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Old 12-17-2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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I have a 1911 and it obviously shoots 45 ACP. I've recently started to get an interest in revolvers. Are there any that shoot the ACP or are the 45s a different cartridge?

Noob question, I know, but I'm trying to learn. TIA for any info.

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I have a 1911 and it obviously shoots 45 ACP. I've recently started to get an interest in revolvers. Are there any that shoot the ACP or are the 45s a different cartridge?

Noob question, I know, but I'm trying to learn. TIA for any info.
There are numerous revolvers in .45 ACP. The Smith & Wesson Model 25 and 625 series all are, or have been offered in .45 ACP. And Colt, Ruger, and Uberti all make Single Action revolvers that have extra cylinders so the owner can change form .45 Colt to .45 ACP and back again at will.

The double action revolvers will require clips, either the three round half moon, the two round quarter moon, or the six round full moon clips.

The Single Actions don't require any clips and for this reason are less trouble to fool with. They load and eject just as the rimmed cartridge revolvers do.

I've got two Rugers with .45 ACP cylinders but when I went through all my ACP brass just keep the .45 Colt cylinder in place most of the time now.

I might add that the double action .45 ACP revovlers from Smith can be loaded and fired without the clips, but you will need a pencil or rod to punch out the empties. I've used one of those red Coca Cola wooden pencils they give you in school going into second grade.

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I think the model 25 was invented for pilots in WWI or WWII just so they could have an easy one handed gun that would take the same ammo as the standard issue pistols.

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I have a 1911 and it obviously shoots 45 ACP. I've recently started to get an interest in revolvers. Are there any that shoot the ACP or are the 45s a different cartridge?

Noob question, I know, but I'm trying to learn. TIA for any info.
It is not obvious that a 1911 shoots .45 ACP, I have some that shoot 9 mm & 22 lr. .38 super is also a great 1911 round, plus .40 S&W, 10mm. There are others, 460 Rowland, etc.

Ruger offers the Blackhawk with dual cylinders for .45 long Colt and .45 ACP, ask JonM for a review.

My BIL has a Blackhawk that shoots .40 S&W, yuck.
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I think the model 25 was invented for pilots in WWI or WWII just so they could have an easy one handed gun that would take the same ammo as the standard issue pistols.
Wasn't that the Colt 1917 or S&W Liberty Model?
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The S&W 1955 Target Mdl. 25 fires the .45 ACP with 6 shot clips. These clips are very fast reloading. The emptys are captured in the clip so easy to pick-up after shooting.
This revolver also fires the .45 Auto-Rim which does not require a clip. These can be reloaded in standard .45 ACP dies by changing the shell holder. S&W makes new Mdl. N frames as well in .45 ACP. The older guns are real classics.

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During WWI there was a shortage of 1911 Pistols. Both Colt and S&W produced large frame DA .45 ACP revolvers. They were also produced for Americas Allies in different calibers.
Between the wars these were issued to rural mail carriers and sold to civilians by the hundreds. By the 1960s the 1917 Colts were selling for $18 dollars and the S&W 1917s were going for $22 dollars.

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Wasn't that the Colt 1917 or S&W Liberty Model?
I have no clue, I just remember hearing that somewhere, that pilots used a .45acp revolver back in the day because it's operational with one hand vs. two, I thought it was the s&w 25 but I could be wrong.
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I have a 1911 and it obviously shoots 45 ACP. I've recently started to get an interest in revolvers. Are there any that shoot the ACP or are the 45s a different cartridge?

Noob question, I know, but I'm trying to learn. TIA for any info.
Look at the Smith Wesson model 625. It has an all steel frame and target sights. Model 325 has an alloy frame and a slightly different setup. They are currently in production. For better shooting skip the SA revolvers, they may offer style but no practical advantage.
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Really, The Ruger Black Hawk convertible does offer a real advantage. The Ruger BH with the .45 ACP cylinder can fire .45 ACP brass loaded with the .45 Rowland data. This saves the cost of the expensive Rowland brass. The .45 Rowland in a Ruger BH is Damn impressive.

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