Watch: S&W Model 4006 TSW CHP

   06.21.17

Watch: S&W Model 4006 TSW CHP

Sootch00 has made another great video, this one is about the S&W 4006. The S&W Model 4006 is a piece of firearm history that has been pretty much forgotten. Even though Smith & Wesson designed the 40, Glock was the first company to release a handgun for the new cartridge.

For those of you who may be wondering what TSW and CHP stand for:

  • TSW – Tactical Smith & Wesson.
  • CHP – California Highway Patrol.

The handgun in the video is a trade in that was used by the California Highway Patrol.

4006 Specifications

  • Weight: 37.3 oz
  • Length: 7.5 inches
  • Barrel length: 4 inches

Now for the video.

Over the past few decades striker-fired handguns have displaced single action / double action handguns. When someone asks about a 40 S&W handgun, the 4006 is rarely mentioned.

Like a lot of other handguns that were designed in the 1980s and 1990s, the 4006 has faded into oblivion. However, it was not always that way. In the 1990s, various gun magazines talked about the 4006 and its S&W brothers quit often. For some reason, the handgun never developed the popularity of the Glock or Sig.

On a personal note, I never did buy a 4006 or any of the older S&W semi-automatic handguns from the 1990s.  Here we are over 20 years later and I wish I had bought one.  It would be nice to have a piece of history in my collection.

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