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S&w 4596 ?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by deereman, Jun 18, 2004.

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  1. deereman

    deereman Member

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    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 ?
     
  2. Daniel Watters

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    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.
     
  3. Big Mike

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    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
     
  4. Daniel Watters

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    It is a 4506-1 frame mated to a 4516-1 slide.
     
  5. James Bondrock

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    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.
     
  6. pwrtool45

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    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

    xxx6 - stainless steel
    xxx3 - aluminum
    xxx5 - blued steel


    DAMN YOU! I was THIS CLOSE to figuring out their model numbering scheme! THIS CLOSE! AND YOU RUINED IT!

    AAAAAGGGGHHH!!!

    *head asplodes*
     
  7. Grunt

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    Hmm, don't remember off hand but what S&W .45 model is it that has a frame mounted decocking lever ala-Sig? Could that be it?
     
  8. shep854

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    If my sooper-dooper digital decoder ring had read the stars correctly, and sunspots are few, xx7x indicates a frame-mounted decocker, so a SS .45 with Sig-style decocker should be "4576"

    Of course, if the planets are not in correct alignment, this could be a bit off...

    PS; Didn't S&W put out a "whiz wheel" to decipher their model numbers?
     
  9. deereman

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    No decock. Looked like it was typical DA/SA, with a pretty short barrel.
     
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