Shot a S&W M&P 340 Today - HOLY CRAP!

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    Shot a S&W M&P 340 Today - HOLY CRAP!

    WOW, what an experience. Let me just say this: it hurts. it's not fun. and five rounds of 357 out of one is enough for anybody. HOLY CRAP! Brutal. Just brutal. Don't even think about buying one of these ultra-lightweight 357's without trying one first.
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    You ought to try the ones with the scandium frame with a titanium cylinder. those are even lighter.
    Bend the knees, smooth is fast, watch the front sight.

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    Had a S&W Airweight 442 .38spl for some years. Occasionally, I sent some +P's through it. 15.8oz of sheer torment. Scandium approaches ~12oz, and many of those are .357. Can't imagine it. They certainly are meant to carry a lot, shoot a little.
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    If you change the grips...they are not as horrible in .38 spcl. I would have to agree though, that .357 in this thing is brutal.


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    Being light in weight increases the chances that you will actually carry it. Practice with .38's, they're doable. If you ever do have to use this weapon to save a life, my guess is you won't even remember the recoil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Being light in weight increases the chances that you will actually carry it. Practice with .38's, they're doable. If you ever do have to use this weapon to save a life, my guess is you won't even remember the recoil!
    Bingo... Or just carry a Model 60 or 640 and don't worry about light weight
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    I've tried the 357's in my 340PD for the experience and it was what it was. I carry 135gr Speer Gold Dots in .38. Plenty of expansion and a double tap IS possible vs. the .357.

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    I had one (340PD) and got rid of it. Not because of the recoil, but because I couldn't get my head around that darn internal lock. I'll admit that .357s were not fun. But the .38 +p loads weren't too bad.
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    I shot another co-workers 340PD the other day, and you are all right, that little ------- is a handful to shoot. Definitely a last ditch close in weapon that one. and shooting .357 magnum is plain torture out of that little beast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    You ought to try the ones with the scandium frame with a titanium cylinder. those are even lighter.
    Isn't that what he is talking about?

    I would advise better grips and stick with .38 in it.
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    Not to hijack, but I thought the 340PD had the stainless cylinder.
    Bend the knees, smooth is fast, watch the front sight.

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    My 340 PD is loaded with
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    The 340PD has a titanium cylinder, while the M&P is some kind of stainless alloy. Still, the M&P is 13.3 oz empty. This is a buddy of mines gun that he bought a few weeks ago for pocket carry. He is an experienced shooter, but what a wakeup call. He had been carrying it for weeks loaded, but unshot with 357's. I think it proves the point to not carry something you have not yet shot and trained with. The thing just eats trigger fingers - I still have a welt this morning and I don't have girly soft hands. This setup is definitely not for noobs.
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    M&P 340 Owner

    I carry the 340 on a regular basis. It's so light and small that I just forget it's there. It does have a substantial amount of recoil. I don't mind shooting 357 when the bullets are 125gr. But it is wicked painful to shoot hi-velocity 158gr cartridges (ha I would not recommend--- or well maybe just a few times to understand what people are talking about!). Its a neat little snub though!

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    I love the feeling and after a box of 50 I go and ice my hand.
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