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My father was an Idaho State Trooper for 21 years (73-94). When he retired they presented him with the 4586 as a retirement gift. ISP transitioned to the 4586 from the S&W Model 65 revolver in 1991. This particular pistol was issued to him brand new in 91. Twenty years ago (wow. Has it really been that long?) when I first shot this model I didn't like it. Didn't like the DA trigger and didn't like the ergonomics of the pistol. But as the years have gone by I've become a better shot and I've developed an appreciation for the 3rd Gen S&W autos. Now I really like this pistol. It's very accurate and the trigger job is the equal of some of my better DA revolvers. In some cases it's superior. Funny how time changes things.

Sorry about the picture quality. My wife is using our better camera so I had to make do with our old Kodak. Anyway I know there are fans of 45 autos and S&W autos. The 4586 doesn't seem to be as well known. So here is one that is a little different.






 

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Hello checkman,

That is a really pristine example of the 4586 DAO S&W! I am glad that it has a really unique "link" to you and your father. I wish that S&W had kept up with the 3rd Generation of autoloaders, but they went a different direction when Glock was a huge seller in the market place. However, IMO, it is the best of best that S&W ever produced as a auto loading pistol.

Thank you for sharing it with us!

Best,

Chris
 

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The 1086 and the 4586 are two of the 3rd gen pistol that never get the credit they deserve, I carried a 1086 for four years, and regret selling it, the 4586 replaced it as it fit the same leather gear and mag pouches, for some one who grew up on DA revolvers it had the smoothest trigger pull of any of the semis than we shot.. Nice piece to hold on to
 

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Congrats on such a fine family pistol. And somehow, a Kodak moment just seems appropriate.
 

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The 4586 is a great link to your father. I had a 4586 some years ago and sold it as it did not have restrike capability. It was a good shooter though.
 
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