New 325 PD!

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  1. Dave T

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    Got a chance to see and handle a new S&W 325 PD. This is a 3", six shot, N-Frame 45 ACP with a Scandium frame, Titanium cylinder and shrouded stainless barrel. It comes with Hi-viz sights (adjustable) and a wood round butt grip.

    For those who like the ultra light "unobtainum" models this may appeal. I would have preferred it with the Custom Shop's stainless cylinder but S&W hasn't been building revolvers I like since before the agreement so no matter. Thought it was interesting as I hadn't heard anything about this new model. I do like seeing the gun makers catering to the concealed carry market.
     
  2. JoeHatley

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    Kool, any word on when regular production might start?
     
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    Is it bevelled for carry purposes, with no sharp edges? That's one of my beefs about the 329 - too many sharp edges for comfortable IWB carry. If this one is nicely rounded off, I can see one - or two! :D - in my future.
     
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    Hmm...that's good, but I'd rather have a 4" model first, with adjustable sights.

    Give me a 3" model with fixed sights for carry.
     
  5. Dave T

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    Regular production has started. The dealer who showed it to me received it from his S&W distributor.

    Not any more "rounded" than the 329 PD or the 386 PDs in the same counter.

    While you're waiting for a 4" model, you might as well wait for another 44 Special. I think the chances for either are zilch!
     
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    Why? A 4" .45ACP revolver is hardly unheard of from Smith. Are they REALLY that opposed to the idea?
     
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    So this is very similar to the 2" barreled 625? I realize the frame is scandium, but otherwise, does it look like a longer barreled version?

    I wonder if S&W used the shorter cylinder concept again. Pics would be nice, but S&W's site doesn't seem forthcoming at the moment.
     
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    Call me sick, but I think a 5-shot, 2" Scandium snubby with a shrouded hammer and a "just-bigger-than-J" frame using moon clips would be cooler. :evil:
     
  9. Dave T

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    Not but in a new model, with what will probably be a limited market, I don't see them bringing out a 4" any time soon. If you want a 4" 45 ACP revolver they will be glad to sell you a new 625 made entirely of stainless as those are already in production.

    No, it is quite a bit different. The 2" 625 has fixed sights - this 325 PD has adjustable sights. The 2" 625 has a stainless cylinder - this 325 PD has a Titanium cylinder. The 2" 625 is all silver (all be it different shades) - this 325 PD is black with a gray cylinder. So, no it doesn't look lik a longer barreled version!

    PS: Both frames claim to be scandium, the better to suck in your hard earned dollars!!!
     
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    I wonder how this would hold up to .45SUPER ammo...
     
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    Hmmm.. my new house gun has arrived :)
     
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    I got to fondle one of these things this weekend at a show here in Atlanta. It is nice looking. Loved the bright red fiberoptic front. The grips were smooth round wood and pretty narrow. They were asking 669.00. I had one of the Taurus snubbies in .45ACP and it was pretty nice, suprisingly tolerable to shoot, I don't know about this lightweight thing however, but it looks kewl.:)
     
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    Is anyone else bothered by having an auto cartridge in a revolver? I mean, that seems like mixing meat and milk to me. I was hoping this was a .45LC chambering.
     
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    I'm lovin' it...:cool:
     
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    Anywhere to see pics of this revolver?
     
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    The Rabbi, I wouldn't let it bother you...

    Fact is, they've been chambering revolvers for autopistol cartridges since, oh, say, 1917 or so. See below, U.S. military issue S&W M1917 in .45 ACP (with jealous thanks to Frosty!):

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    Actually it is a significant advantage, particularly over the 45 Colt. There has been little or no load development in revolver cartridges since law enforcement has almost universally gone over to the semiauto. This is even more true of the 45 Colt cartridge which has never had any serious "defensive" loads since the old black powder days. Today, most "high performance" 45 Colt loads consist of a 45 ACP bullet loaded in the Colt case at ACP velocities. Many more choices in 45 ACP.

    Then too, with the use of the full-moon clips necessary for the rimless cartridges, you have the fastest reload possible for a swing out cylinder revolver. No speed loader will match it, particularly one with long 45 Colt cartridges in it.
     
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    Are these for sale already?!?!

    Joe
     
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    That thing's tasty!
     
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