S&W Revolver In .45 ACP ?


August 30, 2008, 05:13 PM
I'm reading a book in which the bad guy just got arrested by a cop who was carrying a S&W .45 ACP revolver. Does such a beast exist?

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August 30, 2008, 05:14 PM
Most certainly.
They have existed since WWI and the first 1917.

1917, 25, 625, and others.


625-6 Mountain Gun


August 30, 2008, 05:18 PM
Smith model 22, and Taurus model 455 to name some others.

August 30, 2008, 05:49 PM
There are few weapons that feel just so right as a S&W .45 ACP revolver loaded using moonclips.

August 30, 2008, 06:44 PM
1955 Target .45 ACP


625 .45 ACP - I no longer have this one


August 30, 2008, 08:41 PM
I might just have to want one of those. thanks guys

August 30, 2008, 08:53 PM
and this new fancy one form S&W

August 30, 2008, 09:19 PM
Walkalong: If you had to part with one of them, you kept the right one!

August 31, 2008, 10:51 AM
I have the S&W 325 TRD linked above. It is very accurate and controllable. I had a problem with light strikes that I resolved with a Cylinder & Slide extended firing pin. American Handgunner did a cover story on it a few issues ago and Combat Handguns has a review in the current issue.

August 31, 2008, 03:05 PM
S&W has made a .45 ACP revolver since 1917, when they converted a .44 Special to do so. The Brits preferred revolvers - and loved our new 'AS' round - the .45 ACP round developed for the Colt 1911. S&W was soon joined by Colt in producing the Model of 1917. Recently, S&W resurrected that old 1917 revolver in a 'classic' model.

S&W has also made .45 ACP revolvers in blued (#22 & #25), Al/Sc (#325), and SS (#625). Probably their best new 'buy' is the 625JM, loaded with extra cost goodies for just a few bucks over a base 4" 625. Below is my 625JM, surrounded by a sea of loaded 6-shot .45 ACP moonclips. The picture was in response to a range friend's constantly teasing me concerning my lack of round capacity in my revolvers - a problem should the Zombies attack. I have 105 moonclips loaded in a metal ammo box - thirty more moonclips in a pair of food containers for range use. That's 810 rounds ready to go for Zombies - all 230gr ball ammo (Zombies don't require HPs...). Seriously, you bet you can find a .45 ACP revolver!



PS The record-holding international revolver champion, Jerry Miculek, the JM in my 625JM's name, can fire six shots, unload, reload, and shoot six more - all inside the 10 ring - at 7 yd or more - in 2.99 seconds using .45 ACPs in a modified 625!

August 31, 2008, 05:40 PM
Yep, they've not only been popular for 90+ years, but I have two of them, a 1917 and a 625. And though the '17 saw some rough duty in its years, it's still a shooter, and at only 5000 rounds or so, I'm still breaking in the 625, which I much prefer to my 629.

August 31, 2008, 06:03 PM
I watched Jerry Miculek fire 12 rounds with the S&W 625 in about a second and a half again on Extreme Marksmen on the History channel again last night...man, that guy is supernatural.

August 31, 2008, 06:08 PM
I watched Jerry Miculek fire 12 rounds with the S&W 625 in about a second and a half again on Extreme Marksmen on the History channel

...and IIRC, he did it blindfolded!

highlander 5
August 31, 2008, 06:15 PM
Gun Tests has a review on the 325 in the Sept issue. I have a 625 and I love it. Ruger makes a convertible Blackhawk in 45 Colt/45 ACP.

August 31, 2008, 09:27 PM
Another vote for the 625JM. I typically target shoot single action, so I added the Bang, Inc. mainspring and an 11# Wolff rebound spring. That gun "shot" itself into my permanent collection and being one of my favorite shooters.

Stainz - nice pic.


August 31, 2008, 11:14 PM
My next revolver will be a 25-2 in 8 3/8'!!!!:D:D:D

Kilted Cossack
August 31, 2008, 11:30 PM
I love N frame S&W .45 ACPs beyond all rhyme or reason. I have had stock and customized 1917s, several 625s, a 22 and a new-issue 25 (for a very short while).

Moon clips are neat as all get out. There's something nifty about the size/weight/power combination of a .45 ACP in an N frame, particularly a skinny barreled N frame. Indiana Jones carried one! It's the classic 20th century American handgun cartridge in the classic 20th century American big bore revolver!

Also, you can get a vastly better variety of serious antipersonnel ammunition for the .45 ACP than you can for the other big bores.

I don't think they're actually nearly as cool as I think they are---a .44 Special is arguably at least as good a choice---but dang I love them.

And if you ever load a 255 grain Keith SWC in the AutoRim case? It looks HELLA cool.

September 1, 2008, 01:59 AM
For some reason this topic, made me want to post a pic of my .45ACP revolver. :D
S&W Model 325PD.
Best $350 (around $408 OTD), I ever spent.

September 1, 2008, 04:19 AM
Quiet, a 325 for $408 OTD? Wow, you should be loud with glee over that!

625JM, 627 Pro, etc, owners: S&W considers a 'tuned trigger' something as simple as a filed strain screw. Said adapted screw can work it's way into the hollow rib of a Wolff hammer leaf spring, full or reduced power. This lowers hammer strike energy to the point that Federal primers-only may still produce an occasional ftf. S&W will send you a new/uncut strain screw. That - and a full power Wolff spring - is still an improvement, yet 100% bangs with Fed primers (I don't have any Winnie primers.).


September 1, 2008, 11:28 AM
S&W Model 325PD.
Best $350 (around $408 OTD), I ever spent.:what:

D***. Have you stopped grinning yet? :)

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