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S&W 3906: single stacks are neat

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Shear_stress, Jul 11, 2006.

  1. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    After missing out on one of these at a local shop, I lucked upon one online. Essentially a "third generation" Model 39, the single-stack 3906 was introduced in 1988. Smith's timing wasn't great. The "wonder nine" craze was going balls out and a gun that held eight rounds of 9mm was as hip as a nehru jacket. The 3906 did enjoy limited success as the official sidearm of the San Jose Police Department (whose chief didn't think he could trust his officers with high-caps). That aside, the 3906 didn't exactly fly off the shelves and died a premature death in 1991.

    This is a shame for single-stack fans. Something about that slim grip and curved back strap work for me. I could do without the trendy hooked trigger guard, but that's how that made them. Anyway, I'll post a range report as soon as I get the gun in my greedy hands. The actual gun is shown below:

  2. Srigs

    Srigs Well-Known Member

    Nice looking gun! I had a 39-2 which was a sweet shooting gun. Yours should have no recoil at all.
  3. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Srigs. Plenty of steel in the 3906 to soak up the pop from those 115 grain pellets. I would wager that your 39-2 was probably a little more elegant looking, though.
  4. nero45acp

    nero45acp Well-Known Member

    The S&W 3906 is my favorite semi-auto. Here's a few pics of mine:


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  5. benEzra

    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

    My all-around 9mm (HD, carry, target) is an S&W 3913 Ladysmith. Love it.
  6. Shipwreck

    Shipwreck Well-Known Member

  7. brickboy240

    brickboy240 Well-Known Member

    Yep, single stack 9mms are cool. I used to have a Mdl.39 Smith and loved it.

    Try a Sig P225 sometime...to me, this is the best mid-range single stack 9mm.

    - Brickboy240
  8. spencerhut

    spencerhut Well-Known Member

    My wife carries a 3913TSW. I have shot it in a run and gun match and use it for practice from time to time. I think it's a vrey nice weapon. It's been very reliable with every ammo I've fed it.

  9. bakert

    bakert Well-Known Member

    Nice looking pistol. I've always liked single stack pistols for concealed carry. 15 to 17 shot magazines?? Hell, I'm not going to war, I'm just going out and carry a gun for protecton.
  10. ShelbyV8

    ShelbyV8 Well-Known Member


    I like the 639 just because you can change the grips.
  11. Longbow

    Longbow Well-Known Member

    Aahhh the P225! I wish they made one in .40 cal. Its the best fitting SIG in my hands.
  12. GroovedG19

    GroovedG19 Well-Known Member

    Nice pistol, Shear_stress.
  13. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    10-04 on the single stacks, but gim'me an old S&W model 39-2~!:cool: :D
  14. Gixerman1000

    Gixerman1000 Well-Known Member

  15. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Gixerman. Good to see a couple of other fans of the 3906 out there.
  16. spencerhut

    spencerhut Well-Known Member

    My wife loves her 3913TSW . . .

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  17. Essex County

    Essex County Well-Known Member

    Can anyone explain the diffrence between a 3906 and a 908 for me?...Essex
  18. Erich

    Erich Well-Known Member

    Stainless steel frame on the 3906 and alloy on the 908, for one. I understand that the finish (both external and internal) is not as good on the "value" guns as on the top-of-the-line 3rd Gens, too. And the 908 only has a 3.5" barrel, not the full 4" tube found on the 3906.
  19. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Well-Known Member

    Good explanation. The 3906 is also on a larger frame than the 3913 or 908. The 908 uses some plastic internal parts as well.

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