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I am interested in purchasing an M&P340 CT.



Can anyone owning an M&P340 or M&P340 CT share their thoughts about this snubby?



Also, a general price range of what they actually paid would be much appreciated.



Thanks.



ETA: Also, I would like to hear your opinion about firing .357 mag ammo with a snubnose. Thanks again.
 

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I don't have that one, but I've got 2 snubbies, both 38 special, my 642 is rated for 38 special +P, let me tell you...that thing is pretty snappy when you go to 38 special +P, it's not something you want for plinking, but for self defense, you can live with it, but I don't think I'd like to try a small frame snubbie in 357 mag, at least with 357 mag ammo!
 

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Thanks for the info, G56.



From what I've read, most people don't recommend shooting .357 mag from a J-frame.
 

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I have shot J frame and my current Taurus 605 2" snubbies with fullhouse loads. It is doable but you don't want to repeat it very often.



The superlites will tear your hand off unless using a shock absorbant glove.



My Taurus and a friends Sp101 weigh in around 25 ounces. I don't want anything lighter in .357.



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When I first became a police officer I carried a 642 as a backup. When the 340 came out I traded

my 642 for one ( + some cash ) and qualified with it with issued +P .38 Special. After 25 rounds

I was done with the backup qualification and was thanking God it was done!!!! I went and traded

the 340 back for a 642 and have stuck with it since. I don't consider myself to be overly recoil

sensitive but this gun was hell to shoot with .38 +P. I can't imagine shooting it with .357 mag

ammunition.



I am a firm believer of practicing frequently with any weapon you carry, and I personally don't

think the lighter weight of the 340 vs. the 642 is worth the pain experienced practicing with the

340. I don't buy the "carry a lot, shoot a little" attitude that some have about heavy recoiling

guns. I know there is a caliber difference in the 642 and 340, but I say a .38 you can hit with

is better than a .357 you can't hit with. Again, these are my personal experiences only, and

your experience may be different than mine. Good luck with your gun shopping!!
 

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Thanks, TOF and EMTCOP.



I don't have any experience with J-frame revolvers, only Glocks and now M&Ps.



I'll just plan on carrying .38+P ammo once I purchase my snubbie.



Now, I just need to track down an M&P340 CT.
 

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i got one a couple weeks back. i carry speer 38 spl 135 gdhp +p



the 357 mag numbs your palm quite a bit. i shot 5 of the gold dots, they are pretty harsh in recoil as well.



ct centurian?? mine was 700 out the door :?



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I've been carrying and shooting my S&W 340PD for the last three years and about four weeks ago I bought my S&W M&P 340 with CT grips. Between me and my girlfriend we shot a hundred rounds of .357 magnum about three weeks ago. The weapon was very accurate and reliable and every round was COM at twenty five yards. I beleive having the CT grips and also being about an ounce heavier than the 340PD, made the M&P 340 a lot easier to shoot.



The CT grips really helps in trigger control practice and is also an additional tool if you should need to use your weapon in a self defense situation.



As with any weapon and particularly a "J" frame revolver, practice is a must. Both of my AirLite revolvers are keepers. I carry one of them at least sixteen hours a day and actually forget I have it with me being so light. Some people cannot or will not shoot magnum rounds out of these revolvers, but even if you just use .38 special +P ammo, you still have one of the toughest, lightest and easily carried firearms available. I keep mine loaded with Winchester 145 grain .357 magnum Silvertip rounds.



BTW, our hands were not sore, red, bruised or bloodied from the above outting.



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I have shot J frame and my current Taurus 605 2" snubbies with fullhouse loads. It is doable but you don't want to repeat it very often.



The superlites will tear your hand off unless using a shock absorbant glove.



My Taurus and a friends Sp101 weigh in around 25 ounces. I don't want anything lighter in .357.



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100% Agreed!! I had a SP101 with CT and still have the blister scar on my hand from shooting it last month with just 15 rounds of .357 125gr!! I took it back for mechanical issues and the fact that I absolutely HATED the CT having the little plastic laser housing right where the recoil jumps back and bites your hand! It hurt, it was unpleasant, and I couldnt shoot for crap with the recoil of the .357 round. Im not exactly a recoil sensitive person, but anything lighter than a 25 ounce SP101 would just be ridiculous when shooting a .357. I ended up going back to a XD40 Sub Comp., just couldnt find anything that was doable in a .357 revovlver and easily concealable.



