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Here's a couple of my favorite .45 LC... The best of the breed in my humble opinion... Shoots much better than I am capable.

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Forgot to add one of my favorites... Insert "robin's eggs here!"

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I have fallen for the 45LC round, after acquiring a Governor. I can't say I enjoy the Governor that much, have enjoyed a couple of Ruger single actions I picked up, have not enjoyed Ruger double actions I looked at, and finally, today, I purchased (on-line) a new Model 25 Classic, 6.5", sight unseen, have never even held one. Am I going to be pleased when it arrives? or should I have searched for an older one?
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I have fallen for the 45LC round, after acquiring a Governor. I can't say I enjoy the Governor that much, have enjoyed a couple of Ruger single actions I picked up, have not enjoyed Ruger double actions I looked at, and finally, today, I purchased (on-line) a new Model 25 Classic, 6.5", sight unseen, have never even held one. Am I going to be pleased when it arrives? or should I have searched for an older one?
The Classic is a good step into the world of S&W 45 Cal revolvers.

You can send the 45 Colt cylinder out to have it machined for moon clips so it can also shoot 45ACP.
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I have a 6 1/2" 5 screw 45Cal Model of 1955 and a 4" 25-5.

A 4" barrel for me is easier to shoot.

I'd like to find a 25-7 as my next acquisition or/and a 625 Mountain Gun in 45ACP.
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I have fallen for the 45LC round, after acquiring a Governor. I can't say I enjoy the Governor that much, have enjoyed a couple of Ruger single actions I picked up, have not enjoyed Ruger double actions I looked at, and finally, today, I purchased (on-line) a new Model 25 Classic, 6.5", sight unseen, have never even held one. Am I going to be pleased when it arrives? or should I have searched for an older one?
I bought one of these from Bud's 6 months ago. The thin, tapered barrel is very light so the gun balances well, not at all muzzle heavy. The action on mine is smooth, with good staging. SA pull is very light and crisp. The blueing is not quite as deep and shiny as the older guns but still looks good. Mine did have a slight barrel constriction where it threads through the frame, a common thing on large bore revolvers that causes leading just past the threads. I got a fire lapping kit from Brownells and followed the directions It only took one series of shots with the three abrasives to remove the constriction. It now shoots lead bullets without leading problems. It's the easiest to shoot N frame I have.
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I need a LOT more money.

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In 1979 I wanted a pair of 29s for some overseas assignments. Thanks to Dirty Harry and greedy S&W distributors they were available only at ridiculously inflated prices.

I had not considered the .45 Colt. Old, 19th Century CE you know.

A colleague disabused me of my ignorance and I bought a pair of 25-5s, six-inch barrels. I was perfectly happy with the combat accuracy and never saw a reason to cut cloverleafs with them, so I couldn't tell you if they could.

Years later, after I heard about this controversy I tested mine. A 452 bullet will drop through all chambers of both guns, slowing in some. A 454 bullet will not drop through.

These were the first large caliber revolvers I owned, and I hated the grips. I was given a couple after-market ones that served me very well. As others have said, the .45 Colt does not have the recoil of the .44 Magnum, but exhibited substantial penetration and hit very hard. John Taffin later explained why, and I have had greater respect for the caliber ever since.

The only downside at the end of the '70s, early '80s, was the lack of really good ammo. I carried exclusively the handloads a colleague made for me. I don't have any more so I can't give performance data. I just remember they would pierce a car door and other sheet metal when a .45ACP would not.

In '97 I saw my first 625-6 Mountain Gun and had to have it. It has been one of my day-hike and backpacking trailguns ever since. As with the 25-5s, I hated the grips. About that time Jerry Miculek was offering his custom grips so I ordered a set. The fit was terrible, the oversize backs that extended past the grip frame cut my hands. The four-inch barrel made it a decidedly different gun.

I wound up sending the gun to Clark, who emailed me to say Jerry personally selected the grips that were fitted to the gun! One of my FAVORITE stories!

I haven't bothered to try the bullet drop test because it is as accurate as I can shoot if off-hand.

I shoot exclusively handloads, except when I use one for a CCW gun. Modern commercial ammo is, in my opinion, better than I can make. For all other uses I load 200- or 260-grain bullets to exit the 6" barrel at about 800fps or so. I just don't need more.

