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S&W 4566

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Thaddeus Jones, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. Thaddeus Jones

    Thaddeus Jones Active Member

    Jan 17, 2007
    I'm trying to learn more about this semi auto. Would you 4566 owners, please let me know the good and bad on these pistols. I want to find a TDA 45. I have no interest in 1911's so please don't recommend those, thanks.
  2. GunNut

    GunNut Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    Washington State

    From my experience the S&W semi-auto 3rd Generation handguns are dependable and accurate enough for self defense. Some of them tend to get a little heavy.

    Buy one if the price is right, i'm sure you will not be disappointed.

  3. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 20, 2002
    I carried a 4506, a close cousin to the 4566, for years (wow, that makes me sound like a grizzled veteran!). It is a good gun. Do a search for "4506" under my username and you'll read what I think.

    The Cliff's Notes:

    It is a reliable, durable weapon. It is honkin' big, generally non-ergonomic, and heavy. It points like training a naval gun on a dreadnought. The trigger, as issued, is sub-optimal. IIRC, the 4566 is a shortened 4506, so balance and pointability will change (hopefully for the better), but everything else (including the inconvenient placement of controls) should be the same.

    However, the trigger can be fixed up, and ergonomics are 100% subjective. If you like the way the gun feels, buy it. It's certainly not going to jam or break on you...and if it does, you can use it as a bludgeon.


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