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Old 04-15-2017, 04:19 PM
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I just wanted a black 3rd Generation to go with all the Stainless ones.
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Congrats ! Everbody should have at least one.

I too was turned by the dark SLIDE ...once.

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My one & only black 3rd Gen.

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.....those 3rd gens are darn good looking guns.
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I have two- a 3914LS and a 915...and of course, their grandparents, the 39-2 and 59.

It's hard to call the 3rd Gens "blued."
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I have two- a 3914LS and a 915...and of course, their grandparents, the 39-2 and 59.

It's hard to call the 3rd Gens "blued."
I only own three 3rd Gens from the dark side... and they are all value line (or pre-value line) pistols: Models 908, 915 and 410.

Likewise, in 1st Gen, I have a Model 59 and a recently acquired Model 39-2.
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Nothing says cooool like a 3914 w/ checkered wood Hogue grips..........

and nothing says utility like a 915!!!!!!

Bluedot you need some Hogue grips for that baby.......
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My 3914NL and 457 aren't blue. Both are more black, but the finish on NL is much better. As someone who has a 457 mentioned to me, "The value line finish seems to have been applied with a Sharpie."

Depending on how attached I was a a Value Line gun, I might "ruin" one by having it Ceracoated.

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It's hard to call the 3rd Gens "blued."
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I have two- a 3914LS and a 915...and of course, their grandparents, the 39-2 and 59.

It's hard to call the 3rd Gens "blued."
Ive seen some beautifully blues 39s but even my 59 looks more black than blued.
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My 3914NL and 457 aren't blue. Both are more black, but the finish on NL is much better. As someone who has a 457 mentioned to me, "The value line finish seems to have been applied with a Sharpie."

Depending on how attached I was a a Value Line gun, I might "ruin" one by having it Ceracoated.
I Ceracoated a frame on one of my 915s that had a bad case of "ring rash" ...a stainless/silver gray to get a nice reverse two tone look!
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I would be very hesitant to Ceracoat a 3rd Gen like my 3914NL. Or even my pre rail 3913TSW which is getting a "patina" from frequent carry.

OTOH, any of non stainless Value Line guns would be prime candidates. At that, even something like a 457S wouldn't be a candidate to have the frame done.

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I would be very hesitant to Ceracoat a 3rd Gen like my 3914NL. Or even my pre rail 3913TSW which is getting a "patina" from frequent carry.

OTOH, any of non stainless Value Line guns would be prime candidates. At that, even something like a 457S wouldn't be a candidate to have the frame done.
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I have a 4505 that I got a good deal on.

I also have an all black 5946. Still have no idea where it came from.
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I also have an all black 5946. Still have no idea where it came from.
Wow, there were very few black 5946s from what I understand.
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I was concerned that TTSH might have a case of the vapors when he read my post. Still, I persisted!

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I Ceracoated a frame on one of my 915s that had a bad case of "ring rash" ...a stainless/silver gray to get a nice reverse two tone look!
That isn't a reverse two tone, that is a proper two tone. Dark over light.
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As someone who has a 457 mentioned to me, "The value line finish seems to have been applied with a Sharpie."
Ironically, both the 3914 and the 915 have been touched up with a Sharpie more than once!
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I Ceracoated a frame on one of my 915s that had a bad case of "ring rash" ...a stainless/silver gray to get a nice reverse two tone look!
Let's see it! I'm thinking of cerakoting one half of my own and I'd love to see a finished product.
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I'd love to find a 5905 to go with my 5906.
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They look great! I have the same model and era it looks like with the square trigger. The finish is really flat, no reflective surfaces.I'm a bling type of guy though so I do wish it were a nice deep blue.

I like the look of the square trigger that yours and mine have but I wish I could find square trigger holsters for it a little easier.

Great find!

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I had a lovely 457 that I thought was delicious in its all black colors (hard to call it blue). A friend of mine still has it.

Naturally, my 6906 is of the other persuasion, as is my CS-45. But only a scant two months ago I got deliberately serious about obtaining a CS-9, found three on line in the stainless coloration (I am sure there is a better name for it) but for 100 plus bucks less I obtained a blued one and am delighted. If I get the original stocks I might use them but that light blue contrast is kind of cool.

Then there is the 5903 SSV, but that is a horse of a different color entirely!!!!!
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I had a lovely 457 that I thought was delicious in its all black colors (hard to call it blue). A friend of mine still has it.

Naturally, my 6906 is of the other persuasion, as is my CS-45. But only a scant two months ago I got deliberately serious about obtaining a CS-9, found three on line in the stainless coloration (I am sure there is a better name for it) but for 100 plus bucks less I obtained a blued one and am delighted. If I get the original stocks I might use them but that light blue contrast is kind of cool.

Then there is the 5903 SSV, but that is a horse of a different color entirely!!!!!
The contrast on that CS-9 is sweet. It makes stand out a little more. Great set of guns there!
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First time I've ever heard that term used in connection with firearms.
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for sure sounds funny now that I go back and look. "set" came to mind because he has multiple Chief Specials.
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I've successfully avoided the 3rd. Gen. Dark Side. I own two 2nd. Gen S&W pistols and the balance of my S&W pistols are 1st. Gen.! If the Model number has more than three digits, avoid it like the plague.
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That's not the ultimate 3rd gen dark side THIS IS!

Got a few dark side 3rd gens
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This was my first 3rd gen. Bought it off a guy on this forum, pretty much in mint condition. Makes a great carry gun and it's a great shooter. After enjoying this example for a while, I bought a 3913TSW pre-rail, in unfired condition. I never shot that gun as well as this 6904. Sold the 3913. This is one stays.

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I don't have a photo but the very first handgun I ever owned was a model 915
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I actually like the black better than the silver.
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I'm in on the black. Looked a long time for a nice 5904.
I use it for 3-gun as the magazines also fit my Marlin Camp 9.
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Where did you guys find those wood grips?
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KSD Grips in Turkey

WELCOME TO KSD - KSD GRIPS
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Where did you guys find those wood grips?
They look awesome!
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I've just got this 457D. All my others are on the lighter side.

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I love my 4505!!



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I love my 4505!!
Everyone knows I'm mainly a "bright finished" stainless guy when it comes to my beloved 3rd Gens, but that Model 4505 is truly magnificent. I could go for that in a heartbeat!
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I know I can't stop looking at it.
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3914. Bought for $325.00 before I realized how rare they were.



457. My only .45 ACP.



3904. Beautiful, but I never shot it or carried it, so it went to another 3rd Gen collector.



CS9. Early one, single side safety. Very nice carry gun, but I replaced it with a pre rail 3913TSW, so off it went.

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Bought a 3914 way back in the day; it was my first center-fire semiautomatic pistol. A great carry gun. Though I prefer a black or blue gun for carry, I also bought a stainless 3913 which has proven to be tack-driving accurate for me, and has been my carry gun for decades. Traded-in the 3914 for another black gun--an M&P 9mm.
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Ahh! The 3914, that little black gun suitable for all occasions!
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