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January 10, 2004


Well, I learned something! I've never owned a pistol, and even though I have reloading experience, I never considered the implications of reduced load on the pistol action. Very interesting.

I'm also not familiar with the full-moon clips. It appears that the clips stay with the cartridges in the cylinder of the revolver. Do these work with all revolvers, are do some of them have machine tolerances so tight that the cylinder won't close with the clip in place?

Eric, I'm learning too. It turns this was an idea that came out of the pre WWI preparation period. I'm going to add an update to the original post with links to an article about the history and an article about Jerry Miculek's astonishing speed at shooting and reloading his S&W revolver with the full moon clip. But, in answer to your question, the full moon clip can be used only in a revolver that was tooled to utilize it.

That Miculek guy is something else! 8 shots in 1 second is almost as amazing as 6-reload-6 in just under 3.

The guy is fast, all right. I've seen him on TV, and he makes it look effortless.

Have an older .45 S&W D.A. revolver. Cannot get a positive ID on it. Found photos of similar revolver but no exact match. Any ideas on a search for photos? Thank you!
Alan Baum

I've had good luck getting information from S&W by simply writing them a letter. And, their website FAQ has this: "How can I request the history of my S&W handgun?" Here's the URL:

Hope this helps.


What shooting category do you folks use the S&W 625? Was wondering if this could be used bullseye?

B Hall,
The competition I was referring to where the S&W 625 was used was a practical pistol match using IDPA rules. And, the pistol fell within the Stock Service Revolver Division. (Note: the IDPA rules say that the maximum barrel length for this division is 4 inches - the 625 comes in barrel lengths of 2, 4 and 5 inches.)

And, a person could use the 625 in a Bullseye match - the gun uses a centerfire .45 caliber cartridge, and that's all that's required.


My 625 is quite possibly the best revolver i have ever fired.Chambered in .45 ACP it should make an exellent bowling pin comp pistol.

I have just bought a 625, it came with 5 moon clips. At 86 my old fingers have trouble loading the moon clips.
Any help about tools or a easy way to load them.

Actually you can change your recoil spring in a 1911 style pistol fairly easily and by reducing the power of the spring you can shoot reduced power loads in the semiauto. In the action competitions though, there are minimum standards for ammunition to make major caliber. You should always match your spring to your load to have reliable functioning and to avoid battering your gun.
As to the 625, I want a 5" one. Then I want to take a Scandium .44 mag cylinder, punch it out to .45 Colt, and set it up for full moon clips. Then, since in Ohio you have to have at least a 5" barrel to hunt with, I'd be all set. Plus, I could shoot .45 ACP, .45 Colt, .45 Schoefield, and .45 Auto Rim at any power I want. For me that is the perfect revolver.

I am getting my husband a .35 revolver for Christmas. I don't know that much about hand guns and I was wondering how much a gun like this would go for..

Ms. Pacheco,

A great way to compare handgun prices is to do a search for the particular gun at gunbroker.com and see what they are going for. Keep in mind that a local gun retailer may have higher prices.

Here's the link:


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