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Old November 2, 2008, 11:12 PM   #851
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Angel1216, that wood grip looks pretty good on there, who makes it and where can I get one?
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i got my camo grip from a gun show here in fort worth. it's made by hogue. make sure you get the checkered one. the one i have is too slippery. i actually sold it 2 weeks ago. didn't fit my needs. i don't own a 340 cause it looks nice! i own one cause it goes....... ka-boom!!!!! LOL!
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Old November 7, 2008, 03:37 PM   #852
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Hey Headless; that load works beautifully in my 340pd. The pain is more intense than the average 125 grainers, but at that point it is simply slightly more unpleasant. Also, that load, hot as it is, does not uncrimp as many other lighter loads do. DoubleTap is fantastic ammo.
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Old November 8, 2008, 01:20 PM   #853
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I've fired a lot of Gold Dot SB .38+P from my 340... Has anybody here tried the GD SB .357 and the Remington .357 Golden Saber?

I'd really like to know how these two loads compare in terms of felt recoil and anything else you noticed about them.

Looking at the ballistics tables, the Rem GS is faster. 1220 fps out of a 4" barrel with 413 lbs of muzzle energy.

Any chance the Rem GS would experience bullet pull?
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Old November 8, 2008, 08:27 PM   #854
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new carry option

got rid of my lamo camo grip and went back with the original grip. after trying many option. i feel this is the best and the most comfortable carry option for me! the first pic is my night carry.
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Old November 10, 2008, 11:12 PM   #855
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I have some Rem .357 Golden Saber ammo on the way, looking forward to trying it out in the 340 as a step up in power from the .38+P SB Gold Dots.

Also put 75 rounds down range today with the new Pachmayr Compacs. Very significant improvement over the Bantams. Perfect balance of comfort and concealability.
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Old November 12, 2008, 08:20 PM   #856
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Old November 14, 2008, 07:19 PM   #857
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Revolver grip, stance, trigger control (and more) information site

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After struggling with the grip issue I've found a grip that does a good job for me. It also seems to be the best at activating the laser on demand. I've shared that with you.

Here's a link that may help more. These guys are all better shooters than me - no doubt about it.

http://www.shootingusa.com/

This, by the way, is a site that will be of interest to most everyone here I'll bet.

If you go to the Shooting USA website and look at the bottom of the page, there's a link for a series of shooting lessons from Jerry Miculek. If you click on the link a window opens with a series of lessons. One lesson is on revolver grip and it runs for 3 minutes and 15 seconds.

At the 1:24 left mark, Jerry goes over a grip for the J frame revolvers that seems to work very well. I've tried it on the J frames with success.

Also, the one on stance is of interest (as they all are). He talks about having the bore line follow right up the line of the shooting arm and having the arm extended rather than crooked to prevent muzzle flip. (The guy can really shoot a j-frame fast and straight, as the video shows.)

It's interesting how close his ("professional") ideas come to what I've been doing on my own (a little different and I'll experiment more for sure).

For what it's worth - I've tried it on a little Ruger LCP as well. I was having trouble getting the laser to activate reliably after a draw, but after changing to this grip I can reliably activate the laser and I can recover the dot from shot to shot simply by pinching down again with my left hand. The front to back "pinch" you can exert with this modified grip helps get that strong hand middle finger down on the activation button. The LCP sits high enough in the hand that the slide doesn't whack your thumb like it does on most automatics. It's nice to find a back up "pocket" auto that allows me to use the same grip that I use with the 340.

So far it's the best grip I've found for managing these small pistols.

Good luck!
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Old November 17, 2008, 08:43 PM   #858
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I have successfully shot my S&W340MP

I have an S&W 340MP with feed back on it

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I have shot the following from it successfully:

38 Special 125gr & 158gr
38+P 125gr
95gr, 110gr, 125gr & 158 gr 357 Magnum

After using a hand grip exerciser for several weeks I can shoot this outstanding revolver with a great power to weight advantage. I have set my crimsontrace laser to 15 feet focal point as well.

I have seen post after post on how this revolver (12 oz unloaded , about 15 oz loaded) is a wrist breaker, etc. Out of the box, with the XS site, the CrimsonTrace Laser grips I was surprised how well I could shoot this revolver.

I shoot my Glock 30, Glock 36 45ACP and my Glock 23 40 S&W semiautos very well out to 21 feet and closer, but this little honey in 357 magnum is so easy to hide and carry.and has a big wollope!
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Old November 18, 2008, 04:07 PM   #859
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Anyone recommend a speed loader the the 340? Thanks!
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Old November 18, 2008, 08:13 PM   #860
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speedloader for S&W340MP

I have researched this.

The S&W Model 60 for the HKS speedloaders will fit the 340MP.
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Old November 18, 2008, 11:16 PM   #861
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After all the years of experimenting...
Bantams, Uncle Mike's Boot Grips,
Spegels, Safariland/Rogers,
Pachmayr Compacs are on my:
340 PD, 442 and 49.
Had 3 of the grips from years ago.
Need one more for my 640 (38).
Thin, no fabric grab, covered back strap,
fits in a pocket in a Mika.

