Classic Gun Review: Smith & Wesson Model 1006 10mm Pistol

Courtesy Austin Knudsen

By Austin Knudsen

Is the Smtih & Wesson 1006 still the best 10mm pistol ever made?

I never really got on the 10mm train. Sure, I’d read the articles and knew all of the history. The 1986 Florida FBI shootout. Colonel Jeff Cooper. And the cult gun of all cult guns, the Bren Ten.

Miami Vice Detective Sonny Crocket with his Bren Ten 10mm

It really is a fascinating cartridge development story, and a novel concept: chamber a near-magnum power level handgun cartridge in a semi-automatic pistol platform.

But I grew up a Montana farm and ranch kid who also spent a fair amount of time in the mountain backcountry. And out there, you carry a large caliber magnum revolver. Period. I’ve owned a .357 magnum and a .44 magnum revolver (both S&Ws, thank you very much) since I was legal, so I really didn’t have a use for a 10mm semi-auto.

Fast forward a few years and a few handguns later…and the 10mm started to intrigue me. Articles are legion. The 10mm is revered in hushed tones. Word is that only Zeus’s lightning bolt hits harder than the 10mm.

Then my brother got himself a GLOCK G20.

GLOCK 20 10mm

JWT for TTAG

And a good friend landed himself a Colt Delta Elite.

Colt Delt Elite

Courtesy Colt

Both loved them and continue to the virtues of the Blessed Ten. I convinced myself that it was a niche I needed to fill.

Any excuse to buy a gun, right? I got the opportunity to purchase a Gen4 GLOCK G20 for a decent price, so I did. I’ve always struggled shooting the large-frame GLOCKs well, but I carried it a little and appreciated it for what it was: a lightweight, simple platform holding 16 rounds of near-magnum powered cartridges.

Then I watched this:

 

As a serious handloader, this was something I’d always feared about the 10mm cartridge in the GLOCK platform: you have what is basically a high-pressure magnum revolver round, being fired in a polymer framed pistol (which, in and of itself isn’t that big a deal), without a fully supported chamber in the GLOCK barrel.

My G20 went down the road, and I went on through life without a 10mm. Then, fortune smiled and in the midst of a high-powered gun trade, I ended up with an excellent condition Smith & Wesson model Model 1006.

This pistol, along with a few variants, was built from 1990 to 1995 and is known as a “third generation” S&W autopistol.

The 1006 is a full-size, all stainless steel pistol with a 5-inch barrel. It utilizes a single stack magazine holding nine rounds, which makes the pistol easier to grip for those of us with short fingers.

It’s a double action/single action (DA/SA) design with a de-cocking lever, meaning the pistol can’t be carried “cocked and locked” like a 1911. It’s designed to be carried with a round in the chamber, de-cocked and thus in double action mode for the first shot. All subsequent shots are fired single action, until the operator de-cocks the pistol again.

My 1006 came equipped with a Novak rear sight and a drift-adjustable white dot front sight. The pistol was also manufactured with an adjustable rear sight, which was protected by tall “ears” (as were other 3rd generation S&W autopistols), such as the example shown here:

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

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Along with the full size model 1006, which is a 5” barreled, exposed hammer, DA/SA with a slide-mounted decock lever, S&W also came out with a range of other 10mm variants:

Smith & Wesson Model 1026

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The 1026, which is a 5” barrel, hammerless, DA/SA, with a SIG style (frame-mounted) decock lever;

Smith & Wesson Model 1046

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The 1046, a 5” barrel, double action only (DAO);

Smith & Wesson Model 1066

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The 1066, a 4” barreled, hammerless, with slide mounted de-cock lever.

Smith & Wesson Model 1076

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The 1076 was a 4” barreled, hammerless, DA/SA, with a SIG-style frame de-cock lever.

This is the pistol that was designed for and awarded the FBI’s short-lived 10mm pistol contract.

Smith & Wesson Model 1086

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And then there was the 1086, a 4” barreled, double action only pistol.

All of these S&W 10mm pistols use the same single stack, nine-round magazines. Fun fact: these S&W 10mm mags are made of pure gold. OK, not really, but they are priced like they’re gold.

These damn things are STUPID expensive to buy. My 1006 came with two magazines, but like any good pistoleer, I wanted some extras. So online I went. The cheapest I could find in used magazines was two for $120 on Gunbroker. Nothing on Midway, Brownells, CDNN, etc. So, I guess I’ll make do and hope nothing happens to the 2 magazines I have.

