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Toyman 1 04-20-2015 07:27 PM

S&w 945-1
I found this on consignment at a local gun shop. Fantastic crisp trigger pull.
The checking on the grips are to sharp so I bought a smooth pair from Houge.

Maddog521 04-20-2015 07:31 PM

The 945 is rather unique.

rbert0005 04-21-2015 05:36 AM

Do you have a question?


NDL 04-21-2015 07:54 AM

You did very well in picking it up. It will prove to be a remarkably accurate shooter. Be sure to keep the Briley bushing wet. Enjoy it!
I have a S&W 945 and it's a favorite among many fine pistols.

rbert0005 04-22-2015 08:12 AM


No pic?


NDL 04-22-2015 12:26 PM


Originally Posted by rbert0005 (Post 5520427)

No pic?


:) OK - you forced me into it. Here it is:


rbert0005 04-22-2015 04:31 PM

I can play too.


NDL 04-22-2015 06:11 PM


Originally Posted by rbert0005 (Post 5520987)

Still amazes me that we have a pair of these rare treasures. Enjoy!!

Toyman 1 04-23-2015 06:47 PM

I am not familiar with the 2 tone finish was this a special run for one of the distributors ?

rbert0005 04-23-2015 06:57 PM

They certainly were. Very small run.


rbert0005 04-26-2015 06:28 AM

NDL had his lettered and it says that the run was for 89 pcs.


dakota1911 06-02-2015 12:24 PM

I used to shoot bullseye back in the 60s and 70s. I am not that old by the way. I was in prep school and then college back then. Anyway I had a Gold Cup for 45, a S&W 52, and a S&W 41. As much as I love my Gold Cups, and I sort of collect them, I wish I had had a 945 back then. Mine was one of the first ones so I think a dash nothing. The Aluminum cases they came in back then were a nice touch.


By the way if anyone has an 845, then post a picture of one of those.

dmproske 09-23-2015 02:06 AM

My dad and I each have early production full size 945 guns. (they made compact and sub compact versions).
With good ammo they shoot like lasers, zero malfunctions, trigger pulls as good as nighthawk or WC.

travinh 12-11-2015 11:47 PM

Here is my 945-1.

dgludwig 12-12-2015 07:19 PM

When did Smith stop making maybe the finest centerfire pistol ever made?

pacific keeper 12-18-2015 11:21 PM

According to the Standard catalog of S&W production stopped in 2005 . I have a two-tone 945-1 but mine has black stocks and was distributed by RSR instead of Camfour . The front sight appears to be different also . Wilson Combat on mine . Bo-Mar on the others ?

Go figure .....

9146gt 12-19-2015 08:23 AM

Keep an eye out for 945-1 5" gun with fixed rear sight and also ones with a rail:)


rbert0005 12-19-2015 09:26 AM

Those would be new to me ???


pacific keeper 12-19-2015 10:31 PM

I am curious as to what this two-tone is ? Anybody know ? Bought it off of GB about 2? years back and just wanted a target pistol . Surely this is a different run than the one's that Bob and LDL have .

pacific keeper 12-19-2015 10:34 PM

By the way , it came with the idjit scratch !

9146gt 12-21-2015 07:30 AM

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I know of three 945-1 with fixed rear sight. The PC has said that at least 6 were made with with fixed sight and a light rail for a small LE dept. The examples that I have seen are Product Code #170174 and serial # PCZxxxx.


RON K. 09-18-2016 12:40 AM

When I moved to AZ in 1998 we had a local guy out here who would buy up half of gun list ad's one day caught a ad he had for new in box 945 perf. center in alum. case I bought it from him the next day. years go by. I decide to sell some 45's {yeah I had a lot}and that one was one of them.

Still miss it today. And wish I would have sold some others instead of it.

dakota1911 10-22-2016 06:24 PM

I think with the dash 1s S&W incorporated the mechanical firing pin safety based off the grip safety. This and the difference in the dash 2s I found on one of the S&W forums. For the mechanical firing pin safety it is easy to tell. Pull back the slide, turn it over and look for the plunger. Below the pistol on the far right is a 2004 S&W 1911 which I understand used the same system. It is not similar to a Kimber Swartz derived system which is next to it or the Colt Series 80 which is next to that. On the far left is a Colt pre Series 80 with no mechanical firing pin safety.


And the top of the frames in the same order.


submoax 11-22-2019 04:59 PM


Originally Posted by 9146gt (Post 5800927)
I know of three 945-1 with fixed rear sight. The PC has said that at least 6 were made with with fixed sight and a light rail for a small LE dept. The examples that I have seen are Product Code #170174 and serial # PCZxxxx.


I know, it's an old thread and I am not trying resurrect it, but for historical info I felt compelled.

When I worked for S&W as a regional LE guy, I had 5 fixed sight 945s built for LAPD Metro as T&E guns. They were all black and had light rails riveted to the dust cover. After T&E I picked the guns up and sent all but one of them back to the factory. I bought the one I kept. I know where one, maybe two of those other guns are. They are rare. The only reason LAPD Metro didn't choose this gun is due to holster availability. There weren't any and all would have to have been custom made. I still have mine and they are going to throw it into my grave with me.

submoax 11-22-2019 05:08 PM

Thought I'd include a photo---for historical reasons of course.

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