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Old 09-09-2020, 07:31 PM
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Just got this a few days ago. I sold my last model 41 about 5 years ago and bought a few High Standard Hamden guns.
The trigger is not as nice on the 46 as the HS guns. I'm averaging about 89 on 25 yard slow fire with the 46 while I usually average around 93-94 with the HS's. Overall, it's a nice gun and intend to keep practicing until I bring those scores up a bit or maybe have the trigger worked on.
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Old 09-09-2020, 10:27 PM
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Nice, I've never seen one in person.
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Old 09-10-2020, 06:50 AM
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This one is one of the 500 ones made with the 5.5 inch heavy barrel in 1964.
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This one is one of the 500 ones made with the 5.5 inch heavy barrel in 1964.
Or it could be a mod 46 with a mod 41 barrel installed. Notice the extra clearance above the slide rails ?
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Retired2006, I agree, I have a 46 that I acquired in the mid sixties and have fired thousands of rounds thru. Here is a pic of mine
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Here’s my 46.
Even us Revolver Guys have a few Autos!
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Based on that SN I would have expected that M46 (moosedog's) to have been shipped in 1960. That slide does not appear to be original to the gun. There were some guns in that range that went to the military. A letter might be interesting.
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As noted above, a Mod 41 bbl (somewhat later than frame) on a 46 frame and slide. The standard "&" came out about the A115000 SN. The slide is radiused - about the time the changeover from the square cut slide (at rail to slide body). Not a common find, but not really unusual, as the 5.5" bbl was highly suited to bullseye shooting. 5.5" bbls were available for the 46.
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