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Old September 1, 2009, 09:04 AM   #1176
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Today's the day! My 340 CT should at my dealer soon!
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Old September 2, 2009, 12:11 PM   #1177
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got a 340PD w/CT and like it lot...

recently handled a M&P 340... slightly heavier but equipped much better sights. I'm a titanium junkie, so I like my 340PD better.

would like to upgrade my 340PD's sights to match M&P 340.
does anyone know what brand is used?
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Old September 2, 2009, 07:52 PM   #1178
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CY the front sight used on the M&P 340 is an xpress big dot tritium sight,a google search will turn up their website.
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Old September 2, 2009, 08:24 PM   #1179
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thanks... was really impressed at how much that big dot improved sight picture on M&P 340.

wonder what's the cheapest place to order from?
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Old September 2, 2009, 10:27 PM   #1180
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PRPL

Did ya get it? Did ya get it?

CY, thanks for stopping by. Yes, the XS Big Dots are the berries. I would have a PD were it not for the 340/360M&P.

PAA- Thanks for your reviews. It will not be good news, but there is no retention to speak of in a Mika, at least in my round cut. The good news, you could easily add a strap without much effort.

Thanks to all for making this the best lightweight S&W J Frame place on the net. I have been (and continue) to be traveling heavily and not able to participate much these days and for the forseeable future.
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Old September 2, 2009, 11:07 PM   #1181
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Thumbs up I Vote For DAdams

DAdams, whoever you are, you have done an excellent job of nurturing this thread from the very start. I think you should have an "Honorary Moderator" designation bestowed upon you by those who bestow those sort of things.
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Old September 2, 2009, 11:12 PM   #1182
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DAdams... thanks for the welcome... been lurking for quite awhile

loads of great info embedded on this site.

also got a 337PD... it's slightly lighter than 340PD but with standard hammer.
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Old September 3, 2009, 06:17 PM   #1183
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Lurk and Learn and thanks for stopping in.

337 pd Airlite. About as light as they come in a snub revolver. It is rated for 38 plus P right? But not .357 IIRC.

These lightweight genres have a mystique all their own. I think everyone sooner or later wonders what it is like to shoot something in the 11-13 oz range with a 2 inch barrel.

For some reason though I just can't get excited about the new Ruger version.

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thanks... was really impressed at how much that big dot improved sight picture on M&P 340.

wonder what's the cheapest place to order from?
Shooters in Jacksonville, FL has had the best price for a couple of years. They run out, and then get a load in when they can so be patient.
www.shootersjax.com

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Thanks for the generous plaudits. I'm just happy to be blessed with a wonderful family, steadfast friends, a roof over my head and a M&P340 amongst some other classics.
I am the MSAA (Master Sargeant at Arms) over at the 642 Club.
That's a pretty high honor. Once in a great while we have some rowdy characters there. Not nearly as civil or sophisticated as this crew.
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Old September 4, 2009, 10:41 AM   #1184
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desert camo!

just experimenting on some spray paint. let's start with the grip.
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Old September 4, 2009, 02:51 PM   #1185
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Got It!

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Did ya get it? Did ya get it?
Picked it up Tuesday.....haven't put it down since! This thing is sweet! Hell my wife even commented "nice", with a grin. This comes hard to her since she is the CFO of the household (literally).

We got our CCW permits together but she's still unarmed (and yes I've offered up my 340). She just finds it hard to peel off the "Benja-mans". She has been kicking around between the J-Frame's, the LCR and the Micro-Eagle. Just hasn't "pulled the trigger", so to speak. Her decision completely.....I'm stayin' out of it.

I need to go back an re-visit some of the holster reviews in the forum. I have the DeSantis but the butt of my grip pertrudes on many of my pants pockets. Not to the point of hanging out but I can look down at the pocket opening and see the serial number and lanyard loop. Guess I need a new holster or deeper pockets!

Well 'nuff said.....guess it's time for a picture? I really appreciate all of the great info and experience I've found here at the 340 club. You guys really helped me make what I feel is my best purchase in recent memory.

