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delisle
01-12-2010, 5:17 PM
To the powers that be here on Claguns, what are some good choices for .45 ACP revolver? I am NOT interested in any other calibers aside from .45 ACP in a revolver.

Thanks for the input!

:sailor:

ElvenSoul
01-12-2010, 5:24 PM
I can't remember the model number but S&W makes a tatical 8 shot in .45acp

speedjunkie
01-12-2010, 5:29 PM
I can't remember the model number but S&W makes a tatical 8 shot in .45acp

ElvenSoul...you're thinking about either the 627 or the 327TRR....but those are in .357Mag. The .45ACP revolver is the 625 and comes in different barrel lengths....they use moon clips.

bwiese
01-12-2010, 5:38 PM
what are some good choices for .45 ACP revolver? I am NOT interested in any other calibers aside from .45 ACP in a revolver.


I can't remember the model number but S&W makes a tatical 8 shot in .45acp


The typical 45ACP double-action revolver in common circulation is the S&W 625.

The S&W 45ACP revolvers are N-frame and hold 6 shots. 8-shot N-frame revolvers hold 38/357 rounds; 8 shots of 45ACP would require a painful diameter for cylinder (soup can?? :) )

The S&W 625 comes in 4" and 5" barrel lengths in matte stainless, and also comes in a fancy "-JM" Jerry Miculek variant with apparently dressier finish and fancy wood grips.

There's also a lightweight 325PD revolver using Titanium/Scandium alloy that's very light. It's pricey, recoil is gonna be sharper than a steel or stainless revolver. I belive there's a snubby version and a 4" version.

There may be blued Model 25 revolvers in 45ACP out there, I don't think they're in production today, or are just part of the fancy Heritage line.

Taurus may have 45ACP revolvers - I recall they had snubby 5-shot 45s. Not sure if they have a 6 shooter.

There may have been a short run of Ruger Redhawk double action revolvers (using conversion cylinder) in 45ACP & 45LC - my memory is dim.

Ruger Blackhawk 45LC revolvers often are accompanied by a spare cylinder in 45ACP. Accuracy in 45ACP can be reduced since there's ~0.001" slop btwn 45ACP and 45LC bullet diameters.


If you are looking for the purest expression of a 45ACP revolver that's an absolute tack driver, get a S&W 625. I'll leave the decision of 4" vs 5" bbl to you - I like the way my 4" gun balances.

rgs1975
01-12-2010, 5:53 PM
Anything from S&W.

Miltiades
01-12-2010, 5:59 PM
Smith & Wesson makes a number of .45 ACP revolvers in various barrel lengths and configurations. They generally have model numbers of 25 (blued) or 625 (stainless), and many are on the CA list. They use moon clips to handle the rimless .45 ammo. Here is one of the JM (Jerry Miculek) models in the line:

http://sgcusa.com/images/large/M625JM_SW160936%20(A).jpg

Grumpyoldretiredcop
01-12-2010, 6:02 PM
I have a S&W 325 - the recoil is sharper than an equivalent all-steel revolver, but it's not unmanageable (I don't have any problems firing controlled pairs at 7 yards, for example). It's also a lot lighter to carry but it's really on the edge of concealable.

I've also had a S&W 25 (Model 1955 Target). My wife liked it as there was very little recoil but it is not a carry pistol by any stretch of the imagination by virtue of size and weight.

I've handled, but not fired, the JM 4". It's a well balanced, very solid feeling revolver. With its round butt, it's easier to conceal than the 25, but again, it's a service revolver, not a concealed carry weapon.

Your choice depends on what you intend to use it for. Smith & Wesson's website lists the following current models of .45 ACP revolvers:

325 Night Guard - 2 1/2" scandium frame (black finish)
625 - Mountain Gun 4" and JM 4"
25 - Classic 6 1/2" blue and nickeled

gwl
01-12-2010, 6:05 PM
Smith & Wesson makes a number of .45 ACP revolvers in various barrel lengths and configurations. They generally have model numbers of 25 (blued) or 625 (stainless), and many are on the CA list. They use moon clips to handle the rimless .45 ammo. Here is one of the JM (Jerry Miculek) models in the line:

http://sgcusa.com/images/large/M625JM_SW160936%20(A).jpg

Looks nice. Anybody out there have one of these? How do you like it?

G17GUY
01-12-2010, 6:07 PM
I can't remember the model number but S&W makes a tatical 8 shot in .45acp

No, but a 6-shot yes

http://www.davidsonsinc.com/dealers/prod_images/170316.jpg
http://www.davidsonsinc.com/dealers/prod_images/163421.jpg
http://www.davidsonsinc.com/dealers/prod_images/150195.jpg
http://www.davidsonsinc.com/dealers/prod_images/150199-S&W.jpg
http://www.davidsonsinc.com/dealers/prod_images/160936JM.JPG

NRAhighpowershooter
01-12-2010, 6:15 PM
Well.............. there is always the Colt or S&W M1917 :cool:
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd88/highpowershooter/Firearms/M1917.jpg
but then you'd have to use Moon Clips as the gun is 45 Auto Rim, but the moon clips are pretty inexpensive...

spike spiegel
01-12-2010, 6:17 PM
My buddy has that Jerry Miculek, its a real nice shooter. I was surprised at how accurate it was. I'm thinking about getting one myself. Or maybe the thunder ranch one.

jazman
01-12-2010, 6:29 PM
Mountain Gun.

nn3453
01-12-2010, 6:29 PM
625JM 4" barrel. Very accurate, good trigger that gets better with use, balances very very well, reloads are fast. The IDPA ESR stage is designed around it.

shooting4life
01-12-2010, 6:31 PM
My 625 with a 5 inch barrel has the best balence of any revolver I have fired. Love using the moon clips or 45 auto rim.

wooger
01-12-2010, 6:32 PM
I have a 5" 625 and it is extremely accurate.

