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Old 04-30-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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The first time I wrote this I gave more background. I clicked a wrong button though and lost everything I'd written. Argh! Since this is the second time around it's with less background and more just the facts.

I had never heard of the S&W 39xx series until reading some older threads here a few weeks ago. A couple of weeks ago I visited my LGS for one last try to find a CZ before taking the plunge w/ an M&P9c. While there I saw a 3953 in the used counter. After several days of going back, arguing w/ myself over a used gun, etc. I decided I could get an M&P anytime.

Here's my "new" 3953. After a good cleaning I went to the range with 50 rounds each of Winchester, Federal and Sellier & Bellot, 115gr FMJ. The pics show my first 10 shots, 5 from each mag with WWB - not bad but not good. The next shows my last two full mags with a mix. Both of these were two hand slow fire. Last is my last two mags at two hand rapid fire - as fast as I could get a sight picture. All were at 10 yards.

I've got some work to do but I'm hooked. It's a nice size and I'm fond of the DAO.

Thanks a lot gents, now I've got the fever.
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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I had the 4046 DAO .40 cal full size service pistol that was a trade in from the Tulsa PD when they went to the Glock 22. A very good pistol but a heavy chunk of stainless steel. If it had been a mid size or compact model I would have kept it.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
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Argh - so sorry to hear about your disappearing post. Been there, amigo.

Well, there was a time when the 3913 was severely underrated as a handgun. During that time, I told my brother to buy one (a 3913 NL), and he did - he's happy as a clam. As is everyone I know who has a single-stack 3rd Gen. compact S&W 9mm.

Okay, once I bought a 6946 (DAO double-stack 3rd Gen. compact S&W 9mm) from a friend who needed some money. I had to sell it back to him when he got his funds back in order (only decent thing to do), but the year that I had it taught me that the S&W DAO system works great - it's really just like a revolver pull. (Sure, there's no double-strike capability, but in c.1500 rounds over that year, I never needed it. S&W DAO works good.)

So. Nowadays I think that the 3953s are pretty undervalued. Your post is not changing my mind, amigo! Congratulations on a great buy - use it in good health.
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One of the things that attracted me to the '53 was the "like a revolver pull". I've done things a little backwards and started my CC with a J in the pocket. I like the fact that when the '53 becomes my primary the trigger will be basically the same if I ever have to go to backup. Plus I like the fact that I've got to deliberately pull that trigger. In earlier days I had a couple of inadvertent double taps practicing weak hand with a 1911. That's not a good feeling. I'm pretty sure I won't do that with the J or '53.

If I may, I'd like to thank you for your excellent reviews here and elsewhere. Your Sigma review convinced me to try one as a rental. Much to my buddies' amazement, it's now on my short list for a possible home or car gun.
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:51 AM   #5
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Well, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me today - thank you! :)

I also started carrying with a five-shot .38 (mine was a Taurus 85 WAAAAY back when), and sequed pretty quickly to a single-stack S&W 9mm. I would have been served well to stay with it - and would have saved myself a whole lot of hassle and gun changes over the years. :) Nowadays, I'm very often found carrying a single-stack nine . . . and I am happy to have the Sigma locked up in the car.
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A few years back I had a S&W 4586 (I think that is the DAO model number) and the trigger was smooth and steady like a revolver. Sold the pistol as it did not have re-strike capability. Kind of miss it though and have been keeping an eye out for a 39XX DAO.
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have been keeping an eye out for a 39XX DAO.
I haven't seen many DAO on the web but I have seen several 3913s and a few 908s at the S&W forums and the online stores/auctions.
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Did anyone detail strip a 3rd gen? I don't want to work on the trigger or anything but I would like to learn to detail strip enough to get the innards clean and get new springs in it.
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Well, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me today - thank you! :)
You're welcome. I appreciate the effort.
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:) As far as a detail-strip goes, it's pretty straightforward if you've pulled guns down all the way before. If not, I wholeheartedly recommend this book (though there was a slight error in the Astra A300 editing):

http://www.amazon.com/Automatic-Pist.../dp/0896894738
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