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1911 vs S&W 625: Which .45ACP?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by GunNut, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    Trying to figure out if I would be better served with a 1911 over my current 4" S&W 625-3.

    Which would you rather have and why?

    Looking at a SA Loaded SS model LNIB for around $525 OTD. The one I am looking at is an older one with single sided safety, and a NM serial number. Comes with one 10rd magazine. Does not appear to be fired.



  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Better served for what?

    I have both, and enjoy the 625 for it's fine accuracy, and the fact I don't have to chase my empty brass into the weeds!
    It's also one of my favorite go-to guns for car carry, and bumps in the night.

    I also enjoy my 1911's, but for totally different reasons.
    If the bumps-in-the-night are bumping all the doors and windows at the same time, I'd rather have a 1911!

  3. rondog

    rondog Well-Known Member

    That's a helluva good price for the SA, better have it. Whatta ya need an ambi safety for anyway?

    They say for self-defense, it's hard to beat a wheelgun for reliability. I carry a 1911 myself, but I also like to shoot 'em. So, I'd say either would work, just depends on whatcha wanna do with it. But that's a bargain on the Loaded, IMO. I nearly bought one NIB for $700 (w/ambi safety), and I was ready to jump on it, but couldn't get the seller to communicate with me about meeting up, so I took that as a sign and walked away.
  4. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    The gun will mostly be used for home defense and the range. Either one is fairly difficult for me to conceal, although the 1911 would be easier.

    I know the price is good that's why I'm thinking about it:D.

    Then again there is a nice Glock:evil: 36 there that would fit the CCW bill just right.

    So many choices, so little money and no job.:banghead:
  5. BikerRN

    BikerRN member

    Something to keep in mind if you are going to use either gun for self defensive purposes;

    What are your other guns in regards to safeties, levers and such? The 1911 has a Thumb Safety that requires you to use some "manual dexterity" to operate. The Glock, like a Revolver is a "Point and Shoot" type weapon.

    I don't encourage anyone to "mix and match" weapon trigger types because in a real SHTF scenario it may cost you precious time and get you killed. I'm not advocating not getting the 1911, just giving you something to think about.

    Personally I own a Glock and a Kahr as well as an assortment of Revolvers and my EDC is a pair of Revolvers. I have missed the safety on a 1911 in a "high stress" situation before. I do not care to repeat the expirience.

  6. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    Stoppages in automatics are far more easily cleared than stoppages in revolvers. And as John Farnam points out in The Farnum Method of Defensive Handgunning, the most common stoppage in either a revolver or an automatic is running out of ammo.

    I go with an M1911 and a couple of spare magazines.
  7. Jim Watson

    Jim Watson Well-Known Member

    The correct answer is Both.

    Do not trade a gun that you know works for one that you hope works.

    By the way, the illustrated Springfield does not have a 10 round magazine. A 10 round single stack .45 magazine protrudes an inch or more, depending on brand.
  8. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member

    I know i've had a few 1911's in my time. The gun I'm looking at comes with a CMC 10rd magazine with the extended plastic base. Looks strange, but also kind of tactical at the same time.

    The 625 does work, but it is definitely not a CCW piece where the 1911 could be if needed.

    I'll probably hold on to the 625, but may also pick up the SA.
  9. BikerRN

    BikerRN member

    I carry a 4" N-Frame S&W as my EDC and I'm not a big guy either. Do you mean I'm not suppossed to carry an N-Frame gun as my EDC? Oh the horror! :evil:

    Spend some time and money on good leather and learn how to "dress around the gun" and you may be suprised at what you can hide. Take care and stay safe.

  10. GunNut

    GunNut Well-Known Member


    Extreme Deep Carry? or Every day carry?

    What holster do you use for your 4" N-frame? What gun? .44mag?

    Got any pictures of your setup?
  11. ChuckB

    ChuckB Well-Known Member

    Had a 625, have a S.A. 1911 Loaded. Love the 1911, miss the 625. Either gun, properly broken in and maintained, should be 100%. I suppose if I sold my 1911 and got another 625, I'd miss the 1911! If I had to choose one over the other, I would carry a 1911 (live in Illinois- won't happen!); for most other uses, such as range or home defense, I'd want the 625.

  12. S&Wfan

    S&Wfan Well-Known Member

    I've owned both types and frankly would rather have the 625-3.

    The 4" 625 revolvers are THE wheelgun desired right now in many handgun competition disciplines.

    I think you'd regret giving up that fine wheelgun.

    Currently I'm down to a single 1911, and it is a 3" barreled, aluminum-frame CCW-type, a 1st generation Kimber Ultra CDP. I also traded off my 625-4 5" wheelgun once the rules of the "game" changed in IDPA.

    I'll be replacing my steel 1911 pretty soon . . . but if I ran across a nice 4" 625 . . . the 4" wheelgun would be the one I'd go home with. 1911s are a dime a dozen. Not so with the pre-lock 4" 625 revolvers.

  13. Ala Dan

    Ala Dan Member in memoriam

    Forget About The Price

    1911~! ;):D
  14. Zeke Menuar

    Zeke Menuar Well-Known Member

    I don't care for revolvers of any type.

    1911 all the way!

  15. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    the correct answer is both
  16. Brian Williams

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    Walkalong Moderator


  18. bluetopper

    bluetopper Well-Known Member

    I'm kinda partial to these two 45acp's.
  19. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Well-Known Member

    Hey GunNUt

    I'm in Wash State - I have a 625 5 inch Bbl. as well as a
    S & W SW1911 5 inch Stainless Steel NOvak FIxed sights
    They both have their place, Ilike to use full moon clips in
    the wheelgun and save the once fired brass for reloads.
    But, I carried the 1911 in the USN and it's the one I want
    in my hand when the SHTF.

    Where yah at in Wash State? Give me a call at 509 330-0449

    We'll talk about the .45 Auto RIm options you have with the 625
  20. BikerRN

    BikerRN member

    EDC = Everyday Carry

    Right now I'm using a Matt Del Fatti OWB, waiting on a Milt Sparks Summer Special II and a Matt Del Fatti IWB.

    The gun is a Thunder Ranch Revolver Model 22-4. It's a 45 ACP.

    As far as PICS, take a look at Defensive Carry, I post under the same name and have a PIC of my Gun/Holster in the Holster section if you search my old post.


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