S&W 5906?

Discussion in 'Autoloaders' started by acesover, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. acesover

    acesover Well-Known Member

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    Dec 26, 2018
    Have a chance to pick up a pistol that is supposed to be a 5906. But when my buddy sent me pictures of it, it looked like a blued gun. I thought they were all stainless. Was there a black finish on them?
     
  2. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    Could it be a 5904?
     
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  3. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    The third generation 5900 series guns came in a mind numbing number of variations. The 5905 was one example of the same fire controls as the 5906 produced for one year, 1991 in blue. The 5906, meaning the 6 part was originally meant to designate stainless. And besides the 14 some variations you have the mismarked ones to muse over.
     
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  4. Raylan Givens

    Raylan Givens Never Forget

    Aug 18, 2015
    I can't get my pictures to upload for some reason or I would post my 5904 pics.
     
  5. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    I'm experiencing similar upload difficulty, very odd
     
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  6. TheDoaner

    TheDoaner Well-Known Member

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    Sep 4, 2015
    I had a 5906 but I also had a 915 that took 5906 mags. It's been decades but the 915 was all black as opposed to the 5906. I honestly don't remember much difference in the two models other than that.
     
  7. acesover

    acesover Well-Known Member

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    Dec 26, 2018
    Thanks for the info! Another question I have is were these alloy frames?
     
  8. SparkyAZ

    SparkyAZ It is a dry heat, right...

    Sep 11, 2012
    5905 & 06 are stainless steel slide & frame, 5903 & 04 are alloy frame.
     
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  9. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
    here's a picture of @Raylan Givens 5904

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    oh darn, that aint it, wait

    here you go
     
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  10. Scaramouche

    Scaramouche Student of the Columbian Exchange Supporting Addict

    Sep 15, 2015
  11. acesover

    acesover Well-Known Member

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    Dec 26, 2018
    Yep, it is not a 5906, but a 5904, how well do the alloy frames hold up? And they dropped the price 50 bucks.
     
  12. Barefootdog

    Barefootdog Well-Known Member

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    Sep 25, 2018
    My EDC is a 6906. Compact version of your pistol. Alloy frame, stainless slide. EDC, fire it regularly. Kept well lubed. Slide/frame fit has loosened over time. Currently noticeably looser than my 5906's and 4006's (stainless over stainless). Bear in mind most of these are 15-30 year old pistols at this point. That said, if it's reasonably tight currently you should get years of use out of it. They were primary built as service pistols. Mine go bang every time.....
     
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  13. Jhp147

    Jhp147 Enthusiast

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    May 17, 2014
    Saw a bunch of 5906/04 in police service. My 5904's frame was never an issue, never heard of one that was. I picked it because I was in plainclothes and didn't understand how much a good gunbelt was worth and the '06s are heavy with a full mag. Shot it in IDPA a couple of years and carried it. I'm sure one would loosen over time, but I don't think you'll wear it out. The one in the photo is one of the early batches when they were still using the hooked trigger guards. Spare parts are getting a bit pricier/harder to find since S&W quit making these guns.
     
  14. bac1023

    bac1023 1911 Collector Moderator

    Aug 15, 2011
    Definitely not a 5906. The "6" designates stainless steel.

    I've got a number of the target shooting variations of it.


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