Smith 329PD adopted today


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bikemutt
March 15, 2012, 06:20 PM
Picked up a new S&W 329PD today for my new woods carry gun. I know it has the darn lock but geez, everything else about it seems to be very well made. They always picture these with the wood grips it came with but they also supply these rubberized plastic ones that cover the backstrap, I'm guessing that's going to help a bit with recoil.

As with all their magnum scandium guns, this one has the blast shield on the topstrap.

Well, tomorrow is range day, I'll post back if I can still write :)

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Rat Robb
March 15, 2012, 06:28 PM
Nice pick up!!!

I don't see that one getting rapid fired too many times :-)

-Robb

Scuba_Steve
March 15, 2012, 06:34 PM
Please post back on your thoughts after shooting. I could see myself picking one up used for the right price.

ghitch75
March 15, 2012, 11:29 PM
nice!!!.....i have a 325PD and with stout loads it's a hand full!!!...your's is goin' to be a REAL HAND FULL!!!!.....hope you can still type!!!....good luck!!!

btw a guy on S&W forums sells a plug to remove the lock.....got one for my 625 and the 325....

http://i39.tinypic.com/n2eetd.jpg

Hammerdown77
March 16, 2012, 08:44 AM
Curious as to how the new S&W rubber grips do on a gun with heavy recoil. The new ones cover the backstrap at the top, whereas the Hogues they used previously did not. Same with the wooden Ahrends you mentioned these guns usually come with.

bikemutt
March 16, 2012, 11:31 AM
I will know later today, I'll be shooting it as adorned in the pictures.

Also ordered a Pachmayer Decellerator grips today to see what that does. From what I can tell the 329PD is a round-butt N-frame, which is what I ordered.

bikemutt
March 16, 2012, 04:52 PM
III ttthhhiiinnnkkk tthheee rrrreeeccccoooiiill iiisss nnnnoootttt ttttooo bbbaaaddd :D

Seriously, there is certainly some sting but at no time was there any pain :)

First up was 6 rounds of .44 special, HSM 240 grain semi-wadcutter. I only shot 6 because this ammo is so smoky it catches the disapproving attention of every range officer in the county. The gun handled like a dream with this load, unremarkable recoil and quite accurate. Strangely, I cannot hit the side of a barn with this ammo in my 4" Anaconda, it just hates this ammo, the Smith digested it like a fine desert.

Next up was 12 rounds of Magtech .44 magnum 240 grain SJSP. Both flyers were from the first round in each case, caused by me jerking the trigger, it's a bad habit of mine, one I'm still working hard to gain control over. What I found was rounds 1-4 had plenty of recoil but not enough to register in my pain threshold awareness center (whatever the heck that is), the two last rounds were noticeable due to minor stinging in my hand web. I'd say a 50 count box of ammo would be rewarding, anything more could start become unpleasant.

I really hope the Pachmayer decelerator grip will take the slight sting out of the gun with full house loads, or maybe it would defer it to round 7, perfect for a 6 shot.

The gun has one of the best out of the box triggers I have felt in some time, very consistent, very smooth, crisp and clean break. I did not shoot the gun single action.

For what I bought this for which is woods carry, I cannot imagine being happier. The additional felt recoil is manageable and very much worth the tremendous weight savings, especially for a gun that I hope to carry much more than shoot.

I have to tell you guys, I'm really pumped on the new Smiths, the Governor and this 329PD are the two I have so far. There will be more in my future!

Prosser
March 16, 2012, 05:32 PM
Get rid of the lock. I had my 360PD lockup while dry firing.:fire:

Loosedhorse
March 16, 2012, 08:16 PM
Seriously, there is certainly some sting but at no time was there any painMy expereince has also been that while the recoil is abrupt, it is not painful.

Those are nice grips; I guess they work well, huh? I hadn't seen them before.

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