S&W 340 PD Airlite 357mag.

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    S&W 340 PD Airlite 357mag.

    Ran across one today ..put it in layaway...gun has been carried ..but shot very ,very little (like most light J-Frames)

    Really didn't know to much about them until after I put it in lay away..another fellow was getting ready to snatch it..
    scandium alloy frame with a titanium cylinder...no wonder they call it a Airlite....mostly got it for future trade bait..

    The gun has a few marks on the black finish..salesman said thats normal wear on these...lock up was tight

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    Very nice carry gun. I have been carrying mine for years with a clipdraw 24/7 I keep it loaded with
    125gr Remington golden sabers 38+p shooting 357 ammo out of it is more then a handful. Good luck with it.

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    I have a 340SC. Sees a lot of pocket carry/BUG, use 38+p as well. Fired 2 357 mag rounds thru it. Glocking26 under-stated "the handful", so painful I couldn't finish the 5 shots. Designed to be carried a lot and shot a little.
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    Nice gun, well made, compact -- but impossible for many of us to shoot due to painfully excess recoil. If you buy it, find some low-power .38 Specials to practice with. I have a 442 that is difficult to shoot with .38+P loads. I only shoot reload wadcutters on the range. Perhaps I'm a Wimp...

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    I recommend the Taurus 850 grip. It's only $10 + shipping. Best combination of comfort and concealability I have found, and I have tried many. Plus it encourages a nice high grip which is better for recoil control. Finally, a grip that makes practice bearable with 135 gr +p Gold Dot 38s!!! BTW, there is no reason to shoot 357s out of your 340PD. Those Gold Dot +p short barrel 38 loads perform great in FBI testing (5 shot average):

    .38 Sp Speer 135 gr +P JHP Gold Dot (53921) from 2" barrel:
    avg velocity=856f/s
    bare gel: penetration=13.1”, expansion=0.56”
    4 layer denim: penetration=13.6”, expansion=0.53”
    auto windshield: penetration=9.4”, expansion=0.51”

    Here's a report from the Mousegun Addict who confirms the FBI testing results.

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    I had a 360 PD. Nice little gun. I shot enough magnums thru it that I had to send it back to Smith 2 times for new frames. Then I talked to the gunsmith, he said they only recommend 38's in those. If I want an airweight 38 I will buy one for 1/2 the price as the 357. I sold it.
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    40Bob - Wish we had this conversation before I bought mine and sold it. Oh well, maybe next year at the EGF range. Adios, senor. Say hello to Jim and the rest of the gang for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye63 View Post
    Ran across one today ..put it in layaway...gun has been carried ..but shot very ,very little (like most light J-Frames)

    Really didn't know to much about them until after I put it in lay away..another fellow was getting ready to snatch it..
    scandium alloy frame with a titanium cylinder...no wonder they call it a Airlite....mostly got it for future trade bait..

    The gun has a few marks on the black finish..salesman said thats normal wear on these...lock up was tight
    I'm a fan of J-frames....my 637, which is an airweight, has almost 1,200 rounds through it, so I often quibble with the "designed to be carried a lot but shot little" mantra. However, I won't quibble with respect to the scandiums.

    I have found that people either really want these or they really avoid them. To each their own. I think you will find it to be some very good "trade bait" if you go that route.
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    I have a 360 and carry it most days. Recoil is STOUT! One handed, loose elbow & shoulder, firm grip & wrist.

    Fight the recoil & you will feel it a TON more. Seen a LOT of these end up back at the LGS after someone bought it & did not realize how harsh the thing kicks.
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    I have a steel frame S&W 649 Bodyguard and shooting the .357 ammo is impressive. I regularly shoot a couple of cylinders of magnums to stay in touch, but I shoot way more .38 special. Shooting +P .38 is comfortable and accurate and ample firepower for most any SD scenario. I can't imagine shooting magnums out of an Airlight. Definitely trade it.

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    For us J frame lovers a good alternative that won't beat you up is the Smith & Wesson Model 432PD in 32 H&R Magnum. Shooting 32 longs out of it is a pure joy and saving the 32 Mags for carry and occassional practise makes this model a winner.
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