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    Reviews on Smith & Wesson 5903 9mm

    Hey ya'll, In honor of the current political situations I'm abandoning my long gun passions on ammo and a new carry peice. I have been up in the air about what to get for a small gun but have almost decided on a S&W 5903 police turn in with a nifty "property of .... PD " on the slide. I have had S&W wheelies in the past and have no problem with them but do not know squat about their autos. Any help on the 5903 is appreciated.
    "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Give a man a gun and he will eat, one way or another."

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    no experience with the 5903, but i have an s&w m&p40, and i love it.got it a year ago, its accurrate and its s&w.

    it looks to be a 1911 style so the design is proven.however i did find a recall they made on them for a grip problem.

    http://www.firearmsid.com/Recalls/FA...%205.htm#SMITH & WESSON, MODEL 3904, 3906, 3913, 3913LS, 3914, 3914LS, 1006, 1066, 4506, 4516, 4516-1, 5903, 5904, 5906, 5946, 6904, 6906 & 6946, PISTOLS

    SMITH & WESSON
    MODEL 3904, 3906, 3913, 3913LS, 3914, 3914LS,
    1006, 1066,
    4506, 4516, 4516-1,
    5903, 5904, 5906, 5946,
    6904, 6906 & 6946, PISTOLS

    RECALL: Smith & Wesson has shipped over 300,000 Third generation Pistols. We have had a very small number or reports where a dropped pistol resulted in a broken grip resulting in a failure to fire by releasing mainspring tension. Resultant testing and review have shown that a pistol dropped at a specific angle can cause a fracture of the grip.

    As a result of these occurrences and our testing, we have made a change in the grip material to a thermoplastic alloy of increased durability. This new material, which is now being used on all current production models, can be identified by a dimple on the bottom of the grip, next to the large opening. Additionally, the blue product box has a green dot sticker on the label end.

    We believe it unlikely that you will experience any problem with your original grips. However, in order to safeguard our customers from the possibility of such a malfunction, we will make available, free of charge, an easily installed replacement grip. Please inspect your pistol and if you have a model listed below that does not have a small dimple next to the large opening, please write us including your model and serial number or call 800-338-2466. If you prefer, you can send your pistol to a Smith & Wesson Warranty Station where we will replace the grip for you.

    Models Affected:

    3904, 3906, 3913, 3913LS, 3914, 3914LS, 1006, 1066, 4506, 4516, 4516-1, 5903, 5904, 5906, 5946, 6904, 6906 & 6946

    Smith & Wesson's development process is a continuing one. We are constantly striving both to develop new products and improve existing products. We are committed to building the safest, most reliable, finest performing firearms possible.

    Source:

    American Rifleman, August 1990; page 20

    AFTE Journal, October 1990; Volume 22, Number 4:452

    Petersen's Handguns, October 1990; page 25

    American Rifleman, October 1991; page ?

    Guns & Ammo, September 1990; page 108

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    I have a 5906 (steel frame version) and I love it. Mine was a former DNR gun. Always wanted one when they first came out and just got one 2 years ago.
    www.smith-wessonforum.com is a good place to learn about them.
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    I've had lotsa experience with the wheelies too and love 'em. I've never owned an auto-Smith in a steel frame or plastic for that matter. That said, I would recommend a Springfield or Colt where parts are abundant. With todays going prices I wouldn't think there would be much of a difference in prices.

    I'm sure that there are those who will swear by the model you reference but at least look into the available parts issue.

    Keep researching..

    Good Luck

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    There was a piece in SGN within the last six months on the various merits and collector values of S&W autos. I may still have it somewhere if you can't get hold of it.
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    I have an OLD SCHOOL S$W mod 59, it rocks I would go for it.
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    Smith auto

    I have a 5906, It's much heavier than the aluminum frame model you are thinking about but essentially the same. Plenty of hi cap mags are available, parts are pretty easy to find: plenty of departments issued them for duty use.
    Downsides: you can't pull the trigger if the magazine is out of the gun, like a mauser hsc. The barrel is kinda short, accuracy isn't anything to report home about. The grips quite frankly suck. Hogue makes a pretty wood replacement, but they are HUGE and barely fit my hands.
    The 6906's are a little smaller, since you said you were looking for a carry piece.
    This website has them for $269. plenty of other good deals on police returns there as well.
    http://www.summitgunbroker.com/S_W_6906.html

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    A short story

    I had the good fortune to buy a 5903 on the cheap some time ago - And sold it within a week. In a word, ewwwwww.

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    Well.....I guess I should have checked in before my 4 hr road trip from hell. I picked up my new S&W 5903 police trade in for $295 in stainless and an extra le only marked mag for $15. I like my 8 shot single stack grip feelon the one I already have, and I feel like I did my patriotic duty by getting a high cap heater. I'll be heading to the range to figure out if it's gonna be my GS cookie sale tote or a trade sweetener. I am getting used to the grip and will probaly upgrade the grips. Thanks everybody for their opnion. It is greatly appreciated.
    "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Give a man a gun and he will eat, one way or another."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexican View Post
    I have a 5906, It's much heavier than the aluminum frame model you are thinking about but essentially the same. Plenty of hi cap mags are available, parts are pretty easy to find: plenty of departments issued them for duty use.
    Downsides: you can't pull the trigger if the magazine is out of the gun, like a mauser hsc. The barrel is kinda short, accuracy isn't anything to report home about. The grips quite frankly suck. Hogue makes a pretty wood replacement, but they are HUGE and barely fit my hands.
    The 6906's are a little smaller, since you said you were looking for a carry piece.
    This website has them for $269. plenty of other good deals on police returns there as well.
    http://www.summitgunbroker.com/S_W_6906.html
    O.K.....I'm a dumb ass C&R guy that hasen't bought a "new" gun in 15-20 yrs. I've read all about the alumanium alloy ar-15 lowers ect. but have not had the oppertunity to mess with any of this. Do I have a SS upper and barrel
    and alu. lower? Is this junk? will it handle all of the loads out there now? What ever happened to steel???? Is cheaper better? Am I shooting a six pack or a case? What does this do to my carbon footprint?????oh hell, I'm going back to pissing in a bale of straw and using a frizzen as a primer.
    "Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day. Give a man a gun and he will eat, one way or another."

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