.45ACP Revolver Choices???


July 21, 2003, 10:30 AM
Well, I'm kind of in a bind. I've got this terrible want for another revolver, having just got a 342PD. But I've also got this want/need for a .45ACP, I've got 7-800rds of ammo on hand.

So I'm thinking may a .45ACP revolver????

What stainless revolvers are available in .45ACP???

The only two I am aware of are the S&W 625, boy I love the looks of these, but they might be out of my budget. The other is the Ruger Vaquero in .45LC/.45ACP convertible.

I've got about $500 to play with. Look forward to your replies/advise..


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July 21, 2003, 11:40 AM
I would look around for a S&W 625. You could probably find a used one for about that price range. Also Taurus has a .45ACP revo out there but I can not vouch for it. I have a 625 though and they are sweet!

July 21, 2003, 11:43 AM
Not only is the S&W 625 the best .45ACP revolver, but one of the best revolver models S&W ever put out. $ave up for it. It's worth it.


July 21, 2003, 11:51 AM
Ruger Blackhawk convertible
Taurus Tracker
Dan Wesson Mdl. 7460

Johnny Guest
July 21, 2003, 12:49 PM
Colt and S&W both made up their large frame revolvers to handle .45 ACP for US military use in WW-I. Both versions were called the Model 1917.

There was a commercial version of the 1917 after WW-I.

S&W also made a bunch of 1917s for South American (Brazilian Navy? Argentina?) trade, around 1937.

S&W .45 Hand Ejector Model of 1950, fixed sights - - Later Model 22
S&W 1950 .45 Target Model, adjustable sights - - Later Model 26
(The latter two are more in the realm of collector items today.)


July 21, 2003, 03:14 PM

The Dan Wesson 7460 Roland has great versatility if that's your thing in that it is chambered for and built to handle the .45 ACP, .45 Super, .45 Auto Rimmed, .45 Win Mag (230gr @ 1525 fps or 300gr @ 1250 fps from Georgia Arms) and the .460 Roland. All but the Auto Rimmed require the use of moonclips.

Mine, shortly, may listed for sale in your price range. Go to: www.danwessonfirearms.com for basic info. Sent me a PM or e-mail if interested. Thanks.


P.S. I use to own a 625 and they are top of the line.

July 21, 2003, 03:29 PM

Dave Markowitz
July 21, 2003, 08:07 PM
S&W also made a bunch of 1917s for South American (Brazilian Navy? Argentina?) trade, around 1937.

They were made for Brazil. Like this big guy:



Tom C.
July 22, 2003, 09:51 AM
If you are also looking at older guns, you may find an old S&W Model 25-2. They originally came with a 6.5" barrel, that was later standardized at 6". I have one that I really like. It now has a 5" barrel, narrow, smooth trigger, and a PC action job. Unfortunately, these guns have always been rare.

July 22, 2003, 10:53 AM
There is nothing like a Smith 625! But the Taurus Tracker has been in my experience an excellent revolver with a good SA trigger and a DA trigger that improves with use.

July 23, 2003, 06:25 AM
I wouldn't write off a new 625... they are $539-$559 locally. My 4" was ordered through our range's store last autumn for ~$510, as no one had it locally. Get a new one... too many 'trigger/spring' jobs of dubious aid - or quality - out there. It is worth saving for.


July 23, 2003, 11:32 AM
I've been on a quest for the right 625. They're really good shooters.

July 23, 2003, 01:04 PM
>>I've been on a quest for the right 625<<

Me too, so I ordered a brandy new one yestreday!!!:D

July 23, 2003, 08:41 PM
Personally the 625 and the 45ACP are meant for each other. I have have one since 1988. I can only imagine the number of rounds I have fired through the various 625's I have had. I have a 5 and 4 inch now. They are fun, especially when in comes to picking up brass. I load the full moon clips while watching TV and store in ammo cans waiting to be used at the range. One can never have too many full moon clips! 45ACP brass lasts forever. I know this as I have brass that I have been shooting since the middle 80's.

Locally in Minneapolis area 625's run...................................
New they have been $579 and used right around 475 seems about right at one Funshop in the West Metro for a 5". They had a Model of 1988 and a Model of 1989 for around the same price. They had a 4" that was LNIB that was priced higher, their thought was that IDPA rules changed and made the 4" more desireable. One shop in the south metro wants your first born child for a new one. Translated in excess of $600 for 5in. The Sportsman's Warehouse in Coon Rapids has had them new for 540 or there abouts. There is a guy locally at funshows that sells Full Moon clips for a good price in bulk!

July 24, 2003, 12:04 AM




Over cleaned?


July 24, 2003, 01:56 PM
Just bought another 1917 Smith myself. It has no finish left and is mismatched, barrel changed out at one time. I didn't pay a whole lot for it I think it will be a fine old plinker. I do kinda like the 3" model in the links, wouldn't have redone the grip frame but the rest of it works for me.

I have two 625's as well. A model of 1988 and a model of 1989. Fine revolvers both. Would like to find a four incher some day.

July 24, 2003, 09:41 PM
I'll chime in my support on the Dan Wesson 7460. I did a review of it a while back here. You can find it here:


July 24, 2003, 10:34 PM
I have one of the 1917 Brazilian guns. I just put a set of Hogue rubber grips on it. The little stock grips kinda suck. Great revolver. Shoots like a laser.


Ham Hock
July 25, 2003, 09:21 AM
That Dan Wesson 7460 Roland is a really nice looking gun. I am about an inch away from getting one.

It seems a bit expensive though.

Is the price on the Dan Wesson the going rate or can one get them cheaper?

July 25, 2003, 12:32 PM
Ham Hock, it will depend on you're area and how tight you are with the owner of your gunshop. I got mine a year ago for about $700, but I have a solid relationship with the owner. Keep in mind that there is probably going to be a wait depending on when you order it. Took about 14 weeks for me to get it after I ordered it. Of course I did ask for the unfluted cylinder, so it was considered a custom order and had to be built. If you want the regular fluted cylinder, you may get it earlier.

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