So, lots of people like carrying a snub nosed revolver for personal protection. These snubbies are getting lighter and more durable, and are able to withstand the physics of the most fully powered ammunition. Let’s see, light weight firearms – good for comfortable carry, bad for mitigating felt recoil. High-powered ammunition – good for eliminating bad guys, bad because of increased recoil. So a lightweight revolver shooting high-powered ammo is a combination of two negatives in my book.
Enter the Smith & Wesson Performance Center model 327. Going by Smith & Wesson’s numbering system, the 327 is an N-frame (Large) revolver chambered in .357 Magnum with a scandium alloy frame. Since this is designed to be a carry piece, Smith & Wesson decided to install a titanium cylinder and a two inch stainless steel barrel, with a titanium shroud. Like all modern N-frame .357’s in S&W’s catalog, it holds 8 rounds.
So what does this bad boy weigh, you ask? A mere 21 ounces. Your regular stainless steel 4″ barrel model 627 weighs 42 ounces. Now, this isn’t the worst in the Smith & Wesson lineup. With an N-frame, at least your going to have a full grip, and you’ll need it.
On the other end of the size scale, the Smith & Wesson 340PD is a 5 shot J-frame, chambered in .357 Magnum, (same scandium alloy frame with titanium cylinder) that weighs in at 12 ounces. That’s roughly the same weight as a can of soda. (Yes, I know that fluid and dry ounces are not the same weight, but they’re really, really, really close!)