S&W 340PD........OMG (Unsolicited range review)

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    S&W 340PD........OMG (Unsolicited range review)

    I was at the range this morning for my normal range outing. While there I test fired a 340PD that my friend had brought along.

    It is a .357 airweight in scandium & titanium. Phenominal power from a small and VERY lightweight handgun. NOT fun to shoot in .357 but a formidible package for CC in a tiny platform. Snappy is not the word for that SOB in .357 BTW...downright nasty would be a little closer. IT IS NOT A RANGE GUN FWIW. Although it's not for me, I think the gun is awesome in all other respects.

    The gun is remarkably accurate and was almost enjoyable with .38+P ammo but the .357 RUINED me for shooting my 9mm H&K afterwards. I had shot 100 rds of 9mm through my H&K (Nice & tight) before I was offered a chance to shoot the 340. Glad I had done that already because I pulled the snot out of everything from the H&K afterwards.

    I think that the small framed airweights are an amazing advancement in CC handgun technology.....especially in the wheelgun category. Those are mean little powerhouse handguns.
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    I am really wanting one of those little Airweights. A lot of people have a love/hate relationship with them. I want to try one out before I buy one.

    Lecalsey - its a good thing you tried one on for size.

    I heard some folks change the grip ; using a Houge Monogrip helps.
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    I am still considering one in .38 but not likely in .357. I like to be able to practice with a gun and I can't see more that 15 or 20 rds without a glove. I already have a SS full-size .357 that IS fun to shoot in .357
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    I took my SP101 .357 mag to the range and felt the same way. I shot some Double Tap 125 gr. loads from it and WOW!!! Even though the SP is a steel gun and recoil is a bit more manageable, those Doubletaps kick!
    After that, shooting my G30 with +p rounds was like shooting an airsoft.
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    My friend EDC one with CT grips on it. He loves it but knows it is a fire breather and says it is not for the faint of heart.
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    Me too, I love to practice with my guns. Its no fun for me, if I cant shoot at least 50 through it. I have a Colt Python that is FUN. That bad boy is a powerhouse.

    I can't begin to imagine cracking off a 158 grn fullhouse .357 mag, in a 13 oz gun, with a 2 handed grip. I want to try it though :)) . OUCH!! comes to mind.

    The S&W 642 or 638 bodyguard seems more user friendly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeCalsey View Post
    NOT fun to shoot in .357 but a formidible package for CC in a tiny platform.
    I agree. Brutal. Not fun at all. Don't even think about buying one until you shoot it first. I was ready to quit at 3 and 5 was more than enough. The only thing they are good for is pocket or ankle carry.
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    Is the 340 a K frame? My 386 is the scandium N-frame and the recoil is very manageable. Best -

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    I read about this little thing in a magazine this past weekend. I was thinking about looking at this when I go to purchase my first wheel gun. I figured the .357 would be ruff, but I was thinking about just practicing with .38 spl and carrying .357 in it. That a good idea, or is it better to just stick with a 642 or similar?
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    I love my 340.

    I don't seem to have the problem that others have, even shooting .357. Perhaps that is because I am not a gun hobbyist. I hate the noise; I hate wearing the eye protection; I don't go plinking. I carry, practice and train for a single purpose: to defend myself in the slight chance it is required.

    Yes, it is different than plinking with a .22. So?

    I practice with +p (with a few .357s thrown in) and carry .357. I have no qualms at all being able to hit COM from 7 feet and getting following shots quickly on target. And if I hit the throat instead of COM? My bad.

    I carry the 340 often, especially during the summer. I can clip it on shorts,it disappears under a shirt and is almost imperceptible to me because of its light weight.

    Thumbs up for the 340.

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    I love my 340... with the CT grips (with the recoil pad on teh back) the recoil is manageable.....

    I dont think I have fired over 200 rounds of .357 in a single range day - but gotten up around 200 several times. Its a fun gun as long as you dont mind the snappy recoil.
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    I got rid of my Airlite that was chambered in .38 Special. Just too brutal. I still have my Airweight that weighs a mere three more ounces, but those three ounces are VITAL. I say this as someone who shoots 180-grain monster-slayers and to-the-firewall 125-grain loads in SP101 snubbies, and finds in exhilarating, not painful.

    FWIW, my hands are quite skinny. I could put mega-cushion-y rubber grips on an Airlite J-frame, to mitigate the effect of recoil, but that defeats the purpose of concealability.

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    I love my 340... gotta say, I do carry .38+P Gold Dots in it. Usually my BUG, my primary is a 1911, but I also pocket carry it. When you own a 340 there's never an excuse for not being armed!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Frame View Post
    Is the 340 a K frame? My 386 is the scandium N-frame and the recoil is very manageable. Best -
    I'm pretty certain it's a J-Frame:
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    Yeah.. shooting .357 out of these things is ridiculous. I am not recoil averse, but these things are insane shooting .357 in them. Any .38 Special +P is just fine. Pachmayr grips help a bunch. Cheers.

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