SOLD FOR: $1226
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 4506-1, No. 103728
Serial Number: VLM3400
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 the 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 “VLM3400 / MOD 4506-1″. The barrel visible through the ejection port is marked “45 AUTO”.
Barrel Length: 5″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a tritium insert and is dovetailed to a rise at the front of the slide. The rear sight is a lo-mount style square-notch sight with two tritium inserts and is dovetailed into the slide. The lamps are dead.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece black rubber Hogue grips with their pebble texture. There are areas of rub wear that have made the texturing smooth. There are some scattered scratches and scuffs. There is wear on the right panel on the rear bottom corner that has worn the rubber down to the plastic backing. There is some wear on the edges and corners. There are no rips or tears. There are some scattered light handling marks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good 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 93% of its metal finish. There are a couple of little scuffs that have caused smooth spots, most noticeable on the left side of the slide and bottom of the trigger guard. There are a few little marks on the front strap serrations. There is some wear on the edges. There is light handling wear. 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 a single 8-round magazine, serial matching case, paperwork including the manual, and a spare recoil spring.
Our Assessment: The Model 4506 is a 3rd generation Smith & Wesson with the barrel length and chambering of the classic 1911, but with stainless construction, single and double action design, and some other updates in line with the 3rd generation line of handguns. This is the -1 model with a straighter backstrap profile, rounded trigger guard, lo-mount style rear sight, and a uniform frame thickness. 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. Please see our photos and good luck!