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bigtubby
November 24, 2010, 12:54 PM
Going to be looking at a 625 don't know the dash# on Friday 3" No lock both sets of grips case and paperwork price is firm at $750.00 he came down from $825.00 supposed to be in excellent condition. how do you guys that have them like them and is that a fair price? If I don't care for the gun do you think I can get out of it fairly easily at that price?

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SlamFire1
November 24, 2010, 12:58 PM
I paid $680 out the door in March 2007 for my new M625-9, a 45LC Mountain Gun.


That has been three years and one Presidental Election later, so $700 ish maybe be reasonable.

I like my M625, if yours is the 45ACP, well have fun with the moon clips.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/SlamFire/Smith%20and%20Wesson%20Pistols/M62545LCReduced.jpg

bigtubby
November 24, 2010, 01:18 PM
Yes it is 45 acp moonclips are a pain?

SteveW-II
November 24, 2010, 01:42 PM
Steel moon clips are a PITA, but offer very fast reload times.

As I reload, I use 45 Auto Rim in mine but you can get polymer moon clips for it. I haven't used them, but they sound a lot better then the steel ones.

http://www.ezmoonclip.com/

MrBorland
November 24, 2010, 01:52 PM
I'm no expert, but I'll chime in and hopefully someone will correct me if I offer any bum data:

The 3" 625s I've seen are the -3 variants, with a hammer-mounted firing pin. AFAIK, the 3" versions weren't made for very long (maybe a year?), so they're rather scarce, and may bode well for its resale value.

OTOH, while the 3" barrel would make the gun a better carry gun, it seems to me the biggest devotees of .45acp revolvers generally use them as HD, range, and competition guns. As far as the latter, competitive wheelgunners generally prefer the max barrel length allowable for their discipline, i.e. 4" & 5" for IDPA & USPSA, respectively. As such, 4" and 5" guns generally seem to sell well, but one with a 3" barrel might appeal to a smaller market.

FWIW, I have a 5" 625 with the lock and MIM parts. Maybe I overpaid, or maybe, as suggested above, 4" and 5" 625s are more desirable by more people, but I paid about what your seller is asking. I wouldn't call it a bargain, but not a rip-off, either.

As far as moonclips, my 625 isn't my most-shot gun yet. It'll be my USPSA gun, and to that end, I already know moonclips are the way to go. Loading them seems like a hassle, but then again, it's really no worse than loading a bunch of speedloaders. The difference is that I can pre-load enough moonclips for the entire match in my garage, rather than spend time between stages reloading speedloaders.

As far as the actual reloading of the gun, many will opine that "moonclips are faster than speedloaders", implicitly suggesting that merely being in possession of a moonclip-fed gun will guarantee fast reloads. It will, to the same extent that merely owning a piano makes you capable of playing Mozart. Whether you use moonclips or speedloaders, practice is what'll make you fast. There are plenty of speedloader guys who can smoke plenty of moonclip guys on their reloads.

340PD
November 24, 2010, 07:44 PM
I paid less that $700 for a new 625JM less than one year ago. Wonderful gun. I like moonclips so much I bought a .357 that was cut for moonclips. Load up 50 clips and you will have a fun day at the range.

aka108
November 24, 2010, 08:02 PM
My 625 is marked Model of 1983 on the bbl. It cost right aroung 350 dollars then. It is the only handgun in 45 ACP that I have retained, selling off some 1911 types that I really never cared much about shooting. The steel moon clips are not too bad to work with once you learn a few methods of getting cases in and out of them. Great handgun, nice feeling in the hand and excellent in the accuracy dept.

bamabiker
November 25, 2010, 12:06 AM
I have a 3" and a 5" M625 and really like them both. As for moon clips, I have about 35 and keep them loaded up for the next range trip. I'll buy some more as I find good deals on them. I do not see them as being a problem.
As for the price, I've seen other nice 3" ones go for more and a couple for less, including mine but I did not get the box and paper work. The thing is you don't see many of the 3" guns for sale and when you do you better act fast. At least that's what I've observed. YMMV.

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