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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!

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Peter Maenner
 

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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
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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+ one on the 625...
I have an original US 1917 that has been reblued :eek:( 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....
 

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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!


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Peter Maenner
 

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One other consideration - - - replacement parts, the 625 is current production the 1917 has been out of production for how many years?
 

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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.
 

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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!


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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. :image035:
 
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