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Old 09-08-2002, 11:40 PM
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S&W 10mm 1006




Who out there in cyber world has had any experience with this particular handgun? I have the opportunity to pick one of these up at a pretty low price and thought it might be interesting. My previous experience with S&W autos has not been good. So let's hear about this pistol. Was it a hit or a miss?

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Old 09-09-2002, 12:14 AM
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SamColtFan,

Being a 10mm fan since day one, I've shot quite a few different 10mm handguns ( although I own only one, go figure! ), and one of the best I've shot is S&W's 1006. My buddy Mike is a huge fan of the 10mm and owns a few 10's, one being the 1006 which we shoot quite often. His is accurate as hell and handles the heavy 10mm fodder well. He got his used but in LNIB condition a few years back for $500. The 1006 was their best handgun in my opinion, and my buddy's has been 100% reliable and quite accurate, especially with Win. 175gr. SilverTips.

If the one you are looking at is in good condition and the price is reasonable, I say jump on it.

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Old 09-09-2002, 12:47 AM
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This 1006 is one of the earlier ones with the smaller trigger guard. Has adjustable factory sights and is in very good condition. Comes with 5 factory magazines, no box.

Not being all that familiar with this particular S&W, I noticed what appears to be a white nylon disconnector plunger in the rear of the slide just below the ambi-safety. On the other side of the slide just below the ambi-safety is a metal plunger. I assume one is for the firing pin, but why nylon?

It's my understanding these were only available in '90, '91 & '92 (?)

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Old 09-09-2002, 06:25 AM
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Sam,

A good place to get answers to your questions would be:

www.smith-wessonforum.com

I've found the people very helpful and quite knowledgeable.
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Old 09-09-2002, 07:46 AM
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smith 10mm's

i have a 1076 (da w/frame mounted decocker and straight grip). fairly good accuracy with 175 gr silvertips. good gun!
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Old 09-09-2002, 12:24 PM
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Smith 10mm's

I have a S&W Model 1066 in 10mm with factory installed nite sites. Apparently, there were only 5,000 of these issued. It has the 4 1/4" barrel, bobbed hammer, ambi-safety decocker and is DA/SA.

Anyway, althought I have never been a fan of S&W autos, I decided to keep this one and sold my Delta Elite, instead. Guess that says something.... It is the only S&W auto I own and I have no immediate plans to part with it. Functions flawlessly. Will try to post a pic later..........





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Old 09-09-2002, 01:16 PM
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Thanks for all of the replies so far.

I read on the S&W Forum where a fellow just picked up a 1076 with lots of goodies from an FBI agent for $700 (including 15 round mags). Pretty cool.

As I said before, I've never liked S&W autos in the past. They just never worked right out of the box. But, the 10mm is a fascinating pistol if she works as advertised.

I read an early Guns & Ammo review on the 1006 and there were some accuracy issues in the beginning of the test. Accuracy improved as the test continued. Is this the norm with this pistol?

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Old 09-09-2002, 04:07 PM
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Another vote for 10mm S&W autos. I have a 1066. I am still working on the trigger transition from DA to SA, but I like this pistol. It's accurate and reliable. The one I would like to get is a 1086, DAO. One of these days one will show up for sale.
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Old 09-09-2002, 09:39 PM
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Pic of a S&W 1066...

Here's the pic ....



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Old 09-09-2002, 10:31 PM
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Kentucky State Police still use the Smith 10mm, 1076 I think, 4 1/4 in. bbl. w/decocker. IIRC the Smith 10mm autos handle that round very well.
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Old 09-10-2002, 07:09 PM
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I had one for a bit. I never really cared for the slide-mounted safety or for the feel of it in general.
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Old 09-11-2002, 12:05 AM
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I'm not a fan of S&W pistols, BUT, I would buy a 1006 in a heartbeat if the price was fair.(Still looking for a Delta Elite first).
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Old 09-11-2002, 12:07 AM
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BTW, nice 1066 NAA..
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Old 09-11-2002, 05:10 PM
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I used to dislike Smith & Wesson autos, until I got my hands on a 1066. Built like a tank, flatter in the grip than even a 1911, and 100% reliable with everything from lead nose target loads to screaming Georgia Arms Shear Power Plus loads. It's a mild shooter due to its weight, even with hot loads.

