Is there a S&W auto 45 to stay away from?

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    I've had 15 of them, and not found a bad one yet. Currently I have a 4506 no dash, a 4566 LEO model, and a non catalog 4516-3. Officially the 4516 ended at -2. Law Enforcement Agencies could place orders for certain models after they officially stopped production. The 4516-3 is one of these. It has laser etched markings, and simply says "4516" above the trigger guard. It has a TSW barrel, and TSW dual recoil springs. It's a sweet shooter, and like all my 3rd generation S&W semi auto's 100% reliable. Get one, you'll be glad you did. Regards 18DAI.

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    for the s&w 45 acp auto the 2nd & 3rd gen where the best. 1st gen has some minor problems,,, but where also good guns. so it does not matter which gen you buy, as with any use gun, break it down, check it out. as for a police trade in, you can get some of the best/low price guns, with a low round count. remember the s&w 45's are somewhat big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frankmako View Post
    for the s&w 45 acp auto the 2nd & 3rd gen where the best. 1st gen has some minor problems
    What was the model of the 1st gen .45 S&W?

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    I believe it was 645....someone sound off if I am wrong here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srfl View Post
    I believe it was 645....someone sound off if I am wrong here.
    The 645 is a 2nd gen S&W.

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    The PD around here had S&W's for a while. They traded out to Sig's after some of the guns started developing hairline fractures under the firing pin. I never saw one of the guns with this issue, but a couple detective friends of mine told me about this as I was thinking about purchasing one of the surplus guns. I have kind of leaned away from Smith auto's since then.

    The only other drawback to me is the slide mounted decock/safety. Every other thing I have either has none or is frame mounted, and I am just too stubborn to learn a new method.

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