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Kentucky-roughrider
April 21, 2013, 10:25 AM
I have a love for 45 caliber rounds (either 45 acp or 45 Colt) and I would love to have a good quality revolver for regular carry, naturally it needs to be a double action but I don't want any hammerless models.

What models are currently in production or easily to find.

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slickracer
April 21, 2013, 10:56 AM
There are always S&W 25's and 625's on Gunbroker...they don't come cheap however. A Ruger Blackhawk would be nice as well and some have dual cylinders for 45 Colt and 45 ACP.

Clippers
April 21, 2013, 01:13 PM
Make sure to handle some of Ruger's fine single actions before you eliminate them.

Peter M. Eick
April 21, 2013, 01:15 PM
http://eickpm.com/picts/pre25_best_target.jpg

Get a Pre-25 or Model 25. Here are 50 shots, 15 yrds offhand with mine.

Kentucky-roughrider
April 21, 2013, 09:10 PM
I think allot of Ruger's single action revolver, but I was looking for a piece for CCW carry and I was thinking more of a snub nose over anythign else.

burrhead
April 21, 2013, 09:29 PM
About 15-20 years ago Lew Horton had several M25s in 45 ACP with 3" barrels made up. I nearly bought one at the time. If you find one expect to open your wallet very wide. Another tack may be to cut down a beater Brazilian. That's probably cheaper. There are also some 25 mountain guns floating around but they won't be particularly cheap either.

Good luck.

Drail
April 21, 2013, 09:34 PM
Look at 625-dash whatever models. I have one and it is the most accurate S&W I have ever owned. Or Model 25s.

Mick_W
April 21, 2013, 09:47 PM
Paid $425 for my 625 about 2 years ago. great gun. http://i191.photobucket.com/albums/z1/mikku00/c45df172-d30d-48df-b65f-07f33b6f9284_zpse5adf26e.jpg (http://s191.photobucket.com/user/mikku00/media/c45df172-d30d-48df-b65f-07f33b6f9284_zpse5adf26e.jpg.html)

Grmlin
April 21, 2013, 09:52 PM
Mick interesting picture, accidental or intentional?

DeepSouth
April 21, 2013, 10:47 PM
I have an early 80's S&W 25-2 that I love. I would love to have a 625 for a companion, maybe one day. And of course a 1917, I will have one of those one day.

The 25-2 wouldn't be the best CCW though, when I open carry that's what I normally carry. It's still big and heavy, I use it mostly for a "woods gun" loaded with 45 supers.

Quiet
April 23, 2013, 11:38 AM
I love my .45ACP S&W Model 325PD (bottom left in pic).
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0CS_GbYOL7o/SGrFach-_OI/AAAAAAAAA_o/UGUnKFryY30/s800/CIMG0159.JPG

Mag_357TX
April 23, 2013, 11:51 AM
nice

calaverasslim
April 23, 2013, 02:27 PM
Anyone mention a M22 by Smith? 45acp or auto rim

StrawHat
April 23, 2013, 04:01 PM
Here is an option for you.

http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc194/StrawHat/IMGP1415-1.jpg (http://s214.photobucket.com/user/StrawHat/media/IMGP1415-1.jpg.html)

This left the factory as a M28-2. A trip to Dick Nickel (deceased) for a rebore and rifling to handle the 45 ACP cost me about $100, the ACP cylinder about 1/2 that and a new frame lug was $1.25. Fitting it together was the work of one evening. But even paying a gunsmith to assemble it shouldn't cost too much. End result was a skinny 4" barreled 45 ACP N frame, at the time this was not an option from S&W. Now it is called the Mountain Revolver, and it is stainless.

Best of luck to you, a 4" 45 acp revolver is a good choice for an EDC.

Capybara
April 23, 2013, 04:23 PM
Hi:

I would strongly recommend the S&W 625. I just took delivery of mine and shot my first range session with it. .45 ACP in a nice sized heavy revolver is just a match made in heaven. There are two models, the Jerry Miculek model and the Performance Center model. The PC model has the honor of having the ugliest grips on any revolver ever made but what a sweet gun.

