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auto caliber revolver frienzy

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Old School, Jul 31, 2008.

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  1. Old School

    Old School Member

    Jun 13, 2008
    It is an interesting thing to watch how everyone wants a revolver in 9mm or 45 acp all at once. Smith and Ruger quit making many models presumably because they weren't selling, now everyone seems to want one and the prices are soaring. I want a few more too, but I refuse to pay a premium just because they are hot right now. I wonder if Smith and Ruger will bring out new models or resurect some old ones to meet this new demand.
  2. Shade00

    Shade00 Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    Ruston, Louisiana & Jackson, Mississippi
    I'm planning on searching for one this weekend at the gun show. :uhoh: A 9mm Smith or Ruger, that is. Might even give up a treasured Colt for it.
  3. .38 Special

    .38 Special Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Orange County, CA.
    You mean like the Smith & Wesson models 22, 22-1917, 325, 610, and 625JM?

    Or something else? :neener:
  4. weisse52

    weisse52 Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    Bountiful, Utah
    I really wish I had my 25-2 back. Shot it better than anything before or since....

    Maybe one day I will find another. OR, Smith and Wesson will build a classic without a lock.

  5. mtngunr

    mtngunr Member

    Jun 6, 2008
    I love my 1917/1937....2.5"/25yd standing/braced with UMC ball, and 1.5" with the 452460 handloads....refuse to buy clips and use ACP and AR brass...wonderful old guns, and cheaper than new MIMed & Wessons.
  6. Gary A

    Gary A Member

    Dec 28, 2002
    I've had 'em, not had 'em and have two today. Both single-actions in .45acp. Love 'em. No longer really interested int the 357/9mm versions, but will seek more .45 versions. Would like a 1917 or Model 22 but the Blackhawk does everything I want for less money. Cimarron (Uberti), USFA, probably others make them too.
  7. spwenger

    spwenger Member

    Nov 24, 2006
    Show Low AZ
    Nothng New

    Often, in the firearm industry, discontinuation is what it takes to create consumer demand. A couple of cases in point are S&W's discontinuation of .44 Special revolvers and of Centennial revolvers, both of which eventually came back, with the latter most recently being offered in its "original" format, with the grip safety.

    In Evan Marshal's revolver forum I have seen a few comments that 9mm revolvers have proven to be a bit finicky about choice of ammo, with some of the modern JHP loads giving difficult extraction. Personally, I have experienced issues with fragility of the moon clips for five-shot 9mm revolvers, a problem I have not seen with the more robust clips for six-shot .45 ACP and 10mm revolvers. I wonder whether we will ever see a reprise of S&W's M-547, which had a special extractor system that permitted the use of the rimless 9x19mm cartridge without the moon clips.
  8. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Sep 17, 2007
    Eastern KS
    I agree.

    Everybody wanted 9mm revolvers, and the gun press was jumping up & down when they finally became available.

    But nobody put their money where their mouth was.

    So the guns were quietly discontinued due to lack of sales.

    Now, everyone again says they want to buy one.

    But would they buy one if they were made available again?

  9. BlindJustice

    BlindJustice Member

    Jul 26, 2007
    Pullman, WA
    Uh, S&W has been making various N-frames in .45 ACP almost
    continuously since 1917, with a pause I think in WWII.

    S&W M1917, then the post war model including the
    1937 Brazilian Contract
    Post WWII
    1950 Target
    1950 Military - became the Model 26
    1955 Target became the Model 25
    Model 625 Stainless Steel
    I have the 625 5: Bbl. full underlug
    it was discontinued Jan 1 '08 but now
    there is a PC 625 5 1/4" Bbl. with traditional
    trigger hammer and sear
    625 JM
    22 and 22/1917 - classic line with the front of the
    N-frame sculpted down to resemble the Mod 26 and M1917
    Scandium frame
    325 TR - 4" Bbl. w/light rail
    and a Titanium cyl.
    325 Night Guard 2 1/2" Bbl. and
    Stainless Steel cyl. fixed sights and Pachmayr grips

    S&W is hot and heavy on it having brought back
    the 610 this year in 10MM/.40 S&W.

    The demand for the older ones, and 625s w/no lock
    have increased in value along with other S&Ws of the same
    tyhpe and quality as just a fact of availability and the market
    demand that has been steady.

    Perhaps RUger has ceased the .45 ACP prod. guns - I don't know
    because I don't follow Ruger trends much

    Randall .
  10. JohnnyGrey

    JohnnyGrey Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Maybe it's because gun manufacturers are overshooting the demand curve on both sides. Auto caliber revolvers will have a small and steady following. I don't know why gun manufacturers feel that unless they sell a billion units, it's not worth their time. Prices are soaring because nobody makes them anymore. Evidently, some people really want them. I'll take a 9mm wheel gun. The rest of my autos are 9mm and I'd like to carry a revolver without taking up another caliber.
  11. doc2rn

    doc2rn Member

    Aug 6, 2006
    SW Florida
    I just dont get manufacturers. I have a .22 in both formats, I have a .45 in both, so why the heck wont they make a 9mm in both? If the Desert Eagle .357 had fit my hand, I would have had another pairing.
    I really wanted an SP101 in 9mm, or even .22 to match my Ruger MKII stainless.
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