Gun Report

S&W Model 325 Night Guard 45 ACP

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Gun Tests Grade: D. The Night Guard had a tritium front sight that perched precariously on top of the ramp. Yet the rear sight was thick and durable. the idea was to provide “bullet-proof” sights. We think S&W failed, because the gun shot very low, and there was no easy way to change that. The Night Guard was well made, but a longer barrel and better setup would have made us like it. We could not work the da trigger with a proper grip on the gun.

S&W Model 325 Night Guard 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
Maximum Width
Grip Thickness Max
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 u-notch rear was too low, or the tritium-topped front was too high for the Night Guard to hit where it looked. That glowing front sight and the gun’s light weight were just about its only good features.
Replacing the too-thick rubber unit with wood or other panels that expose the back strap would shorten the trigger span and make it easier to reach that trigger for DA use.

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