As more and more law enforcement agencies switched to automatics in the wake of the 1986 Miami FBI shootout and massive media hype, Smith & Wesson first benefitted, then began feeling the heat from the Double Action Only Glock pistols. After all, police officers have always qualified with their revolvers firing in double action, not single action. Many officers, including our locals, performed better on the range and in combat with double action only pistols, since the trigger pull was the same every shot, and accuracy is about consistency anyway. Here is Smith & Wesson's first variant of full time double action autos, the Model 5946. To the best of our knowledge, this was issued to the Austin, Texas, Police Department, and the forward underside of the frame is lightly marked APD 204. It is the same basic pistol as the 5906, but without a decocker or a hammer sear that allows the hammer to stand in single action position, cocked, after the first shot. To say that the 5946 doesn't have a safety is very incorrect; it has a firing pin block to protect against accidental firing if it is dropped, and a magazine safety that prevents any firing when the magazine is removed. The 5946 weighs in at 37 ounces empty, since it is entirely stainless steel. This is one of the first specimens produced most likely in 1992 with satin stainless hammers and triggers; this one has the third trigger guard, round with double serrations and a serrated grip frame front strap. Novak 3-dot night sights without any luminosity left, .260 semi-bobbed hammer, and .304 smooth combat trigger. The 5906 has the bell-nosed barrel contour that produces excellent accuracy since it locks consistently into the slide bushing. This specimen has a VAA serial number prefix, which dates its manufacture to sometime in 1992, before passage of the Brady Law. Both its magazines are black follower, pre-ban 14 shot. This 5906 has light holster scuffing that affects about 20 percent of its metal surfaces by our estimate, and moderate scouring on its one-piece grip. We rate it as Very Good, 80 percent finishwise; photos, however, should suffice for prospective owners to judge finish grade for themselves. It is excellent mechanically. Bore, chamber, and mechanism are all bright, clean, and excellent. This variant was produced from 1991 until 1999, and the final variant, the 5946 TSW, discontinued in 2003, sold for over $600.00. We're offering this solid, presentable 5946 with two pre-ban high capacity magazines for only $ 369.95
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