I also have a New Service in .455 Eley and a S&W hand ejector in .455, both are fun!

bwiese
01-12-2010, 6:33 PM
You'll find that the plain-Jane 625 will serve you as well as the fancy -JM version and save a few bucks.

I have the plain 625 in 4", 2005 vintage, and it's a dream gun. Trigger like glass...

M47_Dragon
01-12-2010, 6:49 PM
Looks nice. Anybody out there have one of these? How do you like it?

I have one. I love it! Trigger out of the box was great, but I had it further tuned for competition (IDPA). I wouldn't really care for the grip if this were just a range gun. The grip was designed by Jerry Miculek for faster reloads -- the gun turns faster in the hand when speed reloading with a moon clip. It's true, as I have tried other grips and always return to the JM grips.


Semper fi.

J-cat
01-12-2010, 9:46 PM
Freedom Arms will make you an auxilary 45 ACP cylinder for their 454 Casull.

spencerhut
01-12-2010, 10:40 PM
I've got a 625JM and a WWI vintage M1917. Both are fun shoot, reload and shoot some more. The 625JM was something I stumbled on and really like it. I would like to add a Thunder Ranch .45ACP and make it a trio.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_SX8XKLZWbEA/S01ppOt4r6I/AAAAAAAAIxA/-6O7-glU9NE/s800/DSCF9149.JPG

The JM for some reason has a serrated / grooved trigger even though Jerry uses smooth triggers on his guns. The M1917 has a smooth trigger and I like it much better. I'll change out the trigger on the JM some day, or just grind it smooth.

SDJim
01-13-2010, 7:52 AM
Could everyone please go easy on their search for either a 1950 Target or a 25-2 1955 till I can get mine.

Thanks

dfletcher
01-13-2010, 8:46 AM
There are also many Colt New Service revolvers out there in 45 ACP, not just the 1917 version but quite a few "civilian" target models.

gef
01-13-2010, 12:46 PM
I have the plain jane 625 in a 4" and with full moon clips it can't be beat. One other thing to get when using full moon clips is a loader/unloader, makes all the different in the world. You can also get the polymer full moon clips for the range as the word well in the setting.

Maltese Falcon
01-13-2010, 1:05 PM
....man you guys are troublemakers!

After seeing all the the beautiful pieces here...I will be compelled (like a seed planted in the brain) to add to the series of my Glock 21C, Kimber Custom II and Taurus PT145 with a revolver....:rolleyes:

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doughboy334
01-13-2010, 7:18 PM
Whats the going price for a M1917 revolver in .45ACP and anyone know any gunshops that might have them?

Rule .308
01-13-2010, 8:33 PM
I like my 1989 model 625, great little gun

Full Clip
01-13-2010, 8:40 PM
I have a stainless 625, but this is one sweet piece:

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson/upload/images/firearms/170292_large.jpg

El Gato
01-13-2010, 10:23 PM
Looks nice. Anybody out there have one of these? How do you like it?

had one since last spring.. love it... shot it Tues. last... very very accurate and nice to shoot... getting enough rounds through it that the trigger is getting really smooth... comes with a factory action job I believe and I have become rather enamored with the gold bead front sight... hate the stocks...took them off and put a set of Hogue on them... too slippery and my hand moved too much... others will like them.. I don't...the hogue fit the bill nicely... the gun has gotten smoother and I have gotten happier...

have a friend that has this:
http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10001&storeId=10001&productId=53950&langId=-1&isFirearm=Y

and was impressed by the one hole group I was able to shoot at 15 yards...
set about getting mine...wanted adjustable sights and was offered this as an alternative at the NRA dinner... snapped it up and have been really happey...

Grumpyoldretiredcop
01-13-2010, 11:44 PM
Here's my 325...

http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt279/grumpyoldretiredcop/SW325leftside.jpg

tankerman
01-14-2010, 6:19 AM
I've got a 625 JM, was not at all impressed with the trigger. Ended up reworking the action, now it's a good gun with a good trigger.
625JM 4" barrel. Very accurate, good trigger that gets better with use, balances very very well, reloads are fast. The IDPA ESR stage is designed around it.

liketoshoot
01-14-2010, 6:32 AM
Looks nice. Anybody out there have one of these? How do you like it?

Love mine, some kick but still fun and nice trigger too.

RubEric
01-14-2010, 3:30 PM
My 25. Purchased in 1967. It has a high gloss finish rather than satin finish of the cataloged guns. There were no 25's being produced then. I had ordered one in high gloss finish which was finished and assembled by the repair shop. Took a couple of years to get it.

Eric


http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b188/RubEric/IM1955.jpg

tankerman
01-14-2010, 6:10 PM
Wow that gun looks really nice, finish is as nice as a Colt.
My 25. Purchased in 1967. It has a high gloss finish rather than satin finish of the cataloged guns. There were no 25's being produced then. I had ordered one in high gloss finish which was finished and assembled by the repair shop. Took a couple of years to get it.

Eric


http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b188/RubEric/IM1955.jpg

Uxi
01-14-2010, 7:15 PM
I like it! Been thinking of getting the 625JM... I tend to <3 stainless but that black 625 is looking gooooood.