View Full Version : school me on the S&W 915!

09-03-2012, 6:34 AM
Hey everyone. Im being offerd a 915 as trade but the info i am getting is mixed online reviews. Im still doing reaserch but wanted to ask in here if anyone has/had one. What are the pro's/con's. principally i am trying to get something for the wife to shoot in HD situation. What are youre thoughts fellow calguner's

09-03-2012, 6:42 AM
My buddy who with his 915 shot and killed an armed intruder would say it's gtg.

It's not the prettiest nor the most fun to shoot but it shoots where you point it and reliably. What you gonna trade for it? I think at most a used 915 would be worth $250-300 but ymmv.

09-03-2012, 6:48 AM
It would make a good HD gun for the wife.

I would buy one, or wait for a 5906/04.

09-03-2012, 7:09 AM
Im trading for a savage 11 in .22-250 it has a bushnell sharpshooter scope. I dont use the rifle at all. I have 3 offers a taurus 85 snubbie, a ruger p95, and the 915. Im stuck with where i want to go. The revolver is what I want bit not the best choice. I currently have a 1911 and a sig 2022. The 1911 is too harsh on the wife. And the 2022 she dosent like. The model 85 would be perfect but its a snubnose.

Back on topic lol the 915 is a aluminum frame if i am correct. So would the recoil be somewhat more managable than a polymer frame? i belive it is 36oz. Unloaded

09-03-2012, 7:34 AM
I have a 910, it is an entry level double stack, DA/SA autoloader with a decocker, it has never jambed on me, I even had a case head rupture and it kept on ticking. The grip angle is a little funky and not what I am used to but I got some Hogue rubber grips (had to after the case rupture) and that helped.

I think it would be a good HD gun for your wife, it has a nicer trigger than you would think and they are pretty reliable.

Mr. Beretta
09-03-2012, 9:07 AM
The 915 was one of S&W' best kept secrets. Outstanding 3rd generation semi-auto. I have one, my son has one. No issues, no problems, run all day long, FMJ, HP's, never had a FTF / eject.

Check / search on the S& W forum. You'll find pages & pages of long time happy owners.

If you pass, PM me the details, I might buy it!


09-03-2012, 1:50 PM
It's basically the stripper version of the 5904. I used to own the Californicated version, the 910. Same engineering, same over-looked under-rated value as all 3rd gen Smiths, same everything Mr. Beretta sez. (There's irony fer ya.)

The only thing I missed on mine compared to the regular models was an ambi safety, but the ones from 5904, etc, will drop in. I just didn't get around to it before I had to sell the gun off.

Try to get the end-user to try it on first, the grip can be too big for smallish hands. The aluminum frame's effect on recoil would be two-fold: It doesn't flex to absorb some of the impulse like poly does, but by the same token it doesn't require as firm a grip to retain proper functioning.

ETA: Oh yeah, you can find them online all day for under $300.

09-03-2012, 3:05 PM
The S&W Model 915 was the econo-line (lower priced) versions of the S&W Model 5904.
They sold for a lower price because S&W skimped on the features and fit & finish (which was still better than other manufacturers).

09-03-2012, 3:16 PM
915 and the 910 are the same guns just differant mags.They both use the 59 series mags.Great pistols.

09-03-2012, 6:00 PM
915 and the 910 are the same guns just differant mags.They both use the 59 series mags.Great pistols.

They are a great pistol.