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Old September 3, 2008, 09:32 PM   #801
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DA, even though I don't yet own a 340
I've often wondered about lanyards in general.

I didn't even know 340's had the posts.
Found an image on Jeff Quinn's review of them.
(Scroll 3/4 down the page; image near bottom.)
Quinn's caption: "As befits its 'Military & Police' name,
the 340 M&P incorporates a lanyard pin in the butt."

This is from wikipedia's article on "lanyards";
it continues that military connection.

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Dragoons would use lanyards, usually called sword knots, to secure their sabres to the wrist, and thus allow the firing of carbine and pistol with the sabre out (hence the French term for lanyard, dragonne).

Pistol lanyards are designed to connect a pistol grip to a uniform on a semipermanent basis. A well made pistol lanyard can be easily removed and reattached by the user, but otherwise will stay connected to the pistol whether it is drawn or in a holster.

A good pistol lanyard can be invaluable in an emergency, because it prevents the weapon from being dropped. In addition, some pistol lanyards are of a coiled design similar to telephone cord. These lanyards are intended to be less likely to snag on objects than an uncoiled lanyard type.
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Old September 3, 2008, 10:54 PM   #802
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just got a new grip. what do you think? can you still see me?
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Old September 4, 2008, 12:31 AM   #803
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Angel, those grips on a 340 just rock.

What's your loading strategy?
I notice 3 + 2.
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Old September 4, 2008, 09:08 PM   #804
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Breakfree CLP

I use Breakfree CLP to clean etc... my M&P 340.

Any recommendations, pros/cons etc....?
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Old September 5, 2008, 10:43 AM   #805
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I called S&W and they recommended the breakfree. Works for me.
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Old September 6, 2008, 01:17 AM   #806
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nem,
i learned my loading strategy from you guys! "for most gun fight all you need is 3 shots, if you need 2 more, you want to have the "KABOOM!" if you need to reload with 5 more, then you are in trouble! RUN!!!!!!!!!!
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Old September 6, 2008, 01:39 AM   #807
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Thanks for the explanation, Angel. I sort of thought that'd be the case. (Three regular, two kaboom.)

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if you need to reload with 5 more, then you are in trouble!
For the reload, you might consider JT's strategy (over in the 642 club):
Keep four rnds in a speed strip, two on each end separated by a space between.

Easier to get new rnds quickly into the cylinder by two's.
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Old September 6, 2008, 04:22 AM   #808
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Reload?...10+4......

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Old September 6, 2008, 04:47 AM   #809
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= 14

Hahaha ...

Jt, that's a classic.
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All hands on deck!


There's been a (peaceful) invasion
from the 642 club.

Just somethin' 'bout them
black air weights that x42'ers
can't stay away from ...
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Hey, speaking of air weights:
check out what I found when
I googled "Smith Wesson".

Note the reference to
".357 Magnum".
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Quoting DA:

At ease.

Smoke'm if you've got 'em.

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Old September 6, 2008, 05:11 AM   #810
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Apologies for a brief tangent.

Jt's post was #808.

That's an important number for dancers - like me -
who appreciate electronic music driven by drum machines.

Ranks up there with 340 and x42 for revolvers.

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Old September 7, 2008, 01:13 AM   #811
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WOW!

I've been reading this thread for the past four hours and I am ready to buy my M&P 340 CT. Thanks for all the great information. This is a great site!

I do have one general question, and I apologize if I'm asking this in the wrong place. Where is a good place to get some shooting basics as far as self defense skills? I own a few pistols and a shotgun and shoot them occasionally but not in the manner described in this thread. There seems to be a very specific approach to how to carry, how to shoot, ammo combinations etc.. Are there any good books available on the subject?

Thanks in advance for any assistance offered.
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Old September 8, 2008, 03:29 PM   #812
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As for that S&W logo on the grips- no one can read it unless you make them pry it from your "cold dead hands" and we hope that Never happens!
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Old September 8, 2008, 03:36 PM   #813
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My co-worker got a 340PD today. Damn, it is INSANE how much lighter that thing feels than my 642. It makes my 642 feel like a freakin brick.
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Now that most of the firearms I carry are Glocks and I am retired...All the weapons are full mag and empty chamber. I sometimes carry mexican style, I also carry in a holster...The trigger is always to the rear...I know that by touching the trigger or looking at it, the pistol is not at the ready...
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Old September 8, 2008, 08:00 PM   #814
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Headless Sayeth-

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My co-worker got a 340PD today. Damn, it is INSANE how much lighter that thing feels than my 642. It makes my 642 feel like a freakin brick.
Headless, everthing is a tradeoff. That's what happens when you switch from aluminum to Sc/Ti. Conversely it was found that going that way Sc/Ti may have been just a tad much (light). Hence the 340 with its stainless cylinder. A bit more robbust and adding back and ounce or so deals with your hand feeling like a "freakin brick" after shooting 10 rounds of .357 loads through an 11 ounce revolver.

