Smith & Wesson 459

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Smith & Wesson Model 459 - 9x19mm
Smith & Wesson Model 459 - 9x19mm

The Smith & Wesson 459 is the 2nd generation of the Smith & Wesson 59 (which is a double-stacked magazine version of the Smith & Wesson 39). The main notable external difference between the 459 and the 59 was adjustable rear sights (and a slight modification to the front sight to accommodate the higher profile of the newer rear sights). However, 459's could be ordered with fixed sights as well. The only other external difference is a single pin placement on the right side of the frame, the slide stop pivot pin (it appears behind the frame bulge on the 459, but ahead of it on the older 59, where the bulge is further back). Early production models have a round trigger guard, while later models have a square trigger guard. It was only in production for eight years, being again replaced by a later generation of S&W 9mm automatic handguns, the 5900 series. The S&W 459 has an all blued steel counterpart called the S&W 559 and a stainless steel version known as the Smith & Wesson 659. The pistol was used by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for many years. The model was highly thought of by many of the agents who carried it. A handful continued to carry it until the FBI transitioned to the .40 S&W Glock 22 in 1997 and they were ordered to switch.

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Specifications

(1980 - 1989)

  • Type: Pistol
  • Caliber(s): 9x19mm
  • Weight: 2.25 lb (1.02 kg)
  • Length: 7.438 in (18.9 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 14-round Magazine
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto (SA/DA)

The Smith & Wesson Model 459 can be seen in the following films:


Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Formula 51 drug dealer 2001
Red Dragon Edward Norton FBI Special Agent Will Graham 2002
In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders Ronny Cox FBI Special Agent Ben Grogan 1988
In the Line of Duty: The FBI Murders Bruce Greenwood FBI Special Agent Jerry Dove 1988

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Bergerac Tyrone Huggins Roland "In Love and War" (S08E06) 1990
Bergerac Billy Murray John Kelp "The Lohans" (S09E10) 1991
Nestor Burma Guy Marchand Nestor Burma Seasons 1-5 1991-1998
Nestor Burma - Season 1 Brigitte Buc Joséphine "Pas de bavards à la Muette" (S1E1) 1991
Nestor Burma - Season 2 Patrick Guillemin Inspector Fabre "Du Rebecca rue des Rosiers" (S2E3) 1992
Nestor Burma - Season 2 Simon Eine Inspector Wilfried "Retour au bercail" (S2E7) 1993
Nestor Burma - Season 3 Emma Colberti Ondine Bluvette "Nestor Burma et le Monstre" (S3E6) 1993
Nestor Burma - Season 4 Bernard Alane Robert Roy "Nestor Burma dans l'île" (S4E1) 1994
Nestor Burma - Season 5 Michel Fortin Zavatter "Poupée russe" (S5E5) 1998
Nestor Burma - Season 5 Wioletta Michalczuk Natacha "Poupée russe" (S5E5) 1998

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Burn Up! McCoy's thugs 1991


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