Smith & Wesson 625-4

.45 ACP revolver

stainless steel, with 5 inch barrel

"Unless you are looking for a specific Performance Center gun, most folks consider the Model 625 with the -3 and -4 designations to be the highest quality, with best resale value." (Internet Archive)

Jerry Miculek's World Record 12 Shots In Under 3 Seconds!


  • original factory hard plastic case

  • 10 full-moon clips (I probably have more laying around, if I find them I'll include them)

  • tool to remove empty cases from moon clips (it has a name, but I forget what it is)

  • UPDATE: plus 96 rounds of .45 Auto Rim ammo, 230 grain lead round nose (LRN)

Note that this is a .45 ACP caliber revolver -- the same round as the Model 1911 -- and not the .45 Long Colt (LC). Smith & Wesson does make a .45 LC version of this gun.

"45 CAL MODEL OF 1989" is engraved on the right side of the barrel

Jerry Miculek's 1999 record-breaking performance -- shooting 6 shots, reloading, and shooting another 6 shots in 2.99 seconds -- was done using a Smith & Wesson 625, although I don't know which variant.

Jerry Miculek. September 11, 1999 (web site, YouTube channel, Wikipedia)

Fire eight shots from a revolver on a single target, S&W Model 627 V-Comp revolver, 1.00 seconds

Fire eight shots from a revolver on four targets (2 hits each target), S&W Model 627 V-Comp revolver, 1.06 seconds

Fire six shots, reload, fire six shots from 1 revolver, S&W Model 625 revolver, 2.99 seconds

96 rounds of .45 Auto Rim 230 gr LRN ammo

Trivia: When the United States entered World War I in 1917, there weren't enough Model 1911 .45 ACP pistols, so Smith & Wesson made .45 ACP revolvers for the Army. The S&W Model 1917 .45 ACP revolver was used by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

And in response to an inquiry about using this as a hunting gun, here's some info about shooting .45 Super in the 625:

Delta-3 01-13-2012, 03:06 PM

The 45 Super is basically a 45 "magnum" using a 45 ACP length case. You can't use regular 45 ACP cases though, as the walls are too thin. You can buy 45 Super cases or you can make them yourself. I did this for years with .451 Detonics magnum cases. When they dried up I used 45 Win. magnum cases. Now I just buy 45 Super cases from Starline.

I really love the round! Depending on your loading, you can get 357 magnum velocities with a much heavier 45 caliber bullet. How's that for power!

A very effective round to use on med. sized animals & should be even more so on the two legged kind.

derek45auto 01-13-2012, 03:54 PM

Years ago, I emailed S&W and asked if I could shoot 45 SUPER in my 5" 625.

I expected a Lawyer answer, but was happy to get a YES reply.