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Old 06-02-2016, 10:33 PM
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This is strictly YOUR opinion......

I have several 1st,2nd & 3rd Gen guns all in 9mm.

As I write this ,sticking with my criteria of picking only 1, it would be the...... 5946. It just carries very well & has a smooth trigger as well as being very accurate. No hammer spur is a plus for concealed carry .... snag free draw from a IWB under a loose shirt.

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My elder 39-2!! It is so smooth, and comfy like putting on my P J's!!!!


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Have to be my CS-9. Easy cause it's the only 3rd Gen I got right now. Like the more compact models myself and this one packs easy. Is my favorite as I swapped 2 others to get it.
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1006, 39-2, Shield 9mm. My favorite? I love 'em all, but I carry the Shield daily.
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Old 06-02-2016, 11:14 PM
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Tough one indeed! If I had one S&W auto, it would be a 39-2 that has been slightly modernized with better sights, upgraded internals and some choice modifications.

These mods would be tasteful and wouldn't detract from its classic lines. Such a pistol is being formulated at Karl Sokol's Vermont farm. When completed, it should be one of the penultimate S&W autos.

Not to get too far off-topic: I am VERY intrigued by the 5906 PC pistol used by Jerry Miculek on his YouTube channel. From what I gather, it's one of the 5906TSWs that was worked over by the PC for the Mexican Special Forces.

Think about it: A nearly indestructible 9mm pistol that is not only accurate (via hand-fitting and Briley bushing), but possesses many "modern" touches, while keeping its homage to the guns that went before it.

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I have a 5903 and really enjoy its combination of full size grip and slide and relatively light weight. I'd love a 5903TSW so I could hang a weapon light off of it, but I don't think I'll ever be able to track one down. I think I'd like a 5943/5943TSW for the same reasons, but I've never even seen one of them for sale (a TSW) let alone handled or shot one. Maybe I'll stumble on one one day be able to confirm that I'd like it.
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I have three 1st gens and five 3rd gens along with a Md 52 and 41. I'm not going to consider value or condition or anything else. The best of the bunch is my 4506 no dash. It is a true pleasure to shoot with its hated square trigger guard and stock sights. The only mod was to switch to Hogue rubber. I LOVE THIS GUN! Get one while you can.
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"Penultimate" is a 25-cent word that means "next to last." So while I hope you come up with a fantastic pistol, I -really- hope it is not the next to last S&W pistol ever.

My easy pick is my 845, but I don't think that's fair because the 845 is very rare and basically hand-built. And that would make me want to defer to my Model 52-2, but that one is pretty much the SAME way. Both of these pistols are, well, ridiculous.

In the spirit of the thread, I'll take a production S&W pistol as my favorite -- it certainly was before I got those two above.

My S&W 745 fits that bill. It's a later model, non-IPSC Anniv pistol, shipped with a fixed rear sight that a previous owner swapped out for an adjustable. It runs flawlessly, it's extremely good lookin' and it's all grins on a range day.
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39-2 feels right and it is the best looking Smith ever made
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I'm with loeman on the 4506-1......but mine has the much loved rounded trigger guard and and hated adjustable sights (but not by me ).....simply because I can shoot "lights out" with it...and because Vic Mackey can't be wrong
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My 1973 model 41. I just wish I could shoot it as well as it was designed to be shot.

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639. Round trigger guard. Standard sights.
39-2 a close second.
559, tied for second.
5903, third place.
All really to close to call and this is not inclusive of all my favorite S&W autos.

Why do people ask?
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That's a very hard question for me to answer without me pulling a Bubba C and asking what the definition of "is" is. There are so many different models and aspects to that question that it is impossible to pick just one.

I'd also have to admit that my absolute favorite S&W pistol of all is not yet in the collection. How embarrassing is that!

That said...

My sentimental favorite will always be Dad's early vintage Model 41.

The 3rd Gen I'd be least likely to ever sell is my Model 4516-1.

My favorite 3rd Gen for range use is my Model 4506 (No Dash).

My favorite for cool factor is my pre-rail Model 4013TSW

My favorite for clean looks alone is my Model 908S.

My favorite for home defense is my Model 915.