I also own a 642 with 38+p and it is controllable and comfortable to shoot. It also has the CT grips and it gives the gun an advantage in many ways. As stated above, the 38+p is tolerable but you still know your shooting it through and airweight. Good luck.
 

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I'm still trying to decide between the M&P340CT for $690.00 from budspolicesupply or the 642CT for $495.00. Not real sure what the real difference is besides color and about 2 ounces.



I just want a small j-frame to pocket carry, and having the CT grips on them would be an excellent addition.
 

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I just removed my M&P40 from my belt. Been wearing it all day. With full magazine of 155Gr. Rangers it weighs 43 ounces. Took my dog for a stroll cross country about an hour back. I'm a decrepit old goat that uses oxygen at night and it did not overload me at any point in the day including the stroll up and down our hills. I can not see why anyone would have to carry a 13 ounce .357 because they could not stand more weight. If you carry then carry something you can use well. If you can't put more than a few rounds a day thru whatever you have you will never know for certain you can use it well if the need arose. There will be a few Macho individuals that will grit their teeth and endure but all they are doing is learning bad habits.



If you are experienced with hand guns CivilianM4 then go ahead and get what you want but if new to the game I highly reccomend you not buy an Airlite 357.



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Thanks for the advice, TOF.



"Cancer" is part of the answer for why I am very weight conscious and "attire" is the other.



My body will always be fairly weak after my radiation and chemo treatments a few years ago. Although I currently carry my M&P9c to start my day, by afternoon I definitely feel the approximately two extra pounds most guns (with ammunition) weigh.



Since I decided against using the SmartCarry (after trying it), some circumstances do not always allow me to conceal my M&P9c. From pocket carrying my M&P9c in cargo pants/shorts, I prefer pocket carry over SmartCarry, but I can't always wear cargo pants/shorts.



My work environment necessitates deep concealment. Long ago, I decided on the UnderCover Comfort T-shirt holsters. They work great for me. However, pocket carrying a J-frame will be an excellent option. Also, drawing from a pocket is much easier/quicker than from a t-shirt holster.



I've carried concealed for years, although I am probably not in a high risk group/environment. I often wonder whether I need a high capacity handgun, so the new M&P304CT may become my constant carry piece. Although I will never be a high volume (range) shooter again, I will continue to practice with my M&P9c as well as a future M&P340CT. I'll try some .357 mag at the range, but I'm guessing .38+P will be my ammo of choice.



Thanks again to everyone for sharing their experience. One thing I know for sure is that I always want to carry in all (legal) situations.
 

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I shot my M&P340 at the outdoor range about a month ago. I was shooting Speer .357 magnum, 135GR, "Short Barrel" ammo. I managed to shoot 15 rounds through it that day. I'm a big guy, and big strong hands, but it killed my trigger finger! The trigger guard would smack the first knuckle of my trigger finger like a ball pien hammer! Shooting .38 SPL +P's was much more bearable.



Later I changed the stock grip to Hogues Mono rubber grip. This put a nice cushion on the back strap, and gave me a third finger on the grip. It was much better, but still rocked my world!
 

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I just spoke to my gunsmith about this same pistol yesterday, as I'm wanting to get a snubbie for warm weather carry. He carries one in his pocket. He stated that shooting it with .357 felt like an electrical shock from his wrist to shoulder. Not a pleasant experience. I loved the light weight of this pistol. Then there's the price, almost twice as much as an Airweight 38. So I bought a new non-lock S&W 442 Airweight last night for $389.00. It will shoot +P .38 special and only weighs two ounces more than the 340. Now, if I come across a 340PD for under $600.00 it will go home with me.
 

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I 've owned a 340 (not the M&P version) since 2001. I carry it in a DeSantis pocket holster when I cannot wear a larger sidearm in a belt holster. I put Crimson Trace laser grips on it about a year or two after buying it.
I can shoot standard velocity 38's in it without any recoil issue for training and running practice drills. I will run +P ammo through the gun on occasion, it's really managable but felt recoil is definitely present. I am sure in a self defense situation, the recoil would not be noticable, as like when shooting a deer with a slug gun. I have also shot a number of .357 rounds through it and will say they are fierce and somewhat painful.
Loaded with +P ammo, I like the 340 a lot and have no regrets buying it.
 
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