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Old 06-24-2020, 11:24 AM
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Here is a rare bird. A PC3953. A 4" fitted bar-sto barrel. Short DAO.

It a very nice single stack and one of my favorite guns.
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:07 PM
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I've never heard of those....very nice! Do you know when they were made?
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I've never heard of those....very nice! Do you know when they were made?
Thanks. They were made in the early 1990s.
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Old 06-24-2020, 03:59 PM
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Looks like a performance center "classic"?
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Looks like a performance center "classic"?
it was called the "Classic Series". I think it was intended to part of a series of guns but for whatever reason, I don't think it happened.
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Never seen or heard of that one.
Can you say is the trigger pull/reset
Different from the standard 3953 ?
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Never seen or heard of that one.
Can you say is the trigger pull/reset
Different from the standard 3953 ?
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Reset is like a standard 3953. It's like all of the short DAO guns of the period.

The trigger pull itself is very smooth and a bit lighter than would probably be seen on a production gun. I find it intuitive and easy to shoot. Shorter, smoother and lighter than most DA triggers you will encounter.
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That looks like a very sweet pistol. Of course I’ve never heard of much less ever seen one.

Does it have a Briley bushing? Just curious.

Some think that the “Classic Series “ was an afterthought with S&W just trying to use up parts. I disagree because some of these came out of the PC Shop. The REAL PC Shop. Maybe they were just using up parts but the S&W PC was fitting/assembling them.

I have a Performance Center Special, (not marked in any way,) pistol that I had lettered and the product code IS a PC example. It left S&W in 1998. Most disagree that it is what it is. “Just made up of left over parts.”
Maybe so but it came out of the PC Shop when they were turning out some of the BEST S&W pistols ever. (Maybe the best pistols ever by any manufacturer. )

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That looks like a very sweet pistol. Of course I’ve never heard of much less ever seen one.

Does it have a Briley bushing? Just curious.

Some think that the “Classic Series “ was an afterthought with S&W just trying to use up parts. I disagree because some of these came out of the PC Shop. The REAL PC Shop. Maybe they were just using up parts but the S&W PC was fitting/assembling them.

I have a Performance Center Special, (not marked in any way,) pistol that I had lettered and the product code IS a PC example. It left S&W in 1998. Most disagree that it is what it is. “Just made up of left over parts.”
Maybe so but it came out of the PC Shop when they were turning out some of the BEST S&W pistols ever. (Maybe the best pistols ever by any manufacturer. )

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It does not have the Briley bushing. It does have a very well fitted Bar-sto barrel.

I've heard the theory these were made of leftover parts. Not sure I buy it.
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It does not have the Briley bushing. It does have a very well fitted Bar-sto barrel.

I've heard the theory these were made of leftover parts. Not sure I buy it.
And I agree with you on the PC of that era. Very top drawer.
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Old 06-24-2020, 09:14 PM
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Looks like you earned a Detective badge.

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Dang!!!! Saw they only made 20 of these. This is like finding a needle in a haystack!
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PC guns from the 90s are hard to beat.......... truly hand built custom guns!

Not a DOA guy but that's a rare one.....I'd never heard of before.
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Very nice variation on the standard 3953, my daily carry pistol. I had a local smith work the trigger decades ago and it's my favorite carry. (in fairness, when I'm forced to go to Baltimore, my Glock 19's mag capacity wins out)
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Did you pick this up a few months on GB? I was watching it. Here is my version. A 3953 with a 5946 slide.
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Old 07-01-2020, 08:25 AM
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Did you pick this up a few months on GB? I was watching it. Here is my version. A 3953 with a 5946 slide.
No. I've had this thing for many years.
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I own three 3953s and love them. Excellent firearms. I had no idea they made a PC version! The hunt begins...
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