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Old 04-16-2012, 09:49 PM
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S&W Revolver in .45 ACP?




stumbled across this in a local pawn shop, and the darned thing followed me home like a puppy

Model 25-2

'80-'81?

At least it shoots .45 ACP.

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Old 04-16-2012, 09:50 PM
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gorgeous buy!
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:46 PM
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recessed cylinder/pinned barrel are fantastic features....they don't make wheel guns like that no more. Congrats.
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:06 PM
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very nice find !!
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:07 PM
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You done good!
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:14 PM
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Big time score, that is a beautiful revolver. I have been wanting one of those for a few years now. I can never find one when I can afford to buy it though
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:15 AM
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Very nice!
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:54 AM
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Doc, that is a beaut! I would guess early to mid '70s.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:41 AM
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Reminds me of my wifes John Jovinio snub-nose with a long barrel,same model anyway.They don't make them like that anymore,and their getting very expensive.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:50 AM
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hey Doc,does yours have a step in chambers for headspace,my wifes does not.some of the newer ones i think did.i am not positive though.There is one model smith and wesson made that takes .45acp and .45 colt.I know it is not the 25-2.25-5 is .45 colt.It may have been a model 21 or 22?
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:24 AM
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.45 Auto Rim

Use .45 Auto Rim brass and you can ditch the moon clips and use the extractor
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:36 AM
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Nice score!
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:43 AM
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That's a beauty; congratulations on snatching it up.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:02 AM
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If that thing has a recessed cylinder.

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recessed cylinder/pinned barrel are fantastic features....they don't make wheel guns like that no more. Congrats.
Then it is a pretty rare gun.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:11 AM
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Those 25-2s are great shooters. I have one and it is one of my favorite revolvers. Is the barrel 6", most were, if it is a 5" you have really hit a home run as those are quite rare.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:46 AM
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Nice find and it looks to be in great shape.

@zdragon52 - Model 25's & 625's (chambered for .45 ACP/.45AR) do not have recessed cylinder charge holes.

@supervel - The gun you're thinking of is the S&W Governor. Smith's answer to the Taurus Judge. On those .45 ACP rounds headspace on the moonclip while .45 Colt rounds headspace using the cartridge rim resting on a ridge around the circumference of the rear of the cylinder (moonclips fit within this ridge when using ACP's).

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:34 AM
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6 1/2"

My intention is to shoot it a bit, but eventually I'll probably trade it for a decent Colt 1911 without frills.

Mod's, this is not a stealth trade post, ok?

S&W says it's a 1981 build.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:09 PM
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Very nice looking. Enjoy it while you have it. I have a hard time giving anything in my inventory up, even for a good trade.
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Old 04-17-2012, 03:34 PM
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I see a lot of 625s but hardly ever a 25. Beautiful finish on that piece, really fabulous for a pawn shop puppy. Someone must have been really desperate or ignorant to pawn a classic like that.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:25 PM
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If you can provide part of the serial number, we can provide its ship year from S&W. Use NnnXXX.

I own one, and it's a ball to shoot.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:46 PM
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Great looking Smith. I really like the the 45 revolver. I have the 625 and shoot it on a regular basis.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:10 PM
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Use .45 Auto Rim brass and you can ditch the moon clips and use the extractor
Ditch the Auto Rim brass and you can use moon clips!
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:14 PM
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Hoooly Moooly!

50 yd steel swinger didn't have a chance today.

It got PINGED!
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:16 PM
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My guess is mid 1970's. The 25-2 was a six and a half inch gun. As far as I know, SW made NO guns that could fire both the .45acp and 45 Colt rounds. If a gun like that existed, one would need two cylinders. In the early 80's Smith did make the 25-5 which fired the 45 Colt round, and continued to offer variations of each caliber.

Around the time the new 25-5 45 Colt guns came out, Smith went to a six inch barrel, and dropped the extra 1/2 inch. It also came in a four inch length. Both guns were polished blue. Also at that time, the 25-2 was continued in the six inch but no four inch.

It goes without saying that 45acp guns use moon, or half-moon, clips, and can also fire the 45 Auto Rim cartridge, too, but without clips. Acp rounds headspace on the case mouth. The Auto Rim round has a thick rim in order for the cartridge to be extracted. Acp rounds are for an auto, and therefor have no rim for the extractor to engage, hence the need for moon clips.

Through divine inspiration, S&W started the 625 series, best recollection is 1988, and they came in every length possible, at one time or another, including three-inch, four-ince, and five, and probably some I dont know.

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Old 04-17-2012, 09:22 PM
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I forgot about the new Governor. Not my cup of tea, but it DOES interchange the two 45 rounds...and 410 shells...sheesh.
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