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Back in March a forum member - who shall remain nameless - sent me some pics after he found out about my weakness for 45 ACP revolvers. One look at the photos and I knew they needed me. Now spending for these wasn't on my radar so I moved a few autoloaders, one of which got me a 2 month spring vacation (read the rules before you sell here!!).
Anyway my family of 45 ACP wheelguns has increased x 2.

WARNING - Before you look, please be aware that you will see a hole in the side of these guns. Do not be alarmed. Think beauty mark and google a picture of Miss Kitty.
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What I failed to mention was the uniqueness of the serial numbers.
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Very nice, those are Lew Hortons? And they didn't make many, something like 300 of each?

I think even less, maybe 150 or so?
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I really like the blued one---sweet gun!! (Both are, actually)
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Very nice, those are Lew Hortons? And they didn't make many, something like 300 of each?

I think even less, maybe 150 or so?
150 is correct.
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Now that is great! Now I want a 45acp revolver too.....thanks. Time to start clearing the safe
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Now that is great! Now I want a 45acp revolver too.....thanks. Time to start clearing the safe

Be forewarned, they're like tator chips....you can't have just one! Here's the rest of the family.
Left to rt, top to bottom: 1917; 25-12; 25-2; 625 JM; sorry about the Kimbers.
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What I failed to mention was the uniqueness of the serial numbers.
S&W made a slew of interesting guns in this time frame, June of 2006 to about January of 2007. There were nickel and pinto M36-10's with CLB prefixes, M25-15's like your's (CLF & CLH), M24-6's (CLD & CLE). Others, no doubt, that I've never seen.

They were all made in small numbers and had Product Codes that began with an atypical "15", a red flag of something special. I suppose they were all made for Lew Horton distributing. They probably requested the s/n's be reserved for their use, though the prefixes were typical of the s/n's that were being issued at that time on the standard production line.
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S&W made a slew of interesting guns in this time frame, June of 2006 to about January of 2007. There were nickel and pinto M36-10's with CLB prefixes, M25-15's like your's (CLF & CLH), M24-6's (CLD & CLE). Others, no doubt, that I've never seen.

They were all made in small numbers and had Product Codes that began with an atypical "15", a red flag of something special. I suppose they were all made for Lew Horton distributing. They probably requested the s/n's be reserved for their use, though the prefixes were typical of the s/n's that were being issued at that time on the standard production line.

You are correct. Unfortunately for me and others like me that have recently started this new found hobby, the cost to acquire these limited models can be quite taxing.
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Congrats on your newest!

Those are mighty fine.
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Just beautiful, G-Dad!! The classic diamond grips are gorgeous too! Tell me, would you have liked them less or more if they had bull barrels? I prefer the latter.

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Just beautiful, G-Dad!! The classic diamond grips are gorgeous too! Tell me, would you have liked them less or more if they had bull barrels? I prefer the latter.

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Thanks for the comments Hank! I like them just how they are. To me they have a very balanced look. But I guess that's why S&W made so many different options for the same models - not everyone likes the same thing. That's part of what makes this hobby so interesting.

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Congratulations on a nice addition to the family

As the Kernel mentions S&W, in conjunction with Lew Horton, offered 3 variations of that 3", square butt revolver that was built on the Heritage Series inspired 4 screw N-frame. Model 24s, 25s and 29s were all produced in both Blue and nickel.

I really wanted a pair like yours, unfortunately at the same time Lew was building the 3 1/2" and 5", 8 shot model 27s in both blue and nickel so I had a small herd of revolvers to pick up at the time.
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I really wanted a pair like yours, unfortunately at the same time Lew was building the 3 1/2" and 5", 8 shot model 27s in both blue and nickel so I had a small herd of revolvers to pick up at the time.

That's a mighty fine herd of revolvers to have Sir!! With those 27's you won't be missing the 25's.
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That's a mighty fine herd of revolvers to have Sir!! With those 27's you won't be missing the 25's.
It was tough putting together that much mad money without anyone noticing it from the household budget.



However I do have one of each variation of carbon steel, 8 shot, 357 revolver produced by S&W. Like your pair, all 6 of these have the same serial number

And I still want the model 25s
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However I do have one of each variation of carbon steel, 8 shot, 357 revolver produced by S&W. Like your pair, all 6 of these have the same serial number

And I still want the model 25s
At least you only need 2 more, I need 6 more!
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I would be happy with just one of them.... blued... nickel, I would not care..... color me jealous

very nice....
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One would have / should have been enough but I just couldn't let the serial numbers be separated. It's a twin thing. Just ask my twin granddaughters. They'll explain it.

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As a relative newbie migrating from Colt, I'm having some difficulty pinpointing facts about the M25-14 Lew Horton. I've seen threads stating the production numberswere 150 each of stainless and blued, 250 each of stainless and blued, and 250 stainless/350 blued. I'm looking here at a (blued) CLH-255. Is there a definitive source of the numbers in this run? I can't seem to locate one. Thanks in advance. And yep it's a truly beautiful gun-- I would have to shoot it
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As a relative newbie migrating from Colt, I'm having some difficulty pinpointing facts about the M25-14 Lew Horton. I've seen threads stating the production numberswere 150 each of stainless and blued, 250 each of stainless and blued, and 250 stainless/350 blued. I'm looking here at a (blued) CLH-255. Is there a definitive source of the numbers in this run? I can't seem to locate one. Thanks in advance. And yep it's a truly beautiful gun-- I would have to shoot it
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That SKU was part of an interesting series of three inch revolvers we did in conjunction
with Smith & Wesson. We contracted with Smith to do six separate guns, each having
the same specs except for caliber and finish. Each of the six models has a unique
serial number range of 00 1to 250, with a different alpha prefix.
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As a relative newbie migrating from Colt, I'm having some difficulty pinpointing facts about the M25-14 Lew Horton. I've seen threads stating the production numberswere 150 each of stainless and blued, 250 each of stainless and blued, and 250 stainless/350 blued. I'm looking here at a (blued) CLH-255. Is there a definitive source of the numbers in this run? I can't seem to locate one. Thanks in advance. And yep it's a truly beautiful gun-- I would have to shoot it
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A Smith & Wesson model 25 is a carbon steel firearm, it's stainless steel brother is called the model 625 and it's alloy framed brother would be the model 325. However most Smith & Wesson rules have exceptions so there are two variations of alloy framed revolvers that are model 625s, one in 45ACP and one in 45LC both with 2" barrels

The Lew Horton Model 25s would be finished in blue or nickel. These was no stainless 3" 45ACP revolver produced on the modern 4 screw square butt frames by Smith & Wesson.

The model 27s were done 350 blue and 250 nickel. Since your number is 255 I am gouing to guess the same quantities were done for the model 25s.

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eJohn, According to the letter from Earl @ Lew Horton their serial numbered guns ended at 0250. You may want to call Earl at (508) 366-7400, EXT 230 and ask him if the gun you're looking at is one of theirs or not. That's the best way to find out. IMO

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Nice 45's!!! I like your stands also. That thing on Miss Kitty's face drove me crazy too! I only have 2 with it, 625 JM, and 25-15. I'll still keep them!
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Nice 45's!!! I like your stands also. That thing on Miss Kitty's face drove me crazy too! I only have 2 with it, 625 JM, and 25-15. I'll still keep them!
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