S&W 340 PD vs. Ruger SP101
OK, my stimulus payment has arrived and I've decided that I want to stimulate the firearms industry by purchasing a concealed carry gun.
I've narrowed my choices down to the following two guns: Smith & Wesson 340PD .357 Mag Airlite HIVIZ or Ruger SP101 357 SS, 2.25" Fixed Sights.
I'd thought solicit some comments from the forum members regarding either of these two guns. Cost between the two is not a factor, and perhaps this is an apples vs oranges debate, but sometimes hearing others opinions can provide some good insight.
Also, any suggestions on inside the waistband carry holsters would be welcome.
Thanks in advance for any replies
Steel over scandium for .357 recoil control
Personally I would go with the Ruger SP101, of the two candidates you mentioned. My reason is the weight - the SP101 is about 25 ounces empty, and this weight is needed to comfortably shoot .357 magnums in a small revolver. The 340PD weighs about 12 ounces less and is very difficult to shoot because of excessive recoil.
Have you considered the S&W 640, an all stainless 5 shot J frame revolver weighing 23 ounces empty? This would be more directly comparable to the Ruger SP101, which is also all stainless. I believe that this would be my choice, as I prefer the trigger action on S&W revolvers to that of Rugers. Here is the 640: