Gun Report

Smith & Wesson 327NG Night Guard 163422 357 Magnum

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Without moonclips or other provision for a speedy reload, this lightweight 8-shooter is of little tactical advantage.

Smith & Wesson 327NG Night Guard 163422 357 Magnum

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The full-size Model 327 features chamfered chamber mouths and its cylinder is relieved to accommodate moonclips. This means all eight rounds can be loaded or ejected simultaneously. The face of the 327NG cylinder showed eight chamber mouths with square edges. Chamfering the edges would make it easier to funnel in fresh ammunition. Moonclips are long overdue as standard equipment, our test team opined.
The Cylinder and Slide Extreme Duty rear sight looked indestructible. Up front, the Trijicon dot was a tight fit. But at speed, we found it too easy to put the dot above the rear notch. We would prefer either a wider rear notch or a thin front-sight blade.

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