SOLD FOR: $1,470.83
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 625-2 ‘The Model of 1988 .45’, Round Butt N-Frame.
Serial Number: BDS4123
Year of Manufacture: 1989 (Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd Edition, Page 400, by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas)
Caliber: .45 ACP & .45 Auto Rim
Action Type: 6-Shot, Double Action / Single Action (DA / SA), Fluted Swing-Out Cylinder Revolver.
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “SMITH & WESSON”, the right side is marked “45 CAL. MODEL OF 1988”. The right side plate is marked with S&W’s trade mark logo, the right side of the frame is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The left side of the grip frame is marked “A18 / L / 48451” with a double struck “S”, the butt is marked with the serial number, the right side of the grip frame is marked “7934”. The yoke is marked “089”, the yoke cut is marked with the serial and model number and “W”, the ejector rod cut is marked “S”. The grip panels have bronze-colored Pachmayr lion logo medallions, the butt is marked “THE PACHMAYR / “GRIPPER” / MONROVIA, CALIF. MADE IN U.S.A.” with the patents. The factory box is serialized to the revolver and reflects its configuration.
Barrel Length: 5”, with full underlug and wide, solid rib.
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a black serrated ramp blade, which is pinned fore to aft into a rise in the rib; the top of the rib is serrated and matte finished for glare reduction. The rear sight is a flat top, square notched leaf in a micrometer-click base that is adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one piece wrap-around Pachmayr brand “Gripper” rubber stock, which were included with early run model 625-2 revolvers. The stock is devoid of notable marks or damages. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Matte & Polished Stainless Steel
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 99% of its metal finish. Outside of an extremely faint drag line on the cylinder, the revolver is free of any notable markings. This revolver looks to have been used infrequently, if at all, outside of factory testing, and was well taken care of in the interim. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are crisp. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder produces only very light play in full lockup of all 6 chambers with no measurable back play. The double action trigger pull is smooth, the single action is short and 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 serialized blue cardboard factory box, which shows a few minor bend marks, edge roughing and some scrapes that removed a bit of the blue finish; the box is in Fine condition and also comes with its inner pistol container, which has the black trigger guard post, both in Excellent condition. Also included is an unopened cleaning rod, bore swab, screwdriver and brass bristled attachment, in their original clear bag, two owner’s manuals, two registration cards, two warranty cards, a firearm safety pamphlet and sheet of wax paper, all in Excellent condition. Three moon clips are provided for the use of .45 ACP, these items are in Excellent condition.
Our Assessment: According to the Standard Catalog of Smith & Wesson 3rd Edition, Page 253, by Jim Supica & Richard Nahas, “The authors are quite befuddled by varying information surrounding the introduction of this model. It’s not confusing enough that the first introduction of this model is a dash two (-2) model designation. Early variations will be found marked both “Model of 1988” and “Model of 1989”, this despite the fact that some information indicates 1989 introduction.” This revolver is marked “Model of 1988”, is the early 5” barrel type, with early Pachmayr Gripper stocks and the ‘dash 2’ designation. The revolver looks to have been used very infrequently outside of factory testing and was well taken care of in the interim, with its original box, paperwork, three moon clips, wax paper and unopened cleaning kit. This revolver is a fantastic find for collectors given its high condition but the urge to shoot a .45 ACP revolver is beyond tempting and it should find itself at home with a purchaser who wants to use it for duty and home defense. The revolver chambers .45 ACP (with moon clips) or .45 Auto Rim; the cartridge has an outstanding 100+ year track record of effectiveness and the solid action of this revolver should prove to send the rounds down range in an accurate manner. Please see our pictures and good luck!