642 vs. 340PD?

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    642 vs. 340PD?

    I can't figure it out and feel the need to buy a gun with all this talk about "one gun a month" bills being discussed. Any thoughts on the S&W 642 vs. a Scandium .357 mag. for front pocket carry? Thanks.

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    Shot both. Bought the 642. A lot of flash, boom and recoil out of the 340. Follow-up shots out of the 340 for me were not what I would call quick. Follow-up shots from the 642 were decent. Your mileage will vary. If you can shoot them both and see which one you like better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott
    Shot both. Bought the 642. A lot of flash, boom and recoil out of the 340. Follow-up shots out of the 340 for me were not what I would call quick. Follow-up shots from the 642 were decent. Your mileage will vary. If you can shoot them both and see which one you like better.
    My wife carries a 642. She is small framed and can handle it expertly even with +P loads. I like it so much I'm gonna buy one myself to use as a BUG or deep carry weapon.
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    My thoughts are something without a " goiter " on it , such as a kahr pm/mk series , or the rorgabaugh ( I honestly dont make enough money to learn how to spell that one lol ) or the soon to come kel-tech pf9 .
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    I have a 340pd - bought it new $800.
    If I had to do it again, I'd go for the less expensive 642.
    The 340pd is a great gun - an engineering marvel IMHO.
    But, shooting .357mag is unbearable in this package.
    I've ended up shooting .38 with it - so why pay the extra $400?
    The 642 is 15oz (aluminum) while the 340pd is 12oz Scandium.
    If the extra 3oz is OK with you, I'd consider the 642 for the $ savings factor.

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    btw - the 340pd is perfect for front pocket carry.
    I think the 642 is the same size.

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    340 PD Hard to shoot

    I have had a 340 PD and found it to be difficult to shoot reasonably accruately in constrast to a 649 and a 442. I have shot bother 357 and 38 +P in both pistols respectively.

    I currently carry the 442 as a lighter pocket carry and the 649 in 357 mag as an summer IWB carry gun.

    Pass on the scandium 340 PD. Too much recoil in 357 or 38+P to keep on target with short grips for me.


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    I am lucky enough to have both. I prefer the 340 over the 642 and I carry magnum ammo in it. The easy fix for the 340's hand slapping is to replace the factory grips with some that cover the backstrap. It's a completely different gun then.

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    Smile 642

    I have a pair--one for each front pocket.

    Handled and dry fired the 340, and watched a couple of friends shoot it with both 38 and 357 ammo. Me and Arthur Arthritis decided to pass.

    Also, have less than the going price for one 340 in my pair of 642s. That comes to big bucks per ounce.
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    I'd go 642....
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    I also had a 340 for awhile, mine shot low and the bullets would walk themselves out of the cases due to the violent recoil. I loved how light and easy to conceal it was though. I now have a 3" Ruger SP101 and I absouletely love it.
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    I too recomend the 642. I bought mine thinking it would be something I would use in a point blank type situation only. I have since become very impressed with the accuracy these little pistols are capable of. The recoil in the 642 is plenty stout and as others have mentioned many who buy the more expensive scandium .357s end up shooting .38s through em anyways.

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    I would also advocate for a 642 or 442, rather than a scandium 357. While the .357 is still hotter than the 38+p, you are losing alot of its edge shooting it from a 2 in. barrel. My 442 is very easy to shoot accurately and quickly, something I have never heard said about the 340 with .357's. If you really want a .357, maybe look into a 640 for a little extra weight to tame it.

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    I've got a 642. I find .38 Spcl +p out of this 15 oz gun is frankly painful. The 340 is a 12 oz .357. IMHO, the 340 is simply a way to convert several hundred dollars into recoil -- definitely not for me.

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    Thanks for the input. It was love at first sight today when I saw a 637 that followed me home.

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