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Monday, June 6, 2016

Question About "The Governor" (the pistol, not Emperor Dannel I)


From the comment section of my Saturday Morning Breakfast post:

Is that S&W Governor (ironic name for a gun in CT) smooth bore or rifled barrel? Makes a difference when firing shot vs bullets.

B Woodman
III-per

To answer the question, it is a rifled barrel. That is how it is legally sold with the short barrel under the NFA 1934 rules. Otherwise it would be classified as a "destructive device" requiring the $200 tax stamp and all the NFA regs. The bore is .45, so bullets engage the rifling, and with the buckshot rounds, it is the wad that engages the rifling, keeping the 3 or 4 pellets in a tight group. Even the Hornady Critical Defense .41 caliber non-jacketed FTX hollow point engages the rifling enough to spin true and expand properly at self-defense ranges. I doubt it would be accurate at longer range.

I fell in love with the concept when The Judge came out. I went to Hoffman's to do their "10 for 10" deal where you try ten rounds in any handgun for $10 and was going to save up for one. Then The Governor came out. Six shots as opposed to five, and with moon clips can shoot .45ACP as well as .45 Long. More expensive, yes, but a much better firearm in my opinion.

1 comment:

  1. Too bad it doesn't come in other barrel lengths other than 2 3/4".
    A 3 1/2" or 4" would improve spin and accuracy considerably.
    But would that make it too long, and therefore somewhat unwieldy?

    B Woodman
    III-per

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