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

The Smith & Wesson 10mm magazine, aka GOLD. These things are not cheap. (Courtesy Austin Knudsen)

The 1006 is large and heavy. This brute of a handgun can be used as an effective blunt object in the event you shoot it dry and don’t have a reload. But for a cartridge like the 10mm, weight and strength is a good thing.

Smith & Wesson designed the 1006 and its variants from the ground up around the 10mm cartridge rather than trying to shoehorn the 10mm cartridge into an existing pistol platform. **cough GLOCK cough1911**

Don’t get me wrong, I love me some 1911’s, but the platform must be properly sprung to handle the 10mm, and the cartridge still has a reputation for wearing out 1911s. Similarly, there are LOTS of examples out there of exploded GLOCK 10mms and .40S&Ws. Not so with the Smith & Wesson 10mms.

The 1006’s chamber is fully supported, the barrel is surrounded by a stainless steel slide, and mated with a fully-railed stainless steel frame. Simply put, the S&W 1006 is “hell bent for stout,” and to my way of thinking is the ultimate 10mm reloader’s pistol.

This thing should withstand any published 10mm handload you can put through it.

The downside to all the 1006’s beef and brawn is all that weight is no fun to carry. The pistol weighs in at 38 ounces, which makes it just slightly lighter than a 4” barreled S&W model 629 revolver in .44 magnum. Add in 10 rounds of ammunition, and the 1006 becomes even heavier.

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

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When you carry the 1006, you never forget you have it on. These large frame S&W autos were often seen on TV carried in a shoulder holster, but I hate shoulder holsters, so I set about trying to find a belt holster for mine. Holsters for these large third generation Smith & Wesson’s aren’t impossible to find online, but they aren’t exactly plentiful either.

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

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I got lucky and after rummaging through my tote full of holsters, I found an Old World leather belt holster that I bought decades ago for a 1911 or a Hi-Power. The thumb strap wouldn’t fit around the 1006 far enough to snap in place, so I wetted it, worked it a little, and stretched it over the pistol and into the snap.

I then left the holster and pistol like that for a few days and let the leather dry. Now I at least have a functioning belt holster for the 1006. It’s not something that I’d use for concealed carry, but let’s be honest: I’m not going to conceal carry this cannon. This rig is more of a general, carrying in the field holster which is precisely what I was after.

Anyhoo, I got my 1006 all set up, and promptly put it in my safe and ignored it for a year. I had recently been doing some accuracy testing on a few other handguns, and one afternoon I looked up on my shelf and noticed that I had two untouched boxes of factory 10mm ammunition: a box of Remington 180 grain FMJ, and a box of HSM 200 grain FMJ.

I decided it was finally time to see what the S&W 1006 could do.

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

Courtesy Austin Knudsen

I fired two five-shot groups at 25 yards. I was seated with the pistol resting on a shooting bag. A sixth round was loaded into the magazine, so as to maintain consistent pressure on the bottom of the chamber throughout testing (if you believe in such things).

As I was shooting for groups, I opted not to fire the first shot double action (as intended with this and all DA/SA pistols). Rather, I fired all shots single action.

The results:

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

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The 1006 loved the 200 grain HSM load, and almost made my heart stop when the first three shots piled up in the three shot group you see here. Two slight flyers opened the group up a little, which can be attributed to my own stage fright and anxiety at such an amazing first 3 shot group. In any case, a one inch, 5-shot group at 25 yards. I have no doubt that in a Ransom Rest, the 1006 and this load would have torn small, ragged hole.

The Remington 180 grain group, while still certainly acceptable, wasn’t as exciting as the HSM 200 grainers. A decent one-inch four-shot group, spoiled by one flyer (the 3rd shot) that opened the group up to just under two inches.

Bottom line: this sumbitch shoots. The S&W 1006 genuinely startled me with its accuracy.

Smith & Wesson Model 1006

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I’ve done enough of these reviews on service 9mm semi-autos that I rarely see sub-2 inch accuracy. And with the 1006, I did it while barely trying.

The single action trigger, while a little heavier than I would have preferred, breaks cleanly and is very useable. Recoil is more than manageable due to the weight of this pistol.

