Gear: Smith & Wesson


Smith & Wesson

Smith & Wesson
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
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The Smith & Wesson (S & W) Model 625, is a six shot double action revolver chambered for the .45 ACP cartridge. The 625 will headspace the .45 ACP cartridge in the chambers without use of moon clips, but since the extractor star cannot engage the rimless cartridge, moon clips are needed to facilitate ejection. The 625 has been available with a 4 in. (102 mm); and 5 in. (127 mm) barrel lengths as standard models and other barrel lengths either by special order from S & W's Performance Center custom shop, or acquired from or built by after-market gunsmiths. The Model 625, based on S & W's N (large) revolver frame. The original version of S&W Model 625, introduced in 1989, had a 5 inch (127 mm) barrel with a continuous ejector shroud, but in 1991 – 1992 it was also made with 3-inch and 4-inch barrels. Standard offerings now only include the 4" and 5" barrel.

Member Reviews

  • Kixeye_max30
    BigGun, Thu, 29 Mar 2007 16:30:42 UTC.
    1st review

    I'm not really a revolver kind of guy, but I like the moon clips and the light weight

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    catm2005, Thu, 07 Jun 2007 11:29:43 UTC.

    CANT BEAT A WHEEL GUN!! i got a model 66 stainless that use to belong to the san diego county sherrif's dept way back when,, shoots fantasticly. also have the old Air Force model 15 and a pre ww2 model 10.... love those S&W's!!

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    DELEATED, Thu, 07 Jun 2007 12:41:39 UTC.

    I'm old-school... "a wheel gun is a real gun." If it's made by S&W AND it's a revolver, how can you go wrong? In all my days, (except for a six-month period I got bugged by everyone until I carried a Glock 19 for six months to give it a try and satisfy them that "I'd tried"), I carried a revolver as a duty weapon. S&W .38, .357, .41, .44, 4" to 6"; a 6" Dan Wesson .357 for awhile. I had problems with it "gumming up" internally every 50 - 70 rounds, (don't know if that was isolated just to my particular weapon or inherent of the gun, CONSTANTLY having to disasemble and clean), but I didn't care for the ejector's release/design either. These days I just have my Model 60-7 Chief's Special... LOVE IT, but that's for another product rating... but the 625, especially with grips as shown as opposed to wood is awsome. Easily controlled but I wouldn't reccoment it as a "first timer" weapon to fire.

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    rrprough, Thu, 07 Jun 2007 18:55:10 UTC.

    I too am old school if it is half as good as the old model 25-5 45long colt it will be a great.

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    HenryOceanTom, Tue, 03 Jul 2007 06:52:21 UTC.

    This was the first gun I ever shot. Fantastic Gun!

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    justme, Tue, 10 Jul 2007 03:51:49 UTC.

    Of course I love it I bought it. As in paid for it.

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    iceman4563, Sat, 15 Sep 2007 00:54:37 UTC.

    A stainless steel .45 wheel gun. If your extra round are carried in moon clips this revolver is almost as fast to reload as an auto. Little on the heavy side but great revolver.

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    bluebear992, Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:30:02 UTC.

    Revolvers don't jam

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    viperrob8, Sat, 03 Nov 2007 05:04:29 UTC.

    I am not too keen about carring a revolver. But it is department policy, so I have no choice right now. Does shoot well though.

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    woubette, Thu, 08 Nov 2007 09:32:12 UTC.

    I love this gun! I carried it before I decided to go with a semi. Easy to handle and very accurate. Still have it and always will!

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    flashgordon, Tue, 04 Dec 2007 16:16:42 UTC.

    i have one my self love it but i would glock but my 38 would do the job

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    rcozzen, Tue, 01 Jan 2008 13:26:31 UTC.

    This was the first gun I was ever issued when I got into Law Enforcement. Though I prefer the Glock 40 as a duty weapon the S&W 625 is a fun gun to shot.

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    Palmes, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 02:46:23 UTC.

