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The Smith & Wesson 625, Model of 1989 5" Revolver

I always kind-of liked the .45 ACP revolvers.  I don’t know if it was because they were revolvers in my favorite semiautomatic pistol caliber, or because of their history, or both.
After the U.S. Military adopted the .45 ACP semiautomatic pistol of John Moses Browning (PBUH) in 1911, production was fairly slow, what with no war, and all.
Suddenly, WWI broke out, and while production increased, it just couldn’t keep up.  And the War Department had plenty of ammunition in .45 ACP, but not enough guns to use it in.
Some enterprising individual decided to incorporate moon clips to hold the rimless cartridges in place, and then they could be used in revolvers.  Some were bored out to take the cartridge, some manufactured from scratch, because production was quicker than building a whole new 1911 pistol.
Clips holding two and three cartridges were utilized.  Later, full moon clips were developed for the civilian market.  A surprising side-effect of the full moon clips was one could reload these revolvers somewhat rapidly (with practice).
I used to know skilled IPSC competitor who could change moon clips in his 1917 revolver, shot-to-shot, as rapidly as most average shooters could change magazines in a semiautomatic pistol.
When Smith & Wesson came out with the ‘Model of 1989’, I had to have one.  Five inch barrel, full under barrel lug, stainless.  What was not to like? 
The problem?  I was no longer competing.  And, while I did have a custom holster maker build me a concealment holster for N Frame Smiths, this N Frame with the full under lug was just too much gun to conceal easily, especially in Phoenix in the Summer.

So, she became another safe queen.  And like the others, is now long gone.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “The Smith & Wesson 625, Model of 1989 5" Revolver

  1. I had, back in the day, a powerful hankering for a Combat Magnum Stainless (M686)in .357. Was working for a small-town PD with a less-than-satisfactory sidearm (brand withheld to protect the guilty), and one of the other officers carried a shiny new 686. 6" barrel, Hogue grips … I drooled over it for quite awhile. My brother-in-law wound up getting one, too, dang it, but I never did. Back on point, I don't think I'd have messed with a revolver in .45ACP. Too much fuss & bother for this simple guy.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 3, 2011, 8:26 am
  2. I've always sorta wanted a .45 ACP revolver. The Thunder Ranch 325 catches my eye.

    Posted by Tango Juliet | September 3, 2011, 8:58 am
  3. @Rev. Paul – I, on the other hand, have never been a fan of the L Frame. Different strokes, I guess?@Tango Juliet – I like the TR, even in all-steel, but they'd have to remove that gawd-awful logo hingus from the sideplate!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 3, 2011, 12:59 pm
  4. Meh. I like wheelguns, but I prefer them in wheelgun calibers. Didn't S&W make one in .45LC? Double Action?

    Posted by TinCan Assassin | September 3, 2011, 8:15 pm
  5. @TinCan Assassin – Yes.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | September 3, 2011, 8:18 pm
  6. I like S&W revolvers and love to shoot my "N" frame model 29 in 44mag. It has a 4" barrel and is nice to shoot with 44 special loadsDuke.

    Posted by Duke | September 5, 2011, 11:41 am

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