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September 13, 2011, 08:39 PM
Hello gang,

I bought a slightly used S&W Model 1006 off of Gun Broker last week, and it arrived yesterday. It was just as the seller described it (barely used) and came with three original magazines, which I believe are hard to find.

Even though it was a hectic day, I managed to run to my local range (Miami Rifle and Pistol Club) and fire it for function. By the way, the model 1006 (as best I know) was Smith & Wesson's first 10 mm automatic, and is nice and robust. This one has fixed sights, so I hope it shoots okay! ^L^

Here are the seller's pictures from Gun Broker, I haven't had time to take any of mine.




Anyhow, I had time to try each magazine before it got too dark. (I had to leave time to find all my brass too!)

Here is the first magazine I tried, 9 shots, slow fire, 2 hand offhand at a little more than 10 yards (or 30 feet).


Whew! I guess it shoots okay! ^L^ The white marks on the rear sights and the red on the front are very faded, and I was tired, so I bet the gun can shoot better than this. Here is the result of shooting the second magazine:


The trigger is fairly crisp, but NOT very light. I guess they didn't want any FBI agents shooting someone by accident! ^L^ Here is the group I shot using the third magazine:


Very pleased! I want to get some Hogue rubber grips on it, and get it greased up, it seemed a bit dry. But not a hiccup shooting some mild American Eagle 180 grain FMJ practice rounds.

And I learned one thing on this outing.....

.... that second magazine sucks!! ^L^ Woohoo! ^L^

- Thomas

September 13, 2011, 08:58 PM
Congrats. Outside of my Colt Delta Elite, the 1006 is the only other 10mm I'd rather have.

September 13, 2011, 09:04 PM
I had one for a couple of years and I would consider it one of the best 10mms out there! I sold mine a few months ago. , I got tired of chasing my brass..lol. That stuff is like gold. Mine was accurate and very reliable.
The only major problem I encountered was finding mags(mine only came with one.) I couldn't get use to the trigger either, I'm more of a revolver guy though.

September 13, 2011, 10:47 PM
Beautiful weapon man! Congrats! I still haven't had the pleasure of shooting the mighty 10mm yet

but no matter what booty call caliber I'm enjoying that day. 45ACP is the wife :D

September 14, 2011, 03:46 PM
ThomasH, Congrats with your S&W1006! It takes a little time to get the feel for the trigger on these as they have a fair amount of takeup before the break. As you build your proficency your groups will tighten up even more!

My S&W1006 (since Mar 1990) has the adjustible sights and they are more refined for target or hunting as opposed to the quicker acquisition of the fixed sights.

I notice your magazines have the original yellow followers...the newer are white see below. I don't thing S&W is doing any swapouts anymore for the followers. I have never had any issues using the yellow or the white followers, with any ammunition.

S&W 3rd Gen Recall info

1.) Grips - early grips were made of a material that when dropped could break. The material was switched and newer manufactured grips have a punch mark on the base between the back of the frame and the take down hole. These will be replaced free by S&W.

2.) Followers - all yellow followers were recalled for law enforcement and new white (10mm) and black (45) were furnished with newer heavy duty magazine springs. This was an enhancement and not a total recall, hence LE only got the free treatment. You can call and if they authorize the free replacement the magazines must be returned to the factory. They are very fast returning them.

3.) Decocking levers - there existed a problem with all decocking lever type guns like 1076, 1026, 4576 etc, in all calibers. The recall requires return to the factory and when the recall is completed the frame is stamped with two dots under the decocking lever that are visible when the lever is depressed.

Something you may wish to consider is replacing the recoil spring. I use the Wolff Gun Springs 22lb spring in mine, as this keeps brass from flying into low earth orbit. It also serves to manage recoil and slide timing/velocity. The 22lb recoil spring has worked with all of my 10mm and also with my 40S&W and 9x25Dillon using Bar-Sto conversion barrels. Don't bother asking Bar-Sto about barrels for these as they haven't made any in a long time. We tried to do a group buy thing which didn't work out! There is a man on S&W forum who is trying to do some barrels but he hasn't finished they yet...:confused:

Best regards!:D

September 14, 2011, 06:02 PM
S&W still makes 10mm mags. They and Midway carry them. Midway is not always in stock, but I got two from them recently for my 1006.

September 14, 2011, 07:30 PM
Congrats Thomas, you now own one of the finest most robust auto's to be had, rock on 3rd gen Smith's.:)

September 16, 2011, 08:55 PM
Thank you all, gentlemen!

Sorry for the delay in responding, I was at a fancy Westin hotel for a trade show, that for $200 a night also wanted to charge $15 a day for Internet access! :eek: I think not!

Anyhow, I’ll clean this one and grease it up, and hopefully I'll get my custom Grayguns P220 10 mm soon (and maybe a Glock 20 if I feel extravagant) and do a nice comparison test! :D

By then I should have the Hogue grips for the 1006 as well.

And special thanks to The_Shadow for the recall info, somehow I thought those recalls were only for the 1076. I had seen mention of the two dots in other auctions, but they did no explain what they meant.

- Thomas

September 17, 2011, 03:08 PM
I just thought about sharing either that or make you feel like you stayed at a Holiday Inn! :D

September 17, 2011, 04:31 PM
Just out of curiosity, your gun doesn'thappen to be stamped 'Kentucky State Police', does it? They issued an S&W, just can't remember whether it was this one or the 1076! They now issue Glock 22's as the duty weapon, and Glock 27's as backup/off duty weapons. Even as much as I like Glocks, I still have a certain affinity for old, out of production handguns! Maybe I'll get lucky and find something this nice over the next couple of months at a gunshow!

September 20, 2011, 01:31 PM
Perhaps one of the best 10mm around.

IMO S&W made, in the past, some of the best auto-loading handguns on the planet. Like my S&W 745’s (single action 45ACP) more reliable than a 1911 because of no bushing/collet, the all steel construction should help minimize limp wristing and the hammered designed helps insure positive chambering upon firing.

Downside to S&W auto-loaders of the past is a high bore-line and comparatively high cost. Most of the market has gone the way of the Glock with plastic frames and strikers.

September 20, 2011, 07:23 PM
The 1006 is one of those shoot any load forever guns. I have had nothing but positive results from mine. The all steel construction really soaks up the high power 10mm recoil. The milder stuff shoots like a 9mm. (Well sort of) :D

September 20, 2011, 08:24 PM
It was the 1076.

September 20, 2011, 08:34 PM
Something you may wish to consider is replacing the recoil spring.

I don't know much about the guns, but I'm thinking that's a great idea. I watched a rental go from new to a totally beat-up piece of junk in fairly short order at my local range a long time ago.