Originally Posted by nathangdad
some cartridges just never generate the demand to make the jump to a revolver. Many decades ago Smith and Wesson really tried to market a .45ACP target revolver. The offering lasted for years but the market demand just never developed for large scale production.
The idea of half moon clips has never really worked in the marketplace.
The idea of various springs on the rear of the cylinder has never really worked in the marketplace.
Overally, the buying market simply sees certain cartridges as semi-auto and certain cartridges as revolver. Even with the .22lr demand has never existed for large scale production of double action revolvers.
Note that several firms throughout the years have tried to sell semi auto .357 magnum guns without very much success.
I think the revolver cartridges in semi autos has more to do with problems with functionality and with s/a cartridges of similar ballistics (357 Sig, 10mm, 38 Super).
I have a Smith 325 which I use as a carry gun sometimes (45 ACP REVOLVER) and the 625 has been successfully used by shooters for years--especially comp shooters. The half-moons aren`t real useful (the quarter moons in the Governor might be but that is something completely different with staging the loads) HOWEVER, the FULL MOON clips are GREAT !!! They are essentially low-cost compact speedloaders and work very well--you do need a demooning tool but for storage and shooting you get cylindersfull of quick loading easily stacking ammo.
The 45 ACP revolvers actually have quite a following--depending on ballistics of the shorter barrel a 9mm or 10mm revolver could be quite a snubby.
Thanks for the thoughts, but I do disagree from firsthand experience with my 325 which is an excellent CCW and general defense revolver.