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S&W Model 25 History

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Nightcrawler, Oct 21, 2004.

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  1. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Member

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    When did the first 4" model 25s, in either .45ACP or .45 Colt, become available?

    Has a 5" .45 Colt ever been produced?

    Has S&W made a fixed sight .45 Caliber revolver since the M1917?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Rich K

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    Yes,S&W did produce a run of Mod 25-7 in 1989,.45 colt,5 " barrel,and non fluted cylinder.I just acquired one about 2 months ago,and really like it.By the way,S&W only made about 2000 of them.
     
  3. Brian Williams

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    When did the first 4" model 25s, in either .45ACP or .45 Colt, become available?

    In 1957 when all of the model numbers started....!:D :D :D
    Really as the 1950 target, then followed by the 1955 target. one is a light weight barrel later called the mod 26, the other is the heavy barrel later called the mod 25.

    Has a 5" .45 Colt ever been produced?
    Yes a both a 25-5 and a 26-1, the 26 was a lightweight barrel compared to the standard bull barrel. The 26-1 was a overrun from the Georga SP anniversary model.

    Has S&W made a fixed sight .45 Caliber revolver since the M1917?
    Yes and it was called the Model 22 or 23 IIRC

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  4. Brian Williams

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    The 1950 target is the pre model 26 lightweight barrel and the 1955 target is the pre 25 heavy barrel. the Model 22 was the lightweight barrel with fixed sights and was also called the .45 Hand ejecter model of 1950 Military, also called the 1950 Army.
     
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    Perfessr Brian pretty well nailed it.

    Except the .45 Colt caliber Model 25-5 was only produced with 4", 6" & 8-3/8" barrels and was introduced in 1978.

    There were 2000 .45Colt caliber Model 25-9 produced in 1989 with 5" barrels and unfluted cylinders.

    To clarify, the 1950 Army (Model 22 )was a fixed sight 5½" chambered in .45acp. (Except for 200 chambered in .45Colt in 1952 == VERY RARE)
     
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