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Smith & Wesson .45 ACP Revolvers
IntroAlthough rare among the many common calibers of revolvers (.38 spl, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, 22), you may come across a
.45 ACP or consider purchasing one if you manage to find one before Z-Day.
Two models by S & W include the 1917 and the M625.
The 1917 model, as it's number implies, was a World War I creation to supplement the need for .45 ACP sidearms and the new Colt 1911 autopistol was in short supply. The .45 ACP is a 'rimless' cartridge, whereas all other (except those few chambered for 9mm & 10mm) are rimmed and the extractor can push out spent rounds. To correct that, 2 solutions: a half-moon or full moon clip that is easy to load by harder to unload the spent casings from it, not the revolver and a .45 ACP rimmed round. Chances are you won't find the rimmed ammo but the clips are cheap and plentiful in gun stores that carry these guns. Owners should order a few dozen while they can.
The M1917 was made into the 1930s then dropped. I'm not sure if the 'classic' department of S & W offers a new version of it or not. If it does, the classic label + S & W = expensive. The 2010 Guns & Ammo annual lists the S & W Model 22 Classic for no less than $1K.
The M625 is the stainless version of the M25 (blued) and is made every so often in certain years for some reason (slow sales probably). This particular one was made in 1989. It takes the same clips as the 1917.
They are large frame and not overly heavy. The .45 ACP is a rather low pressure round and there is only more kick in a revolver than in the pistol (no slide to take up recoil forces). You know when you shot it. Accuracy takes practice and understanding where to aim for where you want the bullet to go.
What is good about these weapons or a .45 ACP revolver? The .45 ACP has always been considered a serious 'manstopper' and battle proven. Although it's test record via ballistics puts it in a 70% (7 times out of 10) bracket of one shot stops, you really cannot go wrong putting trust and faith in the .45 ACP to get the job done.
I suggest that any model of .45 ACP revolver (Colt 1917 if you can find one, they all take the same clips) would be an excellent back upto any other .45 ACP weapons you have.
As a backup weapon, I would give it 4 heads out of 5 for reliability, power and reloading (if you have the clips) speed but not the full 5 due to capacity.
As a primary weapon, I give it only 3 heads since you'd have to be carrying several clips to make it out of real danger and the clips are hard to unload and refill.
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