S&W 625 fully suppressed revolver

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The PSDR 3 is a fully suppressed .45 ACP Smith & Wesson Model 625 revolver developed in 1993 by Joe Peters, under contract from Northrhine-Westphalia, for Germany’s SEK (SWAT) teams.

This photo is from Visier Special 6, 1997 (special edition of one of the three big German gun journals):

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Revolvers cannot be effectively suppressed because gas escapes from between the cylinder and the barrel creating noise (there are some exceptions). The big shell that encloses the cylinder of the PSDR 3 prevents the gas from escaping. This combined with a big suppressor and a subsonic .45 ACP round causes a noise reduction from 136 dB to 90 dB which is comparable to a CO2 air gun. Decibels are a logarithmic unit of measurement, so a 46 dB reduction is significant. In theory this gun should make a lot less noise than a suppressed semi-automatic pistol because there no slide slamming open and closed.

I had no idea such a gun existed until Sven emailed me. I really like the idea – German engineering at its best!
Many thanks to Sven, who blog at Defense and Freedom, for the scanned page and translation.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

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  • Norbert Schaefers Norbert Schaefers on Oct 20, 2013

    Well, i shot this thingy. The loudest noise on an indoor range was the bullets hitting the sand. It looks heavier and bulkier than it is. The silencer is made of titanium. There is also a version with bipod and folding stock. And the accuracy on 50m is just oustanding. It is definitely worth its money. BTW. With a .45 bullet 300grs. it usually takes only one shot to take out a target.

  • Isaac Granberry Isaac Granberry on Oct 22, 2013

    two words, Nagant pistol. enjoy