SOLD FOR: $1358.77
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 329PD AirLite, SKU 163414
Serial Number: CSJ8942
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Caliber: .44 Magnum
Action Type: 5-Shot, Single And Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Fluted Cylinder
Markings: The right side of the barrel shroud is marked “.44 MAGNUM”. The yoke cut is marked with the serial and model numbers. The right side of the frame is marked “SPFLD, MA / S&W U.S.A”, the sideplate has the S&W neutron logo and “AirLite PD”. The left side of the frame is marked with the S&W monogram logo. The sides of the grip frame and yoke have inspection marks. The butt is marked with the serial number. The left side of the barrel shroud is marked “SMITH & WESSON”.
Barrel Length: 4?
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated HiViz blade with a red fiber-optic insert pinned into a ramp integral to the barrel shroud. The rear sight is an S&W micrometer sight with a “V” notch leaf and is screwed to the top strap. The topstrap is drilled and tapped for an optic mount.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece rubber with raised oval texturing, smooth borders, molded S&W logos, and finger grooves. There are a couple light handling marks, no major defects. The grips are in about Excellent condition. Also included are Ahrends smooth wood grips with finger grooves. There are no major defects, just light handling marks. They rate in about Excellent condition.
Type of Finish: Scandium & Alloy
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 97% of its metal finish. There are a couple of tiny marks on the edge of the cylinder. There is a thin turn line on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The cylinder lockup has very light play on each of the eight chambers. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: Included is a serial matching box with paperwork including the manual and the previously described smooth wood Ahrends grips.
Our Assessment: This is a lightweight .44 Magnum 5-Shot N-Frame Smith & Wesson dubbed the 329 PD AirLite. Weighing in at 1 lb. 10 oz. it is certainly deserving of the name. It has a scandium and alloy construction with a lightweight shroud over the steel portion of the barrel to reduce weight. Chambered in the potent .44 Magnum and with such a light weight, this would be suitable for defense or backwoods carry when you want it but hope not to need it. It can also be used for informal range shooting but you may wish to use softer .44 Special if you don’t want to punish your wrists. This example is in Excellent condition with light operational wear and is ready for a spot in your collection. Please see our pictures and good luck!