Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Michael A Ferber, Jun 25, 2019.
I love those early ones with the trigger, hammer and safety all in matching flash-chrome.
I eventually sold the piece, slightly reluctantly, but there was another gun I really wanted and needed the cash. Plus I figured it would never really graduate past "range toy". It cost me about $225 and I lost about $75 on it to an LGS.
Istill have a bunch of mags that fit both the 59 and KelTec's P11, of which I had two, now just one. Since all that, I've become more and more open to the possibility of getting a 3rd Gen S&W 69xx series, or even a 2nd Gen 4xx series for my primary. If I carried one as my primary, the KelTec would be an obvious choice as BUG. Thing is, I'm rather disappointed by the accuracy of the P11 due to the 11lb DAO trigger. Guess there's a downside to everything, but I guess for an up-close and personal BUG it's not as important. It could be a great combo with like 12 interchangeable mags. The P11 even had a belt clip.
Not to hijack the thread (essentially still on topic!) but does anyone know if the 2nd or 3rd gens of the S&W 59/69 series have smaller grips than the original girthy 59? If they do I'd be much more aggressive in hunting one down.
39/59, ?39/?59 are about the same as the 39??/59/69??
1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation frames are about the same. There was a thinner grip panel aftermarket panels for the 2nd generation pistols and the 3rd. The frame has to be large enough to accommodate the double stack magazine.
Not hard to find them for $25.00 - $30.00 apiece and I am sure that with a little shopping around they can be had for a bit less than that.
Here's one such auction on GB: https://www.gunbroker.com/item/818866428
You can use it to find things like magazines for the 5906. BTW, they take standard model 59 mags.
I’ve had standard models in the past...
Is PPC performance center?
I have expressed interest in that particular handgun for some time when the topic of selling comes up, yet when he does finally decide to sell it it will surely be a spur of the moment went out 4 wheeling with a buddy and sold it for next to nothing right there on the trail kind of deal. :headbang: nice score btw.
PPC stands for Police Pistol Competition.
Yea, the Performance Center built them
Never shot it very well, not having had any "crunchenticker" training, and ended up later being issued another make of autoloader when I switched agencies (shot that one well enough to qualify, which was all that was required.) But that Smith was real handsome and solid. Sold it when I got out of LE.
I bet that I'd shoot it much better now.
I traded it for a 5906. Both of these were police trade-ins. Along the way I picked up a 6906.
I then sold the 5906 because it was too big for me to carry but kept the 6906 and picked up 5 or 6 additional magazines. I acknowledge that all of these handguns have a huge following, but when I started shooting in a competition environment, I couldn't get rid of the lone surviving 6906 fast enough, actually gave it to my brother.
On the plus side they are all certainly robust. I thought that the 6906 size/geometry made it a good carry gun using a OWB holster. As trade ins they are certainly easy on the wallet. The big negative as far as I'm concerned is the triggers DA/SA suck and given the other available options, throwing money into them is not really worth it. Very rarely do I see anyone that is serious shooting any of them. I never got far enough with them to change out the sights but I think, but cannot remember for sure but it is possible that the dovetails are an odd cut, but I wouldn't go to the wall on that.
Years ago Summit Gun Brokers had police trade-ins for sale by the truckload.
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