View Full Version : Smith and Wesson Model 940 Centennial
October 17, 2010, 19:02
I don't know how many of you guys have had one of these, but I kinda think it may be a real shooter. I just picked up a stainless steel S&W 940 in 9mm with smooth rosewood factory grips. It has the original box and cleaning brush. It's used, but I don't care. I think it's pretty clean and I will find out next time I go to the range how she shoots. It's hammerless, so it will go nice in the pocket UC style. Anyhow, just sayin', that's all.
October 17, 2010, 20:05
A lot of people seem to like these and the requisite moon clips, since they can shoot a common, hotter (than .38 Spl. +P) round they share with their home defense pistol (or issued sidearm) and reload it quickly too.
The rosewood grips sound like a Ladysmith feature, so I'd ditch them for something less metrosexual.
October 17, 2010, 21:18
IIRC, the first 640's,and prob the 940's, came with those grips. If you want something different, I'd take em. Might have some to trade.:fal:
October 17, 2010, 22:50
Years ago I read a story in one of the popular gunrags about how the Model 940 9mm Centennial came about.
A big state police agency contacted S&W about the possibility of producing the stainless steel Centennial in 9mm. S&W was cold to the idea at first. Then they learned that the order would be for 5000 units. Business is business and the 940 made its appearance. S&W then made the 940 a standard catalog item for a few years. I have no idea why it was discontinued. The demand for used ones seems to indicate to me that S&W needs to bring it back sans the "wart" of course.
And so it goes.
The Retired One
October 18, 2010, 06:28
Trust me here. I have had/still have all kinds of snub-nosed Smith's. Carried most of them to some extent or another. I really like these grips, let's say, over the standard grips and way better than the rubber grips for one purpose: they don't snag or "grip" on my pants pocket when deploying it. I will leave them for a while and see. Yes, it came with them.
October 18, 2010, 13:28
If I find that one errent (sp?) moon clip, I'll send it to ya!:fal:
October 18, 2010, 17:38
One batch of these have a problem with very sticky extraction of the empties. It has been fixed by polishing the chamber walls. I don't know how common this is. The one I owned and shot a lot was fine. The one I currently have I haven't shot yet.
They are a great little concept. I wish they would have been made with an aluminum frame, like the Model 642 I usually have on me.
October 19, 2010, 01:05
I've got one in TSW... But it'll shoot 9mm just fine.
Have shot it a little...
At a 'mini class' I brought it...
The 9mm Moon clips bent from being loaded, put into the pocket of my leather jacket and riding in it until I went to take it from my pocket to shoot.
They (Several) were bent enough to not allow the cylinder to close.
Unsure of wether it'll be put in the 'collection' part of my collection, or sold.
Good idea... poor execution.
My S&W 1917 has more robust Moon clips.
October 21, 2010, 01:03
I just placed a Buy It Now on Gunbroker for 5 new 5 shot 9mm moon clips. I can't wait to see how it shoots.
November 01, 2010, 22:45
I just received the moon clips from a purchase off Gunbroker. I then took it to our local FOP range. First time I shot it was a perfect 240 on the ILEA course of fire. Although, I now am the proud owner of a sore, and slightly bloody, thumb. But, it was worth it. I think I may carry this instead of my Model 60. I will qualify with it this week and then into my pocket it goes. I may also dehorn the top of the metal area just above the grip. It's kinda' got a corner to it.
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