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S&w 25-9

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by guitarguy314, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. guitarguy314

    guitarguy314 Member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Hey guys!

    I just got a Model 25-9 and it really is a thing of beauty. Beautifully blued and chambered in 45 LC, with a 6 inch barrel. I had a few questions though.

    1) Is there anywhere that I can get a manual from? I contacted S&W after searching their site and not finding the appropriate manual. I'd like to know how to take it apart for cleaning etc.

    2) The firing pin is on the hammer of this model. However, when I cock the hammer, the firing pin is able to wiggle up a little bit. I am able to pull the firing pin up (not side to side if forward of back) but when I let go it returns to it's original position. Should it be doing this, or does this need to be fixed?

    Thanks guys,

  2. ozarkguy

    ozarkguy New Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Southwest Mo
    guitatguy, not sure what to tell you about question one, but regarding question two, your firing pin sounds completely normal. I believe these are called rebounding firing pins and all of the ones mounted on the hammer nose move. All of my S&W's firing pins are like that.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Elder

    Dec 30, 2002
    Deep in the Ozarks
    The firing pin is loose because if it were rigid, it would soon break off. Your gun has a rebounding hammer -- try cocking the empty gun and pulling the trigger. With the trigger held back, look at the gun from the side, and you will see the tip of the firing pin protruding from the recoil shield. Release the trigger and watch it withdraw or "rebound," so that it no longer contacts the primer.
  4. BYJO4

    BYJO4 Participating Member

    Nov 28, 2010
    Call S&W on Monday and they will help you with the manual. Your firing pin sounds normal.
  5. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Participating Member

    Feb 24, 2005
    Unless there is some pressing need to disassemble the gun, I would advise against it. There is no need to take anything apart for normal maintanence and cleaning.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    What he said.

    Completely dissembling revolvers for cleaning has ruined more good revolvers then not cleaning them.

    If you want to remove the cylinder for cleaning, just take out the front sideplate screw in front of the trigger guard.
    Then open the cylinder and slip the crane & cylinder foreword out of the frame.
    Then the crane can be slipped out of the cylinder assembly.

    That and the grips are the only two things that you should even consider taking off for normal cleaning.

    PS: Do Not attempt to take the cylinder assembly apart.
    It is called an assembly for a very good reason.

    Here is the Owners Manual. They are not model specific:

    The firing pin is perfectly normal. Thats the way it was made to work.

  7. guitarguy314

    guitarguy314 Member

    Dec 13, 2011
    Thanks so much guys! I was worried about that firing pin.

    I didn't think you did need to take it apart for cleaning. Thanks for the reassurance. I'm no gun smith.

    Thanks for the manual rcmodel. I just like to have it with the gun.
  8. DPris

    DPris Senior Member

    Nov 4, 2007
    I have one, I consider it the apex of the 25 in .45 Colt.
    Firing pin is perfectly normal, as above.

    On taking the gun completely apart, I often do with a new-to-me Smith just to clean out internal gunk & make sure it's clean & lubed properly.
    I know how to do it, I have the tools, and it's not difficult at all when you do.

    If you don't know how & don't have the tools, you can leave it as is or pay a gunsmith $30 or so to just quickly go through it. After which it shouldn't need to be done again for a long time, depending on how much you shoot it & in what conditions (dusty, muddy, etc.).

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