Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Mr. Mosin, Nov 23, 2022.
Nope. According to Roy Jinks the cylinder is the one from a 25-3 and intended for this application but in the case of the 25-3 the barrel engraving reads 125th Anniversary 45 Colt Caliber. My 25-3 is in the thread above. Like the 25-2 it's a tack driver.
He described it as a cross between a 1950 - tapered barrel; and 1955 - 3 Ts.
A very few were made in 45 long Colt. Skeeter got one similar to this. I will have to find my notes on it referencing barrel length. I always wanted a 4” one when I wore a badge but the factory made even less of those! So, I built one from a Model 28-2
I carried one daily for many years and took untold numbers of varmints, pigs, and a few deer. I started out with a field load of a 325 grain LBT over a good dose of H110 but found this to be way too much for daily use. I settled on a 255 grain SWC at about 1000 FPS and shot a lot of these.
My handgun was a Ruger Bisley that started life as a 7.5 inch bbl. Ross Seyfried convinced me that a 5.5 inch barrel was ideal and so I had a couple of inches lopped off. I bought some oversized grips from somewhere and fitted them to the gun. I had the folks at El Paso saddlery make me a Threeperson's holster and matching belt. It proved accurate, portable and deadly. It is still one of my favorite handguns to this day and I bought my son the SS convertible version in hopes that he would find the same usefulness and enjoyment out of the gun and the cartridge.
I would gladly have carried the black powder version and felt adequately armed with no need for a magnum cartridge to supplant the power the .45 Colt.
I love my Bisleys, and I find the 5.6” barrel the perfect balance of shootability and portability .
Forehand & Wadsworth 41 rimfire as pre magnum as it gets for revolvers
That would be a nice woods gun.
My grandfather was carrying a .38 special when he was killed -- he was a county motorcycle patrolman, chasing a speeder and someone backed out onto the road in front of him. My Dad carried a .38 special when he was doing oil exploration on the upper Amazon during the great Motoloni Uprising in the '40s. My, I carry a .45, either an M1911 or a Colt New Service.
Pages 194-195 Standard Catalog of S&W, 4th edition.
Re:1955 .45 Target Model:
“Reported that around 15 were made in .45 Colt.”
Also predating the 25-3, was the 1950 Target Model, of which I forgot about, on pages 194-195:
“1953-1957: 200 were chambered in .45 Colt.”
And on pages 192-193: .45 Hand Ejector U..S.Army Model of 1917:
“Several known in .45 Colt caliber, worth substantial premium. One example is S/N 180445 shipped Feb 7, 1929 with nickel finish with 5 1/2” barrel. Later attributed to a Texas Ranger.”
With S&W you can almost never state absolutes, because they would often factory chamber limited numbers of their guns in calibers, finishes and barrel lengths special-requested by retailers, distributors or well heeled individuals that were not off the shelf production items. (Lew Horton is a modern example.) That is why many of these older factory made rarities usually go for five figures when they are sold.
I’m not trying to be argumentative, but I disagree with your statements. S&W did factory chamber the “triple lock” and their 1955 .45 target guns in .45 Colt caliber, plus they also chambered .45 Colt in the 1950 and the 1917 which predate the Model 25 series designation. So, I fully admit they were very rare, but that wasn’t a criteria of the OP.
Why is a 1950 .45 Model 26 and 1955 .45 Model 25?
There is quite a difference between the two. The Model 26 has a tapered barrel. The Model 25 barrels are one diameter from end to end. Both are 45 Caliber, and both have at times been offered in 45 ACP and 45 Colt.
My question is why the later version got the lower model number.
No telling really. Model numbers would not have been a thing in either of those years. They were assigned years later, and the roll mark dies were eventually replaced by caliber markings so there would not be any confusion.
I don't guess there is any knowing how they got assigned chronologically backward on these guns.
Not to mention the Model 27 which had already been in production as the '.357 Magnum' for 20 years.
My father was a young man coming of age in the 1920s, he used a Colt Woodsman.
Also, he made reduced small game loads for his 30-40 Krag.
And small game loads were apparently lots more common than the weight of a handgun in the woods.
I just found the thread about Skeeter’s revolver. It was a S&W Model 1950. The barrel was cut to 4”” and the revolver was converted to 45 long Colt.
When it shipped it was stamped as a Model 25-2!
But his FIRST special order .45 LC was a 6.5". Will post clip from his book in his words.
Here is what Skeeter said about his first special order .45 LC.
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