S&W Night Guard 315 or 386?

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    S&W Night Guard 315 or 386?

    Hi,

    Thinking of buying a wheel gun for a CCW besides my semi-autos. These 2 are top of my list. Any opinions on these? I want a full grip, hence, no J frames for me.
    Thanks



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    I have the 327 and love it; must be carried OWB though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabre03 View Post
    I have the 327 and love it; must be carried OWB though.
    Thanks, I'm hoping I might be able to carry the L frame IWB. K frame shouldn't be a problem though.
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    A 325 Night Guard just followed me home a couple of hours ago. I've been wanting something that used the full moon clips for quite awhile. Whether you go with the 386 or 315, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Hope their actions feel as good as the 325.

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    Dang that's pricey. Get a ruger SP101 and put the hogue grips on it...perfection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocGlock View Post
    A 325 Night Guard just followed me home a couple of hours ago. I've been wanting something that used the full moon clips for quite awhile. Whether you go with the 386 or 315, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Hope their actions feel as good as the 325.
    Congrats, .45acp, nice! I just read about moon clips a few days ago during research. Last time I owned a revolver, was my 4" K-frame .38 service gun from '86-'94. We used speed loaders back then. Along with +P semi-wadcutters, which sucked!
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    You can always send your cylinder to Clark Custom and they will fix it so it will accept moonclips in .38 or .357. However, the longer cartridge is not quite as quick to drop in as the .45.

    The recoil on my 4" 325 is really bad. To be even slightly comfortable I use a rubber grip and down loaded semi wadcutters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajgranda View Post
    Hi,

    ............... I want a full grip, hence, no J frames for me.
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    I like those Night Guards myself.

    That being said - there is no reason to pass the J frames by just to get a "full grip". There are a great many full sized grips out there for J frames - even over sized grips if that's your flavor.

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    so sad cause my hand is too small for this gun. i would go with the 386 that way you can shoot both .357 and .38 on it! good luck in your quest. but i have to warn you! those wheel gun are like rabbits....... they multiply quickly LOL!
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    I would also go with the 386 because of the 357 round.But if I had a choice of all the Night Guards I would get the one in 44 Special.
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    I've got a 329NG; It's quite nice, but is on it's way back to S&W for light primer strikes. I haven't carried it yet (except around the house), and for a .44mag, it is light. However, it's recoil is...pronounced. I knew what I was in for after shootin 329PD's...but, that snub barrel is a bit jarring. After I get it back, I will need to try some .44spl in it...

    I'm seriously considering getting a 325NG (.45) in the fairly near future to keep it company.


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    By all means the 386! you could always shoot .38s in it if you want to. I'd love to own that revolver.
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    I have medium sized hands. Anyone know if the trigger reach of the 315 K frame is any different from the 386 L-frame? That 7th rd and .357 option is a plus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajgranda View Post
    I have medium sized hands. Anyone know if the trigger reach of the 315 K frame is any different from the 386 L-frame?
    Trigger reach should be virtually the same. With the L-Frame, the bore axis is higher, and it will be wider in the cylinder.

    See if you can find one to shoot before going with the 386. Magnums in a lightweight gun are a bit of a challenge. I know two people who have them and carry hot .38's in them. In that case, the only advantage to the 386 is the 7th round.

    The K-Frames do have a better balance in the hand. Personally, I'd go with the 315.

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