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Old 11-11-2020, 02:02 AM
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I have a Smith & Wesson Model 46 in beautiful shape 99% bluing and shoots like a dream, just wondering when the Model 46 came out wasn't sure purchased used with two magazines, takes down easy, cleans from chamber to muzzle.
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It was introduced in 1957. Production continued until 1966 or 1968.
Several variations were produced. Lots of info available on line if you need more Model 46 history.
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The S&W Model 46 was introduced in 1957 as a lower cost option to the M41. Basically the M46 was a commercial failure because most customers wanted the higher gloss blue finish, checkering and finer overall finish. The M46 was discontinued in 1966.
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To clear up some confusion from the above posts, they were last produced in 1968.
Please post some pic's of your pistol.
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The model 46 was produced from 1959 to 1968. It was the model 41 that started in 1957. There are a few variations mainly being the square and round cut slide and three barrel lengths, 5", 5 1/2" and 7".
Put up some pictures for more specific info on your model 46.
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Information above answers your questions.
Separate note: Due to weakness of slide rails, especially if square cut at juncture at the rails and slide body, DO NOT shoot hot ammo. Stick to CCI/Federal standard velocity ammo, or risk separation of slide rails
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