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Old 11-24-2017, 03:31 PM
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Can anyone tell me the value of a S&W 4566 melonite? In the box. Original mags and original backstraps both kinds.
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That would be very difficult to ascertain.

Not a high production number gun nor frequently seen.

I have a Melonite WVSP that I paid over $1500 for.

It is hard to establish what a "reasonable" value for your gun is.

You could, perhaps, consult the SCSW 4th edition and get a pall park.
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It would depend on condition and whether the seller knows what it is - ie NOT a standard 4566.

Another factor would be WHICH Melonite 4566? RJF serial prefix? KJF serial prefix? Or a different one?

For a Melonite RJF Prefix, LNIB with 3 mags and matching box, I'd expect to pay $850 or a little bit more. As far as is known there were around 300 or less of those made.

For a KJF Prefix Melonite 4566, with the box, 3 mags and forward slide serrations, LNIB, I would expect to pay $1100........or more. Those were sales samples guns that didn't enter production - as far as is known today - and only number around 25 known examples.

Of course I would expect to pay less for no box, missing mags, or visible finish wear. Hope this helps! Good luck! Those are VERY nice 45s. Regards18DAI
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It's a RJF. New.
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Trying to establish a definitive value for a pistol which there are only around 300 known examples is a little difficult.

However, 18DAI is quite knowledgeable when it comes to this particular model. He probably has more experience with it than most here.

In my (limited) opinion, I would say his estimate is probably close to accurate. However, if it is indeed NIB as you say, I would increase the value and set my ceiling closer to $1000 or slightly more. Remember, these have been out of production for years.......there likely won't be any more made.

When it comes to purchasing any Third Genny, my driving factor is condition, condition, condition.....goes back to the fact that I can't just go to my LGS and pick one up.

I'd agree with 18DAI when he said it depends on if the seller knows what he has. If he does, then you'll likely pay towards the top.

At the end of the day, value is subjective. Only you can determine if you paid to much for the pistol.
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It's mine. Maybe the original post was confusing but I have the gun. I was asking for myself because I'm on the fence on if I'm keeping it.
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I sold a LNIB RJF Prefix Melonite 4566 a few years back for $850. I would not let my remaining example go for less than $1K.

Good luck with your sale!! Regards 18DAI
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Got this one from a member a couple of years ago.

Has a different prefix than the ones mentioned above.

Any ideas on this one? Thanks.

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rasmith3442 I suspect that your 4566 was given a Melonite finish after it left S&W.

All my factory Melonite 4566s have an "M" on the factory label under the finish type. My stainless 4566s have an "S" on the label. As does yours. Also, I have never come across a Melonite 4566 with a forged hammer. All of mine and those I've seen have MIM hammers and triggers.

Yours is one rare and VERY nice 4566! Best regards, 18DAI
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..and it looks like the rear sight has the white letters normally found on Night Sights. The box is coded "FS" (Fixed Sight), not "FNS" (Fixed Night Sight), so if they are Night Sights they were added afterwards too.

Nice pistol though!

I'm still looking for a nice 4566...some day.

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...a Melonite 4566 with a forged hammer. All of mine and those I've seen have MIM hammers and triggers.
Semi-related question; Any idea why S&W didn't put bobbed-hammers on all the 4-1/4" bbl. large frames ? Looks like some models got them but not the 456x's ?

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There were some 4566s made with bobbed hammers. My old duty gun is one.

And two NC University Police Departments had them too. As well as Durham P.D. IIRC.


The LE Special order 4566s with spurless hammers usually had the decock only feature and Novak night sights too. And the majority had laser etched markings.

Mine saved me money on sport coat liners. Regards 18DAI
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There were some 4566s made with bobbed hammers. My old duty gun is one.

And two NC University Police Departments had them too. As well as Durham P.D. IIRC.


The LE Special order 4566s with spurless hammers usually had the decock only feature and Novak night sights too. And the majority had laser etched markings.

Mine saved me money on sport coat liners. Regards 18DAI
That really makes me curious about the history of my 4566. It has a spurless hammer, decock only, (dead) Novak night sights and laser etched markings. It does have a magazine disconnect. Practically no wear other than the grips. Also has one of the smoothest, if not the smoothest action of any of my Smith autos. S/N is TDMXXXX. I snagged it on GB a year ago for $360-ish.

I'm kinda tempted to letter it.

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