SOLD FOR: $2,625
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 625-3 The Model of 1989 .45 Stainless, Product Code 100923
Serial Number: BEN6237
Year of Manufacture: 1989
Caliber: .45 ACP
Action Type: 6-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”. The right side of the barrel is marked “45 CAL MODEL OF 1989″. The yoke cut is marked “BEN6237 / MOD. 625-3”. The right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas address, the left side of the frame has S&W’s monogram logo. The butt is marked with the serial number. The crane and sides of the grip frame have inspection marks and stickers.
Barrel Length: 3″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated, ramped blade pinned to a rise in the serrated barrel rib. The rear sight is a square-notch leaf adjustable for windage and elevation, screwed to the topstrap.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece Altamont checkered laminate wood panels with S&W logos and finger grooves which leave the top portion of the backstrap exposed. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Stainless Steel
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 93% of its metal finish. There are some scattered light scuffs and scratches, most notable on the left of the barrel and the bottom-front of the trigger guard. The cylinder has a thin turn line. The hammer and trigger have very light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Very Good-plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has very little play on each of the six chambers. The double action trigger is smooth and the single-action is crisp. This revolver can be fired without moon clips but the extractor will not function without mooon clips. 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 with a total of seven full-moon clips and a tool for removal of cases/cartridges from the clips. The clips and tool show light use, in Very Good-Fine condition.
Our Assessment: The S&W Model 625 is a gun with an interesting, if confusing, history. There was never a 625 no dash, nor have any 625-1s been seen with the first revolvers being model 625-2. These early production guns have been seen marked both “Model of 1988” and “Model of 1989”. Just a year into production, the cylinder stop notches were enlarged on the 625-3. This example is a 625-3 chambered for .45 ACP, able to be used with or without moon clips (though extraction will be easier with the clips). Able to share ammunition with semi-automatics chambered for the same cartridge, this is a great revolver to add to a collection which is already shooting this classic pistol caliber. This example is a 3″ version which would make for a fine carry revolver, though the installed grips are a little long for concealed carry. The gun is in about Very Good-plus condition with about 93% of its stainless finish, a great bore and strong mechanics. It even comes with seven moon clips and a cartridge/case removal tool to get you started. Please see our photos and good luck!