My favorite for carry is still my ratty old "used & abused" CS40.

My favorite for optimum size & fit vs. capacity is a 6906.

My favorite truck gun is... Oh wait! I don't have a truck gun!

But I still own more Model 3913's than anything else so maybe that's my real favorite?

And on and on and on...

And if we get into "honorable mentions" I'll be here all day!
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This is easy, my 1076! I bought my 1076 because I wanted a 10mm and lucked into a good deal on a LEO trade in at my LGS. That's the gun that got me to learn more about S&W (was more of a Colt guy), join this forum, buy my S&WSC, etc... No matter how my accumulation grows and what joins it in the safe, that will always be my favorite S&W pistol.
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What's not to like about it.........It will remove the ten ring from a target at 20 yards. It's action is as smooth as silk. You can carry it (although we can't up here) and it's a 1911.

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I'll have to echo the CS-9 as my favorite S&W auto. Light and compact enough for ISW carry. Big enough with the stock Hogue grips for comfortable shooting. Easily accurate enough for it's self defense role.

I do have two more to choose from that also get very high marks for their particular niche, a 1006, and my most recent acquisition a 1076.

10mm is my choice if things would ever get serious and I will carry the 1076 if the situation allows. The 1006 is a range gun and a joy to shoot.

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Toss up: Model 52 for an amazing trigger and Model 41 for amazing accuracy.
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Boy that's not easy;for pure target shooting I'll say a Model 41, for CCW 3953, for a field gun 1006. 3 is about as good as I can do!
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I have always been a wheel gun fan and shot one in PPC for years. I owned an original model 39 back in the day, but was never comfortable with it. I now have a M&P Shield 9mm and love it. Shoots good, very accurate and is an easy carry.
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My 645 is my favorite S&W. Upgraded with the 4506 safety levers, so they won't fall off. My daily carry is a 3913 which now has a 5906 hammer, so I can cock it for a single action 1st shot. Next would be my 4516 no dash. Still looking for a 4506/5906 hammer for that one. I've carried Glocks for many years, & while I work for the largest FFL in Florida, & could have anything, it's the metal S&W's I like to carry now. At the gun shows, I work the Ruger, & Springfield section, so I sell lots of XDs, & LC9 guns, as well as Shields too. My house gun is a HK USP 45. It's a tie between that, & my 645 as my favorite gun. GARY

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Performance Center 1911.

Why? Did I mention it's a 1911?
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I'm with the OP,.........5946. It's just my favorite shooting S&W and perfect as a 'house gun'. Also a very good understudy for the 3953,.......the perfect 'carry gun'.
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I have to say my favorite out of over 20 I currently own, is my 4506-1. Best shooting 45 I own, including a pair of 1911's.

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The first thing I thought of was my 39-2. Damned accurate, great lines, feels *just* right in the hand.

The second was my 15-3. I love the look, and people like to come over to take a peek at it when I have it out. I married it to an old-school black holster and it completes the retro law enforcement look.
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My favorites are my 1000 series 10mm's. All steel, great shooting. The only thing I do not like is they are single stack magazines.
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My favorites are my M41 and M46 at this time but my all time dream gun is the model 627 with the wood grips on it. Sorry its not a auto but a wheel gun but it holds 8- 357's at the same time. Very beautiful gun to even look at.
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I would agree with 18DAI with a slight variation: First would be the 4513TSW, than the 4506-1, then the 3913TSW.
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Having just bought my first S&W auto, a 1006, I have to say it's my favorite. I've shot a lot of friends 9mm Smiths, but I just love the way this one fills my hand. I'm going out to shoot it for the first time this weekend, but I already know I'll love the way it shoots. I've been looking for a nice one for some time, and this one came up locally. It will make an excellent companion to my 610, which was starting to feel lonely, I think. I'll post some pictures of the pair in a new thread tonight.
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My 915. Sold all my other 3rd gens. Bought 3 new Mec-Gar mags and recoil spring. It's not my CCW. Just a nice feeling gun in my hand.
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Over the last 40+ years I have had many S&W semi-autos. Today I only have one left, and it is a fairly new one. The others (incl. an M41*) I collected and shot occasionally. One by one they were sold for another pistol or rifle, mostly for older S&W revolvers. The one that is still with me:

I carry this one and I shoot it better than any other CCW handgun I have had in the last 30+ years. My M642 is a good second but the flatness and higher number of rounds of the Shield 9... well there's that.

