I'm fond of Smith revolvers, and since I'm also fond of 1911s I have mucho .45acp ammo.
This pairs up nicely. Good review, thanks for posting it.
Your kind words are greatly appreciated.
Here is a review of the S&W Model 625 that I did about nine years ago. I was a working PI when I did it and the 625 was one of the guns that I qualified with and carried.
This is a sort of 'take-off' on a previous post done here on another S&W. Only this is a different frame size and caliber. The 642 is J-frame(small), while the 625 is an N-frame(large).
The one that I have is in 45 ACP with a full-underlug 4" barrel. S&W sometimes makes it in 45 Colt as well. It comes from the factory with Hogue Monogrips, and Patridge style front sight. Mine wears the Pachmayr Compacs, which I vastly prefer. The front sight has also been changed to a ramp.
There were some problems associated with this revolver when it first came from the factory. The most irritating was that the extractor rod kept working loose and tying the handgun up. The extractor rod got bent while trying to tighten it up and had to be replaced, and the gunsmith who replaced it made sure that it was tight this time around. He also used the proper tool to do the job. Another problem was that the charge holes were not chamfered, and I had the gun smith to do this on an earlier job.
The action required some time to 'smooth up' and now is as slick as I have ever seen on any Smith revolver. About 3,000 rounds of mostly factory hard ball have been put through it and it will handle any reasonable handload as well, as it is +P rated. Accuracy, for me is quite good, and I am over-all, very pleased with it. Recoil is very manageable with the Wally-World white box stuff, and with my special loads, it is about like shooting a .38 Special. I have shot the PI qualification course with this gun four times, and am able to get 12 good shots off in 18 seconds.
Now, for CCW; this is a surprisingly easy gun for me to carry. I carried it at the Get-Together, and while one or two of you may have spotted it, I doubt that it would be all that noticeable with the right clothes.
Is this the gun for everyone? Of course not, but for a big guy like me, it is a good choice in my view. In any event, I am happy with it
Like I said, this review was done close to nine years ago, and the old gun has had considerably more rounds fired through it since then.