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S&W 4566, $399 - Thoughts?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by nebraska_farmer, Jul 21, 2011.

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  1. nebraska_farmer

    nebraska_farmer Member

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    I'm looking to buy my first handgun and decided I want something in 45 ACP. I've been casually reading up on 1911s among others chambered for this round over the last few weeks and decided I'm going to buy a gun this weekend. I went to a local shop and the guy had four used Smith & Wesson 4566s for $399 a piece, and they all appeared to be in good condition. These were the only ones I was interested in, he didn't have much of a selection in my sub $600 price range. I searched the forums but surprisingly there aren't a lot of topics on this particular model; those threads I did come across mention great accuracy and good reliability. According to Google this gun is popular in law enforcement and personal carry; while I don't plan on carrying any time soon, I may in the future. For now I'm just looking for a gun to have around the apartment and target shoot once a month.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. jaysouth

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    That is a great price on a fantatic pistol. For your intended purpose, this is as good as you can get at that price.

    Either buy that or look for a polymer Smith and Wesson M&P .45. You can get one on the internet for slightly under $500. If you ever get into carry, you will thank me for steering you to the M&P.
     
  3. Sky

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    If you want a .45 IMO it is a good weapon. Also check out CDNN. They have been carrying the 5906 and it's little brother for less than $325 but in 9mm. I really do like my 45 but do to cost of ammo I find myself shooting tens times more 9mm. Just a thought.
     
  4. Cemo

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    My 4576, a similar model but with a frame mounted decocker, has been dead nuts reliable since 1991.
     
  5. W.E.G.

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    Good value in a .45 if you don't mind the "crunchenticker" design.

    So many different flavors of substantially the same gun that there has developed a good-sized group of "collectors." Many ex-police who are nostalgic for the old days, old ways.

    I got a few myself.

    They made us carry this when I was on the dept.
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    Badly wanted one of these at the time.
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  6. huntsman

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    I got one and I like it, around here they go for $400.-500. but I saw one on gunrunner go cheaper, mine is pre-MIM
     
  7. jackpinesavages

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    3rd Gen. Smiths are hard to beat-the 45xx and 10xx are 2 of my favorite series. Look at all 4 and pick the one with least wear.
     
  8. BigDaddyNEB

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    Where in NE did you find these??
     
  9. The Lone Haranguer

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    Grab it before someone else does! :D If you're going to carry it all day, use the money you saved on a good carry system, because - being a solid chunk of stainless steel - its weight might wear on you.
     
  10. MachIVshooter

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    Great deal, great gun.

    But as Haranguer said, if it is to be a CCW, find a good rig. They're not light. I have a 4516 that I carry sometimes, it's basically the same, but shorter grip (-1 round) and bobbed hammer. You definitely notice it's weight.
     
  11. agtman

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    Agree with MachIVshooter.

    Got a similar hot deal on my 4566, which was a lightly used, but very dirty, L.E. trade-in. Carried a lot, shot only at quals-time.

    So I cleaned it up, shot it a while, and then had it hard-chromed.

    Very accurate, never a hitch, and it looks like a new frickin' gun.

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    These Smith 3rd Gens are something to jump on if priced right.

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  12. Airburst

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    Get yourself a nice leather holster and you can carry that gun comfortably. That is the key when thinking about all-steel handguns as CCW.
     
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  13. Doc Savage

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    Just picked up a 4563 TSW today myself. $400 out the door. Night sights are gone though. I like it. Have a 6906 and like the 3rd gen Smiths. Been wanting something a little bigger and local shop had a few in. There were two of these in the case. This one was a little nicer looking and came with Hogue grips which are what I have on the 6906. It must fit my hand better.

    Robert
     
  14. DesertVet

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    I carried a Smith & Wesson 4566 in 45 Auto for a short time as a Law Enforcement duty weapon when I worked for another Agency then I do now.
    My experience was it was a neat looking pistol that I REALLY wanted to like BUT none of the Officers could shoot them all that accurately! :(
    This included some pretty exerienced & proficient pistol shooters!
    One of the ONLY guns I have traded off..
    I am curious if other LEOs or Agencies have experienced accuracy problems with the S&W 4566????
    Shoot it first if you can before final purchase?
    That way you will be able to determine if it will work for you?
     
  15. Sauer Grapes

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    I bought a pair of gen3 Smiths. 5906 and a 4506, two of my favorite pistols! 399.00 seems like a very good price.
    My 4506 will shoot rings around most of my other handguns. Mine will shoot one ragged hole @ 50' if I do my part.
     
  16. lloveless

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    I had a 4506 when in LE. Shot just fine. Carried in a good holster OWB strong side. Sometimes in a shoulder holster. Wish I still had it.
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  17. Doc Savage

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    Well got the 4563 out to the range today. I was quite suprised. Put a nice ragged hole about and inch to an inch and a half 1 inch left of the center at 10 yards (9 ring and outside of bull on the targets I was using). Good enough for me considering this is my first time shooting a 45. Shot a better group and closer to the bull than I typically do with my 9mm (can't get past low and left with it, but at least in the 7 ring good enough for self defense). I was amazed that the recoil felt similar to my 6906. Had a .40 for awhile, and it was much harsher than the 9mm to me. This is quite nice.

    Robert
     
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