Reviewed By: Randy R on 07/13/2016
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Companies often introduce made-over versions as \"New Classics\" and when I first saw this on Buds I thought it was simply the original M-25 Colt being marketed in a new way. I was wrong...HAPPILY so!
The gun I received is nothing like the N-frames of my youth. Gone are the super oversized Goncalo Alves that only a size 9 or larger hand could comfortably grasp! The New Classic as slimline grips that are hand filling, yet better proportioned to match the normal human hand. My size 7-1/2 hand with short fingers is able to obtain a very secure grip on these! They are longer, and very nicely satin finished. The grip frame is the \"classic\" square butt so wood to metal fit is clean and crisp
The best part is the tapered barrel...reminiscent of pre-1950 Smiths it makes the gun feel neutrally balanced in the hand...no muzzle-heaviness at all. The cylinder is radiused on the front, wide checkered hammer and slotted, wide target trigger, and of course the firing pin is now in the frame with a transfer bar system. Despite this, the action, both DA and SA is clean and crisp.
The closest analogy for this model for comparison is the Schofield...amazingly light for size, and sits perfectly in the hand for accurate shooting!
The finish is a genuine deep blue, but more, S&W took the time to POLISH the steel to create a beautiful, \"polished\" blue that speaks of money well spent to obtain. In the years and decades to come, this model will indeed become \"Classic\" and accepted as such.
It does have the internal lock...but it is not obtrusive against the polished blue finish.
Being an S&W, all controls worked as designed and expected for such a distinguished brand. The cylinder unlatches smoothing without issue. Upon first actuation, the ejector felt a bit reluctant...but with just a few cycles felt smooth.
The only issue some will cite is the ejector shroud does not mate with zero clearance to the frame...it\'s close, but not in contact.
Overall though, I think S&W has really produced a beautiful iteration of a large framed \".45 Ctg\" that will win over original N-frame stalwarts because frankly the \"New Classic\" IS the better execution of the pattern!
I highly recommend this model!
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