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    S&W 4566 Questions.

    Hi. I just brought a S&W 4566, .45ACP in stainless steel. The original (out-of-state) dealer said the gun has a 4 1/4" barrel, but the FFL listed the barrel as being 4".

    A check of the S&W website didn't clarify the question, and I couldn't find a spec sheet there either.

    Can anyone help clarify this??

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    A check of several sources in my gunny-stuff library indicated it has a 4 1/4" barrel; several online sources seem to confirm it.

    However, if you have the gun on-hand, you don't have to guess, you can just measure it yourself. You'll need something small enough to slip down the barrel and still stick out a bit (like a pen, non-sharpened pencil, or a cleaning rod), a felt-tip marker or piece of masking tape, and a ruler or other measuring device.

    Make double-darn-sure the weapon is COMPLETELY unloaded, with no magazine in place. Close the slide, and slip the pen/pencil/rod down the barrel until it stops. Using the felt-tip marker or a piece of tape, mark a spot on the pen/pencil/rod that is even with the end of the barrel. Remove the pen/pencil/rod and measure from the end to the mark/tape; that is your barrel length.

    Note: on an autoloading/automatic handgun, the chamber (where the cartridge is loaded to fire the weapon) is traditionally included when measuring the overall barrel length. In a revolver, the cartridges are loaded into the revolving cylinder, the length of which is NOT included with the barrel when measuring; so, to get a revolver's barrel length, just measure from the front of the closed cylinder to the end of the barrel.
    "Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
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    Thanks. I measured 4" exactly. So, I took her apart. The barrelk is indeed 4"s long, but has a small 1/4" protrusion on one side. I guess that's why they say it's a 4 1/4" barrel.

    Anyone have one of these guns? This one seems real nice.

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