Smith & Wesson 457S....opinons


August 7, 2003, 10:17 PM
My buddy just got the S & W 457S. Anybody got it, or know anything about, or like it? Thanks, see ya.

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August 7, 2003, 11:59 PM
I bought a S&W 457 when they first came out several years ago, and it was a very good compact .45. I carried it briefly as a CCW, but soon found other pistols that suited me more. I had no problems with my example however.

I don't have any knowledge of the "S" model... due mostly to a total lack of interest in any new S&Ws, based on their decline in quality (IMO) and un-deserved (huge, IMO) increase in price.

August 8, 2003, 12:37 AM
I bought a 457 in Matte in 2000. It has been very reliable and I think it has some good safety features. The S is just a Stainless version of the 457 from what I can tell. I wouldn't spend much more than $400 on this gun because it is a no frills basic model. My 457 has some frame wear I'm not thrilled about. The frame on both the 457 and S is aluminum. I keep mine as a house gun. Although compact for a .45, I find it a little large to carry. However, some people here carry full size 1911's so to each his own.

August 8, 2003, 07:39 AM
I also have the blue 457.
I purchased a Daly ECS and Ruger P97 first.
I settled on the 457.

It recoils less than the other two, and carries better.
I've only had mine few months, with maybe 500rds fired in it.
No problems at all, and it loves JHP rounds.
Mine is also very accurate.

I don't know how much a 457s should go for, but my gun was $450, and I consider it a good value, especially compared to 1911 models, or S&W revolvers.

I do wish factory mags were cheaper.
($40 new, $20 used - they're 7 rounders, for Pete's sake!)

I am betting that your friend will be very pleased with his gun.

August 8, 2003, 09:00 AM
I took a 457S to the range last weekend and put 250 rds through one with no problems. It seems to be a well made gun .
The 457S goes between $499 - 539 at the guns stores in my area, The blued is $50 less.

August 8, 2003, 12:25 PM
Love my 457. Had it for about 4-5 years. Never had any reliability problems. Very accurate for it's size. Good value for the money. Factory spare mags are expensive, though.

August 9, 2003, 09:52 PM
They seem to be decent pistols for the price. I fitted an adjustable rear sight on one owned by one of our folks a few years ago, and he uses it for a secondary weapon. He practices and shoots it more than the "average" cop does, and it's been a solid, reliable weapon for him.

Personally, I'd opt for the newer stainless version, simply for maintenance reasons ... but I already own a pre-railed 4513TSW.

The rail "wear" comment deserves some attention, however, but not because of the aluminum alloy used by S&W. We've seen some of our people apply lubricant either "too sparingly" (sometimes NONE), or else not properly ... which appears to have resulted in more visible "wear" to the top surfaces of the frame rails. It's created some really excessive wear in a couple pistols.

While it's fine to apply lubricant so the "inside", lower parts of the frame rails are lubricated, folks often forget that the "top" surfaces of the frame rails require lubricant ... The movement of the slide under recoil will create friction against the top of the frame rails, and forgetting to lubricate this top surface of the rails may help create excessive wear.

I've seen pistols which have had the "minimum number of qualification rounds" fired through them over the years exhibit much more visible frame rail wear than my current 6906, which has had more than 15,000 rounds fired through it.

Proper, reasonable lubrication will help prevent excessive frame wear ...

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