Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Riomouse911, Feb 10, 2019.
Guessing because of the red bits? But it's a non-ballistic trainer. Want it to be clearly not real.
Sorry, missed that part. And you're right of course, it's always a good idea to make it easy to visually distinguish a trainer from the real thing.
S&W 4566 G1 square combat trigger guard , built like a tank . Never failed me 100% reliable .
AIM Surplus has used 6904 for $379.95.
I don't need a selective DA gun, and I just (not even in my hands yet) bought a CORE, and RDS. But that wear on the pictured 69 is just perfect to me. I do like an authentically-worn pistol, and that one sure looks nice.
In the late '70s I acquired an M59, and shot it a bunch. I wound up trading it for a used drift boat. That guy called me and complained that he could only get $350 for the gun when he tried to sell it..
I told him the boat leaked like a sieve and he shut up.....
OK....rimfire, I like my 41
I really want a 52!
I had a 59 I traded off as my agency issued me a 659. Heavy? Yes, but all that weight absorbs recoil. Never had a malfunction with that gun.
A few years later they took away my 659 and issued me a 6906. More compact, 2 rds less, but it performed well. Carried this for almost 10 years. We found recoil springs in these needed to be replaced after about every 3000 rds.
There's no problem transitioning from DA to SA if you know how to do it.
I now have a pair of 659s and a 469. They all run well. I carry one of the 659s on a regular basis.
Nice custom SNK and SKX!!!
I used to have a 3913LS. That was a nice gun. Comfortable to carry and to shoot, and had a decent trigger.
Now I have a PC Shield in 9mm that's also a great gun
I pack either a 6904 or a 3914 every day.
Model 6906 (got 2 of these)
At one time these guns were the market. I wouldn’t think twice about going to war with any of them. Like a good many other manufacturers S&W under-estimated the potential and strength of the polymer market. While Glock’s hold on the market is seemingly unbreakable, the ergonomics S&W has come up with with their M&P line is the best of all of them IMO.
M&P 9MM CORE
M&P 40 CORE
M&P Shield 9 (got two of these)
M&P Shield 45
They always go bang. Fit me very well too!
After having mostly polymer/striker guns for a while, I've been more interested lately in metal-frame/hammer guns. I don't currently have any 40s and with the declining popularity, I've been thinking about getting one (maybe a stock market approach, buy when they are down). As these two interests merged, I've been looking at 3rd gen S&Ws - 4006 or possibly an alloy-framed 4003 or 4013. I've never shot one of the 3rd gens but I find them somewhat interesting.
It'd be nice, but they aren't coming back. New 3rd gens were pushing the $800 mark 20 years ago. There just aren't enough people willing to pay over a grand for a traditional double action service pistol. Even Sig & HK with their cultish following have had to hold prices below that mark on flagship guns and introduce cheaper models.
Shot the 5946 at the IDPA club classifier day yesterday. It did not go well. Been too long since I have been regularly shooting it, so I did okay groups, but relentlessly low, so terrible score. Drat.
ETA: Doing the scores (I am club secretary) and I am only 12th of 14 for that division. So... apparently I am not the worst shooter I know even so
That was on the low end. When we finally switched from the 3rd. Gen to the Glock 23 because they terminated production, all the models were in the TSW line. The msrp was well over a thousand per unit.Not any different that the classic Sig line models.
When I purchased the 659 for my department, buying a lot of 80 was $215.00 per unit.
I am always shocked what inflation does, and how old I am.
I am not sure when I got my 5946, but let's say '99. It's close. I paid around $550 for it, which I recall being rather expensive.
Today, inflation only (no issues of skilled labor changes, material costs, etc.) that's $839.64 now.
Reversing it, going back in history more, I have on order (sometime the distributor will mail the [email protected]#$ing thing to my LGS) a CORE, $608 all up with shipping and tax.
In 1970, that would be $93.72. Sounds pretty good!
A hell of a lot of the "things used to be cheap" is just the stupid march of time.
Just think about electronics! Today, you can buy a brand new 32" LCD HDTV for $100, which would have been $15 in 1970. A television half that size had an actual cost of $350 in 1970; that's $2,300 in 2019!
That said, while most consumer products are dirt cheap compared to 40 or 50 years ago, average vehicle and house prices have exceeded inflation considerably.
One of my holy grails is a 3906 with a square trigger guard and Novak sights. I'm not sure they even exist.
I own a SW9VE.
The M&P 9 no2 compact is awesome and the first gen M&Ps in 9mm, .40 and .45 are not to be sneezed at.
I've only had three:
I had a... SW40VE or something like that. You know what I mean. It was something like $200 used. It was during the ammo shortage and 40 was one of the few calibers easy to find. It went bang every time and the magazines were nice. The trigger was pretty bad. I eventually traded it towards something else.
I still have my Model 915. I'm pretty sure I got it from Gary Cole's outfit. I think it was in the low $200's, plus shipping. It's a nice alloy-framed medium-ish sized double-stack service pistol. The sights are fixed and the blued finish isn't the fanciest, but it has the proper locking system and no plastic parts inside that I know of (unlike the Model 910). It's a good shooter.
Smith And Wesson Model 915 by Tallball posted Feb 14, 2018 at 8:46 AM
A got an M&P 45acp recently. Like the 915 it was a police trade-in, and like the 915 I got it for super cheap - I think $229 plus shipping. It's a very nice shooter, probably my best overall 45acp (it has way better sights than my GI 1911). I'm very pleased with it.
Smith and Wesson M&P 45acp by Tallball posted Dec 10, 2018 at 5:33 PM
Yeah, my S&W semiautos have been good solid pistols, especially for the modest prices I paid for them. I hope to get a steel 3rd generation with adjustable sights eventually, as soon as a good deal falls into my lap.
(Pictures added for Gunny.)
I recently bought my first S&W auto. It is a M&P 2.0 compact in .40. I always liked the looks of the 3rd gen. guns but never owned one.
Model 41. 'Nuff said
I hear the love, but I can’t see it. Where are all the pics?
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