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Old 12-18-2013, 02:08 AM   #11
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I'll second the Blackhawk for utility, ugly as spit but best overal as revolver out there. If you don't care about max loads then go new vaquero. Replicates the feel of a colt saa. I actually prefer the new vaquero to the colt saa
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The new vaquero will take the loads. The problem is the light frame delivers incredible felt recoil. The Flat Top .45, SS convertible is a well balanced handgun. It is very Mdl. P Colt.
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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.
The 1917 revolver was made by both S&W and Colt. .45 ACP with moon clips.

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Wasn't that the Colt 1917 or S&W Liberty Model?
Never heard of a "Liberty model". THere was a "Victory" model that was .38 Spl or .380-d00 for the Brits

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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.
S&W made several renditions of .45 caliber revolvers. The 1955 was a target model. I believe there was another (1950 0r 1954 model). The 25 was in several renditions including 25-2 (.45 ACP), 25-5 (.45 Colt)
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Yes I own a 25-5 as well. The 1955 Target is a HB "N" frame. The later 25-2 s wore light barrels. You are thinking of the S&W Mdl. 22 which was a civilian version of the S&W 1917. These guns were so popular that Peters Ctg. Co. produced a rimmed version of the .45 ACP. This round is known as the .45 AR and does not require a moon clip.
The "N" frame did not exist until 1976. They were 3rd Mdls. during the War years.

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Never heard of a "Liberty model". THere was a "Victory" model that was .38 Spl or .380-d00 for the Brits
Whoops, brain fart! I meant Victory.
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Yes I own a 25-5 as well. The 1955 Target is a HB "N" frame. The later 25-2 s wore light barrels. You are thinking of the S&W Mdl. 22 which was a civilian version of the S&W 1917. These guns were so popular that Peters Ctg. Co. produced a rimmed version of the .45 ACP. This round is known as the .45 AR and does not require a moon clip.
The "N" frame did not exist until 1976. They were 3rd Mdls. during the War years.

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??? The N frame predates the model 1917. The old Triple Lock was an N frame. The 1917 was an N frame. The 1955 was an N-frame. The Model 29 is an N-frame. My Model 58 is an N-frame even though it has an "S" serial number prefix.
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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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Bevo, it is an advantage to be able to shoot 45ACP from a 45 Colt revolver. 45ACP is quite a bit cheaper and easier to find.
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So true the "N" frame were marked "S" I have a Mdl. 29 "S" frame. The BATF ordered S&W to change the frame's letter and numbering.
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So true the "N" frame were marked "S" I have a Mdl. 29 "S" frame. The BATF ordered S&W to change the frame's letter and numbering.
I have never heard that was ATF mandated. Unless they felt the "S" could be mistaken for a "5".
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