Smith & Wesson Model 1006
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|Smith & Wesson Model 1006|
Smith & Wesson 1006
|Place of origin||United States|
|Manufacturer||Smith & Wesson|
|Variants||1046, 1026, 1066, 1076 (FBI model) and 1086|
|Barrel length||5 in (127.0 mm)|
|Action||Recoil operated DA/SA|
|Feed system||9-round single stack magazine|
It is constructed entirely of stainless steel, a 5 in (127 mm) barrel and a 9 round single column magazine. Its safety is a slide mounted de-cock/safety, internal safeties are a magazine disconnect and firing pin block. It is available with fixed or adjustable sights.
The model 1006 was the first in the S&W 1000 series of third generation semi-automatic handguns. Variations include the models 1046, 1026, 1066, 1076 (FBI model) and 1086. The 1000 series were some of the most robust, sturdy 10 mm handguns ever built, easily handling the power of this potent cartridge.
The Model 1076 is most commonly known as the "FBI Pistol" because the Bureau ordered 10,000 Model 1076 pistols for its agents in the aftermath of the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. However, problems developed and the FBI received only 2,400 pistols before the contract was cancelled. In 1990 the Virginia State Police contracted with S&W for 2200 Model 1026 pistols, and by July 1990 they had received the entire order. The Model 1026 was identical to the FBI's Model 1076 but with a 5 inch barrel instead of a 4.25 inch barrel.The Virginia State Police also experienced issues with the pistol and the reduced power load recommended by the FBI. In 1994 based on continuing problems with the 1026, the Virginia State Police traded them in for the SIG Sauer P228 pistol in 9mm.
Shortly after the 1006 pistol was introduced, Smith and Wesson issued a recall on the one-piece plastic grip. It seems when the pistol was dropped on its heel, the plastic grip could break, allowing the hammer spring to fly free. Customers who contacted Smith and Wesson were sent new grips at no charge. Smith and Wesson did not ask for the bad grips to be sent back and these suspect grips are still showing up at gun shows to this day. The new replacement grip has a center punched mark on the bottom of the heel, whereas the bad grips did not.
Total Production Numbers
According to Smith and Wesson, a total of 50,796 10mm Auto pistols were produced.
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