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Old 03-09-2010, 03:25 PM
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I have been doing some research on the Night Guard line of revolvers for about 8 months or so. I took the plung and ordered a 315 Night Guard this afternoon. Anyone out there have one, or have any experience with one? Any useful information is appreciated. Thx. Be safe.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:09 PM
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I bought one from a forum member back in November that was all but new. It's a great gun, a really well balanced package, and it shoots nice, too. Just enough weight that recoil isn't an issue and big enough to get a good grip on but till small enough to conceal. The sights are terrific. We replaced my wife's Taurus 905 with it and she could not be happier.
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Old 03-09-2010, 06:05 PM
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I handled one in a store about 6 months ago and I didn't want to give it back to the clerk. Now that I have procured the cash, I had to order one for myself. Be safe. Thx WC145 for your input.

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Old 03-09-2010, 06:22 PM
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I just picked up a NIB 315 from a member on another forum. I think you might find this model hard to find because according to a call to Smith, they stopped producing it last fall. The rumor mill now says they are going to make another run soon.

Just by reading the specs, I thought this gun would fit my needs very well. I just shot 100 rounds with it, and I think it's right on for me. I have other guns to do other things, but this one will work for home protection and also for carry under most conditions.

The standard grips won't work for me because they make the reach too long for my trigger finger. I solved that with two different grips, one by Pachmyr and the other by Uncle Mike.

The trigger is a little stout, but I will fix that by polishing the action and installing a reduced power trigger return spring. The mainspring will be left alone to maintain ignition reliability.

My first 100 were standard .38spl, and the recoil is quite manageable. The groups so far are fine in the combat category, it is not a target gun. It will fill a USPA silhouette target full of holes in the A zone at 7 yds, which is OK with me. It does shoot low as the range gets longer, and maybe needs to be dealt with. I will wait until a session with +P's to find out how it shoots with a carry load.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:21 PM
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I'm an LEO and all of the guys at work are clowning me for buying a revolver (much less a 38 spl.). I have been hand-gunning much longer than I have been a cop. Revolvers are wonderful tools (I own several). I would have liked the 386 Night Guard or 386 PD, but they are $100.00-$200.00 more than the 315 Night Guard. With proper hollow point defense ammo, I think the 315 Night Guard will fit the bill for me as well. Yall be safe out there.
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Old 03-09-2010, 08:39 PM
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I'm sure that most of those guys are from the plastic hi-cap generation. I know a bunch of other cops that have never shot a revolver, let alone carried one on duty. They've been indoctrinated into this "capacity over everything else" mentality right from the start with little consideration placed on accuracy or caliber. For instance, when qualifying these days they only count hits, never mind where they are on the silhouette as long as they're ON the silhouette. Also, shooting at longer distances has been de-emphasized these days, the focus is all 15yds and under. IMO, gun handling does not get the emphasis that it should.

I started a thread a couple of days ago with pics of the new leather rig I got for my 586 L-Comp so I could carry it for work. It is absolutely the best shooting gun I've ever owned, I can easily put 7 rds in the head of a silhouette at 25yds, off hand, double action, and do it over and over with that gun. Why shouldn't I be carrying that one on duty if I can shoot it well, I'm confident and comfortable with it, and the caliber is up to the task?

I'm betting you'll be very happy with your Night Guard, it'll be a great off-duty/back up piece for you. I got some Buffalo Bore 158gr lead SWCHP for mine and at 1000fps I'm pretty sure they'll do the job. The only change I'll make to the gun is to have the cylinder cut for moonclips.
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I got started in my civilian law enforcement career later in life (30 YOA, after my years as an MP in the Army), and am older than a lot of the cops in my agency that out-rank me. Most of them think the Glock is greatest gun ever made! Don't get me wrong, Glocks are good firearms, but they are far from the best (IMO). I must have handled that 315 Night Guard in the store for 30 minutes or more. Poor clerk, as much as I liked and handled the gun he must have thought he had it sold. I am excited about my new in-coming S&W revolver. I actually own more revolvers than I do auto-loaders. I have a good friend who is a cop and lives in the Mid-West, and I actually showed him how to shoot and handle a revolver. Every time I talk to him on the phone, he is still trying to buy my S&W 67, (9 years after he shot it the 1st time). Sorry, I aint selling it! I think you will be well served by your 586 on duty. I hit a Mountain Dew bottle 5 out of 6 shots at 45 yards with my 67. Far and above the most accurate gun I have ever owned (that's why it is still in my gun safe). Something about that red ramp front sight and the white outline rear sight! Thanks for the input WC145. Be safe out there.
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The Glock is a good handgun, but its primary advantage is that it is easy to train folks to use. On my last overseas contract I trained personnel in the Glock and the other easy to train with weapon the AK 47. I have a couple of Glocks, but they have no soul-none. On the other hand, S&Ws, at least the steel and wood guns have character and soul.
The Night Guard series is an outgrowth of the Mountain Lite series of which I have 2, the 386SC and the 396. Really like em both. In the 386 I usually use +P .38 Special ammo, which is plenty to get most jobs done, particularly when there are 7 of them.
The Night Guard series appeals to me because of the fixed sights which I usually prefer over adjustable sights. I would agree that the 315 would be a great NG gun model, and that having the .357 optionally available to use in the gun is probably not worth the extra money, remember with the shorter barrel you lose a substantial amount of the .357s greatest advantage which is velocity. In addition shooting the 386 with full house magnum loads is not a plesant experience and the noise and flash can be very distracting, particularly indoors.
I use the Buffalo Bore short barrel, low flash signature loads, which push a 135 gr HP pretty fast even from shorter barrels.
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I have a couple of Glocks, but they have no soul-none. On the other hand, S&Ws, at least the steel and wood guns have character and soul.
Ain't that the truth! I took my wife to a gun show last year and we came upon a table that was all Glocks, M&P's, and XD's. Obviously I could see the differences between them - caliber, frame, size, etc - but my wife just saw black guns and to her they were all the same, no personality, no character. On the other hand, she really liked the revolvers we saw and even though she doesn't know much about guns she appreciated the differences in the look, feel, and finishes. The rest of the time we were there she totally ignored the tupperware autos but was all about the wheel guns. I came home with a very nice nickle Colt Detective Special (1972) with faux mother of pearl grips, which she loves (it's all about the shiny!).
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I didn't know the model existed before this thread, now I absolutely have one in my future. I didn't just mash the number pad to get it in my name. I really do wish it was a .357 though...
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The 327NG intrigues me... the someday soon to be released new batch of 2.6" 627 'UDR's' does, too. The cobwebs in my checkbook tell a different story, of course. I did think the 315NG was neat the first time I saw it.

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