More testing is needed and I’m itching to try some reloads in this thing. Colonel Townsend Whelen said, “Only accurate rifles are interesting.” The same applies to handguns, and I suddenly find myself very, very interested in the Smith & Wesson 1006.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Sights: Fixed Novak rear with white dots, drift adjustable front with white dot
Weight: 38 ozs. with empty magazine
Length: 8 ½″
Height: 5 7/8”
Width: 1 ½”
Slide: Stainless steel
Frame: Stainless steel
Barrel: 5″ Stainless steel
Grips: one-piece plastic
Magazines: two 9-round
MSRP: $720, circa 1990. Today, prices range on GunBroker hover around $1,000 and up.

Ratings (out of five stars):

Ergonomics * * * * * 
While double stack third generation S&W autopistols (like the 5906, 915, etc.) feel strange in my hand, the 1006 does not. The grip on the 1006 is certainly longer front-to-back compared to other designs, due to the length of the 10mm cartridge. But it’s not uncomfortable and the single stack magazine keeps the grip circumference manageable for those of us with short fingers. No sharp edges are present, and the trigger guard is nicely undercut. While I’m not a fan of DA/SA de-cocking pistols in general, the 1006’s de-cocking lever is easy to reach and intuitive to operate.

Cosmetics * * * * *
The 1006 looks great. I love satin finished stainless which gives the 1006 a serious, pure business look. Mated with the black Delrin (plastic) grips, the 1006 looks like it belongs in a law enforcement officer’s holster.

Accuracy * * * * *
Again, I was stunned by the 1006’s accuracy. This is a level of accuracy I’ve only ever been able to achieve shooting revolvers. In the last few years, I’ve accuracy tested a LOT of service semi-autos, many of which ended up published on this website. The S&W 1006 is hands down the most accurate semi-auto pistol I’ve ever fired.

Trigger * * * *
The double action pull is long, but smooth with some stacking before it breaks. I deduct a star here only because the single action trigger is a little heavier than I would prefer.   However, it breaks cleanly, is consistent shot to shot, and honestly the trigger pull weight is probably appropriate for a duty or field weapon. As the groups attest, the single action trigger allowed for excellent bench shooting. Aside from the barrel, the trigger is the most important factor in a firearm’s accuracy, and the 1006’s trigger was pretty good.

Reliability * * * * *
I had no reliability issues with the 1006 so far. I’ve only put a few hundred rounds through it, and no hollow points or lead. Yet.

Overall: * * * * ½ 
I was happily surprised by the Smith & Wesson 1006. I’m a little sick in the head, and I enjoy big bore guns that kick hard. But the 1006’s weight and size tames the recoil of the mighty 10mm. The trigger, while a bit on the heavy side, was clean and consistent, which allowed me to fire some exciting groups. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with various hollow point and hard cast lead bullet handloads in the 1006. Weight and size are issues with the 1006, and honestly I don’t see it taking the place of my big revolvers in grizzly country. But this might be the ultimate platform for the 10mm cartridge. If you can find one, the S&W 1006 is highly recommended.

 

 

 

 

 

comments

  1. avatar John B says:

    I love 10mm. I have a ruger sr1911 in 10mm. I’ve put about 500 rounds through it and haven’t seen any issues. I also have a sig p220 10mm that I got for a really good price. Haven’t shot that one yet though.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      The fabled “one round to rule them all”.

      Lots of good calibers out there, so I won’t play the game and start up an argument. I’ll just say that if I could carry only one, it’d be the 10mm. Both for sidearm and PCC.

      Alas, I’ve already consolidated my formerly-multiple pistol calibers to 9mm.

    2. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

      I have the same one. I put a 22lb spring in to try to reduce some of the ejection power but with full powered loads it doesn’t make a difference. They FLY out of that pistol and go behind me to the right.
      I don’t care. I hand load for it and I bought it to shoot full house loads, so that’s what I do and I look around for my brass every couple of mags.

  2. avatar GluteusMaximus says:

    A buddy of mine had one of these. It was kind of snappy compared to the 1911s we were issued

    1. avatar BusyBeef says:

      This. I found 10mm fun to shoot like .357 Magnum. Plenty accurate in slow, static fire.

      But I found I was faster with 9mm in double taps and with movement, just like I am with .38 Special.

      Only shots that hit count.

