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Old May 17, 2013, 01:58 PM   #1
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S&W 6906

What would one of these puppies go for? It's a stainless version w 2 mags I believe. A coworker has 2 and wants to sell one. Haven't seen it yet so not sure of the exact condition

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Old May 17, 2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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Short answer:

$250 for an ugly but shootable "beater" up to $500-$550 LNIB. Most trade in the $350+/- range.

Longer answer:

There are 4 basic variations of the Model 6906, in order of decreasing age and roughly increasing desirability:
  1. Square trigger guard, vertical blade rear sight
  2. Square trigger guard, slanted Novak Lo-Mount rear sight
  3. Round trigger guard, Novak rear sight, silver-color flash chrome trigger, silver-color flash chrome solid-sided hammer (last two also used on all earlier guns)
  4. Same as #3 but with black MIM trigger and black MIM "skeletonized" or "cutaway" hammer
The early vertical blade rear sight is OK but the Novak is better and has more aftermarket replacement options (slide dovetails are different sizes so they don't interchange).

The square trigger guard does not fit in all holsters and is ugly to boot.

The later MIM hammer and trigger yield a better out-of-the-box trigger pull, particularly DA, and some S&W pistol fans prefer them; yes, you read that right, this is an instance where shooters think MIM is actually better.

The later pistols are worth more, and you should consider picking one if your friend lets you choose.

[EDIT] Forgot to mention... 14/15rd S&W 59-series and Marlin Camp 9 Carbine mags work perfectly in these pistols, although they project below the grip.
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Old May 17, 2013, 02:54 PM   #3
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Wow. Perfect info. Told him to take some pics of it for me to check it out.

I'll report what I see when I see it!
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Old May 17, 2013, 04:05 PM   #4
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One other addition to carguys input. You really want to try the trigger in single and double action to see if it’s to your liking.. In double it’s a long throw and in single you have to pull the trigger a foot before you hit the release of the sear. Their triggers simply put can bad.
I have a 3906, one of the last versions built and the gun will feed beer cans if you can get them in the magazine. But in double action the trigger is incased in poor quality concrete
Mine was new in the box, I got it from an estate sale for 350 last year. I felt it was a very good buy.
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Old May 17, 2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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MODEL 6906 COMPACT STAINLESS

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9mm Para. cal., stainless steel variation of the Model 6904, 26 1/2 oz. Mfg. 1989-1999.

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100% 585

98% 470

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Old May 17, 2013, 04:30 PM   #6
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I see ones in good shape going for $425 to $440. Light scratch or two maybe but no dings or gouges.
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Old May 17, 2013, 05:16 PM   #7
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It's really going to be a range toy so I'm not tooooo terribly concerned with the DA trigger but I will def check it out!
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Old May 18, 2013, 12:55 AM   #8
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The square trigger guard does not fit in all holsters and is ugly to boot.
I have a early 6906 (late 80s manufacture). It was originally issued to the New Hampshire State Police as that was their carry sidearm for a while. Why did I opt for an early model? I happen to think the square trigger guard not only gives the gives the pistol some character, but gives the shooter another place to place my weak/support hand forefinger should I choose to do so.

BTW... it also matches the 4506 I have, again with the square guard. Opinions in the area of aesthetics are exactly that... opinions. To each his own.
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Old May 18, 2013, 07:22 AM   #9
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I'd be all over some Square Trigger Guards and Novak LoMounts......Zebulon


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Old May 18, 2013, 11:06 PM   #10
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FYI - The 6906 has a stainless steel slide and an aluminum alloy frame. Most 3rd Gen S&W Autos that end in 6 are all stainless steel, but the 6906 is the one exception. I think it is because the 6906 was released before S&W standardized their numbering nomenclature for 3rd gen pistols, and the 2nd Gen nomenclature was carried over 669>>>6906
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Old May 21, 2013, 11:57 AM   #11
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I don't think the op is too concerned about the shape of the trigger guard on the Model 6906 but, because the issue has already been broached, I feel compelled to add my opinion to the discussion: I have the older model with the "squared" guard but I agree with carguychris-imo, it is ugly. Subjective opinions aside, third generation Smiths are some of the best built, most reliable, sturdiest semi-auto pistols ever made. And probably the most under-rated and unappreciated ones too.
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Old May 21, 2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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Well I ended up buying the CZ Compact, Canik C100 clone instead. Semi-impulse buy so the S&W is on hold. I'm not sure he REALLY wanted to sell as much as his wife didn't want him having two. He has yet to bring the pics for me but if he changes his mind I'm sure I will still bite!