I put the Pachmayer grips on it, they are very comfortable. If you get a chance to shoot one, they are really fun guns.

http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w489/capybara84/DSCN3831_zps219873fb.jpg

Stainz
April 23, 2013, 04:43 PM
You can find a new S&W Governor at your local gun store for ~$600 new. It's Al/Sc alloy frame keeps the weight low, but it still weighs in at 29.7 oz. It'll take .45 ACP in two, three, or six slot moonclips, just like the 25/325/625 S&W's in .45 ACP, as well as .45 Colts and 2.5" .410 shot shells.

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/003-1.jpg

It comes with the shorter grips, not the Hogue/S&W .500 Magnum grips shown on mine above. I have since replaced the original grips, which are adequate for it's recoil with everything up to the Win PDX1 .410's. The slightly shorter cartridge next to the 250gr Gold Dot bearing .45 Colt is actually a .45 Schofield, once terned the '.45 Short Colt' to differentiate it from the regular .45 Colt, often termed the '.45 Long Colt'. Either will work in the Governor. Mine hits coincident POA/POI from 7-12 yd with either 230gr FMJ .45 ACP ball ammo or the 250gr Speer Gold Dots in .45 Colt. The .410 shot is entertaining - but I bought it as a bedside .45 - and it was over $300 less than a 325NG then (Two years ago!), which is no longer available anyway.

You can always shoot your choice of .45's - to evaluate your 'needs' with a Governor. No hard to find older gun to find - no deceased gunsmith to resurrect. Don't expect a particularly light DA trigger - or the Tritium Night Sight to be a searchlight at dawn or dusk and you'll likel be happy. Buy some 2.5" .410 shot shells and have some fun shooting at clays - still - on a berm. It's fun - and a great night stand gun, too.

Stainz

Deaf Smith
April 23, 2013, 07:35 PM
If you can, find a 3 inch 625 .45 ACP.

You can use .45 Supers easily.

http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=176000&d=1355098863

The bottom one is my 625 .45 ACP, top one my .44 Magnum Mountain gun.

Deaf

SwampWolf
April 24, 2013, 04:09 PM
As much as I like Smith N-frame size revolvers and own more than a couple, I think they're a mite big and heavy for regular CCW duties. The op might want to look into some of the Taurus offerings (even recently discontinued ones) if he wants a snub-nose revolver, chambered in .45 cal., to tote concealed comfortably. The smaller configurations, of course, reduces the cylinder capacity from six to five rounds. Taurus used to make the interesting Model 415, a 2 1/2" long, ported barrel, 5-shot revolver, chambered in .41 Magnum. It could be had in both light-weight alloy and all s/s versions.

SharpsDressedMan
April 24, 2013, 05:23 PM
Taurus is missing the boat with not having a .45acp version of their medium frame useable with moon clips.

Kentucky-roughrider
April 24, 2013, 10:09 PM
Taurus might be something to ceck into,m keep the ideals coming

HOME DEPOT GEORGE
April 25, 2013, 01:10 AM
Ruger Redhawk- nuff said

SwampWolf
April 25, 2013, 05:43 PM
Not enough said! :eek: I've had a Redhawk revolver for decades and, as much as I like it for many different reasons, carrying it comfortably concealed regularly isn't one of them. The Redhawk is even bigger and heavier than the already big and heavy Smith N-frames are. But, to each his own...

TIMC
April 25, 2013, 11:34 PM
The 625 Mountain gun is sweet, I love mine!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v369/timc/SmithandWesson625pic1.jpg

clang
April 28, 2013, 06:16 PM
For modern guns, it's hard to beat a S&W 325 because it is so light.

If you want to go old school, you can look for something like this:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/c70f4180-0203-4d48-9974-e82d80664bef_zpsfff60db3.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/clang444/media/c70f4180-0203-4d48-9974-e82d80664bef_zpsfff60db3.jpg.html)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v641/clang444/76a207f8-a17a-45fa-b755-6e68ad5bcfea_zpsfa513bec.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/clang444/media/76a207f8-a17a-45fa-b755-6e68ad5bcfea_zpsfa513bec.jpg.html)
It's a .455 Hand Ejector the Brits bought for WWI that has been modified to .45 Colt and the barrel nipped to 3.25". I also replaced the swivel with a plug.

