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Old September 14, 2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Well my S&W M745 is home. Photos.

Okay here it is. For those who like the older all steel S&W autos. My Model 745. I'll be getting it out to the range in the next few days. $375 OTD.





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Old September 14, 2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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Great looking gun!!! Thanks for sharing.
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Old September 14, 2012, 05:23 PM   #3
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Looks great, let us know how it shoots.
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Old September 14, 2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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At $375 OTD I would buy yet another one. I have no idea how to pay for it but the deal would be to good to pass.

Looking forward to the range report.
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Old September 14, 2012, 06:04 PM   #5
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Having served my Country with pride, it is an Honour to accept this as a token of your appreciation. This is a gift I will relish and a day I will remember for years to come.

Does that work at all?
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Old September 14, 2012, 06:35 PM   #6
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That's funny. It doesn't work, but you made me laugh.
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Old September 14, 2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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well, that counts for something lol
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:15 AM   #8
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Took it to the range yesterday. Shot like a champ. Absolutely no sniffles. I was able to clang many a steel target at 40 and 50 yards with it. The only thing was it took me a few magazines to settle in with it. The past few years I've been shooting revolvers and Glocks. I used to own a couple Sigs, but they're gone. I've gotten used to how the Glock design sits low in the hand. I'd forgotten how the older style autos have a higher bore axis and therefore more muzzle flip. But after a few mags I settled in and got to work. Very easy shooting gun. That all-steel frame sucks up the recoil.

Funny how you get used to one system and forget about the idiosyncrasies of others.
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Old September 19, 2012, 11:20 AM   #9
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There is something very elegant about the older S&W's,,,

Yours is a very nice looking firearm,,,
especially for that great price.

Congrats on your find.

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Old September 19, 2012, 12:52 PM   #10
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I am not familiar with the 745. Does the trigger normally stay that far back, with the hammer down? It looks like an SA position to me.
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Old September 19, 2012, 02:52 PM   #11
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The 745 is SAO. Like the majority of locked breach pistols that have been/are in production the 745 is a variant of the Hi-Power in terms of the locked breach action. It’s more true to the Hi-Power in that it uses a locking lug at the top of the barrel unlike Sig’s, Glock’s, SA XD’s and others using the ejection port.

My observation has been the pistols that have the locking lug at the top of the barrel don’t suffer from locking block related failures like those using the ejection port. My guess is the lug, because of its location, causes more of a cushioned delay of unlocking because of the flex of the barrel.

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Old September 19, 2012, 04:19 PM   #12
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The 745 is SAO. Like the majority of locked breach pistols that have been/are in production the 745 is a variant of the Hi-Power in terms of the locked breach action.
True, but I'd like to add 2 minor footnotes:
  • Unlike conventional S&W metal-frame TDA pistols, the slide lever only acts as a hammer-blocking safety, not as a decocker. (This is also true of the other SAO TDAs.)
  • Rather than the barrel being cammed downwards by the takedown lever as with the Hi-Power, the barrel and slide of the Model 745 disengage when shoulders in the frame contact ramp-shaped recesses under the barrel. Otherwise it is similar.
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