by David Crane
If you like the idea of a .45ACP caliber carry gun, but prefer revolvers over 1911 semi-auto pistols, Smith & Wesson has THE carry gun for you. It’s a member of S&W’s AirLite series, and it’s called the Model 325PD.
I’m actually a big fan of Smith & Wesson’s AirLite Scandium alloy carry revolvers. They’re the perfect blend of light weight, reliability, and defensive power. I’m also a big fan of Crimson trace Lasergrips. A Smith & Wesson Airlite Scandium revolver, outfitted with a Crimson Trace targeting laser, is a tough defensive/carry revolver package to beat. I wrote an article about this back in September of 2002, titled "S&W 340PD/Crimson Trace Combo. Hot Set-Up for Pocket CCW–Florida Style.". In that piece, I discussed the…
attributes of the Smith & Wesson AirLite Scandium/Crimson Trace Lasergrips combo for concealed carry, especially in warm environments like South Florida.
Getting back to the topic at hand, the Smith & Wesson 325PD Airlite Scandium .45ACP revolver weighs in at only 21.5 oz, and enjoys a 6-round ammo capacity. All in all, it looks like a nice little .45ACP defensive/CCW package.
Smith & Wesson can be contacted at 800-331-0852.
If you’re in the mood for some extra reading, Wiley Clapp has written an excellent piece on the Smith & Wesson 325PD AirLite .45ACP revolver for the Ocober 2004 issue of Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement (GWLE).