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Old June 14, 2018, 05:28 PM   #1
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S&W 645 question.

I just had my 645 reconditioned, I have a question, on the left side of the pistol the same is attach with a Phillips screw. Is there a replacement for the right side safety that I can have installed that looks more appealing.
Picture is not of my particular gun just a representation of what I'm talking about



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Old June 14, 2018, 07:13 PM   #2
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Your picture isn't showing but I assume you meant right side decock lever.

S&W used (for the most part) four different methods across all the 1-2-3rd Gen pistols. Your 645 is a 2nd Gen pistol. In order, they did:

a) single side decock only
b) right lever affixed with ugly Philips screw
c) right lever affixed with better hex-head screw
d) right lever affixed spring loaded pin retainer

Option "d" was obviously the best.

For you to go with option "d" on a 645 would mean that you need to source the entire drum-shaped unit from a 3rd Gen pistol. I know that Brownell's sometimes has these parts, I think you are looking at some $60 or more to get them -if- you can find them. You need the entire left side/right side assembly, you cannot simply attach a 3rd Gen ("d") style right side paddle to a 2nd Gen 645 pistol, sorry.
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Old June 15, 2018, 12:33 AM   #3
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Thanks.. yes, right side... I had issues with editing and attaching pic. Even a hex screw would look better than. The Philips that’s there. So, I’d have to replace the whole safety mechanism to make it aesthetically pleasing. Is a difficult swap?
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Old June 15, 2018, 11:16 AM   #4
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The swap isn't difficult at all, but finding the parts and getting them for a decent price may be.
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Old June 15, 2018, 01:59 PM   #5
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Numrich also has HTF parts, from time to time.
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Old June 15, 2018, 03:08 PM   #6
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Is the Phillips an odd-ball thread?
Would a specialty fastener company have a slotted or otherwise more appealing screw with the proper thread?
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Old June 15, 2018, 05:14 PM   #7
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I would imagine that is exactly the lowest-cost route to a less ugly right side paddle.

That philips screw has always baffled most folks. WHAT was S&W thinking?! Honestly! It looks like a part stolen from an erector set.
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Old June 16, 2018, 05:29 AM   #8
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That’s what I mean..it looks like a spare part used in a pinch.
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