  3. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

    May I ask. You’re review said it was acquired in a “high powered” trade. I lile the idea of the 10mm and want a Colt Delta. But if you traded a BHP or a FN High Power for one I think you took the loss.

    Otherwise you got a solid pistol and Im slightly jealous because all the 3rd gens I find for sale look like they got dragged down a dirt road, chained to a truck for 60 miles.

    1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

      *your. *like. Damn auto correct.

    2. avatar Austin Knudsen says:

      Not to worry; I didn’t trade a Hi-Power. A “high-powered trade,” as in, hard bargained, intensely negotiated.

      1. avatar Jeff the Griz says:

        Nice, my proof read didn’t find that Hi was changed to high. Dumb new phone. Still changing F*ing to Ducking.

        1. avatar Guesty McGuesterson says:

          That’s because you still have the parental controls engaged on yer phone. Find the nearest 7-yr-old, tell him to locate and override it, and give him ten bucks for the ten seconds of his time for it.

  4. avatar Andrew Lias says:

    I want to try 10mm one day. I’ve got a feeling I”m going to be a glutton for punishment and end up with a Glock 29 though. As a reloader 10mm makes me nervous as all get out though. Know of a few blow ups and all that.

    1. avatar Bobsuruncle says:

      I have a gen 4 29sf, many, many rounds through it. Being that it’s intended purpose was for being on my hip out hunting, hiking, or camping… I picked it because it could be concealed, yet be enlarged when concealment was not an issue. Concealed, factory mag with a pierce pinky extension is great, 10 + 1. A little bigger? +2 floor plate, 12 + 1. Concealed in winter and not warmer weather, g20 mag with sleeve 15 + 1, or 17+1 with extension. Definitely not concealed, and heavy, ets 30 rnd. Change the barrel with an aftermarket, supported chamber, conventional rifling. Shoot cast lead roll your owns all you want.

      1. avatar Bobsuruncle says:

        Oh, and it’s a glock. Anybody and everyone makes parts for it. It’s not a pretty gun, but fits the bill. Mine has a lone wolf barrel, overwatch precision flat trigger, zev 3.5 connector and springs, trijicon night sights, and steel duel spring guide rod. I also shoot .40 short and weak with the factory barrel for lower cost range time. It headspaces off the extractor, I’m not the only one who does this…. works just fine for me, ymmv.

    2. avatar SoCalJack says:

      I too want to try a Glock in 10mm mostly for hiking where there are 4-legged predators. 10mm is 3 cents more per round compared to 45.

  5. avatar Madcapp says:

    Look stooges…if 9MM doesn’t do it, then you simply need to move to an intermediate round out of a carbine. The answer is not 10MM, or 11MM, or 12MM, or 13MM. I’ll make an exception for those in bear country, in which case you should have a serious Magnum revolver in a widely available caliber (sorry 1980’s .41 magnum guys, you picked the wrong caliber to fall in love with) in addition to your bolt gun of .308 or more. How many times does laserdisc have to fail before you get it? How many times does does 3D have to fail before you get it? How many times do oddball, non-NATO calibers have to fail before you wake up and get it?

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Where’s the fun in all that bs? We are not all NATO spec operators. Some of us are not training for the apocalypse. And even if we are what’s the harm in fiddle farting around with non standard weapons and ammo?

    2. avatar J.B. says:

      The 9 just can do it in a lot of situations but I’d much rather have my S-Prefix S&W Model 58 over my little “wonder 9” throwaway gun…if given the choice.
      After 13 years in the Army & a lifetime of shooting, the only thing that impressed me about the 9mm is the fact that you can carry more of ‘em in a mag in a small framed semi auto.

    3. avatar Bobsuruncle says:

      9mm does not work for every situation that you want to carry for. For daily carry, 9 mil is great. It’s come a long way in the past 20 years in terminal ballistics. As for nato rounds rule all… you have to be kidding me. The great u.s.a. that I hold so dearly, is replacing the 5.56×45 round with a 6.8 round, nato be damned, because it sucks at distance. .308, I love this round, yep… the u.s. military is looking to replace that too. But being that you are the expert and we are all fudds… btw, I reload 45-70 government, from those days of black powder, just over 4000 lbs muzzle energy. Cast the bullets myself. 450 grain gas checks, but you are the definitive ballistic Einstein. It’s not nato, therefore no good.