    Smooth, first hand gun I owned and learned to shoot!

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    Meff, Sun, 02 Mar 2008 13:52:45 UTC.

    Started with a 686 and still love it just dont carry it anymore

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    Anonymous, Mon, 10 Mar 2008 10:53:50 UTC.

    What can one say on the S&W revolver? Just point and shoot! No safeties, easy maintenance, and natural point of aim to point of index. Best of all... best trigger out there and you dont have to throw your brass every where on the range. I miss these!

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    Anonymous, Tue, 18 Mar 2008 14:50:57 UTC.

    I have worked for the LAPD since 1984-ALL OF MY GUNS are S/W.

    I used a "smith" revolver at the Bank of America Shoot-out

    I own a LAPD Commemorative "Smith"

    I transfered to a Smith semi-auto .45 and used it to shoot a murder suspect

    These guns have NEVER failed me in a pinch!

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    PJG, Mon, 21 Apr 2008 23:52:38 UTC.

    My second weapon of choice...great back-up weapon....always dependable and accurate. This is my very first weapon when I first started out in Law Enforcement and is still a favorite today.

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    ilegworldchamp, Fri, 09 May 2008 04:20:44 UTC.

    The name Smith & Wesson says it all. I started with a Model#66 , then #686 , now retired with a #459 auto. Great for reliability and easy cleaning.

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    Ralph8119, Thu, 26 Jun 2008 19:21:36 UTC.

    I my self love the wheel gun, my little friend is a 38 cal S&W airweight, a place any were on you're body gun!

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    ptmbly, Tue, 01 Jul 2008 00:45:09 UTC.

    I have a S&W 357, love my wheel gun.

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    Radar702, Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:36:19 UTC.

    I have a S & W Model 686. I carried this gun from 1982 until I left law enforcement in 1994. I love it. I did have it personalized with my name when I purchased it. This is an excellent gun. I did carry a 9mm during my last year or so, but the 686 was always there if needed. The gun is being left to my son who joined the thin blue line.

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    Chili, Wed, 16 Jul 2008 02:16:38 UTC.

    I started my Law Enforcement career with the S&W 686 .357 Magnum L frame. I still in love with this firearm. The accuracy is incredible, a weapon you can rely on. I still have it and practice with it as often as time and money will allow me. If you want an accurate, dependable weapon this is the one to have.

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    Casey754, Sat, 19 Jul 2008 14:58:51 UTC.

    Th e first gun I carried as a cop, we carried the S & W stainless .357 loaded with .38 plus P's and two speed strips in dump pouches. Man I remember the first time I qualified in the Academy with it, trying to reload with the speed strips on the timed reloads, a real challenge, nowadays its so easy to just drop a mag and insert a new one, but reloading with those strips in the time alloted was a real skill! Great weapon, shot great, smooth action, never had a mechanical problem. Was almost sorry when they finally issued us automatics, S&W Model 5906 9mm's.

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    trelovell, Wed, 06 Aug 2008 02:33:48 UTC.

    Good handgun, but heavy to hold and psi on trigger is about 12lbs. Powerful but I prefer my Springfield instead

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    captjim, Sun, 07 Sep 2008 22:45:43 UTC.

    I started with a S&W Model 66, then moved up to a Model 686 when they came out. I carried it as my duty weapon up until just a few weeks ago. I finally broke down and got a Glock. There was no particular reason for the change, although I was the last member of my department to carry a wheel gun. I always enjoyed night fire qualifications. I would load up with the hottest load I could find and kill the entire line's night vision on the first shot with the muzzle flash! I still have the 66, as well as a Model 60, and a really old Model 20 - a .38 Special on a large frame - looks like an oversized model 10 with a 5 inch barrell.

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    SpearheadMP, Mon, 08 Sep 2008 21:00:14 UTC.

    I started shooting as a kid with my Dad's service revolver, a S&W Model 19. Very smooth action, very accurate. But still, only 6 shots, though the re-load is still easy.

