SOLD FOR: $1325.01
Make: Smith & Wesson
Model: 396Ti AirLite Ti, Mountain Lite
Serial Number: CEC8253
Year of Manufacture: 2000-2001
Caliber: .44 Special, Max Bullet Weight 200 Grains.
Action Type: Single and Double Action Swing Out Cylinder Revolver
Markings: The right side of the barrel is marked “Mountain Lite”, the left is marked “.44 S&W SPECIAL CTG. / MAX BULLET 200 GRAIN”. The left of the frame has a S&W monogram logo and the right is marked with the four line Marcas Registradas. The sideplate has a S&W scandium atom logo and “AirLite / Ti”. The crane cut is marked with the serial and model numbers, the butt is marked with the serial number.
Barrel Length: 3 1/8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade with a green fiber optic insert and is pinned to a rise in the serrated barrel rib. The rear sight is a square notch leaf in a standard micrometer click adjustable base screwed to the topstrap. The topstrap is drilled and tapped under the rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are a one-piece pebble-textured finger groove rubber that leaves the butt and backstrap exposed and has S&W logos at the top on each side. The heel of the backstrap has a hole for a lanyard loop but the pin is missing. The grips have some scattered little scuffs and light marks. There is a mark into the rubber on the bottom. The texturing is strong. Overall, the grips are in about Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Alloy frame and barrel shroud, gray titanium cylinder.
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the Electro Chemically Machined rifling is sharp. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 87% of its metal finish. There are some scattered spots of dark discoloration. There are some scattered little nicks, scratches, and scuffs that have worn the lacquer finish. There are some scattered light handling marks. The rear sight leaf is slightly bent forwards to the right of the notch. There are a few little marks into the metal. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The double action trigger is smooth and the single action crisp. The cylinder lockup has very little play side-to-side with no play front-to-rear. We did not fire this gun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is an interesting, very light (1 lb 2 oz unloaded) 5 shot revolver in .44 Special. It is light enough for backpacking, hiking or any field use where weight is a consideration and five rounds of .44 Special will make it a great defensive revolver. This model is the no dash version which was made for only two years before the dreaded internal lock was implemented. It is in Very Good condition and ready to hit the range, enter your carry rotation or go in the nightstand. Please see our photos and good luck!