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Thread: Keeping my 3rd Gen S&W Running another 40+ Years

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    Keeping my 3rd Gen S&W Running another 40+ Years

    I have a S&W 1006 that has been my "outdoors" gun for a couple decades now. I want to be able to use it for another 20-30 years for that purpose and then pass it on to my kids. While it is built like a tank, it is a machine and machines break. As I understand it, parts are beginning to dry up as the pistol is no longer supported by S&W. So the question for the 3rd Gen experts here is what parts should I grab now short of a 2nd pistol that will allow me to keep shooting the thing and not relegate it to the "be careful you might break it" corner of my safe?

    I'm ordering an extra recoil spring and firing pin tonight, they are still very reasonably priced. I have been watching a couple extractors on eBay for $50 which while expensive might be money well spent? Other than these items and maybe some extra magazine parts what else should I be looking for?

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    Guide rod. Side plate.

    Some stuff needs hand fitting.

    Look up a guy named Fastbolt on the S&W forums, maybe on THR, he knows his way around these and has a pretty good handle on what breaks most often.

    I still have a couple 3rd gens, but have stopped shooting them as my primaries.

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    My strategy has been to gradually build up a full armorer's kit for my gen 3's that is pretty much everything but the slide and frame. I did it mostly through ebay over the years. I also laid in a couple of full spring kits from Wolf on the chance they drop them some day.

    I have seen, or know people who have had extractors fail, trigger bars break, MIM hammers break, the polymer plug which is the trigger disconnect get mangled, and the spring loaded portion of the guide rod (which cannot be fixed) fail. While they fixed and upgraded the grips that broke in the early Gen 3's I have also laid in a few spares of those.

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    I would add the S&W factory grips if you use them as there will be no more of those. The arched grip is available at Midway USA at https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1004397969 and the straight grip (on sale) at https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1004453569?pid=397518

    If you buy action parts, be sure the hammer and sear are compatible as different versions (as time progressed) of those parts exist and do not work together. For example, a MIM hammer only works with the proper sear.

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    Keep an eye out on Everygunpart.com for parts kits
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe in PNG View Post
    Keep an eye out on Everygunpart.com for parts kits
    This and https://www.gunpartscorp.com/
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    Thanks for the advice. I will start sourcing some parts just to have. I'm also thinking of sending it to S&W for sand blasting and an action job - I imagine I could request an inspection when it is in there. Also one of the tines was missing off the trigger tensioning spring, I ordered a new one but it soon became obvious that replacing that spring was beyond my comfort zone. One thing with S&W 3rd gens, they are certainly complex machines.


    Quote Originally Posted by Duelist View Post

    Look up a guy named Fastbolt on the S&W forums, maybe on THR, he knows his way around these and has a pretty good handle on what breaks most often.
    Thanks for the tip - there is a thread on the S&W forum where he talks about extractors, apparently a .40 cal extractor can be made to work.

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