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4046TSW for HD?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Onward Allusion, Sep 14, 2010.

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  1. Onward Allusion

    Onward Allusion Member

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    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?
     
  2. G. Freeman

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

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    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.
     
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  4. Airburst

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    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.
     
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    What are the different generations to the 59xx series? What are the differences?
     
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    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.
     
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  8. Onward Allusion

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    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


     
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  9. Onward Allusion

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    Yup, that's what I've read on them too. I love the DAO - smooth...

     
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