S&W 325 Night Guard Initial Impressions


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BlayGlock
April 17, 2009, 12:57 PM
I recently got a good deal on a 325 Night Guards and wanted to share my initial impressions. I got it for $650 used with 20 moonclips and a demooner. I have recently aquired a taste for the .45 acp, and I really enjoy the "thinking mans gun" so I bought this one and I have a 625JM on its way as well.

I have been looking for a ccw in .45 and I beleive that this just might be the ticket.

Pros:
One of the best trigger pulls of any Smith that I have handeled. It is really nice and I am assuming that it will only smooth up with use.

The gun has been designed to be as snag-free as possible with the beveled front cylinder, and the rounded rear-sight. It makes for a very smooth draw from concealment.

The sight picture is really awesome, and makes for quick target aquisition. The front sight is a night sight and really helped as well since I was shooting just before dark.

Felt recoil is not bad, less than either my Smith Airweight with +p of my Kahr CW9 with +p.

Moonclips, need I say more.

For me, it is a pocket gun. I can carry it in my front right pocket and conceal it without changing my typical wardrobe (jeans and a polo). Im 6' and weigh about 250 lbs if that helps.

Its pretty intimidating looking which I imagine would really help if I need to employ it to help convince a criminal that he has the wrong guy. That is purley speculative however.

Cons:
The checkered Pachmayr grips allow the gun to move to much, and they are really thick around the backstrap making for a long reach to get to the trigger. I can reach just fine but those with smaller hands may have trouble shooting accuratley. Gonna change these soon, maybe to Ahrends wood grips which would make it even more concealable.

While I like the rear sight, and cannot for the life of me understand why they didnt make this a night-sight as well. I may try to find some small glow dots to stick on it.

A note about accuracy:
I always have a hard time talking about the accuracy of a gun because I feel that when many people say that a gun is innacurate, it is really just that they cannot shoot it accuratley for whatever reason. Accuracy is a primarily skill honed through practice. That being said, I can shoot this gun accuratley. I shot several groups at 3, 7, and 15 yards double-action. At 3 yards I had no problem keeping 1-1.5 inch groups, at 7 yards 2-3 inch, and at 15 yards 3-4 inch groups in my quick test. They way I shot this was to start from concealment, draw and fire as quickly as I could aquire a sight picture, and reholster after every shot. Then I repeted the process. These groups are acceptable to me since I primarily shoot handguns for self defense purposes.

All said, I am pleased with my purchase. I think with a grip change I wil lhave a very viable ccw option when I feel the need for more firepower. I will probably get a few half-moon clips to make for easier carrying and see what I can do about the rear-sight.

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hinton03
April 17, 2009, 01:08 PM
Night Guards are super defensive revolvers.....congratulations.

I have the 327 NG and am pleased as well. The 327 is a little zippy in the hand with full power 357 Mag defensive loads, so I carry the 135 Grain Speer Gold Dot 38 +P when it is being used for defensive purposes.

I think it will make a great woods gun for hiking or fishing and need to work up some loads for that purpose when I get back to the States.

BlayGlock
April 19, 2009, 12:07 PM
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Here you can see that I can conceal it normaly.

jfh
April 19, 2009, 12:12 PM
I have the 386 Night Guard, and I like it a lot. However, for me that rear sight is a nightmare. I find that the "deep U" results in longer acquisition time and vertical stringing. That problem is largely a function of my "aging eyes" so I am not surprised you like it.

Other than that--my trigger pull is good, like yours, and I know it will only get better. The grip is perfect.

As for front-pocket carry--well, I prefer my 2" j-frames, period. They are totally concealed, yet readily draw-able from 'relaxed fit' / carpenter's jeans. I'm thinking of getting a K.L. Null 'upside down' shoulder rig for the 386--but I also typically wear some sort of jacket / overshirt / vest when I am out and about. I'm about your size, BTW--6'1" and 240 or so.

Personally, I would have preferred this version (the 386) came with a 3" barrel, but that's a matter of taste, I think, and arguably would make it less (concealed) carry-able.



Jim H.

BlayGlock
April 19, 2009, 06:38 PM
Maybe, but I used to carry a 3" SP101 in my pocket as well. Like I said this is just for when I feel the need for a little more firepower that my J-frame which is my usual ccw gun.

BlindJustice
April 19, 2009, 07:06 PM
Good Report on your new 325 NG.

I have the dis-continued 01-01-2008,
625-8 5" Bbl. I got the full size Hogue
Grips, finger grooves/checkered in Rosewood.
Hogue also offers a Compact size for the
N-frame but since it has the 5" Bbl. the full
size seemed appropriate. If I had a < 4" Bbl.
I'd go for a more compact grip size. I also had
the Master Revolver Action Job - not only action
/trigger work, but they also chamfer the chamber
mouths for easier insertion of the .45 ACP w'full moon
clips. Oh, btw, I also shoot .45 Auto Rim The
correct HKS SPeedloader is the 25M for the extra thick
rim of the .45 AR. Starline sells new .45 AR brass and
loaded .45 AR is available from Buffalo Bore, Double Tap,
Reeds Ammo & Research and others. Skeeter Skleton
once wrote of a couple of LEOs in Old El Pso in the
1950s. Gunfights were not uncommon. Since a Semi-AUto
wasn't allowed these two LEO's got M1917s barrels
cut to 4" - they'd carry them loaded with .45 AR and a
250 gr. SWC, with Half moon clips and 230 gr. GI Ball
for reloades.

Enjoy your 325 NG, I may have to get one sometime

Randall

BlayGlock
April 20, 2009, 01:13 AM
I appreciate the good info Randall. Thanks.

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