Someone mentioned Federal "low recoil" 357's.
All it is, is a marketing ploy.
Shame on Federal. They are full power loads.
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Old November 19, 2008, 01:22 AM   #862
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Coach, I was one of the users who posted on the Federal loads. I'm not a ballistics expert, but I can positively say that I and those I shot the Federal "Low Recoil" loads with could not tell the difference between those and 135 Gr full house loads.

I agree it shows a lack of integrity on the part of Federal if the only thing they changed was the packaging.
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Old November 23, 2008, 05:31 PM   #863
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Mine went down and is currently in the hands of S&W. It locked up on the range the other week. Very disconcerting. Time will tell what the official evaluation brings.
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Old November 23, 2008, 06:16 PM   #864
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Erik - how did the lock up occur? Is the internal lock to blame?

What loads were you firing when it locked up?
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Old November 24, 2008, 11:07 PM   #865
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Load: .38 Special, 125 grain Gold dot +p

Problem: The lock work is frozen. You can manipulate the cylinder release, allowing for a single trigger pull and cylinder rotation; then it is back to frozen. I've got approximately 800 rounds through it. A colleague of mine experienced the same thing approximately a year ago with a 642 with approximately 200 rounds through it. All in all, very disappointing, considering one of the selling points of such revolvers is their reliability in time of need.
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Old November 24, 2008, 11:56 PM   #866
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Agree that's disappointing. So this is nothing to do with the internal lock people love to hate - just the lock work of the weapon.

I'm really curious to see what S&W says about this. Please let us know how it goes.
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Old November 25, 2008, 01:14 PM   #867
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I have researched this.

The S&W Model 60 for the HKS speedloaders will fit the 340MP.
Thanks for the info!
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Old November 28, 2008, 11:47 PM   #868
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I just picked up my M&P 340 today for $549 before the $50 rebate. I put 100 rds of Speer 135gr 357 short barrel ammo throught it before taking it home. I don't see what all the fuss is about. Using the high revolver grip that Miceluk recommends, I was able to put 5 rounds in a quarter size group @ 15 yds and the recoil was far less than my Glock G23. I was more accurate than with my G23, too. I think it's due to the big dot front site and larger rear sight groove. It feels about the same weight as my 642. I did put on a Hogue Monogrip to allow a better purchase but won't be able to test until next week. It covers the backstrap so it should make the 340 even more enjoyable to shoot.
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Old November 30, 2008, 05:49 PM   #869
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Just received a 340 M&P. Shot one cylinder of 38's and then on the second shot of a cylinder of 357's mine stopped shooting. I can pull the trigger and it rotates the cylinder but it will not fire. I cannot pull the trigger all the way back. Off to S & W. Not a happy person.
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Old November 30, 2008, 07:16 PM   #870
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"I was able to put 5 rounds in a quarter size group @ 15 yds"

I need you to teach me to do that.
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Old November 30, 2008, 10:39 PM   #871
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I put 100 rds of Speer 135gr 357 short barrel ammo throught it before taking it home. I don't see what all the fuss is about.
You didn't see what the fuss is all about specifically because you were shooting the Speer .357 short barrel load.
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Old December 1, 2008, 03:55 PM   #872
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Angry 340CT Problem

I am new here and would like to share my experience with this revolver. I ordered it from a gun shop on Oct 24 and recieved it on Nov 24 in NC. No problem there. It went to shoot it the same day and noticed at 25 yards I was having to aim to the extreme left of the target to hit just to the right of center mass. I called a Smith and Wesson warranty center and the gentleman told me that it was probably a barrel problem. I overnighted it to him no charge to me and he called me today and said he worked on it for 2 hours. He could not fix it because the factory had messed up when they attached the part of the frame that holds the barrel to the rest of the frame. It was slanted to the right. He said he had never seen this before and was sending it back to the factory with the suggestion that Smith replace the revolver. I do like it but have a question about quality control. How could a new gun have a problem like this and now it will be at least another month before I get my revolver or a new one. Anybody else with problems like this? The service how ever so far has been good.
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Old December 1, 2008, 08:44 PM   #873
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^^ 357Mag... S&W will take care of you. It is, however, disheartening to hear of such a problem leaving the factory. I thought they test fired them to ensure they were at least 'in the ballpark'...
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Old December 2, 2008, 09:53 PM   #874
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357mag

S&W customer service Will make it right and it will cost you nothing. Should it happen? No. Does it happen, yes, to every manufacturer making anything.

You will be glad you selected the 340. Be patient although it is difficult. It probably will be less than 30 days, more like a couple of weeks.

If you sent it back to S&W initially you would have it back by now.

Of 5 new handguns I purchased over the last 3 years, two had to go back.
A new S&w 642-2 and a Kahr PM 9. I bought the "reliable" revolver when the Kahr started acting up to carry me over. Then it too became untenable.

I have had no problems with my 340 so far.
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Old December 3, 2008, 01:24 PM   #875
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When I talked to S&W's customer service the other day, I was told that it was the first time he had a return on a 340 M&P. Either he was full of it or the several that have had problems that posted on this board are full of it.
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