SOLD FOR: $1087
Make: Smith & Wesson
Serial Number: VLM7936
Year of Manufacture: 1997
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: Single/Double Action, Semi-Auto Pistol with Ambidextrous Decocker Safety
Markings: The right side of the frame is marked with a small S&W logo. The left side of the slide is marked “SMITH & WESSON / SPRINGFIELD, MA U.S.A.”. The left side of the frame is marked “VLM7936 / MOD 4566”. The barrel visible through the ejection port is marked “45 AUTO”. The butt of the grip frame and left side of the trigger guard have inspection marks.
Barrel Length: 4 1/4″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a tritium dot dovetailed to a rise at the front of the slide. The rear sight is a Novaks lo-mount sight that has two tritium lamps. The lamps have a strong glow and are easily acquired in low light.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered black Xenoy that wrap around the backstrap and leave the frontstrap exposed. There are some scattered little nicks and small light scratches, most noticeable along the backstrap. The checkering is strong, there are some light compressions and worn peaks. There ar no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Stainless
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are some scattered scuffs that have caused smooth spots to the matte stainless, most noticeable on the trigger guard and slide. There are a couple of small spots of discoloration on the right side of the slide towards the front. There is light operational wear. The markings are clear. The screwheads are sharp. Overall, this pistol is in about Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The slide has almost no play to the frame. The single-action trigger is crisp, the double action is smooth and the reset is short. We have not fired this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This pistol comes with three 8-round magazines, a serial matching case, and paperwork including the manual.
Our Assessment: The Model 4566 is a 3rd generation Smith & Wesson with the barrel length and chambering of the classic Commander 1911, but with stainless construction, single and double action design, and some other updates in line with the 3rd generation line of handguns. This example is in Fine condition with a great bore and strong mechanics. If you’re looking for a single-stack .45 and you are used to the SA/DA action, this would be a great option. With that being said, it looks great and we are sure a Smith & Wesson collector would like to add this to their safe if they are yet to get one. Please see our photos and good luck!