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So I've bought myself my first 3rd gen, it's a 3914 I picked up from a pawn shop. I'm not sure if I did good or not but I've only ever seen 2 of the 3913 for sale and the first one was what got me interested and the more I looked for one the more I wanted one. I realized real quick how much people loved them and how much they wanted for them! Other than some wear in the anodizing and being really dirty (to me) I think it's a decent one and looking for someone to hard coat anodize the frame. So I would like your opinion on this $400 deal, I got it with just one mag and no box or papers. ( all pics are as I got it, took it apart to clean and lube.)

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A few pictures would help quantify if you did good or not! Factory box? Manual? How many magazines?
It all contributes to the value and how well you did.
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Any third gen is a good third gen. They don't make them any more, I wish they still did and so do a lot of people. I'd like to expand my collection of one.
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Any third gen is a good third gen. They don't make them any more, I wish they still did and so do a lot of people. I'd like to expand my collection of one.

Ive always liked the looks of them and then the 3913 really stood out to me, but then I learned of the 3914 and this one popped up locally.
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Good deal on a GREAT pistol! Congrats! Regards 18DAI
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I think it looks great and wouldn't have anyone touch the finish on it. It's in fine condition and IMHO any finish work would be diminishment. I don't have a 3914 but I have 3913's and a 3954. Also a 6904 that I really like.

This may be your first 3rd gen but I guarantee it will NOT be your last. While these few in this pic may seem like a fair number it's nothing compared to the collections some members here have amassed. Enjoy.
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I think it looks great and wouldn't have anyone touch the finish on it. It's in fine condition and IMHO any finish work would be diminishment. I don't have a 3914 but I have 3913's and a 3954. Also a 6904 that I really like.

This may be your first 3rd gen but I guarantee it will NOT be your last. While these few in this pic may seem like a fair number it's nothing compared to the collections some members here have amassed. Enjoy.
Those are some nice pistols! I always liked the look of the smith autos but have never shot or owned one, I really like this 3914 and will see how it turns out after a good cleaning. You are probably right about it not being my last because the same addiction happened with my 1911's.
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Great catch...... good price....... now a 6906 is in order!!!!!
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I'm mostly a stainless steel guy when it comes to 3rd Gen collecting... ... but I wouldn't mess around with trying to get that black frame re-anodized. That's an expense your pistol doesn't appear to need from the pix you posted and I'm told that the re-anodizing process will weaken the alloy frame slightly.
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I only wanting it redone bc I'm ocd about wanting it perfect but also like projects with character. My plan for now is to clean it up real good and put a set of hogue's on it then enjoy. The first 3913 I ever seen was a local small dealer that posted one for sale for a good price but I didn't know anything about them and didn't have the money right then so it sold quick! The second was at a gun show and they were asking $650+tax and I thought that was kinda high so I passed. I then came across a 908 and while looking up info I came across the 3914 and as much as I like stainless I like a black pistol so while looking at local ads I came across a new posting by a pawn shop not to far from my work for the 3914 for $450+tax and the next day on my lunch break I went in and asked if they would do $400 OTD so home it went with me.
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Treat yourself and get a set of Hogue checkered wood grips for that gun.....you won't regret it!!!!

I like lighter wood on these blue/black guns.... Your taste may vary.
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$400.00 for that gun is a very decent price. I wouldn't do more than clean it up, lube the rails a bit, replace the recoil spring, and shoot it.
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I got it all lubed/ greased and assembled. Whoever had it before me let it get really dirty, there was sand in the grips. Now that it's al cleaned and lubed it cycles really smooth. I plan to take it out and shot it soon.
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If I saw that for $400 I'd buy it.

If I owned it, you couldn't buy it from me for $400.
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That 3914 looks very nice to me. You should enjoy shooting it - my 3913 is a joy to shoot and accurate too.

Interesting how dirt/sand infiltrated under the grips, which you can see in the marks in the black under where the grips normally are. Reason enough to take the grips off a 3d Gen once in a while and clean the whole gun (not something I am prone to do, but a good idea).

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Sounds like a good deal to me. I got my only third Gen a few years ago for $375 (dealer was asking $450) and you can't find them in decent shape anywhere near that price today. This was 98% with 2 mags, no box/papers.


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Sounds like a good deal to me. I got my only third Gen a few years ago for $375 (dealer was asking $450) and you can't find them in decent shape anywhere near that price today. This was 98% with 2 mags, no box/papers.
A clean 4506-1 like that for $375???

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Thanks for all the assurance and info. At first after taking it apart I had some buyers remorse because I tend to be really picky about wear and tear but it has grown on me the more I read and the more I handle it, it helps with others saying it was a good or decent price.
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You have a great pistol there at a very reasonable price. Some believe that the 3913/3914 is the best concealed carry pistol ever made. I am in that camp.
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