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Posted: 9/13/2005 7:21:56 AM EDT
Aim has the 5904 at a super cheap price...259.95

Are these guns any good? How's the price, give me a full report.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:23:10 AM EDT
haha i just woke up and thought you were posting a gas price!
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:26:22 AM EDT
A friend of mine has one, I've shot it quite a few times. I can't hit anything with it, but the loose rear sight doesn't help. I think they're pretty clunky, that said his has been totally reliable.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:31:20 AM EDT
The 3rd. gen. smiths are good pistols, they have lots of parts compared to a 1911 or glock, look at a blowup of one.= more stuff to screw up.I shot 2nd. gen. 9mm for 3 or4 yrs. no problems at all, they were single stacks tho. later, W.B.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:34:38 AM EDT
They are great guns. I had a 5906 and I was at least the 5th owner. We passed it around and it had thousands and thousands of rounds through it. Never broke a part that I am aware of. I doubt any one person can wear one out.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:41:56 AM EDT

Not a bad looking gun for that price
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 9:28:47 AM EDT
I know 2 people with Smith autoloaders. Both of them have had reliability issues that include trips to the 'smith.

They say they like them, but I don't understand why with the issues they're having.

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:42:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fastang50:
A friend of mine has one, I've shot it quite a few times. I can't hit anything with it, but the loose rear sight doesn't help. I think they're pretty clunky, that said his has been totally reliable.

Just how "reliable" is a gun you can't hit anything with?
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:45:00 PM EDT
IBTSB (in before the S&W bashing).

5904s are great. I've never had any reliability problems with my Smith auto loaders.

That being said, the only thing I don't like is the trigger. Not as crisp as my Sig, but still a great pistol.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:49:10 PM EDT
I have fired two or three of them that belong to a couple of friends. These pistols are completely unremarkable in every respect.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:49:35 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2005 12:51:45 PM EDT by WildBoar]
S&W make good autos, especially the 59 series. We rented S&W autos at our range and they held up very well.

WAnt to hype yourself into buying a S&W , watch Reservoir Dogs.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 12:52:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2005 12:53:59 PM EDT by freemanesq]
I had a second generation 9mm. Couldn't hit a barn from the inside. You can always pick this one up as a drop gun - not that anyone would do that.

ETA - it would feed ammo well - no jams. You could always turn the pistol sideways and hit the bad guy in the eye with brass.

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:18:38 PM EDT

Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
I have fired two or three of them that belong to a couple of friends. These pistols are completely unremarkable in every respect.

At one time I owned a Model 5956. What I liked about the pistol was the ergonomic grip; it felt really good in my hand. What I didn't like about the gun was the loooonnnngggg double action trigger pull and the fact I couldn't hit shit with it. That, and it was a very heavy pistol. I don't know if the harsh trigger caused the lack of accuracy or not, but I don't have that problem with any of my Sigs or 1911s.

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:40:27 PM EDT
I have a 6906 and have owned a 5906 in the past. In my opinion they are better pistols than a Ruger 9mm, but not on a par with Beretta, Sig-Sauer. My biggest issue is accuracy, not bad, but never as good as my Sig P225 or Beretta M92F.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:47:27 PM EDT
I carried a 5906 with a 6906 as a backup for 5 years, they both ran with whatever I fed them from factory to reloads, never any reliability problems. I never did like the long double action trigger pull but it was very accurate and I qualified in the high 90s each time with it. YMMV
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:52:36 PM EDT
The Reservoir Dogs used them so they must be good!
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:02:03 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2005 6:02:52 PM EDT by geegee]
I've owned a few Smiths and they were okay, but I never really warmed to them (with my Performance Center Short Forty Five being the exception). I don't like the loooooong D/A trigger, and the way the safety operates. It is essentially ass-backwards from a 1911. i.e. you sweep the safety down on a 1911 (which is a more natural mechanical action), vs. having to sweep the safety up on a Smith. It may seem like a minor point, but for a comitted 1911 shooter like me, it definitely makes a difference.

The one benefit about them is that the pistol won't fire if the magazine is dropped, a major reason that so many law enforcement agencies used to prefer them, in the pre-Glock era.

eeewwww...I used the G-word!
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:03:30 PM EDT
Our local PD issues them. They are decent guns. Built like a tank. Heavy DA pull makes an accurate first shot a chore.

And the safety lever moves the wrong way.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:04:16 PM EDT
sounds like it's an Aim police trade in. Meaning it probably has alot of holster ware. I've ordered mags, ammo, and parts from Aim before, great company to work with.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:29:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:35:07 PM EDT
I personally do not like smiths but there is nothing wrong with them
my first handgun was 4006
at least you are looking at 5904 and not a 5906 06s are fucking heavy!!!
thats a OK price going rate for a used 3rd gen smith is around $300 most places
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:45:19 PM EDT
I have a 4506 that I have never had any problems with.

My wife has a 3913LS Lady Smith that she has never had any problems with.

That being said they are not 1911's!

I would take a $259.00 Smith over a $259.00 1911 unless someone was just in bad need of $$$!

Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:45:45 PM EDT
I own a 5906 and i have never had any problems with it. It will feed every kind of ammo that i have used and it is accurate enough
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:48:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 6:55:54 PM EDT
As a LE with a state issued SW6906, they get a thumbs up. Just realize they are like a general motors car. They work good, but are not state-of-the-art. My biggest bitch about them is the magazine disconnect. Our agency only allows SW 3rd generation 9mms for duty use, so it's the only choice we have. I have not had any problems with personal owned 5906 TSW, 5906, or 6906's. That being said, I sold them all because they are just utility tools that I grew bored. Off duty, I carry Glock.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:47:50 PM EDT
Dept. issue for many years. Not my carry choice, but my issue one has never had a malfunction. Even with crappy, training ammo reloads this thing continues to run. Rough trigger, but manageable. For the price I would say BUY IT.hippie.gif
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 8:50:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 12:08:11 AM EDT
It’s a decent if somewhat dated and lackluster firearm.

I’ve never found S&W semi’s to be especially accurate (at least compared to something like a Sig). And while I haven’t had serious reliability issues with them, I wouldn’t put them at same level as a Sig or Glock.

The D/A trigger is typically very gritty. On the plus side, the trigger does have a short trigger reset.

The older 3 generation S&W had some pretty sharp edges, esp. along the top of the slide. The newer ones have these edges smoothed out.

I have seen the triggerbar break, which is a fairly pricey part. (I had one break on me once during a training class – leaving me 600 miles from home with no handgun and a long drive up I-95 ahead of me!! )

Disassembly isn’t quite as easy as most of the newer designs – but that’s really a very minor issue.

For the price you should be OK.

Still, personally I’d get something like one of AIM’s $369 Sig P226 ’s instead – that extra $110 would give you a clearly superior handgun compared to the S&W.
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 1:09:05 AM EDT
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