S&W 547 9mm Revolver

 

 

I will start off by saying that I am not a revolver guy. Life and experience has always lead me to more of the automatic side of the fence. That is a reflection of my “universe” in some ways, and of the times we live in as well.  Through pure chance, I happened on a K-frame S&W revolver that shoots a “service caliber” of 9mm but doesn’t need moon-clips. Frankly…never heard of it.

Immediately, was intrigued. I’m drowning in 9mm. So it’s an easy revolver to support. My rational was I could keep it in my range bag and after the serious work with the autos, I could pull this out to “play”.  Now I know how that must come off to the revolver guys, and I don’t mean it in the way you might think. I’m just not a wheel gun guy, and this was an excuse to buy a new gun!

 

As for the particulars of this actual specimen, there isn’t too much to say. 4″ barrel. 9mm. It is original factory blue. Used but in 90% condition. 6 shot. Huge and ugly aftermarket stocks. Ramp front and a trench in the rear. Points VERY well and has excellent double and single actions triggers. After some research on the internet, it seems this model never sold well. As such, it is more “collectible” than some of the more common models.

 

Unfortunately, collectors’ value is not why I have it. It will probably never be carried for CCW or work. It’s a range gun. But my concept of a range gun might be different than most. It needs a holster. Needs to be shot from both chest ready and from the draw. Strong hand. Weak hand. Fast reloads and even malfunction clearance drills — Yes, revolvers malfunction.

 

Since I shoot rain or shine, I opted for a Kydex OWB at 3 O’clock. If it’s raining cats and dogs, the synthetic holsters drain the water straight through them. Which means when it stops raining, the weapons dries very quickly. Getting even body moisture into a leather holster can seriously tear up traditional bluing. So imagine my local holster guru’s surprise when I showed up with a K-frame 4″. Being an old revolver guy himself, he was tickled to death to see me show up with my “special project”!

 

 

Now for the function. Not having moon-clips, I’ve had a nagging voice in the back of my head that loading and unloading this thing might be a challenge at speed. Will the brass stick? Will the “ejector” override the “rim” under duress? Will the rounds even drop in freely? Or will they need to be pushed or “locked” in somehow?

 

Pretty dumb questions for someone to have AFTER buying the gun! But I am happy to report, surprisingly, that the 9mm rounds drop right in and all eject / fall out just fine. I am aware there is a company (HKS) that makes speed loaders for the 547, but I wanted to see if that was even viable? If not, I would have looked into perhaps some kind of speed-strip –if that’s even possible for 9mm auto?

 

 

 

The final surprise: Accuracy.  The S&W 547 has the traditional revolver ramp front and trench rear site system. To me this seems goofy and I expect the windage to be off. Consider me SHOCKED! Shooting for accuracy on a small steel plate at around 40 yards (or possibly more), I scored 5 out of 6 hits! First shot was a hit. Second a miss. Then I concentrated and connected with the next 4. That was all done single action. And the last two I was sweating hard trying to get the 5/6 hits. No redo’s. One and only attempt. Grins all around after that.

 

 

Shooting the 547 was quite the hoot!  I like it!  My understanding is that the S&W 547 was one of the more expensive models for S&W to machine. Due to the ejector I’m guessing.  I also don’t know about service and parts. I expect the only part that might be an issue would be the custom rimless ejector. I shot mostly double action either drawing from the holster or pushing out from Chest Ready.  Presenting in and out of the Kydex holster will probably mean it’ll go in for a more durable finish at some point. But I might just wear the blue off and see how it turns out? As long as I’m not chasing rust, I think a well worn revolver would make the world just that much better.  I will keep you updated.

 

Sincerely,

Marky Mark

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Marky Mark

Marky Mark

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  • Brennen Munro

    I would love to get one of these for a range gun myself! The only thing is that they seem to be only gaining in popularity, and they are not making them fast enough… as in not at all, so the prices are growing out of my reach at the moment. We are doing a remodel on our house and I am just happy that I can afford ammo! Thank you for the well written overview of your model #547.

    Munro

    • It’s like a Korth revolver, at 20% the price.

      Marky

      • Brennen Munro

        Ha! A Korth is one of those things that you can say only 20% of, and still have it be expensive! I am still waiting on that person who ask me if I would like a revolver that they just have no use for because it shoots 9mm, and not a real revolver round… I may be waiting a while.

        Munro

  • Barry Rice

    Following is a post that I made in response to Hickok45 review of the gun,
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHd3D1GqNJA

    I purchased my vintage S&W 547 and HKS speedloader a few years back for my wife. It wasn’t cheap by any imagination. I did so to try and make her firearm as easy and foolproof to use. It’s a beautiful weapon but it can be finicky when it comes to ammo.

    Following is an e-mail communication I had with S&W’s customer support team:

    I recently purchased a vintage S&W 547 NIB as a birthday present for my wife. She likes the looks and reliability of revolvers. I took it to the range the other day with a couple of my other guns and tried to run various brands of ammunition thru it i.e. S&B, American Eagle, CCI Blazer, etc in 115 grain FMJ. I don’t think I had shot 20 rounds before I started to experience problems. The brass casings would expand and freeze the cylinder from rotating or the hammer would strike the primer and it would not fire. I didn’t have any problems with the CCI Blazer in aluminum.

    Has anyone had similar problems and/or found another brand of ammo that also works for them?

    Dear Customer,

    When the model was made we tested them with Federal 115grn ammunition. You are correct that it was made in the 80″s. Your gun was 1982 and there is a good chance that I made the gun. That was a “K” frame revolver that was pretty sturdy. The extractor is what gave us headaches. We didn’t make too many of that model.

    If further assistance is required please reply accordingly.

    Sincerely,

    Don

    • 115? That is interesting!!!! Very good post! I’ll look into it.

      I need to pull the 547 out to demo something that came to mind the other night.

      You must be reading my thoughts!

      Marky

      • Barry Rice

        I’ve been shopping for another S&W 547 lately and boy have the prices gone thru the roof. The 2 that I have found range from $1500 to $3000. Maybe I can talk my now ex-wife to give it or sell it back to me for what I paid for it, $950. LOL…BTW my 547 had the round butt. They also made a square butt version just in case you weren’t aware. They are both nice.

        • Yes they have. I seem to recall that ours is a square butt as well. But it’s in the armory locked up so I can’t guarantee that with 100% certainty.

          Thanks for stopping by.

          Marky