SOLD FOR: $1,030.35
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 25-7 ‘The Model of 1989’, Square Butt, N-Frame
Serial Number: BDS8428
Year of Manufacture: 1989 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson, 3rd Edition by Richard Nahas & Jim Supica, page 400)
Caliber: .45 (Long) Colt
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action, Swing-Out, Un-Fluted Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right is marked “.45 CAL. MODEL OF 1989”. The left side of the frame has S&W’s monogram logo, the right has the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “A2 XX481 / F5”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right is double stamped “3808”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number, the yoke is marked “481”. The rear of the cylinder is marked “9”, The right side of the grip is marked “MONOGRIP / HOGUE” with the patent numbers, the included factory box is serialized to the pistol and reflects its configuration.
Barrel Length: 5”, with wide serrated rib & shrouded ejector rod.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramp blade that is integral to a serrated ramp rise in the wide rib of the barrel; the top of the rib is serrated for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a base that is micrometer click adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one piece Hogue brand Monogrip rubber stock with pebbling on the flanks and a wrap-around finger grooved fore strap. The grip exposes the serrated back strap of the grip frame. The stock shows only a few faint scuffs. The stock rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte Glass Bead Blased Blue, with Case Colored Wide-Serrated Target Trigger & Wide-Checkered Target Hammer.
Finish Originality: Factory 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 98% of its metal finish. The serrations of the barrel and rear sight have some light surface oxidation that has not translated to penetrative erosion and has settled in light form; this is also observable on the grip frame, at the Monogrip metal adapter, which has dusted the frame a small amount; this is not visible with the stock installed. The cylinder has a thin drag line from normal use. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The un-fluted cylinder produces solid lockup in all 6 chambers with no measurable side to side or fore to aft play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is crisp. 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: Included is the pistol’s original one piece blue cardboard factory box which bears the serial number and correct configuration for the item; the box has a few scrapes from storage, please see our pictures; the box has its original cardboard inner storage box with the black plastic trigger insert, the outer box is in Fine condition, the other inner items are in Excellent condition. Also included is an unopened factory cleaning kit in its original clear bag, consisting of a cleaning rod, brush, bore swab and screwdriver, all in Excellent condition. A sheet of non-rust paper is provided, a hole was cut to accommodate the trigger insert, it rates in Fine condition. An owner’s manual, questionnaire and warranty are provided in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: The Model of 1989 is an improved version of S&W’s Model 25, appearing in the ‘dash 7’ years, with an un-fluted cylinder and matte glass beaded finish, making for quite an attractive piece! Chambered in .45 (Long) Colt, ammunition is both widely available and highly effective for home defense and duty carry. The pistol has a serrated target hammer and checkered target hammer, both case colored, which contrast well with the deep matte bluing. The pistol retains about 98% of its finish, with a light dusting of surface oxidation in the serrations of the barrel and rear sight; the cylinder has a thin drag line from normal, infrequent use. The bore is bright with sharp rifling and no erosion, the cylinder produces firm lockup in all 6 chambers, with smooth double and single action trigger pulls. The pistol’s original factory box, cardboard insert, unopened cleaning kit, anti-rust paper and factory paperwork. This pistol was made just one year after production of the ‘dash 7’ began, making it a nice find for collectors and concerned citizens alike. Please see our pictures and good luck.