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Old 09-11-2002, 06:07 PM
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I have a 1006 and love it. I find it to be very accurate with mild recoil.
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Old 09-11-2002, 09:01 PM
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Thanks again for all of the replies. And, Nice pistol LR......

Well, for a very long time I had put S&W off the radar screen because of their previous ownership. But, now with new American ownership and a new direction, I'm not feeling badly about the thought of buying a used 1006 S&W. In fact I'm pretty excited. I got word from S&W that they will be sending me a complete parts list for the M1006. Imagine, buying a 12 year old pistol that is discontinued, but you still can get factory parts. That's pretty good customer service if you ask me.

Anyhow, the pistol according to S&W was made March of 1990. It comes with 4 magazines and is in excellent condition.

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Old 09-12-2002, 02:15 PM
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A pic of all my 10s:



You'll notice that half are Smith autos (actually over half are as I have a NIB 1076 in the back of the safe that is not pictured). The one at the bottom of the pic is a 1006. Great pistols! Accurate from beginning to end. Reliable (every one of them feeds empty cases flawlessly). A bit heavy but in a tank like sense. Recoil is mild with the stoutest full house hunting loads but also cycles mild "gamer" loads with no problems. If you find that the backstrap on the pistol you buy is not to your liking (curved vs. straight) you can buy a new one for under $20 from Smith. I have heard a lot of bad stuff about Smiths over the years even spewed some myself a long time ago but the 10s are a breed apart.

I carry the 1026 daily (5" frame decocker).
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Old 09-12-2002, 02:44 PM
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Very nice collection of 10s. I really do think the 10mms are a unique part of firearms history. What a versatile round. Having had S&W auto's in the past, I've always liked the design, but not always the way the pistol would function. A new 6906 comes to mind. Out of the box, I would get frequent hammer drops after the slide would cycle. Not to my liking.

I pick up the 1006 tomorrow. I look forward to some gooood 10mm shooting. Thanks all for the input.

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Old 09-12-2002, 03:26 PM
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I had a 1076 and loved it. BTW...if your 1006 has a SMALL trigger guard, it is a LATE model, not an earlier one.
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:02 PM
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I had a 1076 and loved it. BTW...if your 1006 has a SMALL trigger guard, it is a LATE model, not an earlier one.
Well, Shooter, hate to disagree but according to the folks at S&W, this particular pistol was made in March, 1990 (according to the serial No.) That would put it in the early run not the late run. My 1990 S&W catalog also pictures the small trigger guard. The 1006 was made from 1990 to 1993. The large trigger guard would have been the late M1006 pistols. The M4506 (45ACP) had the large trigger guard in 1990.

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Old 09-12-2002, 06:17 PM
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Here's a good comparison between the S&W 45 frame and the 10mm frame from their 1990 catalog.

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Old 09-13-2002, 08:06 AM
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The 4506 and 1006 frames were/are milled from the same forgings. Explain, please, why the FIRST runs of 3rd Generation 4506s and 1006s had the LARGE trigger guards? The same was true for their 9MM frames. It was LATER that the trigger guards were made smaller.
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:12 AM
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Dunno that I have ever seen a 10mm Smith with a hooked trigger guard and I have seen a bunch. The .45s came in both flavors though.
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:17 AM
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Perhaps, therein lies the 'problem'. If this is true, then there are NO ''early' 1006s with small trigger guards', huh?
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Old 09-13-2002, 08:25 AM
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Shooter1201.....
The pistol that I am purchasing has the small trigger guard as pictured above. It was made in March of 1990. The larger trigger guard was never hooked to my knowledge, only the 4506. The later trigger guards that I have seen (1992 Version) are more elongated or oval than the original version. The larger version was not hooked.
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