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Old 06-04-2009, 10:17 PM
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Have friend who was thinking of buying S&W 4006 because he had shot a friends who was on the CHP. I heard they were passe and not well rated . Recomended he go with the new S&W M&P Models.

Any advice you can pass on for him?
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:40 PM
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I really don't like guns originally designed to shoot the 9mm round then modified to shoot 40S&W just by machining allowances to fit the bigger barrel. I believe that was the main reason for mods made in the TSW model to better handle the 40S&W. Only guns I haven't heard of having problems shooting the 40 in platforms originally designed for 9mm are Sigs.

My advice to him is if the 4006 is a TSW model go ahead and get it. Although the original 4006 is not a bad gun, but it won't be a gun I'd shoot 500 rounds a week with.
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Old 06-04-2009, 10:45 PM
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They have a three-letter rating, as judged by me, and verified by every CHP officer I have asked:

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Sorry, but the three letter rating ???? Not familiar with that
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Sorry, but the three letter rating ???? Not familiar with that
Urban dictionary has it listed.
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POS indeed. I carried one for 3 years.
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Unfortunately 4006s in .40 are not of the same grade/relaiblity as the 5906 guns in 9mm, or the big 4506/1006 guns in 45ACP/10mm.
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and there hicaps mags are not very high with 11 rounds
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Old 06-05-2009, 9:58 AM
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4006 is my first handgun, I've shot thousands of rounds and it still looks new. I had to replace the grip with one from a 5906 because the original felt horrible in my hand.

I do have to admit I don't shoot mine since going to Sig and Glock. My 4006 used to jam, not often but it would. I've never had any of my Sigs or my Glock jam ever.

Not the worst gun ever but it is far from great.
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Yeah most CHP dont care for it, I have to try it for myself before I say I dont like it.
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:18 AM
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I had one, regretted selling it ever since.
The trigger polishes up AMAZINGLY short, crisp, and smooth till the break.
All cops hate their addigned duty gun, especially when they don't get a say.
They are obviously time tested and proven duty guns. Having personally observed CHP qualifying courses more times then I care to count I see no problems with them.
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Few years back, the Nevada DPS traded in their S&W Model 4006 for the SIG P-229. They switched due to reliability issues.

I had a S&W Model 4014 (single stacked version of the Model 4006), sold it back in the 90s and don't regret getting rid of it.
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Unfortunately 4006s in .40 are not of the same grade/relaiblity as the 5906 guns in 9mm, or the big 4506/1006 guns in 45ACP/10mm.
That is so true. I have a 5906 all steel and a 6906 that are just very reliable. currently my first choice of handguns for home/self defense.

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They have a three-letter rating, as judged by me, and verified by every CHP officer I have asked:

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Sorry, but the three letter rating ???? Not familiar with that
Me to they are in my opinion a Piece Of ****
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The 4006 was my first handgun I purchased for myself. Got it way back when, 1990 I think. I had it for almost a year and really didn't like it at all. It almost turned me off of semi-auto handguns all together. I went in to National Shooting Club (now Reed's) in Santa Clara and traded it in for almost nothing towards a Glock 23.

That Glock performed so much better than the 4006 did that I have become a full on Glock fan and have gone on to buy about a dozen more Glocks.

i would advise your friend to keep looking and shoot other guns. I like and own a few of the S&W guns, but the 4006 was a loser, IMO.
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Don't do it. It is the reason I have decided against applying for the CHP once I get out of school.




Haha, just kidding, but you get the point.
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Old 06-06-2009, 7:16 PM
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Here's some advice for the OP's friend:
-have friend sign-up on various gun forums himself;
-check-out this thread, & browse the rest of the threads in that forum, too- http://www.smith-wessonforum.com/showthread.php?t=26088

I used the 4006 for awhile, but transitioned to the Glock 22 and have since been using that for 14 years. I can't recall the 4006 ever malfunctioning. I just didn't prefer the feel as much, plus it was noticeably heavier wearing it all day. I may have liked it better if I changed over to a curved/rounded backstrap instead of the straight one, but I just switched over to a Glock instead of trying the curved backstrap option.

As with many handguns, some like it, and others don't.
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