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Old 03-13-2017, 07:43 PM
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I just got this nice 25-5 with a 4" barrel today. It looks to be in very decent shape, but I have a question. The barrel is pinned, but the cylinder is not recessed for the cartridges. I thought they were supposed to be both pinned and recessed, or not either. Maybe the 25-5's were different than what I thought.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:48 PM
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Very nice find. Sadly, I am not able to help with your question.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:59 PM
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Magnums used to have recessed cylinders.
.22 rimfire, except some really old-time revolvers from about 100 years ago or earlier, have (and still do) recessed cylinders.
Non-magnum calibers never had recessed cylinders.
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The 45 Colt does not have recessed cylinder holes,magnum calibers had them.

The pinned barrel ended sometime in late 1981 for the 25-5 about the time the serial numbers changed from the N prefix to the Alpha Numeric type(AAA1234).
The good part of the change came with S&W finally fixing the oversize cylinder throat problem that plagued most Model 25 revolver made with the pinned barrel and had the S and N serial numbers

I have a LNIB 4" 25-5 shipped on the 31st day of 1986
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Great gun!

I have a 25-5 with an unpinned 6" barrel.

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Thanks a lot for that info, guys. The serial # dates it to 1979-1980. Also, the inside of one grip has a "11 9" which I assume could mean November of 1979.
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Very nice older revolver. Congrats.
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I just got this nice 25-5 with a 4" barrel today. It looks to be in very decent shape, but I have a question. The barrel is pinned, but the cylinder is not recessed for the cartridges. I thought they were supposed to be both pinned and recessed, or not either. Maybe the 25-5's were different than what I thought.
Yup, saw that on Jasons, along with a 4 inch 29-2. Both for very good prices. I thought hard about it, but now is not the time.
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Yeah, Shark, I ended up with both of those guns plus a little ammo.
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Very nice 25! Wish I had an older 1 such as yours. Did pick up a 25-15 at a local gun show a couple of years ago. I like all 45 revolvers. My 25. Bob
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Here's my box label for those that keep track of them
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I bought a new 4" blue M25-5 in August 1980. I round butted it and carried it on duty for about a year. A while later, I sold it to my patrol LT. In 2007, I bought it back from him. He passed about 1 1/2 years later.

It won't be sold again, not while I'm living anyway.

I think it was worth the $350 I gave the LT.
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I bought a new 4" blue M25-5 in August 1980. I round butted it and carried it on duty for about a year. A while later, I sold it to my patrol LT. In 2007, I bought it back from him. He passed about 1 1/2 years later.

It won't be sold again, not while I'm living anyway.

I think it was worth the $350 I gave the LT.
You have personal history in that gun so keeping it has sentiment attached.

Only one of the 12 revolvers in my safe was there a year ago and probably none of the ones that are in it today will not be there next year.I like trading and trying new to me guns.
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Nice snag! Oh, you are going to like that one. My N prefix four incher is my oldest owned N-frame, got it way back when and most likely will be the last one in my possession.. If I had to strap on a revolver and fight with it that big nasty .45 Colt 25-5 would be the one. Enjoy that one!
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Well played! Good investment.
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Nice looking piece. Congrats. I picked up a 25-2 recently that has been converted to a 44 Magnum with a 3 in barrel. Have been wanting something to shoot 44 specials for quite sometime.
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I am just a sucker for a 45 caliber wheel gun! I can't seem to pass one up at a reasonable price.
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Really pretty factory stocks on your gun, OP!
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I am envious! Sweet find!
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Thats a very nice score!
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4-5" seem to be the best balance with the big N-frame, IMHO. .45 colt is my favorite cartridge of all time. I have it in many revolvers (Colt SAA, Ruger, Cimarron) and a Henry brass Big Boy too (in 45.70 also). These S&W are both 4", blued is ~1980 and the nickel is ~1982. Both with N serial numbers. I'm not a collector, only need one of each, so am considering letting the nickel go so I can move on to something else.
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All these ones in this thread look good

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Very nice piece. I gave $425 for this one about four years ago knowing it had .457" throats. I just wanted a good shooter. I sent it off to S&W and for $150 they installed a new cylinder with proper .4525" throats. It shoots great.

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