This Model 459 was my first S&W auto purchase. It was a nice LEO trade-in. Used, but appeared to be well cared for. The Pachmayr grip was not to my liking. Too fat for me, so I replaced them with its original black Nylons.
Since it was clean, I loaded a mag with some inert rounds, did a satisfactory function test, then cased it for a trip to the range.
I ran all types of my reloads through this pistol, as well as some factory fodder. It digested everything I fed it except for some 158gr. LSWC sub sonic loads meant for my Blackhawk convertible. I don't know how many rounds it barked out that session, but it was filthy enough for a good cleaning and inspection. That's when I discovered its busted ejector. It's plainly seen in the second pic, but I didn't catch it.
Even with a broken ejector, this pistol was fully functional.
Anyway. I was impressed.