Gear: Smith & Wesson model 4563TSW


Smith & Wesson model 4563TSW

Smith & Wesson
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $600.00
Average Rating:
(13 Votes)

Based on the Smith & Wesson model 4566 frame, this weapon is called the Tactical Smith & Wesson. Featuring a titanium frame, light rail, and night sights all standard equipment. The .45 caliber firearm has a single stack magazine for 8 rounds plus 1 in the chamber for a patrol ready status. Abie decocking lever makes it fully functional for either a right or left handed shooter.

Member Reviews

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    BCPS, Thu, 14 Jun 2007 16:16:27 UTC.
    1st review

    This addition to the Smith & Wesson line has some great features for the law enforcement professional. The titanium frame makes it lighter than the standard model 4566 and no need for the add on night sights. The weapon fits in my hand very well and is very comfortable to shoot making the marksmanship easier. The .45 caliber cartridge is a field tested and proven round that is an asset to all those who use it. This firearm does have a few drawbacks, however. Smith & Wesson auto are notorious for malfunctioning when extremely dirty and this weapon is no exception. This is not a problem for a shooter such as myself who is a bit of a clean freak when it comes to my equipment. Further, one problem that my pistol developed was a slight hitch in the trigger pull. A quick trip to the armory discovered the problem. A small spring that is permanantly stationed above the trigger had been bent slightly out of form. This probably occurred during a cleaning. A quick reshape into the original position and the problem was solved. This small hitch also did not pose a problem that would have made the weapon malfunction when needed. The only other issue that some may have with this model firearm is the standard issue of a single stack magazine. The limited ammunition availability can be an issue for officers whos marksmanship skills are lacking. For those officers I might recommend going to a different caliber firearm such as the .40 Smith & Wesson or the 9MM Lugar. However, I prefer the extra knock down power that the .45 gives and I do not have limited marksmanship skills.

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    LAPDLEO, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 02:02:20 UTC.

    I have the 4506, which is a great gun, on or off duty! I have since switched over to the Glock 21, due ot the capacity issue! But I still like my ole S&W 45. Very reliable gun, you take care of it, and it will take care of you! front Site Presssssssss!

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    Rcbaron, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 05:46:44 UTC.

    The Smith and Wesson 4563TSW is a very nice weapon, but it is like having a boat anchor on my hip. The mags do not carry many rounds, I miss my glock model 23.

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    mbarnett, Thu, 18 Oct 2007 09:31:40 UTC.

    As a department issued weapon, it's my mandatory. The weapon is relatively easy to carry. Few Pros: Accurate, Lightweight, Great Stopping Power, No Mag No Fire (even with one in the chamber), Standard Night Sights. Few Cons: Low Load Capacity (9), Many Grooves to Get Dirty, Few Accessories/Holsters, Thin Handle, No Trigger Safety. Good Off Duty Weapon.

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    jmoberly, Wed, 03 Sep 2008 08:40:19 UTC.

    Like the power and accuracy. Achieved some of my best range scores with this weapon. The spring that the first reviewer discussed malfunctioned on me as well. Mine broke entirely. Luckily it happened on the range but no officer enjoys that feeling regardless of where they are. The thin handles bothered me as well but you can order the rubber grips that increase the size. All in all, a great addition. I'll miss it on duty but will be buying it when we switch our duty-weapons.

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    airborne2847, Thu, 02 Oct 2008 03:23:04 UTC.

    I purchased the 4563TSW a couple months ago and have fired approximately 500 rounds so far. The accuracy and weight is excellent. I have smaller than average hands, so the thin handle is ideal and saves me the issue of having to sacrifice power for size. The onliy downside is the magazine capacity, but with the power and accuracy of this weapon, it is not an issue for an off duty weapon. I recommend the 230 gr. hollow points for personal protection.

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    IRIZARRY, Sat, 29 Nov 2008 22:59:33 UTC.

    On duty i use the 5906 model 9mm for 6 years ,very good firearm on training i have use the 4563tsw good too shoot and easy too clean.

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    T_Carreiro948, Sun, 21 Dec 2008 15:52:47 UTC.

    I actually have the 5903 version. It was assigned by my department for duty carry. The gun has its good points and its bad points. Good Points are the magazine disconnect and the decocker/safety. Bad points are the double to single action trigger and the wide grip. All in all the gun is ok but I cant wait until my department finishes its Glock transition

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    GPD230, Tue, 23 Dec 2008 05:05:41 UTC.

    Well balanced, dependable, choice of safetyon/safetyoff carry, accurate out of the box. Trigger pull one of the best out of the box for 3rd gen S&W. Inexpensive to have custom work thru Cylinder-Slide ($248 for action, feed & function and accurizing).

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    tactical_mind, Sun, 24 May 2009 00:04:01 UTC.

    Good weapon.. I have owned better, but this one is a nice selection and fairly inexpensive.

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    AlphaCompany323rdB, Sun, 09 Aug 2009 01:09:46 UTC.

    I like the feel of it, and the kick-back isn't bad at all. I was in the Iraq War, deployed twice. I'm home right now in Texas. This Pistol, which I also have, is not as accurate as the Military isssue Colt .45. But I do like the decocker on the gun, so if you needed to you can just pull back the trigger and or shoot it like a revolver, which makes it more stealth than the Military issue Colt.45. It is really needed in desperate situations. But I'm used to the M-16. It was my weapon in the war. Remember Freedom does not come free! Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

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    Anonymous, Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:34:30 UTC.

    I owned one before i got a glock it wa ok it was not great

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    Danno50, Sun, 09 May 2010 03:40:24 UTC.

    Although my duty issued weapon is a S&W 4006 TSW, I've owned a 4563 TSW for the last 8 years. Its lightweight and accurate. Transition to this weapon is easy after shooting my 4006 TSW for the last 11 years. Proven caliber and reliable service. I truly wish I could carry the 4563 TSW on duty just for the plain fact that it has a higher knock down rating.

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