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Old 02-16-2012, 02:21 AM   #1
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My dad gave me his S&W 9mm today. Any likes or dislikes about this gun? I have shot it before but that was years ago when I was much younger.

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Old 02-16-2012, 03:20 AM   #2
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I like those steel frame autos they used to make. Hold onto it.

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So its a good hand gun?

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Looks like a Third Gen auto. If you have an actual model, might be able to provide more info.

Generally speaking, the Third Gen autos never really had a huge following, but they were still good guns.

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Looks like a Third Gen auto. If you have an actual model, might be able to provide more info.

Generally speaking, the Third Gen autos never really had a huge following, but they were still good guns.
How would I be able to tell ifs its a third Gen!
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I like it because your Dad gave it to you.

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How would I be able to tell ifs its a third Gen!
Because the model number will have 4 digits. First Gen autos had 2 digit models, 2nd Gen had 3, etc.

What caliber is it?
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Olympus, its a 9mm

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I've shot a few of those old SW steel service pistols.

They're really solid guns and I might add one at some point. You can get them at really fair prices, the only problem is a lot of them seemed to have been beat to hell along the way...lots of high mileage examples bouncing around out there, as they filled a bunch of LE contracts.

Yours looks pretty sharp. I'd imagine it'll serve you well. As with any expired pistol...if you've already deemed it a "keeper", you might want to add a couple extra mags ASAP.

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Default Over all good guns.

The model number is on the left side of the frame, right over the trigger opening.

As mentioned, a lot of these guns were for law enforcement contracts. The LE guns were fired periodically and then cleaned; mostly just carried in holsters. The finish is worn, but the guns are in pretty good condition. If it's a commercially sold gun - your dad would know if he bought it new or not - it probably hasn't been fired a lot either.

In general, S&W pistols are pretty well made. The worst thing I can say about them is they aren't something else. (I tend to prefer single action pistols and larger calibers. Others disagree.) For a general purpose and personal defense gun, they are well above 'adequate'.

You will probably want a minimum of three magazines for that pistol, possibly five or more depending on your finances and priorities. Personally, I'd find another decent holster for it, the nylon 'bag' holsters give me a shudders and rash reaction. It is possible to dress it up with fancier grips, but the originals work very well. You can shoot about any modern 9x19 round in them without problem. Shooting +p ammunition will not blow up the gun, but will hasten the worn out date; as with any pistol.

That it came from your Dad is icing on the cake. Enjoy.

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