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I am a 25 year collector of S&W's. The problem (?) is I am a collector of top-breaks and tip-ups, so this Model 46 I just acquired is a little out of my wheelhouse. I am very new to this model of semi-auto, so please bear with me.
My pistol has the 5" barrel. It has the square-cut slide and is in the 24XXX range. Today, while looking around the internet, I ran across a Model 46 that is approx. 40 s/n's less than mine, yet has the radius-cut on the slide. This seems backwards to me. I thought I understood that the square-cut was changed to the radius-cut because of cracking problems. The slide and barrel on mine both number to the frame, and I would assume the one online matches as well.

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First - a slide and bbl. numbered to the frame is unusual. Pictures would help. Any military or other unusual markings? Possibly an armorer reworked it for a pistol team.

Second, frames were produced in batches and NOT consecutively assembled. First in the box, last out in next stage. Your SN is right in line with the changeover from straight cut slides (and bbls.) to radiused cut. This situation is not uncommon in this SN range.
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Yes they are both numbered to the frame. And also there are military markings. I will provide pics soon.

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Finally got to the pics :
Slide


Barrel


Stamp
on right rear frame




What can anyone tell me about this pistol. It has quite the interesting story on my end.
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That is a US Air Force team pistol. Mine is 254XX round slide and only the bbl is numbered to the frame and stamped on the locking extension. I have a couple of 41 bbls. that are stamped on the left side of the bbl. - no real consistency in added marking.
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You have the original grips on it as well I see. Very Nice Unusual model. Mine's has the long barrel on it and Cherrywood grips at this time.
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Any idea on the year (s) of service or the whereabouts ?

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That falls in around 1974 I believe.
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Your model 46 would be from around 1961
The AFPG is Air Force markings and is Air Force Premium Grade
THe AFPG and the numbers on the barrel and slide would have been done by the AF armorer
I believe your gun is correct with the square cut. There are many model 46s with the round cut in the 24XXX serial range which I believe to be replacement slides (and modified or replacement barrels).

I also notice that the Patridge fron sight has been messed with. the barrel appears to be an origional 5", a little hard to see for sure in the pictures, but I think it is. The serrations on the front strap are also additions.

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I thought that front sight looked unusual. It's funny that the AFPG stamp isn't as crisp as the numbers stamped on the slide and barrel. I would've bet that those two serial number stamps were done at the factory as they are perfectly struck. The stippling on the front strap is very well done. I would assume that was also done by the AF armorer.
This is all good information and exactly what I was looking for.
It will be interesting to see what the factory letter indicates when it arrives.
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Congratulations-Interesting Model 46.
In addition to the info in the Standard Catalog #4, you might want to pickup a copy of "U.S. Military Match and Marksmanship Automatic Pistols" by Bill Jenkins for more related information.
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Well Done again Aussie with your superior knowledge of this model, I was useing the standard serial no.s list of the M41 which I believe they actually date to by the coding on them. This list is on another Forum elsewhere.
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Well Done again Aussie with your superior knowledge of this model, I was useing the standard serial no.s list of the M41 which I believe they actually date to by the coding on them. This list is on another Forum elsewhere.
Thanks Barry.
Interesting this other forum has this information as its so far from correct. The model 46 was discontinued in 1968 so 1974 might be a little out for any model 46
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