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Old 03-26-2018, 09:30 AM
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So I won a stripped 5906 frame off that auction site a few weeks back and had my local ffl/custom shop bead blast it back to its matte finish for $25. I also at that time won a 915 parts kit sans guide rod/spring, slide stop assembly, and sear pin. I order a new guide rod/spring from midway usa and topped it off with an order from numrich for a sear pin, new hammer strut, new hammer pin, new main spring, new drawbar plunger spring, and new blued slide stop assembly.

I'm torn from this point on as i would like to use a 6904,6906/3914,3913 slide which if blued which is where I'm leaning would be refinished. The 06/13 slide would get stripped and bead blasted. I would probably also use a spurless hammer as well hence the strut and pin. I currently have a bid on a S&W 33-1 as well.

I noticed on that auction site that there is now a glut of majority imported 6904's and 6906's ranging from 389 to 225 without shipping as well as quality of fit and finish. I have $425 to spend which is my allowance from items I sold off. I could go with the nicer $389 6904 and swap slides, or I could go with the low end 6904 and have both slides cerakoted to as close as to the factory color and also do the 6904 frame. I'm just concerned with the finish on the high end of the 6904 as this would be the second blued S&W I own though the first to see extensive range and carry use. I know the value series finish on my 909 and others isn't that great, but does the same hold true for the 6904's and the rest of the line up?

I know if I go with the lower end I will have cash left over to refinish and if need be rehab the 6904 frame parts wise outside of springs. I could still try my luck on another 33-1 that's been around the block a few times as I was outbid on it while typing and posting pics. I guess I'm just a bit stuck in my build as I have too many options and outcomes to consider.


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Old 03-26-2018, 09:48 AM
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Well I won't be much help..... FWIW ..... I went the opposite way.

My FrankenSmith is a 6915....... a short frame from a 6906 mated to a 915 upper.

Added a full hammer and will be adding a fiber optic front sight. . Really liking it as a "CCO" concealed carry.... two tone for good looks...... IWB the longer slide doesn't matter...... balances well ........ full hammer for those long first shots ........ short butt for concealed carry (extra mag is a 15 round 59xx mag with +2 adapter).....


Good luck .................
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Old 03-26-2018, 10:06 AM
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Well I won't be much help..... FWIW ..... I went the opposite way.

My FrankenSmith is a 6915....... a short frame from a 6906 mated to a 915 upper.

Added a full hammer and will be adding a fiber optic front sight. . Really liking it as a "CCO" concealed carry.... two tone for good looks...... IWB the longer slide doesn't matter...... balances well ........ full hammer for those long first shots ........ short butt for concealed carry (extra mag is a 15 round 59xx mag with +2 adapter).....


Good luck .................
I have about $350 invested with the 5906 frame and 915 parts so spending 389 for a decent 6904 would allow me to have 2 frankenguns without having to refinish till later down the road. I'm going to try my luck one more time on a 33-1 since I do have probably 60ish rounds left and would be neat to reload for a 33-1. If I lose again I will give away the ammo so as not to be tempted to buy another 38S&W and focus on the frankenguns.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:54 PM
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Well I won't be much help..... FWIW ..... I went the opposite way.

My FrankenSmith is a 6915....... a short frame from a 6906 mated to a 915 upper.

Added a full hammer and will be adding a fiber optic front sight. . Really liking it as a "CCO" concealed carry.... two tone for good looks...... IWB the longer slide doesn't matter...... balances well ........ full hammer for those long first shots ........ short butt for concealed carry (extra mag is a 15 round 59xx mag with +2 adapter).....


Good luck .................
I did this too, then added hipower cuts to the slide. My 6915 is my favored carry piece now.
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:45 PM
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I almost bid on what was likely the same 5906 stripped frame and 915 kit, glad it went to a good home in the end. Have fun with your builds.
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:22 PM
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How about a 3 1/2" CS9.
3913LS slide on a CS9.
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Old 04-15-2018, 02:33 PM
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I did this too, then added hipower cuts to the slide.
Now we need pictures.
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Old 04-15-2018, 07:30 PM
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How about a 3 1/2" CS9.
3913LS slide on a CS9.
Unfortunately, the problem with that combo is the gap between the CS9 dustcover and the slide. It's too bad, as I have yet to see a longer top end that will fit on any of the Chiefs Specials without that gap.
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:46 AM
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Well I won a 469 slide and parts yesterday so looks like it will be a 2nd/3rd Gen Frankengun.
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