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S&W 1006 - How Good Is It ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Rogomay, Mar 28, 2004.

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  1. Rogomay

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    Been thinking for a while about getting a 10 MM and I have never owned a S&W. How does the 1006 hold up to the 10MM round or should I look to Colt or Dan Wesson ? Thanks in advance.
     
  2. stans

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    1006 is supposed to be the biggest, strongest 10mm produced. The 1911's hold up very well to ammo that does not exceed SAMMI specs. The 1006 is considered to be the platform of choice for pushing the 10mm to its limits. One word of note, the grip on the big Smiths is BIG! Much larger than 1911's. Also, there seem to be few custom parts for the Smiths as opposed to the market for 1911's.
     
  3. Marcus

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    How good is it? Very good. :) It`s one of my "never sell" guns. It`s arguably the strongest,most durable 10mm pistol ever made. The 1911 based 10mms can hold up fine if they`re properly sprung and lockup is perfect but they`ll still have a shorter service life. The Glock 20 is a very durable pistol but it`s got an unsupported chamber. With the big Smith load up on any factory ammo you like and shoot till your heart`s content. Even with hot handloads it`ll be fine. A big stouter recoil spring (#20) would be a nice touch if you wanna shoot a LOT of HOT loads but that`s it. The trigger is a little different than a 1911,there`s a little takeup in SA mode but the pull and break are quite nice on mine. Accuracy is quite good and it soaks up the hottest loads very well. In short,go for it! :) PS. I just saw the last post. Sorry but I beg to differ on one point. The grip of the Smith is not larger than a 1911. In fact it`s quite a bit *slimmer* than a 1911 (just under 1.1" thick at it`s widest point). Marcus
     
  4. NordicG3K

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    S&W 10xx series = tank

    The accuracy potential of a 1911 10mm might be a little better, but you can't beat the S&W 10xx for durability and reliability. Awesome guns and they can still be found at reasonable prices.
     
  5. Parker Dean

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    A friend picked up a 1006 this last Christmas at my urging. It was used, and at a gun show believe it or not.

    I have a hard time with most guns since the 1911 grip is borderline too big for me, but I didn't have any problem with the 1006 despite it's DA trigger. The gun ran 100 percent with anything we chose to feed it.

    We did an informal contest between his 1006 and my RZ-10. We found that both of us were just a hair better with the RZ than the Smith in the accuracy department. Most of the difference could be attributed to the trigger on the Smith. We both tended to get a first shot flyer due to the DA first round.

    I've since added a 1006 to my short list :)
     
  6. Alan Fud

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    One of the LAST guns that I would ever part with ...
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    ... S&W really needs to give SERIOUS consideration to making these guns again.
     
  7. Lennyjoe

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    I absolutely love mine.

    Picked it up used for $400. Put Hogue rubbers on it, a new trigger return spring and drawbar plunger spring.

    I currently have it stoked with Winchester Silver Tip JHP but am gonna order some Double-Tap ammo this week for it.

    I picked it up for a field gun and it rides great in a Bianchi Accumold holster.
     
  8. Sean Smith

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    Well, except for the Star Megastar. That thing is HUGE. :eek:
     
  9. agtman

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    Ditto what Marcus, Nordic, Alan, etc., said.

    The 5" barrelled 1006 is an excellent choice for a 10mm pistol, giving up a little bit of concealability to its shorter, "Commander"-sized S&W cousins, the 4.25" 1076 & 1066 models.

    But it's durable, reliable and VERY accurate with most factory ammo. The 1006's size and weight really soak up the recoil of the hotter 10mm loads. Capacity is 10-rds (9+1) of no B.S. 10mm firepower.

    For its size, though, I find it to be a slim-packing gun, and not much harder to conceal in a quality shoulder holster or IWB than a 5" 1911. (Depends a lot on your build and choice of clothing, IMO).

    Different factory grips are available (arched or straight-back) to suit your hand-size, as are the soft rubber Hogue's. At least with the fixed sight models, you can set it up with Novak's or Trijicon's.

    If you get the opportunity to grab one in decent shape at a reasonable price, jump on it.

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  10. ny32182

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    I've actually begun to develop an interest in the 1006 recently, but I've never bought a discontinued gun before. How would you guys go about ensuring that you get a good one if you have to buy it used online from gunbroker or some similar place? Are there any left NIB anywhere? What would be a fair price for on in 99% condition?
     
  11. agtman

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    Well, there are always risks to buying any gun over the internet "sight unseen."

    Just based on the frequency of the posts here and on other 10mm-related boards, people are still finding them NIB or nearly so. I've seen a lot of posts by people finding "excellent-condition" 10mm S&Ws that look barely shot. But the number of still-NIB S&W 10mms is probably dwindling fast.

