Just recently acquired a M&P Smith and Wesson 340. Has the XS night sight, scandium frame and SS cylinder.
The previous owner stated he had shot it a grand total of 2x before deciding to do a trade w/me. Upon getting it I originally had a set of large Hogue monogrips but felt that they were a little too big for concealment. So I went w/the Hogue bantam grips and have been very happy w/those.
I have only shot reloads to date w/this.
The break down is this-
125-.38 spl 158 gr-loaded close to max w/Clays.
15-.357 125 gr JHP loaded mid range w/H110.
50-.357 158 gr LSWC loaded on the light side w/Bullseye.
The .38 spl loads were very easy going, I could shoot all day w/those. Accuracy was decent and will be my target load for practice.
The H110 loads were quite brisk and powerful. I'm not shy about recoil, i used to own a Taurus .44 Mag tracker w/2.5 " barrel but the H110 loads were more violent than that gun w/factory 44 mag ammo. Ouch. Could only take about 15 rounds of punishment and I'll save the rest of those rounds for another gun. I was flinching quite a bit and learned quickly that no hot .357 rounds for me.
The 158 gr .357 loads were much more to my liking. Accurate and more powerful than a +p .38. Definately more like it. Will be carrying those.
Pros of the 340-
-Weight, 13.5 ozs approximate. You really do forget it's there.
-The XS trituim sight and the deep U notch make for really good sights on a snubby. No need for a laser in my eyes.
-The trigger pull was not that of the LCR's I've played w/but better than my old SP101, even w/the wolff springs i had put in it.
-I liked the option of shooting 357's and .38 rather than getting a 337 or 637 etc.
-Can pocket carry if I want too. Haven't tried yet but may.
-I hate the look of that damn ILS zit on the side.
-The finish looks nice, but already I have one mark where it got scratched on the trigger guard.
-A little on the pricey end, not sure if the value was worth it. I could've gotten a LCR and used Security six and had best of both worlds..
But all in all, very happy w/this gun.