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Smith & Wesson 25-5. Part II

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by CajunBass, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. CajunBass

    CajunBass Active Member

    A few days ago I asked for pictures of Smith & Wesson 25's. Well, I couldn't take it no more, so I had to go get the one I had on layaway out.

    I had said I wasn't going to buy any more for a while, but this one was too nice to pass up.

    Model 25-5, 45 Colt, 4" barrel. TT,TH, Magna grips, a little wear at the muzzle, and a slight turn line. Made in 1980.



    Since I got it, I have learned that the beveled grips are called "plain clothes" grips. I'd never seen them before. I think they look a little out of balance. I may have to look for a nice set of period target grips.
  2. WC145

    WC145 Active Member

    Nice looking piece, congrats. I like the grips, just add a t-grip and you'll be all set.
  3. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby New Member

    Very nice. Mine is a favorite.
  4. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Active Member

    sweeet. Congrats. :cool:
  5. Those smaller grips are referred to as "magna" grips by S&W. They might be used for concealment, but they have never offically been called plainclothes grips.
  6. Got_Lead?

    Got_Lead? New Member

    Beautiful. I'll trade you my 6" barrel for your 4 incher. Straight across, what a deal.

    I'm jealous.
  7. content

    content New Member

    Hello friends and neighbors // Nice snag/save, 1980 was yesterday to that revolver.

    Very handsome, hope you enjoy shooting it.
    A little heavy for EDC but I like the grips.:D
  8. Cop Bob

    Cop Bob New Member

    Very Nice... unless you are just a die hard traditionalist, take a look at the Houge Mono Grip.. pretty comfortable on an N frame.. not real expensive either...
  9. pharmer

    pharmer Member

    Get the targets, they are what was originally on the gun. Joe
  10. mmitch

    mmitch New Member


    It's a beautiful gun, "plainclothes" is one term used, another is "modified magnas" either is correct as per your noted rounded bottom edges.

  11. Walkalong

    Walkalong Moderator

    Very nice. :)
  12. orionengnr

    orionengnr New Member

    Beautiful. Had one just like it, right down to the year of manufacture. Mine had the Target grips, though. I really like those grips, especially with a Tyler T-grip.

    You, sir, have exceptional taste. :)
  13. Scipio Africanus

    Scipio Africanus New Member

    Beautiful. I too am jealous.
  14. calaverasslim

    calaverasslim New Member

    I have one I got last year. I took the targets off because they were a little uncomfortable and put magna on. Luv it. I swap the grips off with a set of Executioner Elk Stags and that looks just super. Mine has found a home for sure
  15. CajunBass

    CajunBass Active Member

    Last part first. Thank you, but it's easy to have good taste when looking at...shall we say..."older" Smith & Wesson's. :D

    Oddly enough, just yesterday I got a package in the mail containing a pair of Tyler's T-Grips I had given up hope of ever seeing. One of them was for an N frame Smith. They were on the gun almost as soon as they came out of the package. Funny how such a simple alteration can make the gun both feel and look better.

    I hadn't noticed the grips, until a fellow who was standing there as I was filling out the paperwork pointed them out to me. We both thought the previous owner had done that himself, then refinished the grips. When I mentioned that on the Smith & Wesson forum, I was told that they were a factory offering, and that "we" call them "plainclothes grips."

    I'm looking forward to shooting it one day the first of the week. I've got a box of 45 Colt ammo I've had for twenty years I guess. The tag on the box says $15.95 anyway. Yes, I know how much 45 Colt ammo costs now. Might as well order dies and virgin brass. :D
  16. The smaller grips on N-frame guns were only offered on the 27, 28, 58, and .38-44, and early .45 (25-2, 26, etc) revolvers as standard equipment. The 25-5's came with target grips. They were applied upon special order to other N-frames. The factory never published anything calling them plainclothes grips. Those people over at S&W forum may call them whatever they want, but the factory terminology and records tends to differ with them. But, who cares? They look good on your gun, and serve the purpose of being easier to carry concealed.

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