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S&W 457

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Gadsden, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. Gadsden

    Gadsden Well-Known Member

    I have a Smith & Wesson 457 in .45 acp. I have been to several forums and handgun review sites and I have never seen anyone say anything good about this gun.
    Mine is reasonably accurate for a 3 3/4 inch barrel and eats everything that I feed it. I had a problem with jams at first, but after a little break in the action loosened up nicely. I'm thinking of using it for a CCW piece. What is the problem with this gun? Opinions, please (as if I'd have to ask).
  2. The Infidel

    The Infidel Member

    What websites are you visiting?

    I've always read that the 457 is one of those "most bang for the buck" pistols.
    I don't own one, but I have experience with many S&W pistols, and they have always given stellar service as far as I'm concerned.
  3. graffer

    graffer Active Member

    457 Experience

    Mine were quite good. I think it would be an excellent CCW.

  4. fastbolt

    fastbolt Well-Known Member

    The M457 is commonly considered by many folks to be a real sleeper in the defensive .45 ACP pistol market.

    The engineering development and exhaustive testing that went into the 457's aluminum frame (carbon steel slide/aluminum frame) ... which was S&W's first aluminum .45 ACP pistol frame, the previous 4516-X pistols having had stainless steel frames ... revealed it to potentially be a real shooter's .45 ACP pistol.

    One of the other guys at work has carried an early blued 457 for several years, and he's forgotten how many rounds he's fired through it. He likes to shoot a lot, though, and the well-used 457 was his back-up weapon for many years in a special enforcement unit.

    Although I really like my original 4513TSW (6+1 model), if I were looking for another compact .45 ACP pistol I'd settle for a stainless 457S without any qualms whatsoever.

    The TSW model is at least temporarily listed as being produced for Government - L/E sales at this time ... although there are probably some number of them floating around in the retail pipeline somewhere ... but it does offer a couple of advantages over the standard 457/457S series, such as the tighter toleranced Box-type frame & slides rails, loaded-chamber visual inspection port and delayed unlocking for reduced relt recoil.

    The Value Line 457/457S does offer a lot of value for the money ...

    The current 457 models use the same dual, 'nested', non-captured recoil springs as the 4013TSW, BTW. I've always preferred to replace my recoil and magazine springs a bit more often in my compact & subcompact S&W pistols, too.

    Also, I've recently switched (back) to using one of the synthetic (NOT lithium-based) greases on my S&W pistols. There are a number of them out there, and using them generally requires (or, works best) if you make sure you've removed whatever cleaning solvent you've used on the surfaces to which you're going to apply the appropriate thin amount of synthetic grease. The folks at Mil-Comm Products recommend that you follow the application of cleaning solvents by wiping the parts with a cotton swab containing 90%+ isopropyl alcohol. This will remove solvent residue. Then, allow the parts to dry before applying the Mil-Comm TW25B synthetic grease.

    I've also used the Ultima Lube grease from Wilson's, and have recently been trying some of the Shooter's Choice (red, easy to see) synthetic, too.

    If you're interested in some if the benefits of some of the new synthetic greases, browse through this link about the Mil-Comm products, especailly their TW25B grease ... http://www.jhllc.net/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=milcomm&Category_Code=data_tw25b
  5. SouthpawShootr

    SouthpawShootr Well-Known Member

    I've had mine for 5 years and, while I don't shoot it all that much, I have shot it enough to know that it's accurate and reliable. Nose around on www.smith-wessonforum.com and you'll get a feeling for how many people really like this gun.
  6. isp2605

    isp2605 Well-Known Member

  7. Fed168

    Fed168 Well-Known Member

    Make sure to grease the slide rails, oil doesn't stay. Check your magazine release to make sure you do not have the plastic model. This was replaced by the metal release (not the button, but what is underneath it. Memory is fading on the correct part designation.)
  8. jaysouth

    jaysouth Well-Known Member

    The Smith 457 is not much to look at or brag about but it works everytime you need a gun.

    I had two and foolishly sold them. I wanted something shinier with more bragging rights. Funny, I can't shoot a paraord or sig 220 any better than I could shoot a 457.

    If you can get one at the right price, go for it. If you don't like it, send it to me, I will see that it is properly disposed of.

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