    Even if a 1006 has been shot a lot, a call to S&W (along with telling them your gun's serial #) will get you a courteous and prompt shipment of parts, or you can return the pistol to them for refurbishing.

    Nothing's ever broken on my S&Ws, but I know that Smith will fix the problem if I have one, or send the parts to me for my local, S&W-knowledgable 'smith to do here.
     
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    Is there a spec page of some sort online anywhere for the 1006?
     
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    The 1006 seems to be a good pistol. But can anyone tell me why one would need a 10MM pistol? Is 10MM a better round for self-defense than .45? Is it a more efficient round (effectiveness in proporation to size) that 9MM? Is it an outstanding round for target shooting or for hunting? Or is it simply for people who must be able to fire every possible round or own every possible handgun? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    Drakejake
     
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    I don't think I've ever read a bad word about a 1006 in any forum ever....:cool:

    Definately would like to own one someday, only problem is that it cuts into my BHP, Italian Beretta and 1911 budget....

    Nice pic agtman!
     
  15. Rogomay

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    Thanks to all of you for your response. I will try to find one real quick before they are all gone :( .
     
  16. NordicG3K

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    Drakejake,
    What makes the 10mm a great cartridge is its versatility. It is capable of doing everything a 9mm, .45, etc. can do and much, much more. Falling in between the .357 Mag and .41 Mag in terms of power (leaning more towards the .41 Mag when using current full-power loads) it gives you true magnum performance in a standard format semiauto pistol. If you don't need all that power you can use "FBI Lite" style loads which produces very mild recoil and increased recovery time between shots. So, at the range I use my home-brewed lite loads, switch to Winchester Silvertips or ProLoad GoldDots for carry, and then move up to Double Tap 180gn Golden Sabers for woods walking/hunting. For me this makes the 10mm Auto the "do-it-all" semiauto catridge.
     
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    I'll throw in my pics too then.;)

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  18. agtman

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    Great pics, Lenny! :D


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    Could someone post instructions on how to break a 1006 down for cleaning?
     
  20. stans

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    Field stripping is fairly simple.

    1. Remove magazine
    2. Retract slide and visualy inspect the chamber to be sure it is unloaded
    3. Retract slide approximately 0.9" so that the slide stop pin can be pushed out through the slide stop notch in the slide.
    4. Push out and remove slide stop
    5. Slowly remove the slide, the hammer will fall as the slide clears the operating levers on the top of the frame.
    6. Remove the recoil spring and guide rod
    7. Remove the barrel

    That's about all there is to it. When reassebling, you must depress the three operating levers on the top of the frame in order to get the slide on the frame.
     
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    - That is as long as you're talking about pistols. ;) The S&W 610 would be my choice for pushing the 10mm envelope to its limits. As long as we're talking about pistols, I'd say that the S&W 1006 and The Glock 20 (both with heavy springs and a KKM, Jarvis, Bar-stow, or other aftermarket barrel in the G20) are the best platforms for HOT 10mm fodder.

    - just my .02
     
  23. ny32182

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    I got a 1006 off Gunbroker last week with less than 50 rounds through it. I put 123 rounds through it so far, including 23 of Double Tap's 750fpe Gold Dots. Perfect performance. Talk about power. :what:

    I absolutely LOVE this gun. I'm sending it off for a bead blasting/refinishing next week while I'm on vacation. Can't wait for it to get back in perfect cosmetic as well as mechanical shape. I think this gun has just become my favorite autoloader.

    Might even get a second one if a good chance presents itself.
     
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    I dunno. 10mm really doesn't have much on .41 Mag. The Winchester Silvertip loads for the two are identical (175 grains at around 1250), but that's because they're both not hotloads. A "Standard" .41 Mag load is 210 grains at 1,425 or so feet per second.

    10mm is, basically, the .357 Magnum of autoloaders. The two have a similar range of bullet weights (with 10mm edging out .357 on the heavy end, with the 220 grain bullet, and .357 having a wider variety of very light bullets) and push them to similar velocities from simlar barrel lengths.

    A wider variety of 10mm ammo is available now than ever before, so the 10mm shooter has a lot to choose from. The nice thing is that the Magnum seems to be coming back; for years, .357 Magnum (and later 10mm) were watered down, using reduced bullet weights and low velocities, to the point where .357 Magnum is only marginally better than a 9mm+P+ and 10mm was little better than an overpriced .40S&W.

    But these days, you've got DoubleTap making good 10mm and Buffalo Bore making good .357. Times are good for the magnum shooter! :cool:

    Check out: Buffalo Bore .357

    And: Double Tap 10mm

    180 grains at 1300+ feet per second? Available in an autoloader with 10mmm and a 4" revolver with .357. :evil:
     
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    155gr Gold Dot @ 1500 fps... Mmmmmm..... :)
     
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