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    Smith and Wesson 4506

    I am thinking about buying a 4506. Does anyone have experience with them?
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    Well I owned one for awhile and shot it quite a bit! Big heavy duty, 45 Auto that pretty well digested anything I put in. Was accurate but not as much so as say my 1911. It got traded because I like the DAO S&W auto's better in this series. IMO the S&W 4586 was one of the best .45 Autos ever made. A 4586 was my main house gun for a number of years. Fine automatic!

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    I've owned the 4506, 4566, and 457. All were fine pistols and functioned without a hiccup. In fact all S&W third-generation pistols I've owned were great.

    Of the three .45 cals, I think the 4506 had the best balance, although obviously it wasn't the best for warm weather carry.
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    The 4506 was the first .45 I've ever shot. It's still my favorite (and I've shot a lot of them since then).

    It was accurate, the big beefy grip felt good in the hand, and recoil was low too.
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    I like the DAO S&W auto's better in this series. IMO the S&W 4586 was one of the best .45 Autos ever made.
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    One of my favorites. I only pick the Sig 220 over it because the S&W is so heavy.

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    Just got one. It's a beast, but I'm really liking it. I've always liked the 3rd gen smiths, and this has been no exception so far. I had trigger work on it, it had a jacked-up sear, but that's fixed and it shoots fine.

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    I have a 4566 and 457. They are respectively a commander and officers sized S&W .45s. I would imagine the 4506 is just a good of pistol as the ones I have and I wouldn't think of parting with them. They have functioned 100% even with el cheapo reload semi-wadcutters.

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    S&w 4506...

    Ask Det SGT Sonny Crockett...

    but really, S&W no longer makes the 4506 so unless you are buying it for target use or as a collector, I'd think twice. If you like big DA/SA .45acp pistols it may be a good buy but if want to use it for protection or duty use, I'd go with a newer model that is still in production.

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    Another ditto for the 4586. My Idaho LEA trade-in resides in the nightstand drawer, along with two extra mags, a Sure fire light and cell phone.

    It's been absolutely reliable functionally and the relatively short DAO pull is both smooth and easy to learn to deliver good hits quickly with.
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    When I was an LEO our dept issued the 4506 as primary carry. It was a beast to pack all day, but was comforting to know it was a .45 you could rely on if everything went south. I now own and carry in the colder months a 4566 and a 4516, both of which have been 100% reliable!
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