Monday, March 13, 2017
Sunday Smith #55: Model 745, 1988
One place it had difficulty making inroads was in the growing sport of action pistol shooting, where customized 1911-pattern guns from Springfield and Colt ruled the day. So based on some custom work done on personal guns by their in-house gunsmiths, Smith & Wesson released a competition-oriented variant of the Model 645, dubbed the Model 745.
The initial run came with the serial number prefix "DVC", for the IPSC motto of "Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas", or "Accuracy, Power, Speed". They also had special IPSC 10th Anniversary engraving on the slide.
Its parent gun, the 645, was discontinued in 1988, replaced by its Third Generation successor, the Model 4506, but the 745 continued in production for another couple yeas before being discontinued as well. Its own successors, the Model 845 and 945 came from the then-new Performance Center.
The gun in the photos was acquired at a gun show in Louisville, Kentucky in early '17 for $700.