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S&W 3906: single stacks are neat

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Shear_stress, Jul 11, 2006.

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  1. Shear_stress

    Shear_stress Member

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    After missing out on one of these at a local shop, I lucked upon one online. Essentially a "third generation" Model 39, the single-stack 3906 was introduced in 1988. Smith's timing wasn't great. The "wonder nine" craze was going balls out and a gun that held eight rounds of 9mm was as hip as a nehru jacket. The 3906 did enjoy limited success as the official sidearm of the San Jose Police Department (whose chief didn't think he could trust his officers with high-caps). That aside, the 3906 didn't exactly fly off the shelves and died a premature death in 1991.

    This is a shame for single-stack fans. Something about that slim grip and curved back strap work for me. I could do without the trendy hooked trigger guard, but that's how that made them. Anyway, I'll post a range report as soon as I get the gun in my greedy hands. The actual gun is shown below:

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  2. Srigs

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    Nice looking gun! I had a 39-2 which was a sweet shooting gun. Yours should have no recoil at all.
     
  3. Shear_stress

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    Thanks, Srigs. Plenty of steel in the 3906 to soak up the pop from those 115 grain pellets. I would wager that your 39-2 was probably a little more elegant looking, though.
     
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    The S&W 3906 is my favorite semi-auto. Here's a few pics of mine:



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    benEzra Moderator Emeritus

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    My all-around 9mm (HD, carry, target) is an S&W 3913 Ladysmith. Love it.
     
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    Congrats!
     
  7. brickboy240

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    Yep, single stack 9mms are cool. I used to have a Mdl.39 Smith and loved it.

    Try a Sig P225 sometime...to me, this is the best mid-range single stack 9mm.

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  8. spencerhut

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    My wife carries a 3913TSW. I have shot it in a run and gun match and use it for practice from time to time. I think it's a vrey nice weapon. It's been very reliable with every ammo I've fed it.

    Spencer
     
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    Nice looking pistol. I've always liked single stack pistols for concealed carry. 15 to 17 shot magazines?? Hell, I'm not going to war, I'm just going out and carry a gun for protecton.
     
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    I like the 639 just because you can change the grips.
     
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    Aahhh the P225! I wish they made one in .40 cal. Its the best fitting SIG in my hands.
     
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    Nice pistol, Shear_stress.
     
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    10-04 on the single stacks, but gim'me an old S&W model 39-2~!:cool: :D
     
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    Thanks, Gixerman. Good to see a couple of other fans of the 3906 out there.
     
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    My wife loves her 3913TSW . . .
     

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    Can anyone explain the diffrence between a 3906 and a 908 for me?...Essex
     
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    Stainless steel frame on the 3906 and alloy on the 908, for one. I understand that the finish (both external and internal) is not as good on the "value" guns as on the top-of-the-line 3rd Gens, too. And the 908 only has a 3.5" barrel, not the full 4" tube found on the 3906.
     
  19. Shear_stress

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    Good explanation. The 3906 is also on a larger frame than the 3913 or 908. The 908 uses some plastic internal parts as well.
     
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