I am long retired from any task where I might use them in employment, and have been toying with putting a "special" barrel on one to make a blue Mountain Gun look-alike. Seeing the custom guns posted here, I'm even more tempted.

Bluntly, they are not my favorite carry guns. Among revolvers, too many others serve me better. I day-hike with the 625 only when the others I might carry instead, have been appropriated by my hiking companions. I keep the -5s out of nostalgia. They don't get to the range often, but if I'm taking one of my Colt SAA's, one of them will go along.
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After having this Pre 25 Model of 1955 5 screw revolver for a few weeks and having shot it twice I decided to give it a thorough cleaning.

I purchased a gallon of K-1 Kerosene and a plastic tub to use for soaking the gun clean of dried up grease and oil that may have been still from the original factory lubrication.

I took off the grips and stripped it down except for the rear sight,trigger group hand and the cylinder.I couldn't find my cylinder tool so I left the ejector rod on rather than possibly marring it up.

After the kerosene bath for 5 days I scrubbed out the cylinder holes and bore with a 50 cal brush and reassembled starting with the last parts removed.Each piece got wiped down and oiled before putting it back in the gun.

I last did this in 1983 on my NYPD Model 10-6 so it was just like riding a bike.

All back together and working better than before the bath.
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Am I seeing things or are there two revolvers in these pictures?
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The first picture is of a pistol with full underlug all the others don't have this feature?
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Good eye brother, someone better fess up!

Edit :Illusion caused by glare/camera flash?

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No flash,pictures taken in natural sunlight on the patio.

Natural light is best for cleaning a gun.

Are you referring to my photos?

If mine,they're all of the same gun

#1- Revolver is disassembled and bathing in a few inches of kerosene
#2-Parts are all out of the kerosene laying on an old t-shirt
#3-Frame without moving parts
#4-Reassembled Pre 25 5 screw 45 Cal Model Of 1955
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I want to grow up to be the O.P. (Allen-frame). Mastering photography AND amassing a collection of 25's like his!
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I recently inherited a S&W 45 Colt CTG and was hoping you guys might be able to assist with some background?

It is labeled AYM6*** and MOD 25 5

It has a 4" Barrel with the standard S&W on one side and "45 Colt CTG" on the other side.

Thats about all I know about it so any information at all would be greatly appreciated.

Apparently I can't get the photo to work but here is a link:
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Wsa making my regular wknd visit to the local pawn shop lokking for a S&W 357 in a snub nose. Promised this would be the only revolver I buy this year. Now the 357 will be only 357 I buy this year. I haven't gotten a chance to shoot the 25-5 45Colt but I will.
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this is the only one I have now. back in the day I had all three barrel lengths of the 25-5 I kept them for 25 years or so then I had a brain hiccup and sold them all. this is about 1981 and shoots good with my favorite load. 16gr. of 2400 std primer and a 250gr. rnfp cast from WW
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I am sure I have shared these on the forum elsewhere but I will join in here with my two 25-5s. I am embarrassed to say I have never shot them. Nor have I measured the throats for size. I should shoot them but just haven't. I use my 3rd gen SAA for that......



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I just bought a Heritage Series 25-11, and a 24-5. Beautiful guns! I hope to have them in hand by the end of next week.
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After having this Pre 25 Model of 1955 5 screw revolver for a few weeks and having shot it twice I decided to give it a thorough cleaning.

I purchased a gallon of K-1 Kerosene and a plastic tub to use for soaking the gun clean of dried up grease and oil that may have been still from the original factory lubrication.

I took off the grips and stripped it down except for the rear sight,trigger group hand and the cylinder.I couldn't find my cylinder tool so I left the ejector rod on rather than possibly marring it up.

After the kerosene bath for 5 days I scrubbed out the cylinder holes and bore with a 50 cal brush and reassembled starting with the last parts removed.Each piece got wiped down and oiled before putting it back in the gun.

I last did this in 1983 on my NYPD Model 10-6 so it was just like riding a bike.

All back together and working better than before the bath.
In the early days Browning Arms Co. recommended diesel fuel or kerosene as a cleaner for their firearms.........
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Please notice the grips. It appears the gun was engraved for "football" type target grips but equipped with "speed loader" type grips. These are beautiful wood but I have thought to have KB make a new set of cokes for me but they would not be original. What is your opinion? I do have other target grips but none are as nice as these.

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Gotta love how Photo Bucket has single-handedly ruined old threads like this by going premium.

