Smith and Wesson 457 in .45 ACP


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sleepyone
May 5, 2012, 01:10 AM
I friend of mine says this gun was a sleeper when first released and never got the attention it deserved until it went out of production in 2005 or 2006 I believe. I'm looking for another .45 auto and was wondering if this is one I should consider should I see one for sale. Anybody have one they care to give their opinion on?

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PabloJ
May 5, 2012, 01:50 AM
I had two early one with carbon steel slide and late production piece with stainless slide and MIM hammer/trigger. While 457s had smoother trigger pull both were very reliable soft shooting .45s ideally suited for CCW. You can rely on one for defensive use. While the trigger pull is not as smooth and accuracy is less I would rate it superior to equivalent SIG at the half price or less.

oldandslow
May 5, 2012, 07:01 AM
so, 5/5/12

I have the SW 457 as well as a number of SW 3rd generation pistols plus other manufacturer's offerings (Sig, CZ, Glock, SA, Beretta, etc.). The 457 is a fine pistol- light, reliable and accurate. Mine is loaded and doing house protection duty at the present time. Nothing more could be asked of a pistol.

best wishes- oldandslow

Cocked & Locked
May 5, 2012, 09:37 AM
I've never owned one but a 457 is on high on my want/get list.

Squeaky Wheel
May 5, 2012, 09:56 AM
I came across a nice one recently and bought it. I have been extremely pleased with it. It has a great feel in my hands, points nicely, has been 100% reliable, and is a good shooter. I keep mine loaded in my nightstand and may carry it once i get my concealed carry permit.

wnycollector
May 6, 2012, 07:55 AM
I've never owned one but a 457 is on high on my want/get list.

I'm in the same boat here.

carbuncle
May 7, 2012, 02:10 AM
Ditto here, it's on the short list.

DPris
May 7, 2012, 12:54 PM
Don't own one, did work with one a while back.
It ran fine.
Denis

sleepyone
May 8, 2012, 01:55 PM
Did these ever come with any ambi features? I was looking at one on Gunbroker and it has no ambi features at all. The mag release MIGHT be reversible but the safety and slide release are definitely not.

Ed4032
May 8, 2012, 02:00 PM
I have a 4516. It's basically the same gun and has the ambi features. It is a great gun but just a little too heavy to CC. Good luck finding either one though. Not too many people are willing to give theirs up.

packed101
May 8, 2012, 06:39 PM
I carry a 4513 TSW (early model, no rail) and am extremely happy with it. It took me a bit to find a holster for it, but then I found out you can order one for the 4516 and it works fine. I like the fact that it is double action. I carry with a round in the chamber and with the safety/decocker off. Nice smooth DA pull with all follow up shots as single action. I love this gun and will never sell it.

COK
May 8, 2012, 07:00 PM
I have had a 457S since 03 and it’s been 100% reliable.

Vonderek
May 8, 2012, 08:47 PM
I had a 457 for a number of years and it was 100% reliable with everything I fed it and probably put several thousand rounds through it. For some reason however, I have never shot S&W autos well and eventually sold it. They are good guns and carry concealed well.

bergmen
May 9, 2012, 08:24 PM
I bought one new about ten years ago. Recently sold it to my son so I could get a new Glock G36.

The 457 is an exceptional carry .45. Very accurate and reliable as a sledge hammer. Never jammed and fed everything I could feed it (handloads + off-the shelf ammo).

I would highly recommend this gun for serious CCW or fun. Here's picture of mine:

http://inlinethumb06.webshots.com/44805/2465047770053667879S600x600Q85.jpg

Dan

Cocked & Locked
May 9, 2012, 08:44 PM
Now I really want one. :scrutiny:

sleepyone
May 9, 2012, 10:07 PM
I started this post and I really want one now too, but with NO lefty features at all I will have to pass.:banghead:

shootniron
May 9, 2012, 10:36 PM
Sorry you cannot get the lefty controls...because I have had the alloy framed 457 for 15yrs and it is has never bobbled a round (including tons of reloads). Fine self defense pistol.

bergmen
May 10, 2012, 11:14 AM
Sorry you cannot get the lefty controls...because I have had the alloy framed 457 for 15yrs and it is has never bobbled a round (including tons of reloads). Fine self defense pistol.

