Smith & Wesson Governor

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Versatile. Lightweight. The Smith & Wesson Governor revolver puts six rounds of customizable response under your control. Load with .410 2 1/2" shotshells, .45 ACP or .45 Colt - alone or in combination with the included moon clips* - and hit your target in every situation. Plus, it's from the leading expert in revolver manufacturing over the past 159 years. Now that's confidence. *Each Governor® is packaged with (2) 6 round and (3) 2 round moon clips for use with .45 ACP. A moon clip is a ring-shaped or star-shaped piece of metal designed to hold multiple cartridges together as a unit for simultaneous insertion and extraction from a revolver cylinder.

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Smith & Wesson Governor Specs

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2 Category

Technical Data


.45 Auto (.45 ACP)


29.6 oz


Single/Double Action





Gun Type



Night Sights

Barrel Length



8.5 Inches





Smith & Wesson Governor Features

The Smith & Wesson Governor holds up to 6 rounds in its cylinder and has a 2.75 inch barrel.  The trigger is set to either fire from single- or double-action and the hammer can easily and safely be pulled back for a more accurate single-action trigger pull.

Smith & Wesson Governor Ballistics

.45 Auto (.45 ACP) Ballistic Data
Range (Yards) Drop (inches) Velocity Energy Wind drift (inches) Time (milliseconds)
0 0 0 0 0 0
50 0 0 0 0 0
100 0 0 0 0 0
150 0 0 0 0 0
200 0 0 0 0 0
250 0 0 0 0 0
300 0 0 0 0 0
350 0 0 0 0 0
400 0 0 0 0 0
450 0 0 0 0 0
500 0 0 0 0 0

Smith & Wesson Governor Capacity

The Smith & Wesson Governor is chambered for .45 Long Colt and can also fire .410 caliber shotgun shells.  Its cylinder can hold up to 6 rounds and its cylinder release lever is located along the left side of the frame.

Smith & Wesson Governor Ergonomics

The Governor includes a hogue grip to give the user plenty of control when firing the somewhat high-power rounds.  The grip has a soft, high-friction surface that prevents slipping.  Its cylinder release is easily reached by hands of any size, allowing for a very safe method of unloading the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Governor Fit & Finish

The S&W Governor is available with a polished, blued finish or in a stainless steel finish with a matte surface.  The lock-up of the cylinder remains tight even after many years of use thanks to the impressive heat treating of the internal parts.
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Smith & Wesson Governor Concealability

The large frame and long cartridge that the S&W Governor employs give it a length over 8 inches and a hight approaching 6, leading this revolver to be a rather difficult gun to conceal.  The best method of concealment would likely be through a shoulder holster under a jacket.

Smith & Wesson Governor Comparisons

How much is a Smith & Wesson Governor worth?

In 2024 a new or used Smith & Wesson Governor value varies depending on supply and demand. In the last 12 months there is great demand for a Smith & Wesson Governor and most handguns. The Price for a Smith & Wesson Governor has increased in cost by $0.00 in 2024 compared to 2023.

Estimated New and Used Values for a Smith & Wesson Governor Values are based on a basic model with no options or colors.

Condition Trade-In Private Party Dealer
New In box $530.25 $693.40 $815.77
Excellent $489.46 $652.62 $734.19
Very Good $448.67 $652.62 $734.19
Good $407.89 $611.83 $693.40
Fair $285.52 $530.25 $652.62
Poor $203.94 $407.89 N/A

Gun Value Conditions explained:

New in box - 100% condition in unopened box. Excellent - 95%+ condition with or without box.

Very Good - 90% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 80-90% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 30% - 80% condition, parts, and finish may or may not be original. Must function properly and shoot.

Poor - under 30% condition. Firearm has severe wear and tear, does not function, or is damaged.

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