That's why here, the 340 proves to be the perfect balance of materials/ weight, durability and sight system. Oh and don't forget the lanyard post.
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Old September 9, 2008, 12:48 AM   #815
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Actually, the 340PD had a little lanyard ring built into the grip too I'm going to go out this weekend and fire some .357's and my wrist/hand be damned if it doesn't like it. When i first started shooting my 642 my hand hurt for a week after my first day out w/ 100 .38+P and 50 standard pressure rounds...now i can put 200 +P downrange with the stock grips/uncovered backstrap in a couple hours without any discomfort. I'm cautiously optimistic that the 340pd will prove to be similar with mild .357 loadings, though there's no way in hell you'd catch me loading these suckers in it

http://www.doubletapammo.com/php/cat...products_id=48

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357 Magnum 125gr. Speer Gold Dot - 1425fps / 1 7/8" S&W - Muzzle Energy: 710 ft. lbs.
The tritium sight on the M&P340 is far superior to the ramp sight on the 340pd though...
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Now that most of the firearms I carry are Glocks and I am retired...All the weapons are full mag and empty chamber. I sometimes carry mexican style, I also carry in a holster...The trigger is always to the rear...I know that by touching the trigger or looking at it, the pistol is not at the ready...
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Old September 9, 2008, 03:03 AM   #816
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If ... no, when ... I own an M&P340,
it'll wear a set of monogrips.

Takes the sting right out of those mag rnds.
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OK, here's the deal.
The x42 club is prepared to offer $2.3 bn US.

DAdams: Deal ... or no deal?

Nem, spray paint can in hand ...
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Old September 9, 2008, 07:37 PM   #817
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Before my buddy DA spray paints the inside of my computer monitor
and because people in this club may not be used to our joking in the x42 club,
I should make it totally clear that we're just jiving about buy-outs and mergers.
(I suspect it's totally clear, but one never knows on the Internet ... )

This is a great thread and deserves to stand on it's own.

My joke last night about $2.3 bn was intended as an indirect lead in to a question anyway, so I'll just cut to the chase:

I wonder what SW total sales revenues are for both the M&P340 and the x42? (Surely not in the billions, I know, but ... what range?)

Given that the x42 is less expensive (note I'm avoiding the word "cheaper" ),
I'm guessing they sell more of those, so a larger share of the revenue for the two breeds comes from x42.

Are sales of those just in the US, or overseas also?

Given that M&P stands for "military and police",
does that mean that in addition to sales to the public
they have contracts with LEO departments and the military?
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Old September 13, 2008, 05:32 PM   #818
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new mp 340

After months and months of research, and lurking on this site I finally bought an MP 340 today. I want to say thanks to everyone for all of their knowledge they share. I was stuck between the 340 and 442 but the sights and slightly lesser weight made the decision easier. I plan on the speer gd 135 38 +p for carry ammo. Any practice ammo reccomendations ? Thanks again to everyone on this great site.
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Old September 13, 2008, 11:06 PM   #819
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Welcome aboard.

(One of)The nice things about the 340 is it will eat anything from .38spl to hand numbing .357.

For practice I usually hit WalMart for the UMC Remington Green box or Winchester White. I run some .38spl to warm up then move on the the harder stuff. Your choice. Have some fun and post some pics.
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Old September 13, 2008, 11:12 PM   #820
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Nem

The silence is deafening from me due to all the travel I am doing.

You have some funny stuff there. That spraypaint dude better watch is step around these here parts.

I kind of put the M&P 340 as the introductory version of the Night Guard line.

You can get S&W (SWHC) annual report for revenue. I still own their stock but it took a beating awhile back. I bought more as it went down, figuring if the Dems got into office black guns and guns in general may take a beating, that was before the 2nd ammend reaffirmation, hence I think much of the S&W stuff is safe. They have their black rifle .223 for some military and police, and many of the M&P bottom feeders in the police biz.

BTW there is no price adequate for the 340 thread so now get out of here and clean up the X42 Clubhouse.
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Old September 15, 2008, 03:16 AM   #821
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The silence is deafening from me due to all the travel I am doing.
Dude, I can relate.
Work has been eating my lunch the last few days.
Promises to increasingly for the next few weeks.
May be scarce in these parts for a while.

But, at least when you're traveling,
that 340 only adds a few extra ounces ....


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... get out of here and clean up the X42 Clubhouse.
Wha'? Is there trouble over there?

(What's it say that I checked in here first?)
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Old September 21, 2008, 07:12 PM   #822
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I love my M&P 340
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Old September 21, 2008, 08:21 PM   #823
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Thumbs up

WildWeasal. Thanks for the bump. I love mine too.
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Old September 22, 2008, 11:30 AM   #824
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finally got some shooting time with my 340M&P. took my 629,686,60 and 340 along with some long guns. 686/60 no surprises, 686 ate it all and recoil was never a problem. 60 was "fun" with 158g .357s though still controallable and able to hit fairly well. Midpower magnums and below the recoil was nothing to mention.

the 340 surprised me. standard .38 125g JHP was just a push. +P 125g JHP still pleasant. 110g WWB .357 lot of blast and flame, nice kick about on par to me as the 629 w/240g mags but still tolearble and could hit what i wanted at the 15 ft range. did notice about twice the follow-up time between shots. now the full power Rem 125g and 158g .357 were pretty stout! would not use for SD but still mageable for shooting at the range and if had to feed the 340 from spare strips from my 686 wouldnt hesitate to do.

i had expected the 340 to be okay with non+P, manageable with +P, stout and no fun with mid .357 and not even try with full power .357 but after shooting them through it that expectation is moved up the power level one slot. still wont be trying it with my 180g cast core rounds though!
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Old September 22, 2008, 11:43 AM   #825
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I shot several full bore loads and don't want to do that again. Currently carrying Gold Dot 38+p in it. Has anyone shot Corbon 125gr DPX in a M&P 340? Its stats are at the lower end but I really like the mechanics of its engineering. Any thoughts?

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