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Old 01-24-2012, 01:27 AM
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Hello,

I'm about to buy a gently used 457 with 2 holsters and 5 magazines under 400.

I can't find much information about this model. Can anyone shed some light please pros/cons appreciated.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:26 AM
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Just bought one about a month ago. I love it. Great gun.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:23 PM
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Hello,

I'm about to buy a gently used 457 with 2 holsters and 5 magazines under 400.

I can't find much information about this model. Can anyone shed some light please pros/cons appreciated.
Two holsters and 5 mags included and it's still under 4 bills??? You need to change "I'm about to buy" to "I've bought!"

I have two 457's and am very happy with them. Never had a FTF/FTE no matter what ammo I've run through them.
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Old 01-24-2012, 05:41 PM
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If you do a search here, there has been quite a bit of discussion of this model. I have one and am most impressed. You just need to be sure the magazine is completely locked in place.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:23 PM
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great price on a great gun. Its one of my favorites. Conceals easily, shoots accurately, digests everything. Can't recall much in the way of negative feedback about them, ever. Only wish mine was one of the seemingly fewer SS models made but I like blue too.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:43 PM
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The Model 457 must be the most under-rated firearm ever. I have two of them. Never, ever any hint of a malfunction, which is the single most important attribute in a defensive pistol.

I don't know why these are not more popular than they are.
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:56 PM
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I have carried my 457 almost daily for the last 3 years. Great CC gun. At 400.00 with 2 holsters and 5 mags I don't know how you could pass it up. I seen one at a gun show a couple of weeks ago in fair shape with 2 mags for the same price.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:03 AM
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Thank you everyone, I've committed to the deal.
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Old 01-28-2012, 06:26 AM
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I agree the 457 is great and under-appreciated. I picked up an excellent condition 457 from a local dealer a month ago for $279 out the door price! When I went to pick it up after regitering it on my permit he said "here you go" and handed me the factory box that had the paperwork and 3 spare mags. I was thrilled. He said the guy traded it in for a Glock 26. I am fine with Glocks, but these S&W metal guns are a great bargain. The polymer craze is good for those of us that appreciate metal I guess.
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I agree the 457 is great and under-appreciated. I picked up an excellent condition 457 from a local dealer a month ago for $279 out the door price! When I went to pick it up after regitering it on my permit he said "here you go" and handed me the factory box that had the paperwork and 3 spare mags. I was thrilled. He said the guy traded it in for a Glock 26. I am fine with Glocks, but these S&W metal guns are a great bargain. The polymer craze is good for those of us that appreciate metal I guess.

Factory box and paperwork, three spare mags, $279 out the door? I am SO freakin' jealous.

Just goes to show you. Wanting a Glock makes you stupid.

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Old 09-28-2012, 11:23 AM
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I got pretty much the same deal, 2 holsters, 5 mags, and the stainless version for $425. My first Smith and Wesson firearm. Love it!!
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Hello,

I'm about to buy a gently used 457 with 2 holsters and 5 magazines under 400.

I can't find much information about this model. Can anyone shed some light please pros/cons appreciated.
I did an extensive and very thorough article in 2000 comparing this gun to three other popular compact .45s. You can read it here:

Up Close and Personal: A Comparison Of Four Popular Lightweight Compact .45 Semiautos

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-28-2012, 10:43 PM
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Paladin85020,

I saved the link to your comparison and then lost it when my computer crashed. Thanks for the repost.

P.S. The 457 is the only .45 ACP that I will conceal carry.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:03 PM
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Hello Gents,
I'm still here... I'm pleased to report I'm very happy with the model 457. It's a bit of a chore breaking it down for cleaning,a stiff spring plus I have neuro muscular issues so my grip strength is no longer what it use to be. So lining up the moon and starts correctly can be a bit trying at best. LOL

Accuracy of this 457 is awesome,and easily eats my handloads,and Factory Gold Dots are the bomb.

John, that was a great article you wrote,thanks for the link and your research.

Now I need to decide on a carry system for my 457. I made a Yaqui loop for it as I've been getting use to it.But its time for a regular belt holster and a conceal holster.. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-16-2012, 12:19 PM
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There is absolutely no standard Glock that I would consider in trade for or as an equal to my 457S in terms of reliability, accuracy, handling, shootability or durability.
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Has anyone purchased an Alien Gear Holster fro their 457?
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The Alien Gear Holster is OK, but I'm not impressed. The AG went to the holster box and I went back to my well broken in Tucker Gun Leather Texas Heritage. Great quality and quick delivery. The 457 is not on their list, but the 4516 is the same size.
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just bought a blued 457 with case, 5 total factory mags, case/paperwork, box of factory ammo, and holster - $480. Looks like it was a safe queen. Very much looking forward to range time this weekend.
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Thanks to Paladin for that great pistol comparison! I just got a nice condition 457 also!
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