New Carry Gun + Questions

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    New Carry Gun + Questions

    So I decided I would go ahead and show off my new gun, while I ask some questions at the same time. So here she is, a S&W 5906.




    It came with 100rds of fmj and the serpa holster all for $350 bucks. I think I got a decent deal.

    So my questions

    1. Has anyone carried a gun this heavy in a remora holster?
    2.I am used to carrying my lil j-frame so is there any tips to carrying a full sized handgun?
    3. The first shot is DA would you still carry with the safety on or off?
    4. It has big ole hogue grips on it which are comfy but big for my hands. Where is the cheapest place to get some thinner grips?


    Thanks in advanced.

    P.S. Mods. if this should go in another forum please move it for me thanks.
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    It depends on how heavy a pull your S&W has in DA. If its in the 6# area I'd say no. That's me, though. I carry my striker fired pistols with no safety provided, a round chambered & mag topped off. If I would happen to get an identical gun with a safety I'd still keep it in the off position. I'd even be tempted to disable it completely.
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    Honestly, I dont want a gun with a manual safety at all. But thats me.

    I think one is fine owning them, IF ALL THEIR WEAPONS PLATFORMS are of the same type. Ie if ALL your pistols either do, or do not have manual safeties.

    I really think they do more to make you apt to be killed in a crunch situation, than help. But once again, thats me.

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    I'm a fan of 3rd Gen S&W auto loaders (especially the 3913/14) so I like your pick & the price you paid. I EDC a Browning/FN Hi-Power in a Remora holster and weight hasn't been an issue. Do yourself a favor & don't omit or go cheap on your gun belt. I wholeheartedly disagree with the folks who believe Remora holsters are supposed to work without a belt! IMHO, a long DA first trigger pull makes the safety a purely subjective option and I appreciate both sides of the debate. Some do, some don't. The cheapest thin-line grips are gonna' be factory offerings & best place to look is eBay or gunshows. The gun isn't popular or new enough to find 'em at most retail outlets. Enjoy that Smith!
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    I haven't carried a pistol like that since the 80's but when I did I carried safety off. nice pistol!

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    1. Has anyone carried a gun this heavy in a remora holster?
    Yes and I don't like it. I almost dropped the gun on the floor the first time that I unbuckled. Heavy guns need strong clips/loops.
    2.I am used to carrying my lil j-frame so is there any tips to carrying a full sized handgun?
    A sturdy gun belt is a must. You generally get what you pay for.
    3. The first shot is DA would you still carry with the safety on or off?
    I'm not familiar enough with that model to comment.
    4. It has big ole hogue grips on it which are comfy but big for my hands. Where is the cheapest place to get some thinner grips?
    They don't list your model on their sight, but you might want to give these guys a call handgun gun grips wood rosewood cocobolo pistol walnut. I've bought two sets of 1911 grips from them and was amazed by their quality of workmanship, price and professionalism.
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    Great price on the gun, I would get a good IWB holster and a stiff belt.
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    I occasionally carry a 3rd generation S&W, and would not carry it in anything less than a well-secured holster on a reliable gun belt. I carry with a round chambered, the hammer down, and the de-cocker in the fire position. That first round from the DA position is a bear. After that, it runs SA, with which I am much more accurate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sawfiler View Post
    I haven't carried a pistol like that since the 80's but when I did I carried safety off. nice pistol!
    I'm the same. The 3rd generation Smith's are great pistols, and built pretty tough. Carry it with the safety off and don't worry about doing so. You could replace the existing Hogue rubber grips with a set of their wooden ones. Not only are they functional, they are also really good looking as well. The Serpa holster you have is good, but you might also consider a nice leather rig. El Paso Saddlery, Gould & Goodrich, or Bianchi made really good holsters for OWB carry. With a heavy steel pistol like the 5906 you really need a solid holster that mates well with your belt. A REALLY good gun belt is also important, so invest in a solid one like a Galco or other similar one.
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    Thanks for the info everyone I really appreciate it. I am used to carrying revolvers so DA trigger for safety doesn't bother me terribly I just wanted to feel re-assured. I have been wearing the SERPA around the house and I love it but it is nearly impossible to conceal in the summer. I will start my search for a better gun belt I have a walmart construction belt that does ok but you can't beat leather. I am thinking about trying out a Alien Gear hybrid for IWB and maybe a simply rugged for OWB. I also found that Midway carries grips for it, both the curved and straight. I think I am going to try the straight ones. I like the 1911 feel better plus I have fairly small hands.


    One funny thing I found is my 6" barrled taurus 66 is only 2oz heavier than the 5906 fully loaded.

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    That is what a gun looks like. You got a great buy and I wouldn't trade that for any Tupperware gun made. The value of that gun is going to go up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeke4351 View Post
    That is what a gun looks like. You got a great buy and I wouldn't trade that for any Tupperware gun made. The value of that gun is going to go up.
    I love all steel guns. They may be heavy but will last a lifetime.

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    Good looking gun and a good deal as well.
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    ...very reliable model...good price...I'd carry safety off...the value is in using the levers as a decocker...the first shot squeeze is about like a DA revolver...the safety becomes valuable if someone unauthorized gets their hands on the weapon...for those of us trained on the 1911, pushing a safety up is not instinctive...and may slow us down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snub44 View Post
    ...very reliable model...good price...I'd carry safety off...the value is in using the levers as a decocker...the first shot squeeze is about like a DA revolver...the safety becomes valuable if someone unauthorized gets their hands on the weapon...for those of us trained on the 1911, pushing a safety up is not instinctive...and may slow us down...
    Thanks I think I'm going to carry safety off. Except when I am at home, I have a little one and just makes me feel better. More than likely I will have a little more notice if I need it at home.

    Also as an update I went ahead and ordered the straight grips from Midway.
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