Took the 340 M&P plunge,did I make a good choice?

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    Took the 340 M&P plunge,did I make a good choice?

    Well I went to my local gun shop today and had my guy order me a 340 M&P with the regular grips OTD price was $625. Now my question is did I chose a good snub nose? I was going to go with a no lock 442 but decided I wanted the better front sight and .357 capability of the 340.

    I've read horror stories about how these little things hurt like heck to shoot full power .357's through(and I have no doubt it does)but how are they with lite loads like WWB 110gr. or golden saber 125gr ammo? Is it really THAT BAD in the recoil department using lite.357's and .38 +P's in it?

    I think the 340 M&P is an awesome gun but now I'm second guessing my choice like maybe I got a gun that will be uncontrollable,with anything besides standard pressure .38's. For those of you here who own them do you find the 340 M&P doable with the lite .357 loads mentioned? Also if I added a Thanks for any help.

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    I'd never shoot .357 through my M&P 340. 38+p is fine
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    It's a nice snubnose, I like it better than my 642. You will not want to shoot many 357's or 38+p out of it at one time.

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    This will be my next purchase. I think it's a good choice. FWIW
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    That's a really good price for a 340 M&P. I love my 360! You made an excellent choice. Even the rear groove site on the M&P's are better than the 442.
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    It is fine with lighter loads, and if you really want to soak up the recoil throw some Pachmayr grips on it.




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    I have the CT 405 grips on mine - they have a great recoil pad - I can and have fired 100 .357 Mag 158 grain rounds in a 30 minute range session - no problem. I love mine, and if something ever happens to this one I am going out to buy the exact same gun. What a phenominal gun! very fun to shoot.
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    You guys are great here very helpful to. I also forgot to mention I plan on having my 340's internal lock removed,but keeping the parts incase my gun ever needs repair work. I figure I can have the lock reinstalled so my warrenty with S&W won't be voided. What do you guys here think of this?

    I was just wondering if any other M&P owners here have removed disabled the locks on thier guns?

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    I love mine and now I have no excuse not to be carrying ALL the time! I too carry .38 +P in mine, I recommend Gold Dot.



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    I just forget it is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1911luver View Post
    You guys are great here very helpful to. I also forgot to mention I plan on having my 340's internal lock removed,but keeping the parts incase my gun ever needs repair work. I figure I can have the lock reinstalled so my warrenty with S&W won't be voided. What do you guys here think of this?

    I was just wondering if any other M&P owners here have removed disabled the locks on thier guns?
    I have a 340 and carry 125 gr .357. I practice mostly with 38 sp and 38 sp+p and a few of my carry rounds. .357s are not as bad as people make out though. Sure, you can tell the difference and it might take a fraction of a second more to get back on target but it doesn't result in requiring a full body cast.

    I left the lock in place as I believe there is a greater chance of compromising the integrity of the gun than it ever failing due to the lock. Both chances of failure, in my opinion, are negligible.

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    If your asking now, it was the wrong choice.

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    I carry my 340PD with +P .38s.... hardly ever shoot 357 through it anymore... its doable, but I wouldnt carry that way... too much time to get back on target... and at night you and the BG would be blind after the first shot

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