SharpsDressedMan
April 28, 2013, 07:53 PM
I have a couple similar to the above. One is an identical .455-to-.45 Colt 2nd Model, cut down to 4" and the other is a 1917 .45ACP cut down to about 3 1/4". ........................... http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05648.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC05648.jpg.html) http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC06327.jpg (http://s106.photobucket.com/user/matquig/media/DSC06327.jpg.html)

LafayetteLA
April 28, 2013, 08:30 PM
I love my .45ACP S&W Model 325PD (bottom left in pic).
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-0CS_GbYOL7o/SGrFach-_OI/AAAAAAAAA_o/UGUnKFryY30/s800/CIMG0159.JPG

I also love my 325PD. I have a 625-10 (very short snubbie) a 4" 625 and a Governor.

I have carried the 325 and 625-10. Both are very light N frames.

Dave T
April 28, 2013, 11:47 PM
I have several 45 ACP revolvers but my two favorites are these:

http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww224/desertarcher/SW%20N%20Frames/IMG_0401.jpg (http://s722.photobucket.com/user/desertarcher/media/SW%20N%20Frames/IMG_0401.jpg.html)

Some previous owner did a really nice job on converting this 1917 to a hard chromed belly gun. The barrel is 3-3/8" and they did a nice job of cutting, crowning and re-installing the front sight. Only change I've made to it was taking off the giant Pachmyers.

http://i722.photobucket.com/albums/ww224/desertarcher/SW%20N%20Frames/IMG_0239.jpg (http://s722.photobucket.com/user/desertarcher/media/SW%20N%20Frames/IMG_0239.jpg.html)

This is a custom, blue steel, 45 ACP Mountain Gun. S&W never built this model, only a stainless 625 MG in this caliber. I found a M25-2 that someone had fitted with a 6.5" Model of 1950 barrel. I had my gun smith cut it to 4", re-pin the ramp to the barrel rib, then pin the sight blade to the ramp like they used to. After round butting the frame and putting a bevel on the front of the cylinder he did a trigger job and then bead blasted and blued the whole thing. It's now one of my very favorite carrying and shooting revolvers.

Dave

DeepSouth
April 29, 2013, 10:15 AM
This is a custom, blue steel, 45 ACP Mountain Gun. S&W never built this model, only a stainless 625 MG in this caliber. I found a M25-2 that someone had fitted with a 6.5" Model of 1950 barrel. I had my gun smith cut it to 4", re-pin the ramp to the barrel rib, then pin the sight blade to the ramp like they used to. After round butting the frame and putting a bevel on the front of the cylinder he did a trigger job and then bead blasted and blued the whole thing. It's now one of my very favorite carrying and shooting revolvers.


Are you sure it wasn't marked "model of 1955" S&W did make a FEW marked "model of 1950" but they were incorrectly marked and are fairly collectible, and valuable.

Either way it's a nice looking gun, I just hope you didn't destroy a 1950 marked model to make it. But if you did it's still very nice.

Peter M. Eick
April 29, 2013, 11:16 AM
Just to be clear, there were a few (not sure of the number) of the heavy barrel model of 1955 like in my picture above, that were marked model of 1950. The normal model of 1950 was a skinny barrel.

It does not command that much of a premium unless it is in perfect shape. Maybe a few hundred dollars.

Dave T
April 29, 2013, 04:42 PM
DeepSouth,

The revolver, a model marked Model 25-2, would have originally had "DA Model of 1955" on the right side of it's barrel. That barrel was replaced by the previous owner (for reasons unknown to me) with a tapered 6.5" Model of 1950 barrel. I purchased it in it's re-barreled condition and had the blue steel "Mountain Gun" built from it.

Like Mountain Guns from S&W this gun now has a 4" barrel, a round butt frame, a fine bead-blast finish and a beveled leading edge on the cylinder. It's just made from carbon steel rather than stainless, like all the 45 ACP MGs from S&W.

Dave

Ed Ames
April 29, 2013, 05:09 PM
For concealed carry, a Ruger Alaskan (snubby super Redhawk) isn't that much bulkier than a 1911. A little heavier, a little shorter, a little thicker around the middle.

From the factory the .454 will also shoot .45 C.. There is at least one company that will machine the cylinders for moonclip clearance, giving you a gun that'll fire .45 ACP, C, and .454 Casull.

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