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Old September 4, 2009, 10:33 PM   #1186
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Well Put

Congrats...now get to working on that trigger with some serious dry firing.

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A wise man, don't mess with the CFO.

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Old September 5, 2009, 01:29 AM   #1187
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Aw, now, be careful, you're gonna make the boy's head swell up.

Club thread owners often fall into such roles, and those of us that frequent the clubs help out.
Same can be said of the 642 Club (where DA is also Master Sargent of Arms).

He does a great job over here, too.
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Old September 5, 2009, 06:50 PM   #1188
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Nem

Has a couple well worn threads that have endured the test of time don't you my friend? Lever Rifles. Marlins..

http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=261635

Growing these threads is like a great service to humanity. Well kind of.

Speaking of .38 spl I found a couple of boxes of 130 gr UMC Green Box at Bass Pro the other day. 100 rounds to the larder. Reminded me of the "good old days". Maybe some day WalMart will have some too.

Great stuff for introducing folks to the X42 and 340.
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Old September 5, 2009, 08:34 PM   #1189
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Here are some more pic of my M&P 340 wearing Altamont siver black grips and with its new leather a Galco Stinger OWB holster,enjoy. DAdams you Rock sir!


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Old September 6, 2009, 03:25 PM   #1190
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That's a good looking combo with the grips and Galco. Does the Galco have a clip or does it have slots for a belt. Could you run full speed wearing it? Would the holster stay on and the revolver stay in the holster. Just a couple of my personal criteria.

Have you considered the Bianchi Speedstrip(s) as an option to carrying the HKS?

Thanks for the pictures; your ongoing support and contribution to the thread and the vote of confidence.
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Old September 6, 2009, 08:11 PM   #1191
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My 340PD. I've had it about 2 years now. I have Laser Max laser grips on it but
if I had it to do again, I'd go with CT's. Reason? Gloves.
The ON/OFF switch on the Laser Max is dang near impossible to operate with
heavy leather motorcycle gloves and I ride 365. Also, the laser stays on
making instant on/off real hard. I have CT's on the other 3 guns I have
lasers on, a P239, S&W m38 Airweight and my Glock 33 and like them better.
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Old September 6, 2009, 08:19 PM   #1192
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DAdams the holster has a single belt loop on the back of it,its very stable with the 340 in it. The holster has a snug fit to it. I've jogged with it and the gun was held firmly in place.

I'm very pleased with this holster for the $63 shipped it costs me. Its very similar to the old barnes martin design but with out the elastic retention. The grips are Altamont silver black checkered boot grips. They are very nice for pocket carry as well. I've been meaning to get some speed strips for it as well.
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Old September 8, 2009, 09:41 AM   #1193
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Congrats...now get to working on that trigger with some serious dry firing
I'm on it! Laser makes it interesting!

On another note, anyone catch the October issue of Guns Magazine? Page 8 has a "BUG Drills" article by Massad Ayoob. In the photo he's sportin' a fine M&P 340!

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Old September 8, 2009, 04:17 PM   #1194
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That man just keeps getting smarter all the time.

Dry firing with CTs, yep more fun than a dry run.
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Old September 9, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1195
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Get it while you can!

Email below received this evening says Buds now has at least one 340 CT in stock....cheaper than I paid for mine!

Hi,

Your wish-list item at BudsGunShop.com is now available for purchase:
Name: S&W M&P340CT 357 17/8 CTGRP Black
Model: 163073
Bud's Item Number: 43697

You received this email because on 2009-05-27 09:41:11 you asked
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become available.
Visit this link to view your item:

http://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/p...ducts_id/43697

This item was available to purchase on www.budsgunshop.com
as of 2009-09-09 15:00:13.
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Old September 12, 2009, 05:27 PM   #1196
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340 on Bud's

That makes the 340 $653 approximately, in that Optics Planet gets $248 for the 405 grips. Of course you have to throw some transfer money in there.