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    austinswife, Tue, 09 Sep 2008 00:58:43 UTC.

    I have always been fond of S&W. Easier to handle. I loved my S&W 32 revolver.

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    officer_63090, Sun, 21 Sep 2008 06:01:45 UTC.

    good product handles great in all types of weather

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    OHMP, Wed, 08 Oct 2008 13:01:07 UTC.

    Fun officer safety tip I learned. In a struggle with your weapon if you put the webbing of your hand between your thumb and index finger infront of the hammer of the revolver it will not be able to fire if pulled by the suspect. Anybody know if this is true or has happened???

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    afblueboy92, Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:28:14 UTC.

    This is the perfect weapon to have around the house it is accurate even in the most shhaky of hands. A truly wonderful revolver.

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    txcop90, Tue, 14 Oct 2008 01:47:27 UTC.

    I'l rate it as a 5, taking into account the difficiencies inherent ot a revolver.
    That being said, I've had several "N" frame S&W's starting with a model 27-2 which was my first service weapon.
    I find these guns ot be reliable, and accurate under just about any conditions, and as an added bonus, I have had perps give up at the sight of on of these large revolvers in my hand. One of them said he could see that .45 cal bullet glinting at him through the barrel, just waiting to "ruin" his day, so even though I've moved on to automatics years ago, I still keep my old 625 around for home defense.

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    4121, Sat, 18 Oct 2008 22:32:36 UTC.

    These weapons will fire in rain and mud and will penetrate car doors and walls

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    OCSO208, Sun, 19 Oct 2008 02:55:16 UTC.

    Very good pistol for a revolver.

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    brown531, Thu, 06 Nov 2008 04:56:28 UTC.

    I had this weapon as my back-up in the 4" barrel and always scored better with this than my duty weapon, usually 97-98 out of 100 points.

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    Anonymous, Mon, 01 Dec 2008 05:35:23 UTC.

    nice gun

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    Nicklaus, Mon, 08 Dec 2008 04:56:33 UTC.

    Very, Very Nice Gun.

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    Anonymous, Fri, 26 Dec 2008 16:30:07 UTC.

    Great back up weapon and also for home security!

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    cakdep1, Fri, 09 Jan 2009 14:58:03 UTC.

    this was a great gun for shooting bowling pins in the revolver class

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    BADABING, Mon, 12 Jan 2009 13:58:30 UTC.

    Well for starters, who isnt a big fan of the S&W 5 shot revolver, especially with a 5 inch barrel. You practically have a mini hand cannon!

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    garryd, Tue, 13 Jan 2009 20:22:52 UTC.

    I just dont like automatics, I feel if i got to reload during a gun battle then i have not done my job,6 rounds should be enough, or seek other employment.

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    vinfromlinden, Sat, 24 Jan 2009 08:07:32 UTC.



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    pea25, Wed, 04 Mar 2009 07:32:49 UTC.

    its the best handgun ever in revolver's i personally like because it never faild me before so that's thy i love this gun so much.....

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    bbradford, Wed, 11 Mar 2009 01:56:25 UTC.

    If it's a Smith & Wesson revolver you can't go worng.. I personally have never had a problem with any S&W revolver that I have owned...

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    cppd402, Sat, 14 Mar 2009 07:07:40 UTC.

    I love the S&W revolvers. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting to own or carry a good quality firearm. I own the 686, 610, and 60. I carry the 60 everywhere with me.

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    graske, Sat, 28 Mar 2009 01:52:58 UTC.

    I have been shoot S&W firearms for the last thirty years, from my time as a police cadet to today.
    I personally owned Mod.10's, 19's, 39's 29's 66's 67's 625's. And had nothing but the upmost respect for S4W in combat situations. They have saved my life over the years. And with a good speed loader, excellent training, a revolver can still do the job.

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    DISAISD, Mon, 06 Apr 2009 22:14:47 UTC.

    Hmmm, back in the day (about 1 year short toward discharge), I went & brought me my "first S&W autopistol, a S&W Model 59 9MM." Other than I didn't do too good with it until I got a pair of Pachmyr Signeture grips on it, it shot pretty damn close to the point of impact !!!! What really amazed me & others around me ( and also got me a few dollars on the side) was the distance shooting capability out to about 75 to 100 yards using Supervel ammo & CCI-Speer "marshal load".

    Then about 6 months out, that S&W monkey was wagging it's finger at me & Voila, I became the brand new parent/owner of a brand new S&W model 586 .357 Magnum revolver with this number AAA-7357. I still own it today & yes, it does have a nice round butt & Millet Adjustable Rear sights. I'm thinking about getting a Crimson Trace laser on it and shoot it every now & then. The next "worthy niece or nephew" is going to inherit this classic functional piece of art !!!! Now I do own other "Smittys" and I have 2 S&W Model 659 9MM autopistols and after some work, they shot just fine & yes, they are made with "real steel" slides & frames. The thing is that when S&W was under Banga Puta, and then LSI, they got sloppy in the finishing department, and their customer service relations really sucks !!!!

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    nbcopeland, Thu, 04 Jun 2009 14:48:59 UTC.

    This could be one of the BEST guns on the market. A revolver has so few mechanical issues that you won't be left with a jammed bullet. The only thing you need to be sure of if your shot. I love my S&W 357!

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    unklebeau, Fri, 05 Jun 2009 16:06:52 UTC.

    I "grew up" with the stainless model 67. Performed flawlessly for 30 years. Recent acquisition is the model 629. Another beauty that just works, Always!

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    cencom1, Sun, 21 Jun 2009 21:06:18 UTC.

    My first service weapon was a S&W Model 66. Nothing like a wheel gun for dependability

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    Gauntlett, Wed, 08 Jul 2009 23:52:23 UTC.

    it is a nice light weight, easy to handle hand gun. it is simple to load and operate. also, it has a nice sleak look to it in my opinton.

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    jsitton, Thu, 09 Jul 2009 01:43:52 UTC.

    The s@w 686 model .357 caliber.I love the feel of this revolver,it is very accurate even with cheap ammo,light trigger pull,and i would call it"s recoil light(many would disagree) considering the punch it packs.Wish someone could build a .357 MAGNUM in a semi-auto handgun,it would probably outsell any gun on the market.Anyway the 686 is my personal favorite

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    Reserve14, Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:32:19 UTC.

    My 4" shoots better than other guy's custom guns. It points perfectly for me and is easy on the recoil. A bit of practice with speedloaders and this is a perfectly viable carry gun. I think it is a bit heavy for concealed carry, even though I do so from time to time.

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    buu_xuit_xur_san, Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:38:41 UTC.

    like the weight, feels good in the hand

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    aallen, Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:14:03 UTC.

    I started in law enforcement with this gun. I still have the one they issued me. I was so glad when my department went to the glock. Not a fan.

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    officer_gu3, Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:00:27 UTC.

    Great gun

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    lawmanhdg, Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:01:31 UTC.

    My Model 60 has NEVER let me down and ALWAYS hits right on target!

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    Ajohnson9991, Thu, 25 Feb 2010 18:08:48 UTC.

    With Smith and Wesson you cant go wrong!

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    CaptainOrso, Sun, 27 Jun 2010 04:46:08 UTC.

    My 1st weapon was a 4" stainless steel S&W .357 Magnum. It is an outstanding weapon with great accuracy and average recoil (for a magnum.)
    Few other weapons can turn a mutt into a law abiding citizen in 2 seconds like this one can. It's currently my favorite weapon. (S&W .45 semi auto is a close 2nd.)

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    sirengirl55, Tue, 26 Jul 2011 21:57:53 UTC.

    there okay for now.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 25 Jul 2012 13:38:19 UTC.

    Smith & Wesson revolvers are great to shoot. I qualified with my 6 inch 357. I hit my target every time.

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