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Old 08-30-2011, 07:25 PM
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I examined this 459 today that is owned by a friend.He said he has a letter stating this 459 was shipped to the FBI at Quantico from S&W.Tomorrow he will bring the letter and box.It was my understanding all FBI 459`s were matte blue.This 459 appears to be a 5903 by appearance.The sights have been changed but nothing else.The owner is quite knowledgeable and I have no reason to doubt him.Has anyone seen a stainless slide brushed finish 459 before? Could not find mention in SCSW but did find mention in Blue Book gun values. Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:10 PM
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I have read about some made for the Polk County, FL Sheriff's Office.

They were basically 5903s but were made before the 3rd gens and marked Mod 459.

Is this or the FBI ones listed in the Blue Book?
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Old 08-30-2011, 08:44 PM
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I don't think so. They were matt blue like you said.
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:06 PM
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SCSW mentions early 5903 examples marked 459, satin finish frame, stainless slide, and ambi safety with the Phillips screw. Their example serial was TBU8689, so in the same general vintage.
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Old 08-30-2011, 11:49 PM
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If he's got the letter than who can dispute that. I thought they were all blued also, but I have yet to see one blued or in any other color.
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That is certainly an odd-ball 459. The only other explanation without a Jinks Letter, is that S&W had a 459 returned to them defective, and replaced it with a 5903 and stamped the frame to match the 459 that was returned.
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Old 08-31-2011, 02:01 PM
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Thanks to snw19_357 for some additional info I established that this 459 is indeed a Polk County pistol sent to a dist./dealer in Va. Still a unique pistol in its own right.Thanks for the help and input.
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I've always wonder about this since I bought mine new back in 1989 1990 time frame new. This was one of the reason I got it new when i was station at Fort Bragg active duty Army. Has anyone ever found out how many were made. Thanks Mike

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How do you go about getting a letter from S&W on this pistol about the build date and how many were made?
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Welcome! Here is the link to the factory website for history letters:

Firearm History Request - Smith & Wesson

The process of obtaining these are in transition right now, so there may be somewhat of a wait, likely not 3-4 months as the site page states.
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Thanks Alan
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I have one of the 459s that were FBI guns and they are fixed sight matt finish and the grips are matt also . Mine is mint cond but no box . I live in PA also.
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Here is the 459 that was issued to me.

When my federal agency sold these pistols en mass to Sarco in the mid to late 80's, we were able to individually purchase them from Sarco. Sarco was very cooperative; they just asked us to attach a business card to any pistol we desired and they would give us first purchase rights for whatever we wished to purchase. All purchases, of course, went through our preferred FFL, but it was nice to be able to buy the firearm we had been officially issued. I'm not certain how often that happens these days at the federal level.

I never carried this 459 as at that time we could carry our own handguns and I preferred something in .45 caliber.
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Here is a photo of the box label.
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