Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 325PD .45 ACP

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The 325PD felt balanced and compact. Overall, this 45 ACP revolver seemed to the best conceived weapon of our trio. Super-hot defense loads will make it recoil too much for most shooters.

Smith & Wesson 325PD .45 ACP

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
Overall Length
Barrel Length
Sight Radius
Overall Height
Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Grip Circumference Max
Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The frame and shroud of the 325PD were scandium, which evidently needed the protection of a steel insert just above the break between the cylinder and the forcing cone (arrow). Lock up was assisted at the tip of the ejector rod. The front sight was pinned high upon a stanchion. HiViz light-gathering sights have been durable and will illuminate the sighting point even when marred by abuse.
The wood grip was topped with a low-profile contour to make way for reloading and ejection of spent cases. The hammer and trigger matched the black frame, but the titanium cylinder was a contrasting flat gray.

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