S & W 625 JM 45 ACP
By Dan S.
Smith & Wesson is a well-known brand in the gun world.
Today you'll see advertisements from Smith & Wesson
selling military and police semiautomatic handguns (S&W
M&P), pocket guns with lasers (380 bodyguard) , and even
black-rifles (M&P OR15), but long ago S&W was best known
for making superb six guns. S&W still makes excellent
revolvers and today we'll examine the 45 ACP S&W model
The S&W model 625 JM is a collaboration effort between
Smith & Wesson and legendary shooter, Jerry Miculek. The
former has been in countless competitions, with more
wins than even Jerry can recall, but his most famous,
and incredible achievement is Jerry Miculek record 12
shots, two loads of six with a reload in between, in
fewer than three seconds.
Just think of that for a moment. Jerry was able to fire
two full cylinders of 6 shots each and he was able to
reload his revolver is less than 3 seconds. In a
word-Wow. Look for the video on YouTube to see it for
yourself. Now that we established that Jerry can shoot
and knows a thing or two about revolvers, let's look at
what he and S&W built in the model 625 JM.
Unlike the S&W Thunder Ranch model 325, that was built
with collaboration from Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch,
and that's made in the S&W Custom Shop, the S&W 625 is a
production handgun--it's a very good production gun, but
not as smooth as Custom Shop guns. The S&W 625 JM is a
large 'N' frame revolver. It's chambered in 45 ACP and
holds 6 cartridges in a moon clip. The 625 can also
shoot 45 ACP rimless cartridges without a moon clip.
Looking at the 625 from the muzzle, we see the gold bead
partridge front sight, which is interchangeable with
partridge sights (e.g. front sight with fiber optic).
The muzzle itself as the rest of the handgun is made
from stainless steel that has a low reflection bead
blast finish. The cylinder holds 6 rounds and locks
firmly in its place. The trigger is a wide, speed
grooved speed trigger, which S&W refers to as "Miculek
Style". The wood grips, which look nice and appear to
work for Jerry Miculek, are simply called "Jerry Miculek"
I personally find them hard to use, especially with wet
hands but they work well for concealed carry and seem to
work well for some folks. Finally, at the rear of the
revolver we have the adjustable rear sight and the
large, exposed and serrated hammer.
The S&W 625 JM is a double action revolver and it has a
4" barrel which works well with holsters (i.e. it's
easier to find holsters for this configuration). I find
it easy to carry this handgun, in a good Haugen Leather
holster and it's also fairly easy to conceal with a
jacket. This revolver, being made from stainless steel
is far from being light. In this age of polymer guns, it
must seem to some to weight "a ton" but in reality, it
weighs 40.3 oz. empty, which is about the weight of a
full sized 1911.
The S&W 625 JM is fun to shoot. Having no magazine to
worry about, load any type of ammunition into a moon
clip and the 625 will send it down range. I replaced the
wood grip with a Hogue grip, which allows me to get a
good grip and also absorb some of the recoil. Accuracy
is superb and the trigger is heavy, but consistent in
double and single action. I sent this revolver to Robar
for some work and it came back with a superb trigger and
a fixed rear sight, among other things.
I fired nearly 200 rounds in the initial test and each
shot was consistent, hit on target when I did my job and
the cylinder locked tight each and every time. I have
seen shot it many more times and carried it as my
primary self defense handgun, with a few spare moon clip
in a special pouch. After testing we knew that this was
a rock solid performer.
In summary, the S&W model 625 JM is an excellent
handgun. It's reliable, accurate and fun to shoot. With
a bit of practice, unloading spent cases and loading a
new moon clip can be done very quickly. As a 45 ACP
handgun we think it makes a great self defense and home
defense handgun. If you like revolvers, we highly
recommend you give this S&W a close look to see if it's
right for you.
Until next time, stay safe by being alert.
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