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Old School
July 31, 2008, 11:34 PM
It is an interesting thing to watch how everyone wants a revolver in 9mm or 45 acp all at once. Smith and Ruger quit making many models presumably because they weren't selling, now everyone seems to want one and the prices are soaring. I want a few more too, but I refuse to pay a premium just because they are hot right now. I wonder if Smith and Ruger will bring out new models or resurect some old ones to meet this new demand.

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Shade00
July 31, 2008, 11:35 PM
I'm planning on searching for one this weekend at the gun show. :uhoh: A 9mm Smith or Ruger, that is. Might even give up a treasured Colt for it.

.38 Special
July 31, 2008, 11:39 PM
You mean like the Smith & Wesson models 22, 22-1917, 325, 610, and 625JM?

Or something else? :neener:

weisse52
August 1, 2008, 02:00 AM
I really wish I had my 25-2 back. Shot it better than anything before or since....

Maybe one day I will find another. OR, Smith and Wesson will build a classic without a lock.

Sigh........

mtngunr
August 1, 2008, 11:36 AM
I love my 1917/1937....2.5"/25yd standing/braced with UMC ball, and 1.5" with the 452460 handloads....refuse to buy clips and use ACP and AR brass...wonderful old guns, and cheaper than new MIMed & Wessons.

Gary A
August 1, 2008, 12:49 PM
I've had 'em, not had 'em and have two today. Both single-actions in .45acp. Love 'em. No longer really interested int the 357/9mm versions, but will seek more .45 versions. Would like a 1917 or Model 22 but the Blackhawk does everything I want for less money. Cimarron (Uberti), USFA, probably others make them too.

spwenger
August 1, 2008, 01:23 PM
It is an interesting thing to watch how everyone wants a revolver in 9mm or 45 acp all at once. Smith and Ruger quit making many models presumably because they weren't selling, now everyone seems to want one and the prices are soaring. I want a few more too, but I refuse to pay a premium just because they are hot right now. I wonder if Smith and Ruger will bring out new models or resurect some old ones to meet this new demand.
Often, in the firearm industry, discontinuation is what it takes to create consumer demand. A couple of cases in point are S&W's discontinuation of .44 Special revolvers and of Centennial revolvers, both of which eventually came back, with the latter most recently being offered in its "original" format, with the grip safety.

In Evan Marshal's revolver forum (http://www.stoppingpower.net/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=10) I have seen a few comments that 9mm revolvers have proven to be a bit finicky about choice of ammo, with some of the modern JHP loads giving difficult extraction. Personally, I have experienced issues with fragility of the moon clips for five-shot 9mm revolvers, a problem I have not seen with the more robust clips for six-shot .45 ACP and 10mm revolvers. I wonder whether we will ever see a reprise of S&W's M-547, which had a special extractor system that permitted the use of the rimless 9x19mm cartridge without the moon clips.

rcmodel
August 1, 2008, 02:10 PM
I agree.

Everybody wanted 9mm revolvers, and the gun press was jumping up & down when they finally became available.

But nobody put their money where their mouth was.

So the guns were quietly discontinued due to lack of sales.

Now, everyone again says they want to buy one.

But would they buy one if they were made available again?

rcmodel

BlindJustice
August 1, 2008, 02:15 PM
Uh, S&W has been making various N-frames in .45 ACP almost
continuously since 1917, with a pause I think in WWII.

S&W M1917, then the post war model including the
1937 Brazilian Contract
Post WWII
1950 Target
1950 Military - became the Model 26
1955 Target became the Model 25
Model 625 Stainless Steel
I have the 625 5: Bbl. full underlug
it was discontinued Jan 1 '08 but now
there is a PC 625 5 1/4" Bbl. with traditional
trigger hammer and sear
625 JM
22 and 22/1917 - classic line with the front of the
N-frame sculpted down to resemble the Mod 26 and M1917
respectively.
Scandium frame
325 TR - 4" Bbl. w/light rail
and a Titanium cyl.
325 Night Guard 2 1/2" Bbl. and
Stainless Steel cyl. fixed sights and Pachmayr grips

S&W is hot and heavy on it having brought back
the 610 this year in 10MM/.40 S&W.

The demand for the older ones, and 625s w/no lock
have increased in value along with other S&Ws of the same
tyhpe and quality as just a fact of availability and the market
demand that has been steady.

Perhaps RUger has ceased the .45 ACP prod. guns - I don't know
because I don't follow Ruger trends much

Randall .

JohnnyGrey
August 1, 2008, 02:18 PM
Maybe it's because gun manufacturers are overshooting the demand curve on both sides. Auto caliber revolvers will have a small and steady following. I don't know why gun manufacturers feel that unless they sell a billion units, it's not worth their time. Prices are soaring because nobody makes them anymore. Evidently, some people really want them. I'll take a 9mm wheel gun. The rest of my autos are 9mm and I'd like to carry a revolver without taking up another caliber.

doc2rn
August 1, 2008, 02:29 PM
I just dont get manufacturers. I have a .22 in both formats, I have a .45 in both, so why the heck wont they make a 9mm in both? If the Desert Eagle .357 had fit my hand, I would have had another pairing.
I really wanted an SP101 in 9mm, or even .22 to match my Ruger MKII stainless.

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