Smith & Wesson Governor Review
Part 2 - What's In The Box
July 15, 2011

Smith & Wesson Governor Review

In this part of the review, I'm going to show everything that comes in the box (case) with the Smith & Wesson Governor revolver and also show some overall photos of the revolver.


Like many other handguns, the Smith & Wesson Governor revolver comes in a plastic hard case.

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The end of the box had a sticker with information shown below:

  • Model : GOV
  • Caliber: .45
  • Type: REVLR
  • Barrel (length): 2 3/4
  • SKU: 162410
  • Serial Number

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When you first open the case, you see the pistol wrapped inside a protective oil impregnated (I think) paper wrapper.  All of the other literature and accessories were tucked under the foam padding in the lid of the case.

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In the next photo I have pulled all the items out of the top and removed the paper wrapper from the revolver.  You can see the case fits the Governor nicely and you have some extra room to carry your moon clips loaded and ready to go.

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As far as literature is concerned, you will receive the Safety & Instruction Manual, Instructions for Hogue® Bantam™ Grip, Registration Card and NRA Pamphlet.  The manual covers all of the Smith & Wesson Modern Style Revolvers and includes an appendix specifically for the Governor revolver.

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Also included were the test fire cartridge case and the gun lock.  For those wondering why a test fire cartridge case is included, certain states or jurisdictions require that all newly manufactured pistols and revolvers must be accompanied by a cartridge case which has been test fired
from that gun at the factory. The cartridge case must be placed in a sealed container with certain information concerning this test cartridge. At the time of sale in those states or jurisdictions, the firearms dealers must forward the test cartridge case to a designated destination such as their State Police Laboratory.  If you did not receive a cartridge case with your revolver, then your jurisdiction must require this case to be sent to the appropriate location.  If you did receive a cartridge case (like me), then consider this as proof that your revolver has been test fired during the normal manufacturing process.

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These last items included were the Hogue Bantam Tool (used to remove the grip), two Internal Lock Mechanism Keys, two 6-round moon clips and three 2-round moon clips.  The moon clips are provided so you can shoot the rimless .45 ACP cartridges.  The 2-round clips allow you to mix your .45 ACP cartridges with a combination .410 shotshells and .45 Colt cartridges.

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These next four photos show some basic views of the Governor Revolver.  In the next part of this review (Part 3) I will cover all the details of the Smith & Wesson Governor Revolver with lots more photos and commentary.

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After the initial "out of the box" inspection, I liked everything I saw.  The Governor looks good, was in perfect condition, accessories were good, and I was itching to take it to the range.

For more detailed photos and commentary, make sure you check out the other parts of this review and feel free to leave comments on my Reader's Comments page.  The following links are provided to help you see other parts of this review and feel free to add a comment on the "Reader's Comments" page. 

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