After seeing soo many hyped opinions about this gun I decided to give it a go. And after few rounds with it I'm now amazed how is this even possible that this gun has so high ratings. Selb 1906 is completely useless without ADS. It barely can hit anything while hipfiring even in 3 m radius, and you need 3/5 bullets to hit to actually score a kill. If you don't empty your mag - reload time is incredibly painful. And this mag is super small. It's optimistic TTK is 0,4 seconds... but real values are nowhere near that!
Because you have to ADS even being in knife range to the enemy, you have to hit 3/5 bullets to score a kill and smoke from the barrel completely obscures enemy, you have to wait a little for recoil to settle down and smoke to disperse - it suddenly becomes nearly a whole second. Add some random spread of bullets if you want use this gun at it's full ROF and 5 bullets may not be enough to kill anyone. And in CQC with more than 1 player - you ALWAYS die. You can't survive without switching to sidearm. Actually I had to switch to sidearm quite a lot even against one enemy, because 2 first bullets hit the enemy and the rest due to smoke, recoil and random spread just missed him and I was not allowed to continue spamming shots due to 5 bullet mag. People use slides and ADAD a lot and when they do that, 5 bullets is often not enough.
I was wondering - if this gun is so good, then why I'm basically never killed by it? I was killed many times with Selb 1916 - which is considered crappy. I am getting killed A LOT with M1907 Sweeper which is considered as bad weapon too. Selb 1916 has the same amount of bullets to kill as Selb 1906 BUT it has SO MANY MORE BULLETS. You can mash LPM and not worry about being low on ammo. You can focus on taking this guy down without second thoughts about mag size.
Looking at stats of these two:
RPM = 299
Bullets to kill = 3 (at all ranges)
Mag size = 5
Recoil Up = 0.95
Recoil Left = 0.1
Recoil Right = 0.1
RPM = 224
Bullets to kill = 3 (at all ranges)
Mag size = 26
Recoil Up =1.1
Recoil Left = 0.53
Recoil Right = 0.53
OK, 1916 likes to spray to the sides more, that's true. It has lower ROF, that's also true - but in fact you can't even use this extra ROF in Selb 1906 because you basically need to count every bullet in your head, aim precisely and slowly, because you are not allowed to miss so much - you are getting stressed by using a gun with so small magazine. Meanwhile 1916 can spam like crazy - you can actually survive CQC against more than one guy, damn - you can survive against 4 of them without switching to sidearm if they are slow and unaware. Shots on larger distance need to be precisely aimed too, so you still use ROF lower that you theoretically could. So when it comes to practice these guns are nearly equal in ability of taking people down (1906 is a bit better) while 1916 gives you a lot more survivability, leaves you larger margin of error (how many times enemy just ran away because 5 bullets were not enough to hit him 3 times at larger distance, huh?) and gives you less stress because you don't need to look at your mag constantly.
Don't get me wrong - 1906 is not bad, but it's rather average IMO. It has pretty high skillgap and this skillgap probably can be better used with some other weapon anyway - for example RSC for which you need only 2 bullets to kill at close-medium range.
So what is so special about this one? What am I missing? I tested factory version as I don't have optical one unlocked yet (I actually use ironsights more than scopes anyway, even as scout). Maybe things are better with optical variant?