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S&W 327 .357 Magnum/38 Special +P, $1179 (Grade B February 2005)

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The 2-inch barrel and short ejector rod caused our enthusiasm for the 327 to fall short. However, we liked the eight-round capacity and .38/.357 versatility.

S&W 327 .357 Magnum/38 Special +P, $1179 (Grade B February 2005)

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The titanium shroud matched the titanium cylinder. The barrel was braced with a bushing at the muzzle, and a ball detent helped lock the cylinder. We would prefer a longer barrel and shroud to accommodate a full-length ejector rod and produce higher velocity. The dovetailed mounting of the front sight should make it easy to change to different-height front blades to adjust elevation.
The supplied Ahrens wood grip left the backstrap exposed, which made the 327 (and 325PD) revolvers easier to conceal. But we preferred a Hogue Monogrip rubber grip (detached, right) to soften harsh recoil and assist control.

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