I'm pretty sure the acknowledged best S&W auto was the Performance Center PPC-9...but they were pretty hard to come by
Of the regular production models, I think the distinction goes to the M-952-2...the ultimate evolution of the M-39 optimized for accuracy
A bit of a story but I’ll condense it a bit:What kind of trouble(s) did you have with the 5906?
The only ones I currently own are are model 52-2 and 39-2. The model 52 is pretty nice... The only other S&W semi's I'd be interested in are the 952's or 945's. The model 10XX are interesting but the triggers on the ones I've shot/handled/considered buying are down right bad, and that goes for most of their guns in the same time frame.
Possibly, But that doesn't mean the triggers on many of them from that era aren't really bad.
FWIW the OP did ask about the best S&W semi autos.
Thanks. I always strive for accurate and complete reports, it does keep me from being subpoenaed for a lot of depositions, arbitrations and court appearances.Thanks, excellent recounting, and I understand your reticence to rely on a 5906 again.
I'd wager you wrote excellent reports that kept you out of court, too!