What's Wrong With Me ?

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    I had a day off during the week today and since I am getting close to retirement I thought I might go into the gunsafe and see about thinning out the herd. I have this old 6906 S&W that I have had since the 80's that use to get carried off duty alot until I got my first Glock. Once I got the G 19 the 6906 lost some of it's allure for me. I felt I didn't need the bright stainless steel since it was not "tactically" in vogue anymore. Also why did I need a hammerdrop safety and a magazine disconnect. I had a safe action trigger now. The 6906 and the Galco paddle holster were put in the gunsafe. The G 19 became the off duty carry. Well today I pulled out the 6906 in it's original box with it's three 12 round mags and extra recoil springs and the Galco holster. I figured I would take it down to my local gun shop and see about that G 36 with the night sights that has been calling my name for some time now. The 6906 looked good with it's Hogue grip sleeve and bright stainless finish. There was some holster wear on the alloy frame from years ago being carried on a regular basis but that just added to the individualality of the piece. It still felt natural in my hand and though it had been several years since I had taken it to the range there was a strong desire to run a magazine or two through it.
    I worked the action and it was just as smooth as it had always been and had the old Smith and Wesson quality made solid steel gun feel to it. That's when I realized that this was a fruitless excersize I was attempting to embark on. There was no way I was going to trade this gun off. I'm thinking that maybe I should get a Highnoon IWB Public Secret holster like the Glocks ride in ( yes there are more than just the G 19 now) for the 6906. I'm thinking maybe a little bright stainless might not be so bad after all. I'm thinking this 6906 is a darn good looking weapon and it always did shoot well in my hands. I'm thinking I kept it this long why not keep it a little longer.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME ?
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    Not a damn thing. I always think about trading guns for other guns, for a minute. There is something special about most guns and most are hard to get now so best to hang onto them. Sell a kidney or something of the wife's for extra gun buying cash.
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    Don't feel too bad, the first duty gun that was actually mine is a 6" Colt Python. I carried it from 1979 to 1982 when I sent it back to Colt to replace a buldged barrel. I retired it for a S&W 28-2. Now I carry a government issued Beretta 92FS on duty. A few years ago I found a 4" Colt Python to match my 6 incher. The feel of the grips, the trigger, everything came back. It felt natural. It rides with me off-duty now more than any other gun I own. I have never gotten rid of any of my guns over the years. Most I have carried on duty as an armed security officer or off-duty as an armed security officer and now as a police officer. It may sound strange but, I can't bring myself to get rid of (permanently) a good and faithful friend that has brought me home safely many times over.

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    I bought an old 6906 police tradein about 6 months ago,it goes bang everytime,which reminds me I need to make a nice holster for it so I can carry it on days the 1911 might get scratched up.
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    Nothing wrong with you at all...

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME ?
    There is nothing wrong with you. It is hard to part with an old gun that you have had many years. The gun becomes part of you, and looking at it reminds you of events from your past. You kept the gun all these years because it worked well, and gave you no reason to sell it.

    I have a S&W model 39 that I bought new in 1968 for about $125. I shot it over the years and it always worked well. It was eventually overshadowed by Glocks, Sigs and Colts that were more modern, but I kept the old model 39 and took it out for shooting every once in awhile. I got some new grips one time and thought it looked better, which revived my interest in it. Now I've owned the gun for 42 years and don't think I would ever sell it. It is like an old friend.

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    Old School, I think that gun has cast a spell on you and the only safe thing for you to do is box it right up and send it to me for safe keeping!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pogo2 View Post
    There is nothing wrong with you. It is hard to part with an old gun that you have had many years. The gun becomes part of you, and looking at it reminds you of events from your past. You kept the gun all these years because it worked well, and gave you no reason to sell it.

    I have a S&W model 39 that I bought new in 1968 for about $125. I shot it over the years and it always worked well. It was eventually overshadowed by Glocks, Sigs and Colts that were more modern, but I kept the old model 39 and took it out for shooting every once in awhile. I got some new grips one time and thought it looked better, which revived my interest in it. Now I've owned the gun for 42 years and don't think I would ever sell it. It is like an old friend.

    Beautiful 39. They had one of the best feeling grips going. The only one I liked better was the Hi-Power.



    Hiram the only one I would ever consider letting that gun go to would be another copper. Did you ever work with a Lieutenant name Bob Vannel ? He retired in the 80's and came down to Florida and took a second police career for 10 years and pulled a pension from here also.
    He was a great guy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old School View Post
    I had a day off during the week today and since I am getting close to retirement I thought I might go into the gunsafe and see about thinning out the herd. I have this old 6906 S&W that I have had since the 80's that use to get carried off duty alot until I got my first Glock. Once I got the G 19 the 6906 lost some of it's allure for me. I felt I didn't need the bright stainless steel since it was not "tactically" in vogue anymore. Also why did I need a hammerdrop safety and a magazine disconnect. I had a safe action trigger now. The 6906 and the Galco paddle holster were put in the gunsafe. The G 19 became the off duty carry. Well today I pulled out the 6906 in it's original box with it's three 12 round mags and extra recoil springs and the Galco holster. I figured I would take it down to my local gun shop and see about that G 36 with the night sights that has been calling my name for some time now. The 6906 looked good with it's Hogue grip sleeve and bright stainless finish. There was some holster wear on the alloy frame from years ago being carried on a regular basis but that just added to the individualality of the piece. It still felt natural in my hand and though it had been several years since I had taken it to the range there was a strong desire to run a magazine or two through it.
    I worked the action and it was just as smooth as it had always been and had the old Smith and Wesson quality made solid steel gun feel to it. That's when I realized that this was a fruitless excersize I was attempting to embark on. There was no way I was going to trade this gun off. I'm thinking that maybe I should get a Highnoon IWB Public Secret holster like the Glocks ride in ( yes there are more than just the G 19 now) for the 6906. I'm thinking maybe a little bright stainless might not be so bad after all. I'm thinking this 6906 is a darn good looking weapon and it always did shoot well in my hands. I'm thinking I kept it this long why not keep it a little longer.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME ?
    I have a 6906 that I inherited and I just love to hold it cause it just feels right. I also have a 25 round magazine plus the two regular mags. I know it belonged to a U.S Marshal before my fatherinlaw bought it from him. This might be the year I contact Smith and Wesson and find out a little about its history.

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    think there is anything wrong with you. I had to sell off a few things from the safe over the years, do to financial reasons. I do still morn there passing. I hope to never be in a posision where that will ever happen again. ( But then maybe theres something wrong with me too... LOL ).
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    Nothing wrong with you.I would take a third Generation S&W over a Glock any day.
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    I love my first carry gun a 6946 and do love a stainless gun. Nothing wrong with you and the 69xx needs love also so carry it and shoot it.
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    Nothing wrong with you. 3rd generation all-steel Smiths say "class".

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    I bought my dad a 6906 last summer..it is one of the most accurate 9mm's I have ever shot....never has jammed.

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