    4. avatar Hannibal says:

      The only thing objectively better about the 9mm is its price. It’s not a superior round to other pistol cartridges, it’s just a useful jack of all trades.

      So if you have to choose ONE pistol to conceal, carry, hike, and fight with, a 9mm may be a good choice. But most people don’t need to choose one pistol for everything.

    5. avatar Dan W says:

      This is a very accurate and not fun analysis. For a while I had only 9mm and .223 as my only centerfire. Of course the years have added others first 308 for the reason you say, then others like 300blk for less and less clear reasons.

    6. avatar Big Brain Time says:

      9mm is for people who like to lose wars. Think about it.

      1. avatar Madcapp says:

        That’s only true because 9MM is what EVERYBODY who engages in war uses, doesn’t matter if its the winning or losing side…and that’s been true for many decades now. Think about it.

  6. avatar Texican says:

    When you do get around to testing this wonderful pistol again please get an assortment of Underwood, Double Tap, and Buffalo Bore full power loads. And to make it even more interesting, get some kind of pistol rated body armor to shoot through because some of those loads will go through.Thanks!

  7. avatar jwm says:

    S&W mags are over priced. Last time I bought any for my Sigma they were 32-36 bucks and those mags were still in production. GLOCK brand GLOCK mags are cheaper.

    I’ve never actually shot the 10mm. Just the .40 S&W. Didn’t see the need for the .40.

    1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

      Lol, I gave away my Sigma .40 S&W earlier this year (to a relative who lives in a Free America state that doesn’t require registration). Fun gun, but very picky on ammo. And the frame (a first-gen polymer) had bent from the heat of pushing 200 rds at a time through it at the range.

      Even a Polymer80 performs better than the Sigma nowadays.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        It was my first striker fired plastic pistol and I got it for less than 2 bills, new. It has never failed to go bang.

        I upgraded to a g19 but kept the smith. The smith works. But that trigger will give your finger a work out.

        1. avatar Steffen says:

          Apex sells a spring kit for not much $$ to get the trigger closer to normal, and CDNN will sell you Sigma mags for around $15.

  8. avatar Oliver says:

    The 1006 is a great beast of a handgun!

    BTW, Sonny Crockett’s primary carry guns were all .45s I believe. Even his Bren Ten during the first season was chambered in .45ACP.
    http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Miami_Vice_-_Season_1

    1. avatar DiWA says:

      Oooh, I love that site! Great for looking up stuff. Tickled that the Jawa’s ion blaster is bases on a Lee-Enfield similar to mine.

  9. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

    Everything is relative and no one’s word is engraved in stone. Except God’s. Met Jeff Cooper. Had a brief conversation with him. We agreed on the scout rifle and disagreed on the full house 10mm for the street. A friend owns A Brent 10 (with spare mags!) Not impressed. Third generation S&W? I won my classes Top Gun Trophy with one, but was underwhelmed. Apologies to the author. As an aside, Col. Cooper was gracious enough to autograph my copies of his books. I had every one.

    1. avatar The colonel made you hard says:

      Did you give Col Copper a bj too? What a story!

      1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

        The Col. Made me hard? No. But I’m betting you are a troll or no nothing of the history of the development of modern handgun fighting techniques. Also, your language suggests you have a latent oral fixation. You should seek professional counciling about that.

  10. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I sure would like a semi-auto handgun chambered in 10mm Auto. Unfortunately, I cannot justify $1000 for one.

    If I could acquire a really nice, used 1911 chambered in 10mm Auto with 8-round magazines for $500, I would be seriously tempted. Not sure if that is a realistic price, though.

    If that never comes to pass, I will just have to stick with my revolver chambered in .44 Magnum for woods defense.

    1. avatar SouthAl says:

      Doesn’t qualify as “really nice”, but sooner or later, I’m going to take a serious look at Rock Island’s 1911 10mm double stack. Wondering about the grip size though.

    2. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

      Uncommon, spend a lot of time in the woods. Looked at a trail cam pic of a really big pig tonight. Take either of my 629s over a 10mm any day.

      1. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        Gadsden Flag,

        You are preaching to the choir. (I am a .44 Magnum fanboy.)

