Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by 357smallbore, Apr 18, 2021.
Early model 1990
But still, one of the finest DA/SA service pistols ever made. Built like tanks, durable, feed everything, dead-nuts reliable. Usually good accuracy.
And cool. Great looking pistol. A classic in my book. Especially the versions with the original hooked (recurve) trigger guard and arched backstrap.
Feels like a real gun and not airsoft.
15 rounds is limited capacity?
As far as flip up safeties, I was always a fan of PPs and PPKs. I also was a fan of 1911s. I trained to swipe my thumb alongside the slide. Push a S&W safety up or a 1911 safety down. My Glock's have slide wear there.
FWIW a friend went to S&W and they taught to use the safety only as a hammer dropper. The Federal LE agency I worked for taught the same. The DA is not great but if you're looking at a range of 10 feet it doesn't make a difference.
It all boils down to what you're comfortable with and willing to train yourself with.
The all steel S&W's were well made, and will last a lifetime, dunno about what they sell nowadays.
I don't much care for that either, but I just wouldn't use it for anything but a decocker. Once decocked I'd flip the saftey into the up position and forget about it. No reason to use it on a gun with a heavy DA 1st trigger pull.
They are a little heavy, but are tanks. Our local city PD bought a bunch of them in 1994 and carried them until about 5 years ago. They liked them, but after 20+ years they were getting pretty ragged.
Not my favorite pistol, but I do respect them. If the price were right I wouldn't mind having another.
Super reliable, accurate at SD distances, easy to shoot.
"Compared to recent production pistols."
Originally, the 5900-series magazines held only 14 rounds; a later version tweaked the follower and increased capacity to 15 rounds. However, most full-size duty pistols now all have magazine capacities of 17 to 19 rounds standard, but have plus-2 or plus-3 mags that hold up to 21 rounds (example: Beretta 92FS/M9, SIG P-226, P-320, S&W M&P).
As others have noted, the safety on these was typically used only as de-cocker (like the Beretta) and most folks carry these in Condition 1 for a DA first trigger pull.
If so desired, you can get 17 round flush fit mags from Mecgar for the 59-series platform, and slightly extended 20 rounders.
Im not one of them.
I had one issued to me that was not reliable (A jam almost caused me to fail the final academy qual), the trigger sucked in both DA and SA and it was heavy as hell to carry all day. I don’t think I was the only one who didn’t like them, as soon as admin gave the ok to buy our own guns at least 2/3 of us switched within a week. (That was in 1993.)
Not that I hate on Gen 3 S&W autos. I have a 4013 that I carried for many years, the trigger wasn’t fantastic but it was 100 pct reliable for me and served its role very well.
Again, mine is but one experience among many, so take it at face value...but Unfortunately mine wasn’t a very good experience with the 5906.
The full size stainless 5906's, again, are a bit heavy, but the sweetest range shooters you'll ever meet.
Mec-Gar +2 adapter.
What's a flip up safety?
Are you referring to the decock lever?
Mine points well and has a decent trigger. It's been reliable.
I shoot it as well as most service pistols.
They're a bit heavy and unfashionable, but they work just fine.
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