What about a 3" 625-7 long colt?


January 3, 2003, 07:26 PM
I have the opportunity to purchase this revolver LNIB and would like your opinion. They're asking $499 for it and it looks mint. Nice bead blast finish and the action seems particularly smooth. Looks like it's never been fired.

I'm not a reloader so that's a concern. I have a 629 3" and a 29 4" and don't find the recoil objectionable (unless we're talker 300 grainers or above) in 44 mag, but don't have any experience with a .45 colt.

Other than the fact that it's about as practical as T*ts on a bull, what do you think?

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January 3, 2003, 08:18 PM
Currently I have a 625 MG in .45 Colt, as well as a 24-3 and a 624 with 3" barrels. Maybe the combination could substitute for experience, but if the price is right for your area (would be good here) go for it. Ammo is available from CorBon and Georgia Arms, in PD grade loads, and the older standbys are good for practice, if not your wallet. However practical a 3" N frame may or may not be, I like them well enough to pack them regularly (Alessi Belt Slide, Sparks PMK and Tucker Texas Heritage) and the appeal they have for me makes them light and comfy on my belt. One thing is positive - If the S ever HTF and you have to pull a 3" N, ain't nobody at the scene gonna look at you and ask "Is that a real gun"?

Kahr carrier
January 3, 2003, 09:00 PM
Sounds like a good price I would jump on it.:)

January 3, 2003, 09:01 PM
I have one of these, and it is a very useful revolver. I like the 3" N-frames in the non-magnum calibers and really like the stainless steel versions. I also have the 10mm and .45 ACP 3" N-frames. These make handy back-up guns for hunting, good truck guns (I use the 10mm version for that duty), or concealed carry guns when a large caliber revolver is desired.

My .45 Colt is partnered with a Marlin 1894 in the same caliber. Interesting combo. Lots of fun. Very versatile.

January 3, 2003, 11:06 PM
Man, you guys are far too encouraging. I can feel my wallet getting lighter by the minute! It looks like I'm not the only one who finds it hard to resist a short barrel N frame.

What's a guy to do?

January 3, 2003, 11:22 PM
As far as being practical, the opportunities for different loads for .45LC are awesome. Especially in a nice N-Frame.

Even if you don't reload yet, the things you'll be able to do with the .44's and a .45LC will keep you busy for a long long time.

There are vendors out there, Miwall & Georgia Precision for example, that will get you .45LC lead loads for about $11/50 rounds so it's not dreadfully expensive.

Go for it. I would love to add one to my safe.


it's really easy to spend someone else's money... :neener:

January 4, 2003, 06:23 PM
Buy it !!!!!!! or you just might end up like this:( or this:banghead:

January 4, 2003, 06:53 PM
Can you see the big GRIN on my face???

3" to 4" N frames are sweet, very comforting, and carry well.

Like Walosi said, No one will ask "Is that a real gun?"........

PS: I also like teaming them up with a J frame. That somehow seems appropriate...

January 5, 2003, 01:02 AM
I was lucky enough to pick one of these up here in Cali last November (private party transfer - not on the approved list). I was looking for a 625 in 45ACP, but for some reason this one wanted me to take it home.

Very smooth trigger action. Very accurate with the loads I have been able to purchase here (mostly range ammo and cowboy action stuff). Nicely balance, at least for me. Definately has become my favorite in the revolver catagory. Good revolver to take hiking. Can't wait to start reloading for it...

I haven't been able to track down the pedigree yet, but it is my understanding that these were made especially for Lew Horton. I believe a relatively few number were made (probably less than 3000, if the comments on various websites can be believed).

$499 seems like a good price. I have checked the various online auction sites over the past month, and around five bills in the going rate. I paid in that ballpark for mine, and in CA, that is a steal!

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