        The compelling argument for 10mm Auto is that you can launch 200 to 220 grain hardcast lead bullets out of a long (5-inch) barrel at something like 1200 fps — and you can send multiple bullets much faster and more accurately with a decent single-action trigger on semi-autos versus trying to quickly fire multiple shots double-action out of a revolver. Saying it another way, a full-size semi-auto handgun chambered in 10mm Auto enables fairly fast and easy “double taps”.

        So, the interesting question: is the rate of fire of a “double tap” out of a 10mm Auto semi-auto pistol too slow to be of use for a charging feral hog? I have no idea. My best guess is that 98% of us would miss a charging hog with the second shot of a double tap. If, realistically, we are only going to connect with one shot on a charging feral hog, then I want .44 Magnum shooting 240 grain softpoints (or hardcast semi-wadcutter Keith bullets I suppose) at something like 1,400 fps rather than 10mm Auto shooting 220 grain hardcast at 1,200 fps.

        Then again, is there really going to be that much difference in “stopping power” if we are comparing 0.40 inch diameter 220 grain at 1,200 fps — versus 0.43 inch diameter 240 grain at 1,400 fps? Beats me.

        1. avatar Gadsden Flag says:

          Uncommon, I hear you. I don’t really think the second follow up shot is an issue though. By the time you pull either a full house 10mm or .44 Mag down out of recoil you’re splitting hairs. Sticking with my 4″ Mountain Gun or my 6″ 629.

        2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

          Gadsden Flag,

          Agreed that we are splitting hairs all-around with 10mm Auto versus .44 Magnum.

          With my limited finances, I really cannot justify a 10mm Auto handgun at this point. I will have to be content and make do with my .44 Magnum revolver.

          On the plus side, it has a 6-inch barrel which boosts muzzle velocity, it is heavy (54 ounces I believe), and it has a ported barrel. Thus it is actually somewhat soft shooting at least as far as .44 Magnum goes.

          Also on the plus side, I am not very likely to cross paths with a feral hog. I AM somewhat likely to cross paths with a feral dog, a big black bear, or a big amped-up white-tailed deer buck and for those critters my .44 Magnum revolver is about as good as anything for self-defense.

      2. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

        This is the central issue with rounds like the 10mm and .45 Super/WinMag/etc.

        Look, I’m just going to bottom-line it for people here: If you want to shoot the/a “go big or stay home” round, then invest in a heavy revolver. A S&W 29/629, or Ruger Redhawk/etc, Freedom Arms or one of John Linebaugh’s conversions – that’s going to be what you’re shooting.

        There are semi-auto handguns that shoot heavy-hitting rounds (eg, the LAR Grizzly), but… if you’re looking for “I didn’t say moar, I said most!” power, you’re going to keep coming back to a revolver.

        Sorry, semi-auto guys, but that’s just the way it is.

        That said, one of the things that people should also realize is that some very old cartridges, chambered in a modern revolver, are capable of some ferocious loads. eg, the .45 Colt. Put that into a modern single-action with tight chambers, and you can stoke that cartridge to .44 Magnum levels of power.

  11. avatar Billb says:

    Was lucky enough to pick up a 1006 with the hooded rear sight quite a few years back for around $400 I think. Also back then the mags. were fairly cheap too. I’m glad it’s one of the pistols I decided to hang on to over the years along with a 645 in 45acp. Both are in excellent condition… none of that worn out junky looking stuff.

  12. avatar Ranger Rick says:

    I never liked the 3rd Gen. S&W’s grips, they never felt right. As for 41 magnums my old Smith 57 from 1968 was my house gun through college and stateside service housing. The double action pull was good, the single action was outstanding. It got some mopes attention very quickly when they came around the door years ago.

  13. avatar Kimberwarrior45 says:

    I carried the adjustable site version for 6 years as my duty weapon. Was a little difficult to carry concealed. Could hit the 100yd gong standing all the time. Really fast to get back on target. Got to compare it to a 4506 and found the 1006 faster to reacquire and more accurate. Sad I had to let it go due to ammo cost but ended up with my moniker as the replacement. The best holster I had for it was the Bianchi 81 PDQ

  14. avatar TommyJay says:

    In season 2 of Twin Peaks, regional FBI chief Gordon Cole (played by David Lynch) gives a Smith 1076 to agent Dale Cooper (played by Kyle MacLachlan). Unfortunately, it looks like the armorer substituted a Smith 4506 for the 1076.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      In terms of TV accuracy that’s pretty good.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        My wife hates how I dissect TV shows in real time, even after all these years. I always wince and throw popcorn at the screen when the sound FX guys edit in a “hammer back click” sound for someone who’s holding a Glock, or multiple racking when a person/cop hasn’t even fired a shot but enters into another room or faces another person. Even S.W.A.T. (which regularly films practically in my back yard, and I’ve seen the actors and BearCat in person) doesn’t have a good record. Geez.