Pages once lined with gorgeous pictures now reduced to a graveyard lined with headstones all baring the same inscription.

On Topic: I really love the Smith & Wesson Model 625, but sadly nowadays they appear to only be offered in .45 ACP and most recently manufactured models which were chambered in .45LC aren't the same as older models since they all have a full length ejector rod housing and tend to have round butt grips. So sadly unless I'm lucky enough to encounter a reasonably priced 625 from decades ago, I'll have to settle for the Ruger Redhawk in .45LC/ACP, which while nice, isn't the same as a 625.

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I ordered a new model 25-15 in 2016 in 45 colt, but I don't see it offered on the S&W site now. Wonder when and why they decided to drop it? I like it fine, although the double action trigger pull is a bit much for these arthritic older fingers, so I just shoot it single action. Love to reload for it, one of my favorite rounds.
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I only have one, a 625-6 MG. I found it NIB at a show last year. It sees a lot of use as my backpacking gun.
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I have a couple of S&W revolvers in .45 Colt. Love shootin' these stoppers!

S&W Model 25-5 "Black Beauty" in .45 Colt




S&W Model 625-9 "Mountain Gun" in .45 Colt




Thanks for looking a couple of my .45's.

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Jere is my favorite 45 colt. aa model 25-5 with barrel cut to 5" from 8 3/8 and a recessed model 29 cylinder reamed to 45 colt and fitted to get a pinned and recessed 5" 45 colt

Here is a model 629-1 reamed to 45 colt and a 5" full lug barrel installed

Here is a 629-1 with a reamed cylinder cut to also fire 45 acps in clips sporting a 4" barrel

Here is a 1955 setup with a reamed 29 cylinder

and finally a 455 triple lock I picked up with cylinder reamed to take 45 colts

Yes, I like 45 colt S&W revolvers
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Fantastic Photos!!

I am contemplating having a Unfluted .44mag Cylinder sent out to be bored to .45lc, and cut for Moonclips. Then installed it in a 625-3 3Ē. Is it preferable to use a 625 Frame or 629 Frame for the conversion? Or are both internally the same being N frames? I know Iíll have to have the barrel shank substantially shorted to fit the new cylinder. Is it more cost effective to just use a 629 barrel and Frame and have that bored out as well? Just want to consider all my options before sending it out.


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Jere is my favorite 45 colt. aa model 25-5 with barrel cut to 5" from 8 3/8 and a recessed model 29 cylinder reamed to 45 colt and fitted to get a pinned and recessed 5" 45 colt

Here is a model 629-1 reamed to 45 colt and a 5" full lug barrel installed

Here is a 629-1 with a reamed cylinder cut to also fire 45 acps in clips sporting a 4" barrel

Here is a 1955 setup with a reamed 29 cylinder

and finally a 455 triple lock I picked up with cylinder reamed to take 45 colts

Yes, I like 45 colt S&W revolvers
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Hi, group new to the forum. I work in a small store in Tennessee and have had a strange gun walk through the door. Smith and Wesson 25-2 45 LC with a 2.5 " barrel. Gun looks great but I can't find any info on the firearm. Customer stated it was custom built by S&W and they only made 100. Can any of you fine collectors enlighten me on this one?

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Hi, group new to the forum. I work in a small store in Tennessee and have had a strange gun walk through the door. Smith and Wesson 25-2 45 LC with a 2.5 " barrel. Gun looks great but I can't find any info on the firearm. Customer stated it was custom built by S&W and they only made 100. Can any of you fine collectors enlighten me on this one?

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I'm guessing original, you don't just cut something like these down(especially shortening the ejector housing)? I'd break my arm, getting my wallet. out of my pocket for the right price? You failed to mention this in your post?
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We are trying to gauge a price for the customer I am honestly in the dark on this one. He is asking $1200 and I don't know if it's a $1200 gun or a $600 gun. What's strange is there is no caliber designation anywhere on the pistol.
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It looks to be a Jovino-esque conversion, but s number of smiths were doing these conversions a while back.

They are really cool guns and I don't think the $1200 mark is too far off for a retail price.
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We are trying to gauge a price for the customer I am honestly in the dark on this one. He is asking $1200 and I don't know if it's a $1200 gun or a $600 gun. What's strange is there is no caliber designation anywhere on the pistol.
You, are evidently, have more access to the info than I but., a lot of this info was missing in first post?
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