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Old May 21, 2020, 01:11 AM   #1
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Series chart for S&W 1-3rd Gen.

Hope this clears up unfamiliarity or any confusion.
My sincere thanks to whoever created this at "LuckyGunner"!


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Old May 21, 2020, 02:20 AM   #2
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Thanks for posting the chart!
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Old May 21, 2020, 05:25 AM   #3
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Wow, great chart, thank you !
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Old May 21, 2020, 06:07 AM   #4
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Yep, great chart!
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Old May 21, 2020, 09:53 AM   #5
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Smith and Wesson once made up a decoder wheel to sort out the multitude of different models and sub-types. I guess one would be a collector's item in its own right.
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Old May 21, 2020, 11:30 AM   #6
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If the first generation M39's were "black finish", why do I have memories of me wanting a M39 because it was bright Nickle finish (or were they stainless steel?)...I would have never lusted after a black M39 (I did have a Black M59 at one time...didn't like the double action first shot, change-over to single action).

A side note, back in about the Summer of 1987, I was in a parking lot across the street from Ferris State University, when a guy with long blond locks and a Nickle M39 in Mexican carry got out of a car which held three or so other males to make a phone call from a telephone booth. He did not appear to be a student. I have often wondered if those guys were cops of some kind, or perhaps drug dealers. I suspect cops...inasmuch as they were smartly dressed, but still casual clothing. I would have suspected that drug dealers would have dressed much more inconspicuously. It kills me that I never found out who they were.
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Old May 21, 2020, 05:56 PM   #7
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Glad it is of interest with so Many variations avail., and might help a potential buyer/trader avoid fraudulent descriptions or misrepresentations of a specific type.

Nothing about this appeared--in the past--on SmithandWessonforums (for rifles, handguns etc), except the chart which I posted a week or two ago.

Wouldn't you imagine that this would be a "Sticky" on Every primary S&W gun forum website?
Such indifference surprises me .

Had I not been using Youtube to know how to disassemble and clean a friend's S&W 1911, this classic all-metal series would have been unknown to me.
Pure chance.

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Old May 21, 2020, 07:48 PM   #8
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Good info, thanks for sharing!


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Old May 21, 2020, 08:08 PM   #9
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I actually just picked up a S&W 4006TSW CHP (California Highway Patrol) a few days ago. CDNN Sports was selling them for $399 in good to very good condition, and having missed out on them in years passed when they first started hitting the used market a few years back, I made sure to jump on it this time.



Mine has a fair amount of external holster wear, but internally it's like new, and I honestly like the holster wear because it's just part of the mystique of a police trade-in to me.

The 4006TSW CHP models are actually a post-production special order by tne California Highway Patrol with a few otherwise unique features such as an integral rail machined right into the frame. Apparently there were only about 10,000 of them ever produced, with a fair amount of them in the hands of CHiPs who opted to buy back their pistols rather than part ways with them entirely.
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Old May 21, 2020, 08:10 PM   #10
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The model 39s were available in both blue and nickel.
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Old May 21, 2020, 08:50 PM   #11
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The model 39s were available in both blue and nickel.
Adding to my confusion, I found this ad for what is titled as a "Nickel plated M39(-2), but further down in the advertisement it is described as "polished stainless steel". Go figure.
https://www.gunsamerica.com/95739253...d-like-new.htm
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Forte S+W: That's a superb value and gun.
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Old May 22, 2020, 05:40 AM   #13
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The S&W Gen 1-3 semi-autos are some of the best-used handguns on the market and make great carry gun options and come in a host of versions not indicated by the chart above. However, the chart below goes into much more detail... http://www.skjos.net/sw/3rdgen/S&W%2...%20Models1.jpg

I favor the single stack models.
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URIT: I finally saw that huge list somewhere else. Amazing.

Thanks for posting it.
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Thanks for providing the helpful list. However, the "Fourth Digit Finish & Material" section describing the number "6" as being s/s doesn't seem to apply to the Model 6906 (the frame on the Model 6906 being made from alloy/aluminum; not s/s). Or am I misinterpreting the list?
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