The cleanup and repair process following our flooding incident in November has kept me too busy for many normal activities, including visiting a local gun shop where I'm friendly with the owner and his staff, and they sometimes have nice little things needing a home. I dropped in there on Thursday to renew acquaintance, only to be confronted with this little beauty in a display case. Click the image for a larger view (it doesn't show my gun, but another example thereof in the same pristine condition).
It's a Smith & Wesson Model 325 Night Guard. You can read reviews of it (and the rest of the Night Guard series) here and here, if you're interested. I always liked the look and feel of them, but by the time I could afford one, they'd been discontinued. One seldom sees them on the used gun market, because those who have them tend to hold on to them, but this one had taken up temporary residence at our local dealer shortly before I arrived. It was anything but cheap, thanks to its scarcity value, but that's what trade-ins are for.
It's in minty condition, with a heavy-ish but very smooth action. The XS Sights fitted to it make rapid sighting easier, and work better with my aging eyes that can no longer focus on a front sight with the clarity they once did. I'm looking forward to taking it out to the range soon, to see how it shoots. It'll make a very handy winter carry piece for a heavy coat, which might restrict access to a holstered gun at the waist. This one's short and light enough (thanks to its Scandium alloy frame) that I can carry it in an outer pocket, ready to hand if and when needed. (I wish someone made a hammer shroud for N-frame revolvers, but even without one, if one keeps a thumb on the hammer while drawing the gun, it won't catch on the pocket material.) The recoil won't be a problem; I've fired .45 ACP out of pistols lighter than this gun and found it controllable.
I'll install a set of Crimson Trace laser grips to help with sighting and recoil control, and probably drop in an Apex Tactical hammer to lighten the trigger pull and convert the gun to double-action only (something I prefer for fighting - as opposed to sport - revolvers).
(By the way, if anyone knows of another example of this revolver - or one like it - for sale, in very good to excellent condition and chambered for .45 ACP, please contact me; my e-mail address is in the sidebar. Having seen mine, a buddy wants one too, and - if it's out of state - is quite happy to pay for it to be shipped to a local dealer to comply with transfer regulations.)