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Smith & Wesson Governor 45 ACP, 45 LC, 410/2.5-inch, $679

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The innards of the S&W Governor were just as good as always. There were no obvious cuts made in the quality of this gun to get its price down to just a nudge more than the cost of the Judge. Neither the hammer nor the trigger were case colored. This solid design goes back many decades.

Smith & Wesson Governor 45 ACP, 45 LC, 410/2.5-inch, $679

Gun Details

Model Name
Home Defense
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The Governor had a tritium insert in its front sight, where the Judge had a red insert. Its grips were less effective in controlling recoil, but the greater weight of the gun made up for that. The DA pull was stiff, but the SA pull was excellent.
The Governor had a cut in the rear of its cylinder to accommodate the moon clips that held 45 ACP cartridges. Although we thought the additional cartridge was a boon for the design, the velocity was very low from metallic cartridges, worse than from the Judge.
The arrow points to the spring-loaded ball detent that keeps the front of the Governor's crane secure in the frame.
The 625 S&W (left), which handles 45 ACP or 45 Auto Rim ammunition, is the same overall length as the Governor. The 625, however, has a 4-inch barrel, but it won't take 410 shotshells. We liked the Governor's grips.

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