Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Miami_JBT, Apr 13, 2021.
Love my 4506, so that’s my vote. The 45ACP is just meant for a pistol.
Probably the 4506-1. When these older smith auto 9's and 45's were everywhere along with Ruger P85's and P89's I was too young to take advantage. I was with my uncle when he bought a 5906 in the gun shop for $275. I used to see these smiths everywhere, tons of them at gun shows but it was 20-25+ years ago. Don't ever see them anymore, always hoped to stumble upon one.
They had soul. Not like alot of the guns today. I miss the old guns.
That 4506 is a sweet looking gun, but carrying an actual cop may be lighter. I'd carry it anyway!
I'm always intrigued by the variety of available S&W 4506 models considering the short production run they had. Fixed sights, adjustable sights, arched backstrap, flat backstrap, etc.
I have a 4506 from the late 80's and a 6" 686 from the early 80's, so I have a similar pair. I'd probably take the 4506 as I prefer the round.
I recall this American Handgunner article from Mike Venturino on "The Best Ever Revolver Cartridge" where he picks the .45 Auto.
If I am required to pick from these, the auto for sure. I actually did carry a 5946 for years and years, shot it extremely well. It is why I have no Glocks; I looked at my performance at practice and IDPA days and found that even with my airsoft training giving 10x the trigger time for Glock I was better with the S&W.
(Also similarly have a 19 in the cage, just for fun. Have carried maybe a dozen times, mostly when to and from the range I just don't change. But 6 at a time as a belt gun? Naw.)
With full access to my gun cage: I never ever carry it. Today I can strap a light and RDS on, and shoot even better — and shoot at all with my bad eyes. I like the 59xx too much to cut into it and bolt things on, so thats all on the M&P. As much as that is different and plastic it's got the soul of the 59 series in there, as I shoot it the same, whereas many other guns I have shot I do not.
No brainer, the revolver...
I'll vote 4506 if you have a holster that supports it. Hopefully it is as nice for follow up shots as my 5906, that trigger reset is a dream! The 90's S&W auto loaders were great in my opinion.
4506 for me
The revolver. While I can't come up with any technical objections, I have no love for S&W autoloaders.
For carry, the 4506.
I'd carry both to the safe, while slipping my Glock 26 into my waistband.
Smith and Wesson 3rd generation pistols are gems
If CCW, I agree, 639 or similar
If outdoors, no-brainer; 625. But 45 AR, loaded with bullet 255 grains using 2400 powder, 1029 fps, see http://smith-wessonforum.com/138309974-post3.html . If I remembered correctly there is excellent article about reloading 45AR in Handloader #254, August 2008.
I choose the 625 for a wheel gun and a Glock 30 in an auto.
Sorry ...... I like reliable autos.
The G30 is a wonderful package and a true sleeper in the Glock lineup.
I'm not going to lie,I like both!
I'd take the 3rd generation S&W. Those guns are solid. I am trying to sell a like new 5906 now. I'm getting away from the 9mm. Going to go strictly with 357 magnum revolvers. 45 colt ammo is expensive unless you reload.
They are nice and very easy to carry but I wish so bad they had stuck with a full 19 length grip, even keeping the fat frame/mag instead of the annoying hybrid subcompact/compact frame. I'd still have one of it was that size.
Heck then they could have made one the size of the actual Glock 30 and called it a subcompact.
As a revolver guy, there's no question for me.
I do wonder if I am the only guy who has flashbacks whenever he sees an early S&W auto.
I don’t disagree with you. I rotate between a G22 and my G30 according to the weather and clothing. Time changes in November and I stop shaving and start packing the G30 until March then I shave the beard and go back to packing the G22. YMMV
Too many reliability issues with the 4506. I'd go with the revolver but I wouldn't carry that either. Too big.
A 3rd gen SW auto is remarkable to digest almost any fodder, they will even hand cycle empty cases... I heard but did not believe, go try and be slightly impressed...
Barr, I can confirm that. My 645 swallowed resized empties with no drama at all (actually, a P365 will too...).
As a diehard Smith guy, embraced the big autos to shoot, Mine was star-crossed; ringed a barrel (my fault), and it was stolen, twice, after it was traded.
Like the lower bore axis of a 1911 much better.
Still have some 25s; great revos.Both are real tanks to carry...try a 325 to solve that.
You robbed me of my sleep. Tossing and turning, wrestling with the choice. Then it came to me-that's why they make coins with two sides to them!
625, but one in .45 colt. If you are going to carry a .45 acp semiauto, and I often do, carry a 1911.
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