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Old June 8th, 2012, 05:55 PM   #1
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smith and wesson 559? 9mm steel frame

Im seriously considering buying a police trade in s&w 9mm at a near by shop just for a cheap car/plinking gun. the price is 299$ which seems like pretty good deal for steel framed pistol even if it has been shot thousands of times. I couldnt find much info on them and was wondering if any one has any knowledge on them as far as service life, acuracy ect. I love the steel frame and am thinking about getting it unless there's somthing im not aware of with these otherwise ill be looking for used g17 or g19

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Old June 8th, 2012, 06:08 PM   #2
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Here is a positive review:

http://smith-wessonforum.com/smith-w...s-w-559-a.html

If you go over to the Smith-Wesson forum you will be able to get some good advice.

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Old June 8th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with the s&w autos, keep away from the sigma's though.
I have two 4066"s 40 cal all ss, 45 cal 1911 all ss, 9 mm 639 all ss, all very well made.
The all steel ones are much better made than the new generation of their auto's.
Have had very few in here for work over the years.

I carry one of the smith auto's every day of the week.
Mostly the 1911 or a 3913ls.
I carried the 4066tsw on duty with the dept's tactical team till i retired.

The earlier ones are made from forged parts, no castings or plastic crap.

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Old June 8th, 2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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You talked me into it socom, sounds like a solid pistol

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Old June 9th, 2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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The Smith 559 was the blue steel "second gen" of the original model 59. The 459 was an alloy frame and I think the 659 was a stainless frame. Last time I checked there were only about 3000 559s made. Despite that, they don't have much collector value. I sold mine, with only 75 rounds through it, for about $400 at a gun show last year. I'd originally bought it in 1984 at the rod & gun club near where I was stationed in Germany. It shot well, but it was a tank. It was replaced about a month after I bought it by a P226 as my first line sidearm.

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Old June 9th, 2012, 08:54 AM   #6
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Thanks ssaber its a 669 then it has a stainless frame

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Old June 9th, 2012, 09:04 AM   #7
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Just traded a 645 for a mint smith 28 6 inch...Im not into the flash of stainless...but the early smith autos are well built work horses...tad heavy buy not too bad.
Sigma=turd.

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Mod. 59

I have the older Model 59. It's seen lots of use. I let my son use it to go through the police academy, and his first duty gun. But, just before I did, I sent it to S&W for inspection and overhaul. They replaced some of the inner workings and springs. It's my favorite 9mm it has never fail either of us. My other 9mm is a Mod. 39 S&W.

He carries a GLock 40S&W today.

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turns out its a mod 5906. i love the feel of this pistol if i ever ran out of ammo it could double as club. im really glad i bought it. it seems theres not many options out there for steel framed 9mm's

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We used the second and third gen S&W SA for over twenty years. The only issue I've seen is frame cracks mainly in the 669's and most recently a 659. All used factory ammo only and the round count was not high in these handguns.

S&W will not repair them under the lifetime warranty even though they were owned by the original purchaser. There are no frames available. Check the slide stop opening and slide rails. Those were the problem areas.

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We used the second and third gen S&W SA for over twenty years. The only issue I've seen is frame cracks mainly in the 669's and most recently a 659. All used factory ammo only and the round count was not high in these handguns.

S&W will not repair them under the lifetime warranty even though they were owned by the original purchaser. There are no frames available. Check the slide stop opening and slide rails. Those were the problem areas.
those areas seem to be in pretty good shape. it doesnt seem to have been shot a whole lot. the finish is still in pretty good shape and the rails dont show excessive wear.
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Old June 9th, 2012, 03:51 PM   #12
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If you have any doubts, change the slide spring.

One of my 4066's has 8,000 rounds through it and is still gtg.

Glad to see you got it. will last you a long long time. Just keep it well lubed.

The ss is good for shtf situation, less maintainance in the field. can use corrosive 9mm in it without to much worry.

Stay away from the SMG ammo.


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The 668's had an alloy frame.

The shortcomings of the frame durability were corrected in the 3rd. Gen. In fact any repairs to unserviceable 2nd. Gen. frames came back with new 3rd. Gen frames.

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The 668's had an alloy frame.

The shortcomings of the frame durability were corrected in the 3rd. Gen. In fact any repairs to unserviceable 2nd. Gen. frames came back with new 3rd. Gen frames.
im hoping the steel frame on this prevents any cracks. i have noticed the spent casings are a little warped where it would sit chambered near the feed ramp but since i dont reload i dont think this is an issue

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im hoping the steel frame on this prevents any cracks. i have noticed the spent casings are a little warped where it would sit chambered near the feed ramp but since i dont reload i dont think this is an issue
you are correct, non issue.

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