My friends at Safer Arms in Chico, CA were fortunate enough to be able to outfit Chico Police Department Detectives with new hardware recently. As a result, Safer Arms found themselves in possession of several “high capacity” (12 + 1) Smith & Wesson Model 6906 pistols that could not be sold to the civilian population of The Golden State. My friend, TNC, has connections with Safer so Armed Republic Firearms was able to have six (6) shipped to our store in Layton, Utah.
This third generation Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol is chambered in 9mm with a stainless finish, black plastic grips, a barrel length of 3.5 inches (overall length of 6 7/8 inches), 12 + 1 capacity, an unloaded weight of 26.5 ounces, three-dot sights, ambi-decocker, and has a SA/DA action trigger. Each was accompanied by three (3) 12 round magazines.
A few Saturdays ago, I took all six to a local gun range and put a few rounds through each piece. I ran my targets out to 25 feet and loaded two (2) magazines with eight (8) rounds a piece. Each pistol fired a total of sixteen (16) rounds. Here is my target after I got a feel for this quality firearm:
Before shipping them to Utah, Safer Arms did a quick cleaning of the bore and that was it. I took them to the range “as is” with no thorough cleaning. While sixteen (16) rounds isn’t much, my purpose was to make sure these veterans functioned. Each pistol performed without any malfunctions. I was impressed with the accuracy of each and the ease of working the controls with my left hand. Using my left index finger, I easily popped out the empty magazine, slapped in my reload with my right hand, quickly located and engaged the slide release with that same left index finger to put the pistol back into battery, and easily de-cocked the loaded weapon with my left thumb. If my left-handedness is able to operate this pistol with no problem, then a right-handed shooter will find it a breeze!
The initial Double Action trigger pull reminded me of my Sigs – firm yet smooth and easy to get that first shot off and on target. What I found outstanding was the “oh-so-light” trigger reset. Wow…I barely moved my trigger finger forward and “click” there it was. Really nice. I highly recommend this firearm for both concealed carry and home protection. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Stay safe and let’s go shooting!