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"Penultimate" is a 25-cent word that means "next to last." So while I hope you come up with a fantastic pistol, I -really- hope it is not the next to last S&W pistol ever.

My easy pick is my 845, but I don't think that's fair because the 845 is very rare and basically hand-built. And that would make me want to defer to my Model 52-2, but that one is pretty much the SAME way. Both of these pistols are, well, ridiculous.

In the spirit of the thread, I'll take a production S&W pistol as my favorite -- it certainly was before I got those two above.

My S&W 745 fits that bill. It's a later model, non-IPSC Anniv pistol, shipped with a fixed rear sight that a previous owner swapped out for an adjustable. It runs flawlessly, it's extremely good lookin' and it's all grins on a range day.
Can not agree more. I have two 745s with the adjustable rear sights. One has over 30,000 rounds through it and it is "just broken in"!! Dave_n
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I only have two; an M&P .380 and the M&P .22C and of the two the twenty-two is my favorite range gun. Both are totally reliable.
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I'd have to go with the Model 41. My dealer contacted me a few days ago saying he had just received a new one from the distributor. S&W must have done a recent production run. I now own two of those beauties!
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The only S&W auto I have is a Model 41. Reasons I love it are 1: It's the most accurate handgun I own. 2: Interchangeable barrels. 3: Outstanding fit and finish.
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My 41. Followed by the 952-1,which I also owned,and the 52-2,which I wished that I had the experience of owning for a while.
The rest of them frankly don't catch my attention.
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There is no doubt in my mind that my favorite S&W is the SD9VE. Well it is the only S&W I own so it was an easy choice.
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This Performance Center 945 has outperformed my Modified Gold-Cups, my Les Baer bullseye gun and my TRP. It is the most accurate .45 I have ever owned. Sandbag rests will produce 5-shot 50yd. groups of 1.5".
All the mistakes in a match are mine...the gun is amazing!!!

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If I answer from my heart it would be my 39-2. If I use my brain there are many more modern choices that would make more sense...5903, M&P, 1911SC to name a few. The 645 would be a strong contender due to the fact that it's built like a tank and it's chambered in the venerable .45 ACP.
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Model 52 is my all time favorite auto.
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My model 52 and my model 952 long slide😊
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I can't decide, don't make me choose. I'm in love with all my Smith pistols and still haven't figured out a favorite. I'm still trying to give them equal range time. My 3906 has been my cold weather choice for carry. It's size is comparable the Commander 1911's. So far for summer carry its been the Shorty 40 with the PC 9 as its practice buddy. I need more rounds out of my 3913LS to test more carry Ammo before she goes in rotation but she shoots really well.
So now the predicament is which to use for Sunday's Steel Challenge. The 3906, Shorty 40 and M&P PC 9 have had their turns, so it's either the PC 9 or 3913LS. Still undecided aaarrrggghhhh !!!!
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This is an easy one. My favorite S&W is the last one I
got, this Tuesday. Two weeks ago, it was the same, the
last one I just got.
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Have quite a few favorites in the safe including a Pre Model 39, 39, 39-2, 539, 639, 59 and a Model 3953,
My most accurate is a Model 52-2 in .38 wadcutter but its not at all practical for CCW.
My best and most accurate CCW piece is a Performance Center PC9, the quality of these guns is exceptional with Titanium/brass Briley barrel bushing, aluminum hand fit custom PC frame and DA/SA trigger... simply an awesome weapon.

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Hard to choose between my early (SN 99XX) Model 41 or the 39-2 that has the best trigger pull. I got out of competition before the 52 came in so I have no experience with it.
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This one. Because I built it and its scary accurate:
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I just got interested in S&W autos last year when I got 9mm Shield just picked up a 639 round trigger guard so I only have 2. Its been which ever one is in my hand so far at the range but the Shield is my carry gun.
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