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New to me S&W 1006

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Joe Demko, May 28, 2011.

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  1. Joe Demko

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    I bought this off Gun Broker the other day. I hoped it wouldn't have many rounds through it, but one could make a pretty good case it hadn't been fired at all. There is nothing in the way of wear and an absence of firing residue. The white plastic magazine followers, notably, are pristine. Even the congealed oil visible on it looked suspiciously like the stuff S&W slathers on for shipping. I haven't fired it yet, myself. I picked up a box of American Eagle 10mm fmj from the dealer who handled the transfer for me. Maybe this week coming up I'll have the opportunity to get out.

    This is my first 10mm, but my third S&W 3rd generation auto. In their era, they were considered insufficiently taktikewel compared to the Glock and the 1911, but I've always liked them.
     

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    Congrats on a great pistol!;)
     
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    Does that use the same frame as the 4506?
     
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    Very classy looking auto pistol. Congrats!
     
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    Congrats on your new 1006. It is a handsome pistol. It is very likely that your 1006 just sat in the armory for all of its life outside of the factory. I have numerous 59XX that were like new (zero wear and no powder residue) when I purchased them as used. This is especially true with the 59XXTSW series. I'm guessing that many departments purchased 3rd Gen Smiths and switched to Glocks soon afterwards because of weight and cost.

    Lately, I've been selling my other pistols in exchange for the 3rd Gen Smiths. Heh, becoming the man with one gun in a different way. ;)
     
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    I compared the frame from the 1006 to the frame from my 4566. To casual observation, they do appear to be the same. It's worth noting that the 10mm magazines have a raised area on each side to keep them centered in the magazine well while the .45 mags are smooth. Despite that, .45 mags will not fit the 10mm frame. Without some precision measuring tools, though, I can't tell you if there are any other dimensional differences. Right now, it seems to me that the main difference between the frames is that the .45 is milled out to accept slightly fatter mags. If you were asking with the goal of swapping out slide assemblies to turn a .45 into a 10mm, I think you'd run into feeding problems from the 10mm mags too loosely fitting the .45 frame..
     
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    Okay, I went back and played with both frames and magazines a little more. The .45 mags are just slightly too fat to fit in the 10mm frame. There is a little raised bump on each side of the 10mm magazine that I initially thought were to center the magazine. I believe I was wrong about that. There are corresponding notches in the 10mm mag well, but they aren't for keeping anything centered. What the bumps do is prevent you from putting a 10mm magazine into a .45 frame. The mags are actually a pretty good fit until those bumps hit the bottom of the frame. Why all of this is the case is anybody's guess. Safety? I guess a magazine full of 10mms in a .45 could be messy if the extractor managed to hold one well enough for the firing pin to set it off. Seems kind of iffy, though, and I don't think things would be snug enough to build up much pressure. They didn't want to sell 10mm slide assemblies to 4506 owners seeking to make a combo gun? Some other third thing?
     
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    Man, did that bad boy bite me last night. I decided to strip it down for a really thorough cleansing of congealed oil before I get around to taking it to the range. I think I found a new way to get injured by a gun. I somehow managed to dislodge the guide rod from where it seats on the barrel and have it driven by that nice, heavy recoil spring straight back into the tip of my index finger. It cut me pretty good and split my fingernail. Bleeding all over the gun meant I had to be even more diligent in cleaning it. Since it is my trigger finger that I injured, it looks like that first trip to the range is going to be postponed for a bit longer.
     
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    Similar, but they head down different paths at a certain point in machining. The early 4506 had a lighter frame and narrower slide; The 4506-1 is almost identical to the 1006 externally.

    Bummer, man. Been there, shooting with injured hands takes the fun out of it. But once you recover, I think you'll find it a most enjoyable gun. The American Eagle loads are pretty light, should feel about like a 9mm in the big 1006. Even with hot loads, these guns are a pleasure to shoot.
     
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