Thanks for the info!
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Old May 21, 2013, 02:27 PM   #13
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I rather like the squared look. Perhaps the area of the trigger guard that has a good amount of meat/metal I would call the chin may look better with a reduction. Still not really worth changing IMO.
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Old May 21, 2013, 03:01 PM   #14
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Grab it if you can. The 6906 is utter perfection..One of the greatest 9mm pistols ever made. Get a late model and you will never want to let it go.
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Old May 21, 2013, 03:43 PM   #15
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My 6906 was my first off-duty carry gun. Very accurate, never had any complaints or issues. I still have the 6906, although it is now my wife's bed side firearm.

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Old May 21, 2013, 08:44 PM   #16
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In all the years I’ve had S&W’s no one has ever commented that it or any part of it looked ugly/fugly. I don’t know what I would say or do.
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Old May 21, 2013, 09:12 PM   #17
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Good enough Steve!

I have a DAO 6949 version sleeping in the safe.

Got it many years ago.

Of course I have Glocks and that is what I use but I've always like the 6900 series guns.

They will do quite fine.

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Old May 23, 2013, 12:16 PM   #18
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I'll take a guess before looking at what others posted. I think this is the one with the alloy frame, correct? If it has the alloy frame, they tend to show a good bit of wear, but they function fine.

My guess is in good condition with slight holster wear, $375
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Old May 23, 2013, 04:55 PM   #19
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I just bought a 6906 today. I'd say very close to 90 % condition. I paid $299 (plus tax). However, the gun came without any magazine(s). (Not a problem for me as I have plenty on hand already.)
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Old May 23, 2013, 05:40 PM   #20
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FYI, the 6906 was the issue gun for U.S. Customs Investigations from the early/mid 80's until 1998 or so. It was selected on one criteria - reliability. It was more reliable than any other 'compact' 9mm of it's day.
We fired thousands of rounds through them, with rare stoppages. I had the only one that ever broke (to my knowledge) - after firing a perfect score for qualification, I found the frame had cracked. (At the time I was the lead firearms instructor at our academy, with the keys to the ammo bunker.) I stuck a new frame under the slide, and shot it a whole bunch more.

My wife liked it so much, she bought one for her carry gun.
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Old May 23, 2013, 05:51 PM   #21
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Hi Sleuth....I remember that well. The funny thing is that 10-15 years in the Gun world is like the same in History, Music, or cars......It's a lifetime. The common concensus seems to be that "new" is "better".......It's simply untrue. When S&W introduced the 69XX Mini-guns, they were Third Generation Smith Autos. but built on far superior CNC machinery than previous versions. There will always be new guns, and new gun buyers...we're a fickle lot though. I still love the pistols I bought when I was new to the game in the late '80's-Mid '90's when the WonderNine wars began.....Newer guns...Sure. Better?....I don't think so........Zebulon
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Old May 23, 2013, 10:56 PM   #22
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Here is mine.
a 6906 no dash S/N TEC5XXX
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Old May 23, 2013, 11:52 PM   #23
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Thanks to you guys who posted pics of your guns.....They all look great. Nothing like a little pride of ownership......
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Old May 24, 2013, 06:25 AM   #24
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They are all very nice! If he decides to sell,I think I may just jump on it for a decent price!
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Old June 25, 2013, 11:18 PM   #25
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Just acquired a 6906. per CarguyChris' description it's Version #4...
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Same as #3 but with black MIM trigger and black MIM "skeletonized" or "cutaway" hammer
Came with 2 magazines. It was an estate situation came as just the firearm and magazines, no box or papers. SN VUV8097

Now the thing is...I believe it's never been fired.
No sign of residue, feed ramp doesn't have a mark on it, barrel doesn't show any sign of use other than perhaps a test round or two. I'll add photos tomorrow when I have better light for photography.

I've been hankering for a 9mm Shield for a while now. They fit my ham of a hand so well and so does the 6906 but this .... this is...art...this is...craftsmanship.

But - it's unfired. It's like that classic car you hear about that some guy bought from the widow of the original owner. The car that has 36 miles on it because the guy came home from the dealership and died. Stunning - new - but every mile you put on it diminishes the value. (I met a guy who had just such a car. I said "How Cool" he said "Millstone")

So now what?
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