Yeah, I'm old enough to remember when having a Smith 45 was "the" duty gun. The days of basketweave leather and Crown Vics.
Nowadays? Heck, I think I blew out a disc just looking at this thing!
But there was never any chance I was going to pass up getting my hands on not just a 4506, but the "uncommon" blued steel version, the 4505. I even found a few rounds of the (for the day) super cool CorBon 200 GR HP that used to prove you were an "expert gun guy".
Love it, and I can tell it's going to be a great shooter. But I can't believe I used to haul something this big around all day every day!
I have no experience with that particular handgun but I did just make it my screen saver.
I carried one for 18 months and at the time it seemed normal. Now I look at it like carrying a chunk of cement.
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That is a cool pic and I’ve never seen anything but stainless!
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I had a 4506. It was a big gun for sure.
Your pic is fantastic.
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I have to ask if the 2 Members who carried the 4505 were Customs Agents ? It is my understanding, all 1,200 of these pistols were carried by Customs. I bought a adjustable sight model when Customs upgraded I believe to Glocks. This was 16 years after the 4505s were givin to Customs. If either of you carried them daily as your Duty weapon, you were Customs ?
I'd be curious as well... this one has a number stamp on the right side frame that looks like an issue number. It would be cool to know if it was an original issue pistol.
There were only 1,200 and all went to US Customs.
I have a 4506 that the North Dakota Highway Patrol used. My Father used a 4566 for a number of years. I carried it for a few and that was a brick. All are great guns.
Always carry. Never tell.
I remember a couple of the stainless ones being carried by guys I worked with. I’ve never seen a blue one. The .45 was the caliber all the cool kids carried. I started with a Colt Goverment Model and two years later had Wilson build me a Master Grade that I carried until we were, sadly, issued Glocks.
I considered a Smith .45 but, as I recall, it was even heavier than a 1911.
That’s really an outstanding phot.
The firearm and vintage Corbon “ flying ash trays” are way cool. Much neater that most of what is being produced these days.
Mine was a 4506 stainless, not a blued model. It was my personal gun and the issue gun at the time was a S&W Model 13.
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Wow, nice pistol! Like others, I'd never heard of a 4505 until now.
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We used to brag about "being able to mix a decent drink" in those things... don't know how much better today's GDHP are but at the time we thought we were on top of the world handgun ammo-wise...
I think you are up in Rochester area. If you've ever been down to Elmira Arms. After his employee robbed and hurt him financially, Mr Hartman moved down into Gillett, PA. I walked in his shop one Saturday and spied a blue S&W box. I saw something to the tune of 5" Blue or 5" 45 ACP. Man I had to see it..
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My first carry gun was a new, high-speed 4506. What a beast. Never missed a beat and was dead accurate with everything I fed it.
Still consider it the "new" of the S&W models. Probably need my head examined.
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Where are you guys finding those old clunkers?
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