I totally agree. The ONLY reason I chose to sell it to my son is because I wanted to standardize on auto pistol actions for SD/HD. My chosen carry 9mm is (and has been) a Glock 19 and I never got comfortable with the differences in function between the two. Preferring the striker action of the G19 I transitioned to the G36 for my carry .45.

When I got my 457 I was shopping for a Sig P220. After I got up off the floor when I saw the price I asked what else he might have under the glass. He showed me a 457 which I had never heard of and was less than half the price of the Sig. Score!

My first range session was amazing. Smack-on accurate, easy functioning, completely reliable, I was in love. I put a set of thin rubber grips on it for more tactile handling and that was it, no need for any other accessories. At 7+1 it has good capacity for a single stacker and is slim and handy for concealed carry.

My son got a heck of a deal and he knows it. I only had to mention that I was moving to the G36 and he pounced on it. Funny, he sees things kind of like his Dad. Go figure.

Dan

revolvergeek
May 10, 2012, 11:19 AM
Great guns; light, relatively flat and compact, generally a pretty good trigger and very reliable.

The only real 'downside' to them is that they use a fairly unique set of sights, so night sights, FO, etc aftermarket sight options are pretty limited currently.

huntsman
May 10, 2012, 11:51 AM
I started this post and I really want one now too, but with NO lefty features at all

get a 4566

http://www.imfdb.org/w/images/thumb/3/3f/S%26W4566.jpg/400px-S%26W4566.jpg

hardknocks!
May 10, 2012, 08:51 PM
Hello All
love my 457 and the best part hasnt been mentioned the reset is excellent.
plus it just works.
regards

Confederate
May 11, 2012, 12:42 AM
You can bet your life on any second or third generation automatic pistol S&W ever made. I have a 659, 5906, 3906, 645, and 457. S&W had a rough start with the 59/39 pistols. Many of them jammed right out of the box and the word is that they were eventually fixed. Even so, they'd go off if you dropped them on their muzzle or hammer and a number of owners just got to the point they didn't trust the guns.

It was unfortunate because the 59 won the hearts of many who saw it. And what was there not to like? A 15-shot magazine with one up the snout. It didn't take long before unsavory stories to begin making the rounds. The gun was only designed to take round-nosed bullets and hollow-points wouldn't work. One gun magazine wrote a cover story asking why a $49 Raven .25 was better than a S&W 59. The answer, according to the article was: Because the Raven .25 worked and the Model 59 wouldn't.

The second generation pistol was as good as the first generation was bad. Safeties were built into the guns so that if you dropped them or removed the magazines the guns wouldn't fire. The 459 came in Number Two in one of the military trials, malfunctioning only once in 952 times (average). This was astounding performance that completely overshadowed the Colt 1911, which failed, dismally. Alas, the Beretta 92 malfunctioned on an average of only once every 2,000 rounds and it easily won.

The 459 was soon followed by an all-steel version called the 559, and then the stainless 659, which won my heart. Then the 645 appeared and S&W salesmen gave demonstrations showing the 645 feeding empty cases! It convinced many that it would feed anything that could be stuffed into the magazine. Then the third generation appeared and the 5906 won a lot of hearts. Unfortunately, the weight and price of stainless steel gave way to the plastic craze. Still, the 457 won many converts and is still a prized find today. It's ugly black finish helped keep the price down, and the reliability and weight made it a good seller. Not only did it work, it worked well and was EXTREMELY reliable. (Most 1911s needed work out of the box to be reliable, plus they were extremely expensive.)

The 457 is an astoundingly great gun for its price, and if you get one you won't be sorry. It doesn't have the beautiful S&W bluing, but it works and works well. And with a little practice you can get quite good with it. The stainless 9mm models are gorgeous and I also recommend those.

http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh198/jriler/SW457_2.jpg

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