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S&W 659/5906

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Headless, Mar 29, 2010.

  1. Headless

    Headless Well-Known Member

    Just bought myself a new 5906 today. Sure is sweet. She's replacing my old shot out 659 whose poor frame cracked. Now I can send my 659 back to S&W and see if they can repair her :)
  2. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

    Now that you guys have discovered the joys of S&W 9mm's, it's time to go compact:
    S&W Model 469
  3. mcdonl

    mcdonl Well-Known Member

    I have a 659 and a 410S and I love them both.


  4. Fat Boy

    Fat Boy Well-Known Member

    I like my 5906- heavy, easy to shoot well, plenty of rounds in the magazine...durable, well made, what's not to like?

    I would like to find one of the compact 3rd gen guns as well, as a companion to this one. Just need a few more dollars... :)
  5. carbuncle

    carbuncle Well-Known Member

    I had a 5906 for a few years back in the 90s, I had it special ordered for me and loved it. Nicely accurate, super reliable and a good-looking gun as well. The only minus was the weight, but that was one of the pluses as well in that it made the recoil negligible. Still regret selling it, but the 6906 I picked up in January helps dull the pain. I plan on picking up another 5906 as soon as I can find a decent one locally!
  6. nascarkent

    nascarkent Member

    Mine Runs 100% Never had a hick up with it. 5906 3rd gen
  7. SwampWolf

    SwampWolf Well-Known Member

    I love Third Generation Smiths. I love how well they're made; how nice they look and, most importantly, how dead-nutz reliable they are.

    I love old threads, too. :)
  8. cottonmouth

    cottonmouth Well-Known Member

    I have a 659 and like it a lot, even more since I removed the magazine disconnect. I never liked that about S&W's, I know why they did it but it's not for me so I fixed mine.

  9. rscalzo

    rscalzo Well-Known Member

    Owned and carried everything from the 659 up to the last of the 40 S&W line before they were phased out. While they were heavy and as already pointed out the triggers were not the best (except for the later TSW line), they always functioned. but the poly craze and the high cost were the death of them.

    The only problem we ever had was a run of 669's that developed frame cracks in the rail.
  10. CSM1995

    CSM1995 New Member

    I own the 1006 and the 5904 with adjustable sights. I've never had a problem with either of them and carry both. I find them to be accurate enough but think Smith and Wesson made a mistake by taking the guards off of the rear sights. I like the idea of not having to worry about knocking my weapon off of my zero when carrying.
  11. 404papa

    404papa New Member

    Is the 659 and 5906 the same dimensions? I am looking and getting a Safariland 6004 but I see they only list the 5906.
  12. Alan Fud

    Alan Fud Well-Known Member

    Pretty much identical except for the trigger guard which MIGHT be an issue with regards to holsters.

    The 5906 is below on the upper right ...


    ... and the 659 is above on the lower left.
  13. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    Hmmmm...how did you crack the frame on one of those guns? I would think it would be tough to crack a stainless steel frame unless you poured a lot of +P+ loads through it without changing to a stronger rebound spring.

    The 5906s are better guns, but they also were cheaper to make than the 659s. Too many 5906s were made with the non-adjustable dovetail sights that Smith used to save even more. The grips are the weak link of the 5906 and if you accidentally crack or destroy them, the integrity of the entire gun fails. That, and the removable bushing of the 659, is one reason I'd probably take a 659 over a 5906. But destroying the grips of the 5906 would be very difficult.

    S&W no longer can afford making the 5906 because of how much they'd have to charge for them. They can make mo selling plastic guns.
  14. Ratdog68

    Ratdog68 Well-Known Member

    I had a 659 back in the mid 80s for a couple of years. It shot just fine and was reliable... bloody heavy and bulky for a 9mm though. Sold it, bought a Baretta 92F... liked that better... then sold that and crossed over to 1911s and haven't looked back.
  15. TonyT

    TonyT Well-Known Member

    I have both the S&W 659 and 5906. Both guns are extremely reliable. I don't know if they would feed empty cases but they have fed every style and weight of bullet flawlessly. Accuracy is satisfactory for defensive purposes and the ca 10 yard pistol games but nothing to brag about. The 659 has that clumsy screw on the right sid eof the safty which should be lcktited in place before it falls out and disappears.
  16. Headless

    Headless Well-Known Member

    Confederate - well, no +P+ rounds, just factory target ammo and a few rounds of speer gold dots (maybe 150)... but, a lot of them (30k+). Still...not so nice :(
  17. Dream to Dream

    Dream to Dream New Member

    Any suggestions as to what kind of ammunition to feed a 5906? I've heard 124-grain 9 mil shoots nicely.
  18. rscalzo

    rscalzo Well-Known Member

    Oddly enough we had one with a frame cracked a few weeks back right in the area of the slide stop. What I really found odd was that the officer sent it back to S&W who would not repair it. Probably due to a lack of parts. No other compensation was offered as far as I know as these are personally owned firearms.

    The handgun did not have a large number of rounds through it since it was put in service back in 85. It is still with the original owner who did not put much more than 300 a year through it, all factory Winchester 149 SXT/Ranger T or the W-W Q load of the same ballistic equivalent.

    What I really find odd is that he wants another 5906 or 659. He doesn't want one of our new Glock 23's. As he's grandfathered in, he can replace it with a S&W unlike new employees. Old habits die hard.
  19. GBExpat

    GBExpat Well-Known Member

    Wow! Ancient post ... but I will briefly weigh in since to was dug up (again).

    I have a 659 that I purchased almost-new from a fellow in 1988. It have always found it to be accurate & reliable ... and a bit heavy. ;)
  20. Confederate

    Confederate Well-Known Member

    That's strange. I can't imagine it would be from lack of parts. Still, who knows?

    I'd like to see what S&W said in their note of refusal. I guess any manufacturer can stick to their warranty period, which also may have happened. Still, with steel frames, it's hard to believe a frame would crack easily. I know of several police officers back in the 80s who had 681 .357s with barrels that wore down excessively in the front sights. Turns out the stainless steel was overly soft. S&W had some quality control issues back then, but I'm still sorry I sold my 686s (4-inchers). Never had any issues with my 645 or 659s, but it's possible the frame was purchased defective. Ruger always watched their steel heat treats...they still do, but now that S&W pins their front sights on to the barrels, if the stainless is soft, the owners most likely will never know.

    I don't blame him. I detest the Glocks for a number of reasons, though I shoot them well. I'd prefer that they have safeties and that they fire limp-wristed or not. If I got injured in a firefight, I might not have all the muscle use in my right arm. Although it's most likely rare that I'd have to shoot limp-wristed, I'd want my gun to have flawless reliability nevertheless.

    I hope he's able to get a new/Grade A replacement. I shoot 124-gr roundnose and 115 JHP +Ps and so far no problem.


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