Revolver Aficionados Shout Out

Revolver Aficionados Shout Out

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  • S&W 340

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  • S&W 642

    54 65.06%
  • Glock 26

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    Talking Revolver Aficionados Shout Out

    Due to a special event latter this year (and a burning desire to excuse away a new gun...LOL) I'm considering going with either the S&W 340 or a S&W 642. I normally carry my G26, and have never owned a revolver, so....

    I want a pocket carry gun. I want a bigger caliber than 9MM (variety is spice!), and have been toying with these two choices (340 versus 642). The 340 gives me a .357 Mag with the flexibility to drop to lighter .38 or .38+P. The 642 gives me the .38 or .38+P.

    Other than the price <gulp> difference, both weigh the same and are the same frame, so I dunno. Both give me a lighter carry than the G26 with a similar profile.

    I'm tending towards the 340 just for fun (and the novelty of beating my hand to a pulp), while gaining some flexibility.

    So, what ya'll think? Anybody have one floating around to sell? LOL...

    S&W 340:



    Model: 340
    Caliber: .357MAG/.38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Black Blade Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Centennial Style
    Finish: Matte
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Scandium Alloy/Titanium/Stainless Steel
    Weight Empty: 12 oz.

    S&W 642:



    Model: 642
    Caliber: .38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Integral Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Centennial Style
    Finish: Matte
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Alloy/Stainless Steel
    Weight Empty: 15 oz.

    So, what'll ya'll think?


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    I bought a 642 a month or so ago and have been pleased with it. Its nothing special but goes boom every time you pull the trigger. It conceals easily and with +P ammo it will do the job. I bought mine in Dallas at a place called Bachman Pawn & Gun Shop. They have by far the best prices in Dallas for pistols (both new and used) and a really good selection.
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    I actually have a 638. I like the single action feature and it rides in a PCS pocket holster every work day. .357 is beyond my comfort range in this size Airweight frame with a touch of arthritis. One thing with the Airweights is they're very light to carry but still very "shootable" with +P .38.
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    Unless you like wasting money for no good reason I would get the 642.

    I'm not saying that the 340 is a bad gun, far from it. What I am saying is that while you have the option of firing .357 Magnum out of it most people, probably 99.99%, carry and shoot 38 Special +P's in their 340. I myself carry a 442 as a BUG and don't feel "undergunned" with it.

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    I voted for the 340 for you since you said you like the idea of the novelty of the .357 chambering. If you're willing to spring for the extra bucks it might be "fun".

    I have the Model 642 but think the 442 is better looking. I'd not be personally interested in a J-Frame .357 at all.

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    I'm guessing that after you experience it you are not going to want to shoot magnum loads. Therefore....well...why not choose the 642 and save a couple of bucks.

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    Glock 26-

    I clicked in error. the correct response was 642.
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    I like my non-chromonated S&W 36.
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    I think 3 ounces weight difference is not worth an extra $300+

    Also I got confused when I saw the Glock 26 in the poll....where did that fit in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    I'm guessing that after you experience it you are not going to want to shoot magnum loads. Therefore....well...why not choose the 642 and save a couple of bucks.
    +1. I used to have a Model 60, only a few magnum rounds were needed to convince me to carry 38+P's in it. Save the extra money for something else. I have a 642 today and carry it often.
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    The 642 is an all around winner.

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    Spend some range time with the 642. This was my first gun and I found a big improvement in just a couple of range visits.
    The Corbon DPX's work well for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aus71383 View Post
    Also I got confused when I saw the Glock 26 in the poll....where did that fit in?
    It was only in there in case someone wanted to vote for my EDC, thus saving me more money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Due to a special event latter this year (and a burning desire to excuse away a new gun...LOL) I'm considering going with either the S&W 340 or a S&W 642. I normally carry my G26, and have never owned a revolver, so....

    I want a pocket carry gun. I want a bigger caliber than 9MM (variety is spice!), and have been toying with these two choices (340 versus 642). The 340 gives me a .357 Mag with the flexibility to drop to lighter .38 or .38+P. The 642 gives me the .38 or .38+P.

    Other than the price <gulp> difference, both weigh the same and are the same frame, so I dunno. Both give me a lighter carry than the G26 with a similar profile.

    I'm tending towards the 340 just for fun (and the novelty of beating my hand to a pulp), while gaining some flexibility.

    So, what ya'll think? Anybody have one floating around to sell? LOL...

    S&W 340:



    Model: 340
    Caliber: .357MAG/.38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Black Blade Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Centennial Style
    Finish: Matte
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Scandium Alloy/Titanium/Stainless Steel
    Weight Empty: 12 oz.

    S&W 642:



    Model: 642
    Caliber: .38+P
    Capacity: 5 Rounds
    Barrel Length: 1 7/8"
    Front Sight: Integral Front
    Rear Sight: Fixed
    Grip: Rubber Grips
    Frame: Small - Centennial Style
    Finish: Matte
    Overall Length: 6 3/8"
    Material: Alloy/Stainless Steel
    Weight Empty: 15 oz.

    So, what'll ya'll think?
    Freaky, I was just going to post the same thing. But I have 1 P3AT and a keltec P11... Should I get j frame or a 1911 for my next purchase?

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    Not to insult my wheel-gun friends...What do you hope to gain over your G26? It's already a wide gun, but nothing compared to revolvers. You have the same double action trigger as the revolvers (probably better) and a higher magazine capacity. Plus the quicker reloading time...where's the question?

    This coming from a strict 1911 guy!
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