Thursday, July 30, 2015
I lucked into a good deal this morning. Last night, while idly scanning the local Armslist, I noticed a gentleman in a town not too far away had just listed three revolvers for sale, including one that I've been trying to find for years: a Smith & Wesson Model 625-6 Mountain Gun chambered in .45 Colt. It's basically identical to the pictures below.
The seller was asking a fair price, so I contacted him right away to say I'd take it. It's a good thing I did - he said he had five calls within an hour, and I just squeaked in ahead of everyone else! Miss D. and I drove down to collect it this morning, and it's on the desk next to me as I write these words. It's one of the last of the pre-'Clinton lock' models, and in really minty condition. The seller, a retired gentleman, said he'd only put a dozen rounds through it since he'd bought it many years ago. After looking it over, I believe him.
I won't be shooting it right away, thanks to waiting for my kidney stone problem to be dealt with; but as soon as I'm over that, this baby and I have a range date in store. I think either a Dragon Leatherworks Flatjack or a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake holster is in its future, too; and I must find a source for 250-260gr. LFN or WFN hard-cast gas checked bullets loaded to a velocity of 900-1,000 fps from a 4" barrel. That should take care of anything I'm likely to have to worry about. I have a friend who reloads, who I'm sure will be happy to put some together for me, or I might talk to Tim Sundles over at Buffalo Bore to see what he can do. (If any other .45 Colt fans would like to come in with me on a group buy from BB, drop me a line - my e-mail address is in my blog profile.)
This Mountain Gun will make a great stablemate to my regular 4" Model 625 in .45 ACP. Now, let's see if I can find another pre-lock Mountain Gun in .44 Magnum to complete the troika . . .