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Sw 645

Discussion in '1911 Forums' started by ghamden, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. ghamden

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    Came across a mint condition SW 645 i don't think it has ever been fired took it to the range fires perfect

    I am being told that it is the only double action 1911 i am pretty sure there have been others

    Single action or double action it is smooth as butter well built all stainless, pacmyr grips, sights don't look to be factory but they could be , for a pistol that is almost 30 years old it seems to function as good as newer 1911 and honestly in the sub 1000.00 market looks to be better built.

    Slide fit s good no rattle not loose. Trigger is very smooth

    I guess my point is new is not always your only option there are some very well made pistols no matter when they were manufactured you just have to look around.
     
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  2. S&W 645s are nice pistols. Yes, your sights are factory. I am not sure who told you that it is a double action 1911 but that could not be further from the truth. The 645 is not a 1911 platform pistol in any way shape or form.

    Good find, enjoy it, shoot it, do a little research and you will learn the differences between the two platforms.
     
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  3. bac1023

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    Its a great pistol for sure.

    It is not a 1911, nor is it a 1911 style double action pistol. I'm not sure who feed you that nonsense.
     
  4. ghamden

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    I thought it did not sound right what i found after looking it seems the 645 was SW 1st version of a 45 ACP that evolved through the years and eventually into their M1911E

    That said I agree it is a great pistol

    Thanks for the clarification
     
  5. craig19

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    The 645 is a great pistol, congrats on that find. I'd like to get one someday, along with its replacement, the 4506. Sonny Crockett carried one on Miami Vice in season 3 and 4.
     
  6. bac1023

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    Very true. Any gun Sonny carried has to be cool. :cool:

    I used to watch that show "back in the day". :)
     
  7. Wyoming

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    Based on one that I know of that has 5000+ rounds mostly Wolf steel cases through it, The S&W 645 is one tough pistol! Your grips are after market but it does look LNIB condition.

    Good find!

    Enjoy:thumbsup:
     
  8. ghamden

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    And so far no urge to wear pastel clothes :cool:
     
  9. bac1023

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    Seems like a lot of 645's had Pachmayr grips.
     
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  10. Wyoming

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    My 1006, same gun in 10mm, came with Houge* aftermarket grip. The 645 that I mention above still has original factory grips so they must be tough enough.

    It could be we pistoleers just like to modify our shooten irons!



    * not sure of correct spelling
     
  11. No where near a DA 1911. An interesting item was the 945, like a 645 and 1911 got together and had a baby. They came out of the S&W Performance Dept before any S&W 1911 and I think they still make them. Very nice, SA and rather expensive.

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    For DA there was the SeaCamp coversion and other experimentation, but a lot of these were like what evolved into the Para LDA. Just like a Glock, which is not real DA. Pull the trigger it goes click. You have to pull back the slide to recock it. Below a small Para Carry I have in my shooty collection with LDA.

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    In my mind the first real DA 1911 type pistol was Colts ill fated Double Eagle. The tops of these were the same as Colt's SA pistols, and they would take the same mags, but the bottoms were very different. Below a Double Eagle Officers Model in .45. They went click, click, click like a cap gun and that lever is a hammer drop safety, to drop the hammer on a live round, just like S&W, etc.

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  12. TonyT

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    The S&W 645's while not 1911 types are excellent pistols. Mine has fired everything from 185 gr. LSWC's to 230 gr. JHP and FMJ's without a single malfunction. The only minus is the Philips screw holding the right safety which loosens upon firing - a drop of blue Loctite solved that problem.
     
  13. Arvinator

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    I have a Model 645 I bought in 1995. I called S&W and they told me it was made in 1988, one of the last 250 made according to the serial number. Mine has the adjustable rear sights, factory grips. I bought several (8) new mags for it when i got it to have a total of ten (10) mags for it. Only hiccup was a round or UMC ball ammo in 1995 at a class I was at never a problem since. I did hear that they can be picky about Remingtin brass, but I carried Federal 230 hydra-shoks on duty and they shot good on paper for me.
    I am now required to wear a Glock 22 to work, but I carry my 645 in a holster under my arm rest, and when working alone I take it out of the holster and shove it "On safe" in the middle of my back when I am checking alarm calls, or out on foot alone.
    If I was told I could carry it to work, I'd do it in a heartbeat.... I like it as much as I do my first duty gun, my old revolver and cops and first guns have a unwritten rule of admiration and loyalty...
     
  14. ghamden

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    Mine doesn't have a Phillip head mine has a hex head that i also put loctite on just in case
     
  15. ghamden

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    Just talked to S&W mine was Built on August 26,1986
     
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  16. Arvinator

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    OK, you guys got me wanting to wear my 645 concealed. Old duty holster worn out, all I have is a nylon Bianchi belt holster hi-ride and not the best on my frame. HELP! Need a find a leather pancake type holster. ANy suggestions? I have looked but a little internet dumb. E-mail arvinvolner@yahoo.com

    Thanks for any suggestions.
     
  17. bac1023

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    The 945 is an awesome pistol. Yes, S&W stills makes it. :)


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  18. Okay, now I am itching for a 645 that I saw at a LGS the other day....thanks. :tongueout:
     
  19. Wyoming

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    I have never seen one around this part of the country. I might have to go on GB and start watching for a nice one. Everything I own I shoot so a nice clean used one at a good price is a better deal than a new one at a new price that is going to be used real soon.

    I might as well look for a 654 to go with my 1006 and other 45 Autos.

    You guys are costing me but it is OK. I never lost money buying Smith & Wessons handguns. :cowboy: