By Bob Walsh
The Gun of the Week this time around is my latest personal acquisition, a Smith and Wesson model 25-5 revolver in .45 Colt.
I have wanted one of these for quite some time, but never could find one in the condition I wanted at a price I was willing to pay. I stumbled across this one at a gun show recently and went for it. (I seldom buy guns at gun shows as the sellers often act as though they are selling gold-plated museum pieces, but if you want a non-current weapon you have to buy where you can.)
This is a basic N-frame revolver with a 4” barrel. The .45 Colt cartridge (sometimes called the .45 Long Colt to differentiate it from the .45 Short Colt) throws a nice heavy chunk of lead and is capable of excellent accuracy. Many of these guns have cylinder mouths that were quite large, leading to poor accuracy. This gun is not so afflicted.
These are big revolvers. They weigh about 41 ounces unloaded and have an overall length of about 9.3 inches. A buddy of mine who was with the state police before they got rolled into the CHP carried one of these in stainless steel as his duty gun. They are very comfortable to shoot unless you load it up with Rhino rollers. It has the excellent S&W Micro adjustable rear sight and is capable of shooting much better than I can hold.
I am confident that I will get a lot of fun out of this weapon.