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Old 01-02-2020, 03:46 PM
tray burge tray burge is offline
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S&w 4506

I love my 1911's, but I'll admit it, I have a penchant for the Smith 3rd gens too. I have two in 10mm, a 1066 and a 1076, but bought a 4506 with adjustable sights today at lunch and will pick it up tomorrow at lunch and post some pictures.
I understand with the proper upgraded springs they can easily be converted to 45 Super too, ye-haw!
The 5" 4506 came with a DeSantis pancake holster, 3 sets of grips with one of the sets being KSD grips and 4 mags for $500.
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Old 01-02-2020, 03:54 PM
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Good for you! Any full-size, metal framed .45 ACP is a happy thing.

Personally, I hope to add a Ruger P90 to the collective...
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:52 PM
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Needed to update here too.
Old school 4506 with the adjustable sights .45acp. Not in perfect shape, but pretty decent. Came with the DeSantis Holster, 4 mags, OEM plastic grips still unopened and KSD palm swell grips. I'll probably beef the springs up to the .45 super I've always wanted, why waste the weight? $535.00 OTD.
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Old 01-04-2020, 07:50 AM
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Nice!

When I applied for my first carry permit, I remember all the officers at the police station were carrying 4506s - I was hooked on the big S&W 3rd Gen ever since. My small S&W collection was not complete until I got a 4506.

Mine's a 4506-1, Novak sights, non-stepped frame, round trigger guard and straight backstrap grip.
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:55 AM
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Nice pistol. I carried one for a short time as a duty gun. I have shot many and all were very accurate.
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Old 01-04-2020, 09:11 AM
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Excellent pistols. Built like tanks. And they're slowly rising in price.
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Old 01-04-2020, 03:43 PM
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I used to have a .40 S&W 4006. It was the only .40 I owned that wasn't too snappy, thanks to the weight. Eventually I didn't have much use for either the pistol or the caliber anymore so I sold it. But a 3rd gen Smith in any flavor is definitely a great gun to have if you like old-school, all-metal handguns.
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:18 AM
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Something very impressive about it being able to cycle empty brass?
Anybody know what weight and exactly what other spring, besides the recoil spring, I need to change out to convert it to .45 Super?
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Old 01-13-2020, 09:17 AM
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Tray, In 1988, I bought a new S&W .45 for Duty use... The 4506 had a curved backstrap and the Distributor had a couple with straight backstrap, this model was 6450, which is what I bought. The 6450 had two piece grips, 3 Dot adjustable sights and was almost identical to the 4506....

These Pistols are built like tanks and will outlast you.

In the mid- 90s, Smith issued a recall on the one piece grip/ Mainspring housing.... all that was necessary to replace it was pushing out the Pin in the bottom of the grip... You might want to call them with your serial and see if you need the updated grip.

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Old 01-13-2020, 11:01 AM
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I switched from my 4566 to a G22 when hi-cap was all the rage. After a few years that wore off and I switched back to my 4566. I just could not love that Glock!

My 4566 sports the straight back strap grip panels and fixed night sights. (Second set) I has retired to my night stand. For carry rotation I carry a 5906 with spring loaded decock lever. Returns to "off" after decocking! It too is on it's second set of night sights.

These series of handguns are probably the most underrated pistols of all time!

All the best in 2020,
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:41 PM
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I really like my two 3rd Generation S&W autos. I have a 4506 straight back and a 1024 10mm.


4506 .45 acp


1026 10mm
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:48 PM
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I really like my two 3rd Generation S&W autos. I have a 4506 straight back and a 1024 10mm.


4506 .45 acp


1026 10mm
I also have a 1066 and a 1076, but my 4506 looks like yours with the straight back grips on it now, I had a couple of brand new pairs and slapped a set on and really like it better now. Your probably already aware there were only 3,135 1026's produced.
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:52 PM
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My 10 series. 1066, 1066 & 1076 together.
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Old 01-13-2020, 01:45 PM
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Great pistols. I still would rather have a Gen 3 S&W than a M&P any day I overall I like the M&P Pistols except for their triggers.
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Old 01-14-2020, 12:54 PM
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My 4506-1:
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