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S&W 3913 LS or SIG 239

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by snooperman, Aug 30, 2013.

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  1. snooperman

    snooperman Member

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    If both the S&W 3913LS and SIG 239 are in excellent condition but the SIG is $150 more, Which would you rather have and why?
     
  2. rklessdriver

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    For me it would depend on what the price actually is.

    I like 3rd gen single stack Smiths.... really nice guns for the $$$. Few yrs ago you could get into them for $350-$400 but I think those days are long gone.

    Most 3913 or 908's I see for sale these days are $500 and up and I personally think that's just too much for a gun that is not even mfgr'd anymore.

    I like SIG as well.... I have had an older P226 since the mid 1990's but never owned one of their compacts. Still I lke the ergo's of SIG with the frame mounted decocker. If I could get int one for the right price I def would.

    Since your looking at these 2 models specificaly I would recomend that if you can get a nice 3913 for less that $450 you should buy it.... if not buy the SIG.
    Will
     
  3. PabloJ

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    When considering 3rd generation vs SIG Sauer I would always pick S&W because they're substantially less expensive. The fact that outfits like SAS, Air Marshals, certain branches of US Military use them means nothing to me.
     
  4. snooperman

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    I have a S&W 5906 that I bought many years ago and I it like it much better than my SIG 229. The value of these older S&W 3rd generation guns have held up well. Massad Ayoob and others call them "sleepers" for a good reason.
     
  5. Bobson

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    I'd rather have the SIG. Not a big fan of the older Smith autos. Dislike frame mounted safeties, and the aesthetics kill me. I know that's a minor consideration, but when up against a SIG in excellent condition, it becomes an easy choice.
     
  6. Coop45

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    Frame mounted safety? On a Mod 39? Nooooooo!
     
  7. chez323

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    I vote with Bobson, go for the Sig..... I've got a P239 in 357 Sig and it's a great gun, nothing against the S&W but Sigs are by far the better gun.
     
  8. maddy345

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    For a single stack 9mm I picked a Sig P6 from Wideners for $379. A $25 parts kit from Top Gun Supply to swap out the recoil spring and the mainspring and you have a hell of a nice gun.

    Sig still makes replacement parts too.

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  9. VA27

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    +1 on the Smith, especially the LS, never cared for SIG.
     
  10. YZ

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    Which one fits your hand, balances, and points better?
     
  11. PabloJ

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    When it comes to price on second hand market the SIG Sauer costs same as Performance Center third generation S&W. I hate to tell you folks but I rather have 'Shorty .45' then SIG 220. The frame mounted safety does not need to be used matter of fact some S&W pistols have spring powered auto return on the safety lever (it comes back to horizontal position after lever is depressed for de-cocking). I actually like the way those European police single stack 9x19s SIGs with retention slot in hammer spur handle. It's too bad 20lb+ weight can be suspended form the trigger w/o the gun going off.
     
  12. Bobson

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    Is this not a S&W 3913?

    ETA: Nevermind. Having issues posting a picture from my phone. At any rate, I googled it and found multiple pics of a gun that looked very similar to 5906.
     
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    Who really uses a safety on a DA auto? Fame, slide? Who cares? It is just a decocker.
     
  14. Bush Pilot

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    I purchased a 3913 and a few months ago and really like the gun, I don't see how you could go wrong. If it came down to a huge price difference I'd opt for the Smith.
     
  15. oldandslow

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    sm, 8/31/13

    I have both the Sig 239 (9mm) and the SW's 3914 and 3953 which are the same size as the 3913. The Sig and SW's seem equal in grip length and overall length. The SW has a narrower, flatter slide than the Sig making it flatter to carry. Since I have big hands I put Hogue rubber grips on both the SW 3914 and Sig as the stock grips were too thin. They both point and shoot well. This is a case of your needing to hold each one and see which feels better in your hands. Both are great guns. Good luck.

    best wishes- oldandslow
     
  16. rskent

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    Gotta go with the Sig. I have had both (not a LS). I had to let the Smith go. I was a great gun but in the end I just shot the Sig better.
    The Sig is on my never sell list. It has a great trigger (for a double/single). I think the Smith is a great gun, definitely underrated.
    But in the end, for me, if it sits in the safe to long its gone. It might have been the upside down safety. Who knows.

    You probably can't go wrong either way.
     
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    This was carried for a long time, everyday, everywhere. Not necessarily my favorite pistol, but I still know where it is.

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    The 3913 is an easy piece to carry and conceal.
     
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    I had the 3913 sorry I sold it .
     
  19. snooperman

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    Thanks for all the responses. I had a chance this morning here at my farm range to shoot the SIG P239 , that belongs to a local gun shop employee; and, I decided to go with S&W 3913 Ladysmith. I shot it much better and liked the fit of the gun too. Smith and Wesson should bring that one back.
     
  20. YZ

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    Your choice is consistent with most target shooters who find all steel advantageous for practical accuracy. (If I remember incorrectly and the LS is alloy, then disregard)
     
  21. WVsig

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    I used to own a P239 but sold it years ago. I felt like it did not balance well and was too much of a tweener. Not a subcompact or a compact.

    I found a 3914 Ladysmith a while back and picked it up for a great price.

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  22. USAF_Vet

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    Exactly.

    I own a 2nd gen S&W, so the choice is easy. One drawback on the Sig for me, a lefty, is the decocker. Never been a fan of Sig, always been a fan of classic Smiths.
     
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    I am a huge fan of sigs. Have a few. But the 3913 is the best carry gun in 9mm. Light weight, accurate and very nice trigger.
     
  24. hk-sigman

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    The 3913 is THE perfect single stack 9mm. Much better gun than the SIG.
     
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    snooperman

    Congrats! You made a great choice with the S&W 3913 Ladysmith!
     
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