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Old 04-28-2011, 01:28 PM
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I bought a 6906 about a year ago and have been using it as my CC gun. It appears to be in good shape cosmetically, no scratches or holster wear on the frame or slide. The barrel looks good, just some minor wear. All controls function well. The gun shoots well.

So here's my question. The anodizing on the frame rails has been worn off. Is this normal for these guns? Also, the slide fit is quite loose when I don't have a magazine inserted in the gun.

I tried searching for other posts discussing this but couldn't find much of anything. Thanks all.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:36 PM
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i have several guns, s&w, sig, beretta with alloy frames and all of them exhibit the anodizing wear, it does not take much with steel against aluminum to wear it off, it is just color not hardening, my 6906 shows some looseness in the slide and i know it has a very low round count, less than 200.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:04 PM
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I have a 6946, the DOA version of your 6906. It shows the same wear on the slide rails and a bit of looseness between the frame and slide. It shoots great and is perfectly normal for these guns. They make great carry guns and are very accurate for what they are.
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:27 PM
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Thanks for the input guys. What got me wondering about the rails is that I recently bought a used SIG Sauer and one of the issues with the SIGS is worn anodizing on the frame rail. The amount of wear on my 6906 frame would be a big issue with a SIG. Not so with a Smith. Good to know.

The slide is nice and tight when the mag is inserted in the gun. So I won't worry about that either.

I love this little gun. I went from a stainless five shot Taurus 651 .357 to this 6906. Smaller projectiles but a lot more of them.
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Been carrying and shooting a 6906 for almost 20 years. I was getting a lot of wear because of insufficient lube. Started using the Tetra white grease on the rails and no more wear. I put about 500 or so rds/yr through it and I still bet my life on it, 0 malfunctions. Joe
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I have a well used 5906 that I ccw and It has the finish all most compleatly gone from the rails and it still is a great shooting gun.
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