Gun Report

S&W Performance Center Model 325 Thunder Ranch 170316 45 ACP, $1329 (Grade: C 2015)

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The 325 Thunder Ranch was an attempt at updating the .45 ACP revolver design, but the grips and accuracy did not meet our expectations of guns built by the Performance Center.

S&W Performance Center Model 325 Thunder Ranch 170316 45 ACP, $1329 (Grade: C 2015)

Gun Details

Model Name
Model Number
Home Defense
Law Enforcement
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
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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Note how the grips are pulling away from the frame, causing gaps — not acceptable on a PC piece, in our view.
These are the type of sights we expect on a modern revolver, though we felt the sights could have been better for defense work.
At the muzzle note the steel barrel, locking nut and aluminum sleeve which make up the barrel.
Note the ball detent that locks the cylinder into the frame; that’s also a stubby ejector rod.
Here are the three tapped holes to attach a Picatinny/Weaver style accessory rail.

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