Advantages of s&w model 625 over model 1917

This is a discussion on Advantages of s&w model 625 over model 1917 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Greetings everyone, I have a question about a piece for carrying. I own a model 1917 (brazil contract), and really like it. With a 3" ...

Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Advantages of s&w model 625 over model 1917

  1. #1
    Member Array pmaenner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    35

    Advantages of s&w model 625 over model 1917

    Greetings everyone,

    I have a question about a piece for carrying. I own a model 1917 (brazil contract), and really like it. With a 3" barrel, I think it would make a great carry piece (I like revolvers and the 45 acp cartridge). My question is, is there any advantage of the model 625 over the model 1917? I know a 3" version of the 625 exists, eventually I'm sure I could find one. Other than the heavier barrel on the 625, are the two guns essentially the same? If not, what improvements were made on the 625? Thanks for your time!

    Sincerely,
    Peter Maenner

  2. Remove Ads

  3. #2
    Member Array Dave James's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Tidewater,VIrginia
    Posts
    297
    Althought I love fixed sights and converted 1917 Smiths and Colts, it will take a great smith and some serious dollars to do one,,in my mind that gives the 625 a leg up, 2 its stainless, and for some the adjustable sights are a bouns,if I was going to go with one they would be replaced with Cylinder&Slide's fixed N frame rear, I would say that the newer weapon may stand up to a little hotter recipe in ammo as well, other than that I can't think of any other pro vs con

  4. #3
    VIP Member Array Bud White's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    Away - Health Problems
    Posts
    17,353
    Dave pretty much Hit it you can also go with 325pd which is a 2.5 or 4" and a lightweight with all the goodies of the 625 plus the 1915 is more collectable

  5. #4
    Assistant Administrator
    Array P95Carry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    South West PA
    Posts
    25,482
    The 1917 is a finely engineered gun - just look under the sideplate and compare with later Smiths. Not tho IMO as robust a gun, tho .45acp is hardly gonna punish either.

    I'd keep the 1917 for occasional enjoyment but preserve it too - the 625 being SS will take all the carry wear easily.
    Chris - P95
    NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.

    "To own a gun and assume that you are armed
    is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."


    http://www.rkba-2a.com/ - a portal for 2A links, articles and some videos.

  6. #5
    Distinguished Member Array dimmak's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    TN
    Posts
    1,752
    + one on the 625...
    I have an original US 1917 that has been reblued :o( but it's just a safe piece, I dont want to risk damage to it any further.... My favorite scene in Legends of the Fall is when Tristan kills the German machine gunners with his issued 1917....
    "Ray Nagin is a colossal disappointment" - NRA/ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.


    "...be water, my friend."

  7. #6
    Member Array pmaenner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    35

    much appreciated

    Greetings,

    Thanks for the information! I was a little worried about the size of the 625, wasn't sure if the N-frame from the 30's was any different from the N-frame from the 90's. I was a little surprised that the model 1917 wasn't really that much bigger than my model 10-10 (which is my current carry piece), that's why I got the idea of it as a carry piece. I guess now the 625 fund begins. Thanks for the tips!


    Sincerely,
    Peter Maenner

  8. #7
    New Member Array MoJo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    11
    One other consideration - - - replacement parts, the 625 is current production the 1917 has been out of production for how many years?
    The only gunfight you truly win is the one you avoid.

  9. #8
    Member Array HighVelocity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    TEXAS
    Posts
    248
    There are a whole lot of variants of the 625. If you can find one, get one that's marked "model of 1988" or 89 on the right side of the barrel. These are pre-lock. Safe with any commecially available 45acp ammo and will be something you can pass down to your kids, grandkids etc.

  10. #9
    Member Array pmaenner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    35

    ballpark price?

    Greetings,

    I know s&w made the 625 with a 3" barrel (model of 1989). Can someone give me a ballpark figure for what these go for? I think they were only made for a couple years, so I know they won't be cheap. I like the 325, but unfortunately I don't think they ever offered it without the integral lock. Thanks for the tips!


    Sincerely,
    Peter Maenner

  11. #10
    Member Array HighVelocity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    TEXAS
    Posts
    248
    I see 3" 625's in the $500-$600 range frequently. If you see a clean one under $500 then you should grab it up or email me it's location.

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. S&W Model 59
    By CorpsVet in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: December 15th, 2011, 01:29 PM
  2. Win Model 70 or Savage Model 16
    By chains1240 in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: December 24th, 2009, 12:15 PM
  3. Are S&W model 10 and model 64 +P rated
    By searcher 45 in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: November 20th, 2009, 08:46 PM
  4. Size of S&W Model 60 (357) vs Model 36 (38spl) & Ruger SP101
    By batpot in forum Defensive Carry Guns
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: February 13th, 2009, 09:12 PM
  5. Smith Wesson Model of 1917
    By Bud White in forum General Firearm Discussion
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: May 13th, 2007, 10:54 PM

Search tags for this page

model 625 holster
,
s&w 1917
,

s&w 625, 1917

,

s&w 625-3

,

s&w model 1917

,

s&w model 1917 holster

,

s&w model 625

,

smith and wesson 625-3

,

smith and wesson model 1917 holster

,

smith and wesson model 1989

,
smith and wesson model 625-3
,

smith and wesson model of 1989

Click on a term to search for related topics.