Not to mention the grips that come on the 340 from the factory have the S&W Logo.
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Old September 16, 2009, 09:04 AM   #1197
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Have any M&P 340 owners tried the .357 135gr gold dots for short barrels in their M&P 340? If so were there any crimp jump issues with this round? I ask as I've tried 125gr Remington golden sabers and had some pretty bad crimp jump issues with this load. Is it true that limp wristing a M&P 340 will cause this,remember reading this some place but can't recall where I read it.

I was under the impression that the steel cylinder on the M&P 340 solved the crimp jump issue,is this the case? I ask as I've not read of anyone having crimp jump issues with the golden sabers but I did so is this something I'm doing wrong in holding the the gun incorrectly? Or should I just try another box of the golden sabers and see what happens?
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Old September 16, 2009, 11:56 AM   #1198
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I shot the GDSB 135-gr. .357 Magnum rounds in my M&P 340, megatronrules--and in a 640, and a 3" Model 60. Approx. 30 rounds total.

No crimp jump issues with any of them.

As for the cause of crimp jump--it's the crimp, period, AFAIK. I'd suggest you e-mail / call Remington and ask them of any issues with the 125-gr. Golden Sabers.

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Old September 16, 2009, 01:02 PM   #1199
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S&W Service Experience--M&P 340

Some time ago, I set aside my M&P 340 to send in for service. During the last-time-I-shot-it cleaning, I noticed what I thought was a stretched cylinder. Since I had been shooting reloads--but no "high test" 357 rounds in it, I assumed that it would be repaired as needed at my expense--and my budget was tight.

Besides, this was a good excuse to carry the Airweight 360 I had purchased--i.e., that DA/SA scandium-357-frame, 38 Special I picked up last fall; I think it was a product release of a cancelled (European) PD contract. So, for several months I carried and practiced with that gun.

In August, I sorted out the potential money issues, and called S&W for a FedEx pickup. It took about two weeks for them to mail the RA and FedEx label. AFAICT, that's because of the reduced workforce due to vacations and downtime in August, and the workload backs up. So, I packed up the 340, c/w a cover letter explaining what I thought the issue was and noting that I had shot reloads in it. (It also went in with a Model 63 that required a minor blemish repair--but that's not really relevant.)

The M&P left here on Thursday, Sep. 3--i.e., just before the Labor Day / long weekend. The FedEx shipping was two-day--and I was concerned about receipt at S&W on Saturday, or maybe being held until Tuesday. I meant to call on Wednesday (allowing a day for receipt processing), but forgot; forgot again on Thursday--and on Friday Sept. 11 , I received a postal letter acknowledging receipt.

I've been awaiting a letter detailing the repair cost (I expected a charge for cylinder replacement, perhaps $125.00). Today, Sep. 16, Fedex returned the 340. It left S&W on Monday, the 14th. A new cylinder was installed, and the cylinder is well-fit: minimal, barely-detectable endshake. The barrel-cylinder gap is at 0.005

(With it was the M63, its muzzle re-crowned to remove the EDM(?) chatter I had not noticed when I purchased it. Both guns were wrapped in the S&W gun-wrap, with accompanying form letters describing the service performed. Packed in the original Doskosil small 2-gun case I used to send them.

By my estimation--allowing a day at each end for receipt / shipping processing, the service time was three days.

I'm impressed, and thoroughly satisfied.

I now need to send in the 360--it needs a rough cylinder polished--and I may send in the 640 as well, just for a general checkup; it has about 18,000-20,000 rounds through it now.

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I have run maybe 10 rounds of SGDSB (23917) through my 340, primarily to wring it out on crimp jump. I had no issues nor evidence of movement. I used the felt tip pen method and checked rounds 3-5, no seperation.
Not much a torture test but then I just wanted to make sure. I'm still on the 38 spl plus P regimine.

JHP-

Thanks for recounting a positive S&W customer service/warranty for life story. I think that is why I would be hard pressed to buy anything other than S&W from here on out.

I'm kind of jonsing for a M&P .45 midsize (semiauto) with CT grips.
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