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Old 06-17-2014, 11:30 PM   #1
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I spent four hours yesterday at GT Distributors in Austin working on some of the hundred or so 3rd generation Smith autos they aquired from an LE agency. Mostly 5906's and 6906's. The ones they could not get to function check properly were farmed out to me to "fix". I have attended the S&W armorers course on these guns and have worked on well over 200 of them over the years.

Triggers not picking up the hammer 100% of the time, stuck magazine releases, slide stops not stopping, etc. True to my experience, the #1 problem was fouling. These poor guns had NEVER been detail stripped. Wear was minimal, but varnish was the word for the day. I detail stripped and cleaned 13 and got them up and running. A couple had mainspring caps missing (parts on order). One was missing the mainspring entirely.

If you have ever wanted one of these classic pistols, they will be for sale at GT's soon.

I am going to take a couple of guns in trade for my time. I have a 1066 held with my name on it. There are a few 1st and 2nd generation guns in the mix. I am thinking about the one 645 I saw.

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I spent four hours yesterday at GT Distributors in Austin working on some of the hundred or so 3rd generation Smith autos they aquired from an LE agency. Mostly 5906's and 6906's. The ones they could not get to function check properly were farmed out to me to "fix". I have attended the S&W armorers course on these guns and have worked on well over 200 of them over the years.

Triggers not picking up the hammer 100% of the time, stuck magazine releases, slide stops not stopping, etc. True to my experience, the #1 problem was fouling. These poor guns had NEVER been detail stripped. Wear was minimal, but varnish was the word for the day. I detail stripped and cleaned 13 and got them up and running. A couple had mainspring caps missing (parts on order). One was missing the mainspring entirely.

If you have ever wanted one of these classic pistols, they will be for sale at GT's soon.

I am going to take a couple of guns in trade for my time. I have a 1066 held with my name on it. There are a few 1st and 2nd generation guns in the mix. I am thinking about the one 645 I saw.
i'd love to have another 669 or 469!
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Tempting... Never owned a Smith Auto but they are on my bucket list... Right behind that Hi Power I've been dreaming of.

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I have now finished with 39 of them. Mostly fouling. A few with broken parts. I found a 5903 that looked like it had been run over by a tank. The frame was badly broken. Stripped it of all parts and used it as a donor gun. I have a few that need minor parts like the main spring cap or a sear spring, but all in all they seem pretty darn serviceable.

I have my 1066 set aside for them to enter into their FFL "book" so it can be transferred to me. I have not decided on what else to get. Maybe a 6906? Maybe I'll barter for a 65 or 66.

Many of these have been wholesaled out to Cabelas and Bud's, so keep your eyes open

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Wait a minute. Am I understanding this right? There were cops carrying non operational guns? There was actually a cop carrying a gun without a main spring in it? Tell me it ain't so!

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Could have come out of the armory after being red tagged. If you knew what jurisdiction this was, it would not surprise you. They had sme that had been converted to fire full auto! Confidentiality keeps me from telling you where they came from.

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Could have come out of the armory after being red tagged. If you knew what jurisdiction this was, it would not surprise you. They had sme that had been converted to fire full auto! Confidentiality keeps me from telling you where they came from.
Darn, I had a pretty good guess as I used to work with a certain municipality that issued the 5906, though police officers were allowed to purchase their own weapon if they wanted to carry something else.

I wonder what they went to though. They were issuing S&W Model 10HB's before they went to the 5906, which I thought was an interesting switch.
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I have the S&W 915, from the same family. It's in my truck or at my desk at work. Dependable as the day is long, I suspect I'd have to stuff it with .45 ACP to make it jam. Great shooters for those of us not into the polymer scene

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Nice to get a couple S&W pistols in trade for your labor, RC10mm! I don't think you'll be sorry if you choose a 6906, it's a nice right-sized handgun. I got a recent manufacture 6906 trade-in from California DOC that had the typical holster wear but near pristine internally. I also got a trade-in 5906 (unknown agency) in similar condition, both from CDNN a few years back for around $350 and $300 respectively.

Later I stumbled on an older model 5903 that was LNIB with original cardboard box, papers and three magazines. Someone bought it then left it in the box for 20+ years so I couldn't walk away for $425.

Lately I've seen a lot of 5946 DA trade-ins at Cabelas at high prices, about $475. I guess the supply is drying up so people won't be getting the bargain prices of yesterday. For many years these fine pistols were a steal!

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Have a 645, I'm very comfortable with. A rather large gun. It works well. Good luck!

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