated pistols unfortunately. I don't exaggerate when I say I've handled virtually every single model made since 1990 and a couple of older models (M59, 459, 39, 745, 645) as well. The one I shot was a M4506 and it was an accurate, dependable gun. The one I also like is the similar M1006 in 10 mm Auto. Unfortunately, both are currently out of production.

    The pistols I like most made by S&W today are the M41 rimfire models and some specialized Performance Center models in 9 mm Luger for target shooting, although it's not entirely fair to compare them to the standard production centerfire pistols.

    The feature I hate on many of latest production Smith DA and DAO autos is the stupid (IMO) "standard equipment rail" that's permanently attached to the frame, even on the compact M3913TSW. :barf: They should have made this rail easily detachable.

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