Detailed Disassemby and Inspection of a Used 3rd Gen S&W

Detailed Disassemby and Inspection of a Used 3rd Gen S&W

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    Detailed Disassemby and Inspection of a Used 3rd Gen S&W

    Here's one for anyone who might find it helpful.

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    A very useful video, Howard. Thanks for posting. Now I know who to come to if I mess up something with my 3913 :)
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    Great video! I own both a 6906 and 4566. I have detailed stripped the 6906 slide but concerns about damaging the side plate have prevented further disassembly due to the nonavailability of that part. My 4566 is a decock-only version, and I haven't found a good source of info on breaking that version down. I really wish my 6906 was decock only also as I like that feature.

    One thing you might have pointed out is the trigger play spring, which, on the 45XX models at least, is a common fail item, causing a distinct "click" in when pulling the trigger in SA mode. While it does not affect function, it is very annoying. I had mine replaced by S&W a few years back, but I don't know if they will still work on them today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Great video! I own both a 6906 and 4566. I have detailed stripped the 6906 slide but concerns about damaging the side plate have prevented further disassembly due to the nonavailability of that part. My 4566 is a decock-only version, and I haven't found a good source of info on breaking that version down. I really wish my 6906 was decock only also as I like that feature.

    One thing you might have pointed out is the trigger play spring, which, on the 45XX models at least, is a common fail item, causing a distinct "click" in when pulling the trigger in SA mode. While it does not affect function, it is very annoying. I had mine replaced by S&W a few years back, but I don't know if they will still work on them today.
    Thanks guys! I have a few parts, including a side plate, but if you don't feel comfortable removing it, then you're wise to err on the side of caution. The trigger play spring is an easy part to replace. If I have the need to do so, I will probably make a follow-up video covering that. As far as the "click" goes, that's an even easier fix and it doesn't even require dissembling the pistol! Let me know if you ever have that problem again.

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    Here's a quick follow-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ETXhiker View Post
    A very useful video, Howard. Thanks for posting. Now I know who to come to if I mess up something with my 3913 :)
    Replace the recoil spring and the magazine springs in that 3913 every 5000 rounds or so and it will probably out both of us! I had a 3914 once. Like a dummy, I traded it on something else. I should have kept that thing because I always shot it very well.

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    Another great pair of vids, Howard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrfunk View Post
    Replace the recoil spring and the magazine springs in that 3913 every 5000 rounds or so and it will probably out both of us! I had a 3914 once. Like a dummy, I traded it on something else. I should have kept that thing because I always shot it very well.

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    That's a very good idea. I should do it now, while the parts are still available.
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    Nice. I Had a very used 39-2(1st gen) and gifted it to my godson(nephew). Was a most excellent shooter even to this day. I had a 6906 mint, that was sold & traded for another pistol , and to help fund a S&W M&P .357SIG compact. Still have a used 6904 in fair shape that still shoots like its supposed to. For those interested I came across this , to clarify the mystifying aspects of S&W's generation identification. Very confusing and very enlightening, all at the same time. Just shows me how big S&W was back in the hey day. https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/g...omatic-models/
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    Quote Originally Posted by hrfunk View Post
    Thanks guys! I have a few parts, including a side plate, but if you don't feel comfortable removing it, then you're wise to err on the side of caution. The trigger play spring is an easy part to replace. If I have the need to do so, I will probably make a follow-up video covering that. As far as the "click" goes, that's an even easier fix and it doesn't even require dissembling the pistol! Let me know if you ever have that problem again.

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    Easy if one is willing to disassemble the frame guts, which I wasn't. I tried the recommended "fix" of bending the spring back into position, but my thought is if it has weakened enough to bend out of position, it has weakened enough to fail again, which mine did after a few mags were fired. It finally cracked at the base, thus the need for replacement.
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