The Smith & Wesson’s third-generation series of pistols has completely replaced earlier models and has been designed with the assistance of many U.S. law enforcement agencies, who were encouraged to make suggestions and criticisms.
Features incorporated in these new pistols include fixed barrel bushes for better accuracy and simpler stripping, an improved trigger pull, three-dot sights, wrap-around grips, a beveled magazine aperture for quicker reloading, and a triple safety system incorporating an automatic firing pin safety, an ambidextrous manual safety catch and a magazine safety.
Smith & Wesson 5900 Series
The 9 mm 5900 Series can be considered as the baseline series. There are three models: the 5903, 5904, and 5906; the Smith & Wesson 5903 has an alloy frame and stainless steel slide, the Smith & Wesson 5904 an aluminum frame, carbon steel slide, and stainless steel barrel and is finished in blue, and the Smith & Wesson 5906 is entire of stainless steel and is satin-finished. All are fitted with wrap-around grips, adjustable sights are optional, and all have the same 4-inch barrel.
Smith & Wesson 3900 Series
The 9 mm 3900 Series generally resembles the 5900 series but is slimmer, lighter, and with a smaller magazine capacity.
Smith & Wesson 6900 Series
The 9 mm 6900 Series has a reverse-curved trigger-guard. It is larger and uses the same length of the barrel but has a 12-round magazine
Smith & Wesson Model 4006
The Model 4006 generally resembles the Model 5906 but is chambered for the .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge and has a magazine capacity of 11 rounds.
Smith & Wesson 4500 Series
The 4500 Series is chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge and adds the power of a well-proven cartridge to the other advantages of the Third Generation system.
Smith & Wesson 1000 Series
The Model 1000 Series resembles the 5900 Series but is chambered for the 10 mm Auto cartridge. The Model 1076 is specially made for the FBI and does not have a safety catch on the slide, but instead, a frame-mounted de-cocking lever.
Technical specifications: Smith & Wesson Model 5903
|Manufacturer:||Smith & Wesson, Springfield, MA, 01101, United States|
|Type:||recoil-operated, semi-automatic, double-action|
|Caliber:||9 mm Parabellum|
|Barrel:||4.0 in (101.6 mm)|
|Weight (empty):||28.5 oz (808 grams)|
|Magazine capacity:||14 rounds|