I have never owned or shot a S&W auto, or know of any one who has. What do the Highroad fans out there think of them ? Also looked at a S&W 4596 today. The person claimed there where only 500 made. What is so special about it and would it be worth $550.00 ?
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June 18, 2004, 11:34 PM
I believe the production number is closer to 382. This alone should answer your question...the less of something produced, the more collectable it will become.
June 19, 2004, 12:22 AM
Ok, I know what the 45 means, but what does the "96" represent? I have never heard of this model so I'm curious...Mike
June 20, 2004, 04:41 PM
It is a 4506-1 frame mated to a 4516-1 slide.
June 20, 2004, 09:21 PM
It may be one of a limited run made for a wholesale distributor. S&W and other companies have done this in the past. If the slightly shorter slide and barrel of the 4516 on the full size 4506 frame appeals to you, I see no reason not to buy it. But I would not pay a premium price for it, nor would I expect substantially increased resale value.
June 20, 2004, 09:45 PM
I think it goes something like this:
39xx - single column 9mm.
59xx - double column 9mm.
40xx - double column .40
45xx - single column .45
xx0x - traditional DA/SA, slide-mounted safety
xx4x - DAO
xx7x - DA/SA, decock lever only
xx1x - DA/SA, slide-mounted safety, bobbed hammer