        My ATF was when they somehow decided to confuse the world-recognized shotgun “rack” for someone who was holding a bolt-action rifle.

        My wife will tell you that my most common complaint is that “they didn’t consult me”, lol. I live in LA County, know several actors/performers personally, and would love to hire myself out for consultation to make sure these ding dong mixing room editors get it right.

        1. avatar DiWA says:

          I wonder if all the nonsensically added firearm clickity-clicks are due to some contractual requirement with the Foley Artist’s union…

  15. avatar Dyspeptic Gunsmith says:

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Second/Third gen semi-auto S&W pistols are some of the finest CCW/defensive sidearms ever made. S&W thought the issues of their target market through quite well with these guns, most all of which are based on the original S&W Model 39 action.

    The only reason why S&W discontinued so many of these was that suddenly, paying far too much money for injection-molded cheez-whiz came into fashion.

    1. avatar Russian Bot #5 says:

      The civilian Glock pistols have always sold for far too much money, but the police contract guns were sold cheap. Big departments could buy them for a few hundred dollars. The artificially inflated prices would even allow police departments to trade in their old Glocks for new ones for less than $100 each (sometimes it was almost free) then Glock would turn around and sell the old guns to civilians for what new ones should cost.

      Even now I don’t think it’s a very good deal to buy a used police trade Glock. They almost always only come with one magazine, and by the time you add the cost of 2 more magazines you are usually saving less than $100 compared to a new pistol.

    2. avatar BCE 56 says:

      As usual I agree with DG.
      The Glock “revolution” caught me somewhat by surprise. It started a trend toward inexpensive plastic, striker-fired pistols, soulless but undoubtedly successful.
      S&W ditched their 3rd-Gen semiautos to catch that trend. Too bad- these are excellent pistols. As a marketing strategy it seems to have paid off.
      But I can’t support it. I’m perfectly satisfied with my 3913, 1911s and my BHP.

    3. avatar moreadventuresonotherplanets says:

      Are you aware that the model 39 was such a poorly designed piece of shit that Smith could not even figure out how to solve the constant frame cracking so they just cut out a section of the frame that always cracked. I had one Maintenance man who bought one 20 plus years ago show me his model 39 frame and ask “What the hell is the section of the frame missing for”. He almost shit when I told him why. Up till that time he was bragging on how superior his aluminum framed shit gun was to a Browning High Power that I had sold to a buddy of his.

      Many years ago I purchased a book on the Model 39, if I remember correctly it may have been written by Massad Ayoob. It detailed the long sorry history of this gun and how many changes Smith had to make to get this piece of shit to work reliably.

      And I almost forgot. George Nonte in 1972 did a 5,500 round continues firing test on this piece of shit and the cheap ass cast iron safety cracked off and the frame cracked off in several places in the rear of the frame rails. The post war aluminum framed P38 came through the test with no parts breakage but plenty of wear on the aluminum frame but it was intact unlike the shit Smith aluminum frame.

  16. avatar Sargeant Sarc. Possum First Class Second Grade says:

    Plastic sure is purdy ain’t it.

  17. avatar enuf says:

    While I’m not a 10mm guy, that era of Smith & Wesson pistols brings many fond memories of excellent firearms. Wish I had not had to sell some of those along the way. Most especially one that was just one measly little millimeter smaller, the S&W model 59 I carried for twenty years.

    GREAT GUNS!!!

  18. avatar tdiinva says:

    10mm has lost its lustre for me. I shoot it well but I don’t live around grizzlies and there is nothing that +p 45 Auto can’t do for me.

  19. avatar KIMBERLY GRIFFITH says:

    I have carried my 10mm 1006 into bad situations. It works and I also built it at S&W as I am an armorer. Its point of aim in excess of 50 yards. I use Hornady 180 grain FMJ. I have found nothing better. The only down side is it likes a little rail lube. VERY LITTLE

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