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Old October 2, 2012, 07:17 AM   #1
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S&w governor reviews?

s&w governor reviews? Just wondering if anyone has one and what their experience is with them
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Old October 2, 2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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Don't waste your money on this toy.
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Old October 2, 2012, 09:25 AM   #3
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I think it is a great concept. S&W makes quality guns, now you get 3 choices in one. I got to shoot one a few months back, shot all 3 choices in ammo without any issues. I may buy one, sooner rather than later.
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Old October 2, 2012, 11:44 AM   #4
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It's neat, and they're well made guns, but I have no idea what I would actually use it for.
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Old October 3, 2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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Snake gun

When loaded with .410 snake shot, it should be good for that.
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Old October 3, 2012, 01:57 PM   #6
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Don't waste your money on this toy.
I don't like the multi-cal revolvers either, but the OP wants reviews from users...
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Old October 3, 2012, 02:05 PM   #7
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First and foremost, I've not fired a Judge, Governor, or any other .45/.410 revolver as I'm not particularly interested in the shotgun/revolver concept. That being said, if I were in the market for such a gun I'd probably lean towards the Governor over the other available options because of the Governor's ability to use .45 ACP ammo, the six-shot cylinder as opposed to the competition's five, and S&W's excellent level of customer service.
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Old October 3, 2012, 08:47 PM   #8
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I love mine

shoots the federal 0000 nice and tight all the way out to 20 yards. shoots 12 inch gongs at 100 yards with no problem with 45 acp.


love it
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Old October 4, 2012, 12:09 AM   #9
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When loaded with .410 snake shot, it should be good for that.
I don't shoot snakes. If I wanted to shoot snakes, I could use a 38 with shotshells, and it would fit in my pocket.
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Old October 4, 2012, 09:42 AM   #10
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If I wanted to shoot snakes, I could use a 38 with shotshells, and it would fit in my pocket.
Then what's the point of the Governor? It's still not as versatile as the .38/.357 platform, and there are much better ways to introduce a .45acp round to your target if that's your caliber of choice. The 45lc is apparently just a nostalgic round these days with plenty of single action platforms but few double action ones. And the .410? Well, I was surprised to hear they even still made that round it's been so long since I've seen one.
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Old October 4, 2012, 09:55 AM   #11
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kdrf636 "It's still not as versatile as the .38/.357 platform"

How is it not as versatile?

It is by far more versatile, 3 different rounds. If I were hunting and had a choice between 357 or 45 I'd take the 45. If it was for self-defense I would go with 45acp and full moon clips for faster reloads than 38/357. 38 shot shells or 410.
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Old October 4, 2012, 10:21 AM   #12
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I have not shot this particular gun but based on handling it in the store it seems more refined than the Taurus, which is typical when comparing the two brands. The S&W costs significantly more money though. The extra round is nice but not a huge deal. The ability to shoot .45acp is useful for making target practice less expensive because of easily available factory ammo.

IMHO the .410/.45 revolvers are somewhat like a Leatherman multi-tool. It's not the best tool for any particular situation but it has a tool for everything in one simple package. A real (fill in the blank) is better than the one on the multi-tool. However, you have to lug around a single version of everything and possibly not end up even using it and it takes up alot of space.

That said, I can imagine them being useful/practical in certain survival scenarios because of the advantages of the "all calibers in one" platform. The ability to carry one gun saves weight and space. The .410 can be used with birdshot for collecting small game animals or killing vermin. The .45LC if loaded properly can be used for protection against or hunt anything smaller than 500lbs. The .45acp is good for defense against humans (although the .45LC will do just as well if not better) and can be reloaded quicker than the rimmed bcause of the use of moonclips. Plus, it is a more common caliber than the rest and would be easier to locate if your own supply of ammo runs out.

So, that's my .02 about them.
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Old October 4, 2012, 11:30 AM   #13
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Edlnk - a good sum up. Wayneinfla - actually you've got more critters down there in Florida that could use a dose especially of the .410 aspect of this - including a major invasive species problem and more than a few unwanted gators I hear! (Well maybe a 12 gauge needed for some of those!). I'd think the Governor (and Judge) would sell like gangbusters to Floridians especially, as a sidearm for fishing and tromping as powerful water moccassin and rattler medicine. .410 is .357 or .44 snakeshot gone one better, then doubling for SD with either of the .45s as mentioned. Regarding SD/HD, not sure a face-full of .410 chambered as first round wouldn t be an effective greeting for an intruder.
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Old October 7, 2012, 11:09 AM   #14
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i had one and fired it a few times....i sold it becuase i needed some money....i did have fun with it though...
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Old October 13, 2012, 01:25 AM   #15
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I never shot one, but............

Why don't some of you just say, no, I don't know what i'm talking about, but, I'll give you my opinion anyway?
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Old October 13, 2012, 02:16 AM   #16
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It would be really fun if it could fire 22lrs some how...

Anyways, if you had a farm, and hunted small game on your farm, it would be really worth it. Carrys with with 410 blasting snakes and squirrels. 410's arn't cheap.
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Old October 13, 2012, 03:59 AM   #17
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It would be really fun if it could fire 22lrs some how...
You can.
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Old October 13, 2012, 07:03 AM   #18
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My opinion, it's gimmick just like the Judge, something to sell. That being said I shot one a while back and it shot ok so if it's what you want why not? With the long cylinder I don't think it'll be as accurate as a regular revolver with regular ammo.
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Old October 13, 2012, 07:25 PM   #19
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No, I don't know what I am talking about. However, if you want one and have a use for it the S&W model will hold its value better.
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