mith & Wesson’s New Nightguard Series Revolvers

The good old revolver is making a comeback. Not that it ever went away, but its popularity has waned over the past few decades with the ever increasing reliability and firepower of the modern auto loading pistol. Auto pistols have a well-earned reputation these days, as there have been steady improvements in their design and execution over the last several years. The revolver has been declared obsolete before, and likely will be again, but it is as good now as it ever was, and in many ways, even better. While Smith & Wesson has certainly been on the cutting edge of auto pistol development over the past half century or so, they have not neglected to steadily modernize their revolver line as well. Introducing the new X frame size along with the .500 S&W Magnum and .460 S&W Magnum cartridges aimed at the hunting handgun market, they have also introduced many variations of their other revolvers as well. The most recent of which is their Nightguard series of double action revolvers chambered for the .38 Special, .357 Magnum, .44 Special, .44 Magnum, and .45 ACP cartridges. While these new revolvers could serve well as hunting handguns, they are built for a different, much more serious purpose. The Nightguards are fighting revolvers. They are built with a lightweight Scandium alloy frame and a stainless steel cylinder. The metal is finished in a matte black to reduce glare. The small metal parts like the hammer and trigger are finished in a matte black as well. The triggers are wide and smooth for comfortable double action shooting, and the hammer spurs are wide and heavily checkered for easy thumb-cocking. The Nightguards are built on three frame sizes. The Model 315NG is a six-shot .38 Special built on the K frame. The 386NG is a seven-shot .357 Magnum built on the slightly larger L frame. The 327NG is an eight-shot .357 Magnum built on the large N frame. The 325NG is a six-shot .45 ACP built on the N frame. The 396NG is a five-shot .44 Special built on the L frame, and the 329NG is a six-shot .44 Magnum built on the N frame.

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