SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: Wayne Novak Custom 3906, Product Code 103708
Serial Number: TCF5938
Year of Manufacture: 1988-1990
Caliber: 9mm Parabellum
Action Type: Single Action / Double Action, Semi-Automatic, Removable Magazine Fed Pistol With Decocker Safety
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “SMITH & WESSON” and with the four-line Marcas Registradas. The barrel, visible through the ejection port, is marked “9MM / PARABELLUM”. The left side of the frame is marked “TCF5938 / MOD 3906”. The right side of the frame is marked with the S&W trademark monogram. Each side of the grip at the top is marked “Smith & Wesson” and with the monogram logo.
Barrel Length: 4”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a recessed hole for an insert but the insert is missing, the front sight is dovetailed to the front of the slide. The rear sight is a square-notch Novaks lo-mount sight with two tritium lamps, it is dovetailed to the rear of the slide and also has a set screw. The lamps are dead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grip is a black plastic, one-piece checkered black plastic wrap-around grip that wraps around the backstrap leaving the serrated frontstrap exposed. There are a couple little nicks to the checkering but it is mostly sharp. There are a few scattered light marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips rate in Fine-Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. The front sight insert is missing. There are some scattered rubs and handling marks. There are some minor marks from use and strorage. The action shows light operational wear. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. An action job has been performed. This pistol has a magazine disconnect. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box, four 8-round magazines, and a hammer with a spur.
Our Assessment: The Model 3906 is the stainless brother of the Model 3904 and features a double action trigger and slim grip frame with an 8-round magazine. This one comes with a box which inside contains a label addressed to Wayne Novak who did the work on this pistol. In addition, there is also a handwritten label on the box listing some of the modifications though it is worn and much is gone. Some of the edges of the frame have been radiused & dehorned and are less sharp than a factory example. In addition to the radiused edges, the trigger guard has been converted to a rounded guard instead of the squared guard. A picture of the original trigger guard for this model can be seen on page 365 of the 4th Edition Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson by Supica & Nahas, and all the product codes are listed as having that style. To top off the carry treatment, the hammer has been replaced with a spurless hammer for an effortless and snag-free draw. An action job has been done and the trigger is smooth and crisp, the reset is crisp and tactile unlike some of the factory examples with a false reset… the work is superb. An already rare model made for only 2 years, this one is a perfect carry gun for those who prefer all steel as opposed to Tupperware, but with its box will also make a great addition to a collection. Please see our photos and good luck!