4046TSW for HD?


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Onward Allusion
September 14, 2010, 12:44 PM
I'm a huge fan of the S&W 59 series - 1st gen all the way to Value Line (4th gen). I've been thinking of picking up a 4046TSW as a new (to me) house gun. Current house gun is a 5946TSW that packs 17 rounds with a TLR-2 mounted. It has zero recoil. I like solid heavy steel... :)

What do y'all think? 11 rounds of .40S&W good enough? How dependable are the S&W 40 series? I only have had one experience with a regular 4046 and it worked fine. Are they all as good as the 3rd gen 59's?

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G. Freeman
September 14, 2010, 07:24 PM
Are they all as good as the 3rd gen 59's?

Can't go wrong with a S&W steel-framed pistol. You may get more feedback though from the Smith and Wesson Forum.

The Lone Haranguer
September 14, 2010, 07:52 PM
Twelve rounds of .40 S&W? If you can't "get it done" with that, the situation was hopeless to start with and nothing could have saved you. ;) As for durability, some 4006s belonging to the California Highway Patrol have reportedly had ~30,000 rounds through them without major component failures.

Airburst
September 14, 2010, 08:42 PM
The 4046 is a great gun, if you like the DAO trigger. I had one for a while, but I prefer the traditional DA/SA Smith trigger. Either way, you can not go wrong with any 3rd gen S&W.

MrBill120
September 14, 2010, 09:15 PM
What are the different generations to the 59xx series? What are the differences?

mgmorden
September 14, 2010, 09:33 PM
I'm with Airburst. I've handled them before, and they seem well built, but I'm just not a fan of DAO triggers. My preference would be for the DA/SA with decock lever (4026), followed closely by the standard DA/SA (4006).

If you like the DAO though, then by all means go for that one.

jackpinesavages
September 14, 2010, 09:39 PM
Bullseye! :D

Onward Allusion
September 15, 2010, 12:21 AM
Just from memory...could be missing quite a few details...

1st Gen = 59 ... Alloy frame, steel slide, no firing pin block, separate barrel bushing, no ambi decocker, built in front sight, drift adjustable rear

2nd Gen = 459 alloy frame, steel slide, 559 (very few made) steel frame, steel slide, 659 all stainless... all have firing pin block, fixed front sight, most have drift & elevation rear

3rd Gen = This is where it starts getting overwhelming...
5904 steel/steel
5903 alloy/steel
5906 SS/SS
5926 SS/SS decocker
5946 SS/SS DAO - love this one
5943 alloy/steel, DAO
AND you got the TSW series with the rail and is pretty close to custom accurate.

Ambi safety & novak standard, some have adjustable sights, all come with black wraparound zytel? grips, very few have brown faux wood grips.

4th Gen (value line) all SA/DA
910 & 915 - alloy/alloy, plastic sights, single sided safety (I think...too lazy to go to the safe). 910-10rounds 915-15rounds
910S - SS/SS <---probably one of the best deals on a NEW all SS pistol - get 'em while you can


MrBill120 (http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=52606)
What are the different generations to the 59xx series? What are the differences?

Onward Allusion
September 15, 2010, 12:23 AM
Yup, that's what I've read on them too. I love the DAO - smooth...

The Lone Haranguer (http://www.thehighroad.org/member.php?u=33058)
<SNIP>As for durability, some 4006s belonging to the California Highway Patrol have reportedly had ~30,000 rounds through them without major component failures.

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