SOLD FOR: $1,807.00
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 25-5, The 1955 .45 Target Heavy Barrel
Serial Number: N678730
Year of Manufacture: 1979-1980
Caliber: .45 Colt
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “45 COLT CTG.”. The right side plate has S&W’s monogram logo, the right side of the frame has the four line Marcas Registradas. The crane cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The crane and the sides of the grip frame have inspection marks. The butt is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 4″, Pinned
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade with a red plastic insert integral to a rise in the serrated rib. The rear sight is a white-outlined square notch adjustable for windage and elevation mounted to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth Goncalo Alves target stocks with S&W medallions at their tops. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Blue with Case-Colored Hammer & Trigger
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright and the rifling is sharp. There appears to be a few spots of very light erosion in the bore, but these will likely prove to be stubborn fouling after a patient cleaning.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. The frame has a few scattered minor marks, most concealed by the grips when installed. The trigger and hammer show faint operational wear in their strong case-coloring. The cylinder has a thin, faint turn line, mostly not through the finish, and a couple of minor marks. The barrel shows only light handling marks. The screw heads range from sharp to very lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Fine-plus condition and will easily rate excellent if the bore proves to simply have stubborn fouling.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action trigger is very crisp. The cylinder produces almost no play in lockup on each chamber. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This revolver comes in a two-piece blue cardboard Smith & Wesson box with metal reinforced corners, serial-matching label, wax paper, an assortment of factory paperwork including manual and an assortment of cleaning tools including rod, brush, mop and grooved alloy handled screwdriver. The box has scattered minor storage wear with clear tape on the label-end of the lid, apparently to hold the label on the box, in about Very Good-plus condition. The cleaning accessories show little to no sign of use, in about Fine-Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: This is Smith & Wesson’s model 25-5, a heavy barreled target revolver chambered in .45 Colt. The .45 Colt is still a commercially available caliber and gives many options to hand-loaders including hard-cast lead, FMJ and Jacketed Hollow Point projectiles. This revolver is in about Fine-plus condition with 97% of its original finish and strong mechanics. The bore looks like it has a few spots of very light erosion, but we think this will prove to be stubborn fouling, bringing the condition up to Excellent. It comes with what appears to be its original box, manual, and Smith & Wesson cleaning accessories. This would make for a great hunting sidearm or home defense revolver, though in its high condition, it is also likely to interest Smith & Wesson collectors. Please see our pictures and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This handgun CANNOT be transferred as a dealer sale in California. This handgun CAN be sold as a Private Party Transfer (PPT) at our Simi Valley shop. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state residents.