SMITH & WESSON GOVERNOR

Versatile and lightweight, the new S&W Governor revolver puts six…

Versatile and lightweight, the new S&W Governor revolver puts six rounds of 2½” .410 bore shotshells, .45 ACP or .45 Colt, alone or in combination, at hand. It incorporates S&W’s Scandium frame for reduced carry weight and comes with two 6-round and three 2-round moon clips for use with .45 ACP.

There are three things you look for in a personal or home defense handgun—ease of use, accuracy and stopping power. The new Smith & Wesson Governor delivers all three and in a choice of three different calibers that can be loaded in the same cylinder.

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The large serrated hammer spur makes cocking the gun very easy and proved to be smooth and consistent, even when rapid firing single-action.

Why three? Up until now the alternate cartridge choice for defensive handguns chambered to shoot .410 bore shot-shells has been .45 Colt. This is a fine cartridge with a legendary history of use in America dating back to the 1870s. Today it is still regarded as an Old West cartridge, although there are self-defense loads in .45 Colt that match other large caliber rounds grain-for-grain in stopping power. However, with the option to carry a combination of shotshells and .45 ACP, the new S&W becomes the first triple-threat revolver in this growing class of personal protection and home defense firearms.

Gun Details
Smith & Wesson named the new multi-caliber revolver the Governor for its “authoritative appearance and specialized features.” And while we might have preferred a more traditional S&W numerical designation to giving the gun a name, Governor is definitely an unforgettable one. At the core of this revolver is Smith & Wesson’s patented heat-treated Scandium frame known for superior strength and reduced weight, both of which come into play here. Capable of chambering .45 Colt, .45 ACP and .410 bore 2½-inch shotshells, the gun is ideally suited for both close range defensive work within the confines of a home, and more distant encounters at ranges of up to 25 yards.

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Best 5-round group from 10 yards was 1.25˝ with Hornady Critical Defense 185-gr. FTX .45 ACP. Hornady Critical Defense .45 Colt spread out to just under 3˝. Federal Hi-Shok .45 ACP placed five within 2.25˝ with two overlapping in the bull. Five rounds of Winchester PDX1 covered the entire right quadrant of a target.

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  • Pfletch83

    The Smith&Wesson Governor does it’s best work at close range with the 2-1/2 Inch Federal ‘000’ buck.

    The only PDX-1 ammo I would use would be the .45 Colt It’s a good round.

    Any .45 ACP or .45 GAP round should do just fine for a quick re-load.

  • Mike

    I will receive my Governor today. Will someone save me the learning curve and recommend the best ammo for all three rounds. My primary use will be as a snake gun and use 6 shot. Next would be a good buckshot then good 45 LC and ACP. Thanks in advance.

  • Doc H 1

    I have not fired the judge; but I love my Governor. The versatility alone makes it a keeper! Carry with a #7 shot, 2 rnds 45 acp in the 2 shot clips (great idea), a pdx1 410, and a 45 colt; hammer down on an empty chamber. There is still the option to use all 6 chambers and/or moon clips for a quick reload if I want. there is some recoil; but it’s nothing major. Fully loaded is very comfortable for such a large “looking” weapon. DA is kinda heavy, but not overly so / the SA is excellent! This is a great looking, well made, versatile, and accurate handgun out to 15-20 yrds easily! it is 1 Damn good handgun!

  • Carey

    The cylinder is long enough. Why can’t we have a similar weapon in 7.62×39? More bang for the buck and an excellent weapon for backpackers in bear country.

  • steve

    The Governor shoots a lot better than the judge….

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  • LB

    I own it I LOVE it! And Christopher… the .45 long colt doesn’t need moon clips, the .45acp does. Much better built gun than the Judge in my judgement.

  • I have shot neither weapon, but aren’t moon clips used only for ammo that does not have a rim such as the 45 ACP.

  • Christopher

    I’ve shot both the Governor and the Judge…stick with the Judge.
    Joe – you’re absolutely right. The moon clips are a pain to use and I really see no need to go through all of that to shoot the .45 Colt ammo. The .45 ACP and 410 shells are plenty!

    In this case “less is more”…

  • joe

    Sounds like a great gun. I just read how it requires moon clips and that part just killed it for me. I’m not a fan of using moon clips. I have shot the judge which is siliar and shoots the 45 colt n 410 shotgun rounds. Great gun to shoot n reliable. I love the grips on it aswell.