Smith & Wesson 340PD vs M&P 340

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    Smith & Wesson 340PD vs M&P 340

    Hi guys,
    I currently own a S&W 642 snubbie that the wife may be "stealing" soon and I am thinking of picking up an M&P 340 Scandium framed J Frame as my new CCW. What is the difference between the 340 PD and the M&P 340? They look very similar to me at first glance, and I figured you guys could help me discern the differences quicker than I could research it. Thanks in advance for any insight you can provide.
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    m&p is cheaper, better sights, no weight grain restrictions, and no titanium cylinder to take extra precautions with when cleaning. But it does weigh a little bit more than the 340pd
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    Big Larry covered it. Steel cylinder of M&P adds 2 more ounces and takes the weight up to just over 13 ounces from the PD's 11+ ounces. As mentioned, the titanium cylinder of the PD requires more care when cleaning.

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    I have the M&P, it does have the steel cylinder. My Friend has the PD with the Titanium cylinder. Mine weighs 2 oz more and you will need all the weight you can get. I also like the fact that my gun has the Big Dot triium standard on the front. Awesome lighweight carry gun. Get it.
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    I'd get the M&P I've had one and loved it,I was forced to sell it due to finances. However when I went to my local shop to order another one they had a used LNIB 340PD with CT LG-405 laser grips.

    The price on it was $580 OTD so I couldn't pass it up. I guess I'm saying I'd take the M&P if I had to chose between both new. The PD model is around $200-300 more because of the titanium cylinder,I figured for the price I got my PD for even if I spend the money to add the XS big dot sight I'm still coming out ahead.

    I say get the M&P for the above stated reasons,you won't be sorry. Its a great EDC due to its lightweight,power and reliability.
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    M&P Over Another 642?

    Thanks for all the great info guys. Based on what I have learned it seems like the M&P has the best sweet spot of weight/price/features when compared to the PD. However, I was wondering if you guys would choose an M&P over another 642? From what I have read, shooting .357 out of the M&P is pretty brutal. If I was primarily going to run .38 Special (+P) do you think the features of the M&P justify the price increase over simply buying another 642 (or 442)? Thanks.
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    I believe that the M&P is worth the extra money because of it extra features. Those being its much better sights,lighter weight,more durable finish and the option of shooting .357's.

    I gotta say full power magnums are pretty bad but the mid-range defensive loads like speer's 135gr GD,remington 125gr. Golden sabers and such aren't THAT bad. I gotta be honest when I got my M&P I was almost afraid to shoot it,after reading all the horror stories on the forums about it hand breaking recoil.

    I have to say I find the recoil of this gun to be greatly exaggerated. Also grips make a huge differance is felt recoil specially ones that cover the backstrap. Pacmayer and hogue both make such grips I'd say the hogues are slimmer and easier to poacket carry with.

    I say give the M&P a try most guys that have them shoot mostly .38's from them so harm there. FWIW I used .357's in mine and could make good rapid shots COM at 7yrds no problem. If you go to the highroad.org there's a thread titled "M&P 340" and it everything you would want to know about these guns.
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    They are worth it. The recoil is stout on the 357. It is not unmanageable. practice with 38, then carry 357. Go for it.
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    I have the M&P 340. I love the Big Dot sights. As others have said the full house .357s are stout. I like mine so much I ain't parting with this thing. I have been looking at changing out the grips on it though. I believe the ones that came on it are Uncle Mikes if I'm not mistaken. Get the M&P you'll like it.
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    The M&P 340 does not have Big Dot sights. It has the standard size XS front tritium sight.

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    Well it is an XS Tritium dot, and on that small a gun...trust me it looks like a BIG DOT.
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    Personally I think the S&W M&P 340CT is the cream of the crop!

    Just sayin'...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    Personally I think the S&W M&P 340CT is the cream of the crop!

    Just sayin'...


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