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Old 07-14-2017, 08:51 PM
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Hi,
I'm finally getting around to shooting this fine old pistol and see how it works for me. I do have some questions:
1. I disassembled it for the first time today and it is dry as a bone. I will remedy that. My question is about the grips. It appears to have some build up of grime where the grip meets the metal. I can clean that but is there a way to take the grips off so I can clean and oil underneath without damaging them? How do I do that?
2. The trigger guard is squared off at the front and serrated at the front. What was the purpose of that?
3. This is a police trade-in weapon from Kentucky per the gun store but they didn't know what department. If I were to get a letter on the gun, might it show the town it was shipped to and then I could guess with a degree of certainty what agency turned the gun in? You can see the department # etched into the slide (there is a KY prefix to the number where the same # is etched into the frame).
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:24 PM
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That's a lovely gun! I've been looking for one for a while now, so color me jealous that you managed to pick one up.

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1. I disassembled it for the first time today and it is as dry as bone. I will remedy that. My question is about the grips. It appears to have some build up of grime where the grip meets the metal. I can clean that but is there a way to take the grips off so I can clean and oil underneath without damaging them? How do I do that?
Drive the pin at the base of the grip out with a punch, then pull down and back towards the rear corner of the grip. The grip panel should pop loose, allowing you to pull it off the frame.

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2. The trigger guard is squared off at the front and serrated at the front. What was the purpose of that?
At the time, pistol shooting methods taught that wrapping the support hand finger around the front of the trigger guard helped steady the weapon. Modern shooting technique has moved away from that practice.

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3. This is a police trade-in weapon from Kentucky per the gun store but they didn't know what department. If I were to get a letter on the gun, might it show the town it was shipped to and then I could guess with a degree of certainty what agency turned the gun in? You can see the department # etched into the slide (there is a KY prefix to the number where the same # is etched into the frame).
Most likely, yes. The letter will list where the gun was shipped to, which would most likely be the police agency who purchased the guns. It might also list the gun shop or distributor, which would narrow down where it went if the specific agency wasn't listed.
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:31 PM
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4. Yes, it is very nice!
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:05 PM
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Old 07-14-2017, 10:14 PM
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Thank you very much!
My son and I went into our local gun store about 3 years ago and I spotted this pistol, marked as a police trade-in. I liked the looks of it, single stack and the all stainless feature. I didn't know anything about this particular model at the time but I told my son it looked like a good buy to me for an all steel gun at $329. I told him if he didn't buy it, I would. Well he bought it! A year later I was admiring it and he gave it to me (nice son)!
Again, thank you for your assistance and nice comments.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:08 PM
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I feel bad about paying 575 for mine 2 yrs ago. Mine has the adj sights, and appears to have been shot very little when i got it. I found out mine was made 6/17/1989 and it now sports a B square mount you could of bought back in that time. I have also added a trs25 and have been using it as my target gun for almost a year now. Its a great gun. though in spite of what i paid.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:21 PM
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$575 is NOT too much to pay for a clean 3906. These guns are scarce and were made in a small fraction of the volume of the popular models. They haven't reached "iconic" collectible status yet but they certainly could be headed in that direction.

Almost every popular 3rd Gen model was made in much larger supply than the 3906 was made. If you love yours and it performs well and is accurate, I sure wouldn't fret over $575 for one.

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Old 07-17-2017, 04:39 PM
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This is a transitional model showing some features of the 2nd Generation guns and some of the 3rd generation guns.

Note the flash chromed trigger & hammer; these went away when S&W enacted some cost cutting featured...I consider the 3rd Gen guns with flash chromed triggers/hammers to be the very best S&W semi-autos to come out of the factory (not counting Performance Center guns). BTW, later 3rd gen guns had a more sculpted trigger.

Great gun, real work horse.

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I feel bad about paying 575 for mine 2 yrs ago.
If I remember correctly, the 3906 originally cost more than $575 and I couldn't afford one at the time. I did finally get one 15 years later.
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The auction market I was looking at when I bought mine was showing a range of 450-475 for 2 mags no box. I knew less than 2k were made and really wanted it. Had to convince the wife about investments in guns and what not in order for her to let me part with the money. I still see quite a few fail to hit the 500 mark on that one site. I have thought of trying to snag another just to put away.
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I'm glad I took the grip off of mine today. Rust was starting to occur undernearh along the outside grip line but I was able to clean it up nicely. So i learned today that stainless steel resists rusting but will rust if you fail to lubricate. I suspect the grip had not been removed since it was manufactured.
Thanks for everyone's comments.
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