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Old 09-08-2021, 06:39 PM
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I have a 4566 and was wondering if a 4506 barrel and slide would work on my frame.Are they the same frame or is there something that would make this a no go?
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Old 09-08-2021, 06:59 PM
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Same.
I have swapped top halves many times. Works just fine.
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Exactly the same. The 4506-1 and 4566 frame are one in the same.
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Many years ago I used to run my 4516-2 upper on my 4506-1 lower.

I didn’t have “extra” money and other complete options were very expensive.

Seems kinda weird now but it worked for/at the time.

Yep mix and match freely to a certain degree.

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I love the 4566 slide on the 4516 frame. A “CCO” 3rd gen. Done that for years.
3rd Gen S&W CCO

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Old 09-08-2021, 11:35 PM
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I put a 4516 upper on a 4506 lower and love it. It is essentially a home-brewed 4596. The only caveat is that the upper and lower must be of the same generation. For example, both pieces to mine are "no-dash" models, but when I originally tried I mistakenly purchased a 4516-1 upper for my 4506 "no-dash" lower and they did not fit. I ended up trading around and got what I needed and it all works now.

Good luck with your project!
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I have never understood wanting a short slide on a full size grip...A long slide on a short grip yes, but the other way..not so much.

To each his own though.
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I have never understood wanting a short slide on a full size grip...A long slide on a short grip yes, but the other way..not so much.

To each his own though.
Better grip for big hands -- better able to conceal.
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Old 09-09-2021, 07:32 PM
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Thanks for the info guys,,but it looks like it was all for naught! I had a line on the barrel and slide,but no guide rod came with it,,And looking around for a guide rod seems they are rarer then a democrat with common sense.
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Funny you should say that.
I posted a “want to buy” ad for that very item, and got two very reasonable offers in 24 hours.
I recommend you do the same.
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Old 09-09-2021, 08:42 PM
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Better grip for big hands -- better able to conceal.
I don't want to hijack, but the grip is the harder part to conceal. I understand the large hands, but I have large hands too. On something I am going to conceal I want a short grip, and a longer sight radius and muzzle velocity.

That's what makes the world go round though, is everybody likes different things.
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Old 09-10-2021, 06:55 AM
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I can make a one piece stainless steel guide rods for a 4506/4566. Just to let you know, I'm not a business so I don't usually keep any items in stock. I make the rods up on request as a hobby and to help out other S&W enthusiasts (It usually takes about a week, or so). All parts are stainless steel including the spring. My rods are slightly different from OEM rods due to the springs I could obtain being longer. I have a 4506 and I will function check the new rod in my gun. I also have specifications for most other 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Generation S&W autos. the charge is $60 per rod including postage. If you order more than one at the same time, I do additional rods for $50 each. This covers materials and my time, and helps keep me shooting. If you're interested payment can be made to my PayPal account at the following email address. You can search the Forum for peh_7 to see comments about my guide rods. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

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For carry on a belt or in a vertical shoulder holster, the grip is the hardest part to conceal. For carry on a belt and no need to conceal (uniformed officer), the shorter slide makes it more comfortable when seated in a motor vehicle. With horizontal should holster carry, the length of the slide is the harder part to conceal. Personally, I do like 45 ACP pistols that have barrels of 4 to 4 1/4 inches. A 5 inch gives a slightly longer sight radius, good for target shooting, but the shorter slide and barrel make for better balance and better handling for more serious purposes.
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This is a 4506 upper half on a 4566 frame.
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Old 09-14-2021, 06:19 PM
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Does this work with the TSW guns too? Unfortunately they didn't make a 4506TSW but could you put a 4513TSW slide on a 4566TSW to make a 4596TSW of sorts?
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Kinda. They were hand fitted. Some will fit, some will not.
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