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Old November 7, 2007, 06:27 PM   #201
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I agree with B'man, DA: we miss you over there.

Besides, the house isn't demolished.
We just moved into a spiffy new space.
I think it's going to work out just fine.

But we're missing our MSAA (and an important humorist).

Come on by, dude.
Ditto. Please. I'll beg if I must.
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Old November 11, 2007, 07:58 AM   #202
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The Mika seems to be the ticket for me and the M&P 340. I carried it all day yesterday in a pair of jeans and it is molding nicely to the weapon and to my shape. I love the way the holster always stays put when the weapon is drawn. Today I'll try it in a pair of my normal pleated chinos.
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Old November 13, 2007, 09:32 AM   #203
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Randy's Hunting Center in Michigan has M&P 340s in stock. With and w/o Crimson Trace grips.

http://www.randyshuntingcenter.com/

That is where I purchased mine and had it transfered to my local FFL.

Great to work with and the transaction came off without a hitch.
You can see their price posting on Guns America. Search "pocket pistols" or S&W. I think they were in the mid $600 range $679 or there abouts. My LGS sells them for 699 when they are in stock.
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Old November 15, 2007, 12:27 PM   #204
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Wow this is great! I just purchased a 360PD after a years research on this website for pros and cons and now we have a scandium forum. All my questions will be answered. After firing automatics most my life I am revolver convert and this one fits my needs to a T. Looking forward to reading everything here and talking to everyone. Thanks
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Old November 16, 2007, 06:36 PM   #205
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Welcome to the exoctic snubbie club.

Bottom feeders have their role in the foodchain but there isn't much the diminutive pocket revolvers can't do.

It still amazes me how accurate they can be with practice. Years ago I couldn't hit a five pound can at point blank range with a snub.
I have improved somewhat since then, but not much.

They are great fun and make a real nice carry.

Tell us all about it and of course pictures are mandatory. Great group here.
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Old November 16, 2007, 08:56 PM   #206
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Well, you guys might have swayed me from buying an autoloader. I'm looking into buying another handgun since I got some extra cash and I was seriously considering the XD 40. After seeing this little marvel, I think I may invest into my second revolver after the 30 day wait (just got my GP last week).

Am I buying too many guns too fast or should I chill for a while?
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Old November 16, 2007, 09:30 PM   #207
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No your not buying too many guns too fast. California is aquiring too many laws too fast. After living in Redondo Beach for over 20 years, it became too much of an annoyance for me, I bailed. Easily got a CWP here try that one in LA county.
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Old November 17, 2007, 02:13 AM   #208
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That I can agree with you on. I'm sort of confused as to why there is a 30 day wait. I mean, all it does is really slow you down. Unfortunately, this is my home and it's not likely that I'll be able to find my sort of work in *most* of the free states. But damnit it irks me to no end that I cannot obtain a CCW license (at least not easily).

At any rate, I'm really liking the 340M&P Centennial. Still contemplating whether or not I should get the auto or stick with my revolvers. I think I need some more convincing (pics!)
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Old November 17, 2007, 02:41 AM   #209
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I'm not trying to beat you up, I retired and that gave me the opportunity to go away. I really understand the $$$ thing as I was a computer systems guy, but I don't have to worry about that anymore. Today my nearest traffic signal is 30 miles away, try that in your SC. See I'm still in SC (South Carolina) and the town with the light is Hollywood, SC , funny ain't it. But do not kid yourself in LA county, Last CWP I remember was the Police Chief, Willie Williams, when they imported him from Philly, if my memory serves me right.

PS BTW Here you can buy a gun every day and a bunch of them at anytime. That 30 day thing is a real pain for collectors who want consecutive serial numbers.

I miss shooting for free up at 3 sisters in the high desert (Palmdale).
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Old November 17, 2007, 03:18 AM   #210
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Welcome to the exotic snubbie club.
I've come to the right place, then.



This is a high caliber place.

.357 is a fine number.

But I still don't want
an airweight in .357 mag.

Speaking only for myself,
I'll take my airweight in .38 spl.

If I was a larger person with more mass,
(to tame that counterclockwise twist)
I'd carry a .357 mag airweight.

Specifically, an M&P 340.

As it is, .38 spl +p is enough for me ... for now...

For now,
I'll take .357 mag
in a 65 or 686, por favor.

But the concept exotic snub nose is intriguing.

And, remember, I did say, "for now".

Oh, yeah, one more thing:
Ireland is my island.


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Old November 17, 2007, 03:14 PM   #211
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I'm not trying to beat you up, I retired and that gave me the opportunity to go away. I really understand the $$$ thing as I was a computer systems guy, but I don't have to worry about that anymore. Today my nearest traffic signal is 30 miles away, try that in your SC. See I'm still in SC (South Carolina) and the town with the light is Hollywood, SC , funny ain't it. But do not kid yourself in LA county, Last CWP I remember was the Police Chief, Willie Williams, when they imported him from Philly, if my memory serves me right.

PS BTW Here you can buy a gun every day and a bunch of them at anytime. That 30 day thing is a real pain for collectors who want consecutive serial numbers.

I miss shooting for free up at 3 sisters in the high desert (Palmdale).
Yeah, maybe when I retire I'll move out of this place, but I've got a loooong way to go before that happens. I'm really a city boy though and being 30 miles from a stop light would drive me crazy. But who knows, things may change when I get a bit older. Then again, maybe by an odd twist of fate California might loosen up on gun laws (yeah right).

I've never been to 3 sisters, but my dad lives in Wrightwood which is just past Palmdale. I've gotta look that place up and stop by the next time I go visit him.
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Old November 17, 2007, 03:58 PM   #212
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hyphen,

3 sisters is three mountains on your left off of 134 Pear Blossom Hwy as you going from LA to 15. Being the $$$ was good out there I retired early, I eat more than applesauce and creamed corn, also I still get Hooters marketing approach. So I ain't that old, by the way whats your name again sonny.

Good Luck,

Charlie

PS Age only happens to the survivors, and if I knew I would be living this long I surely would have taken better care of this container!
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Old November 17, 2007, 04:06 PM   #213
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Ah okay, I'll be visiting him sometime next week I think, I'll check it out. Glad you could retire early! Unfortunately, I don't know where my money goes. It seems to magically disappear every weekend

I guess you may not be as old as I thought The name's Will.
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Old November 17, 2007, 08:47 PM   #214
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I too looked at the XD but the fact was I wanted something I could carry with me that would not be obtrusive or heavy. The main idea was to carry to protect the family on an outing etc. Thank you DA for the welcome and I am indeed pleased with this Smith. I do not think recoil will be an issue for me as I have been accostomed to using 45acp in 220 grain and the recoil is somewhat horriric out of a 3" barrel. However the Marine Corps teaches you how to get over that. So thank you for all the info and by the way if I can't use any ammoia products on the TI cylinder what do I use for a bore cleaner?
Any info will be great

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Old November 17, 2007, 08:58 PM   #215
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For cleaning, follow S&W's recommendations and use the Hoppe's "Elite" product line. Get both the cleaner and the bore gel--they do work OK, at least.

I also use Gun Scrubber and CLP, and they are just fine--I've had no finish problems at all. However, "something" just etched the lens on my CT laser--and I don't know what, but I suspect the Elite bore clearner. (I am a cleaning solution slob, however.)

BTW--the recoil in a 340 is NOTHING like any 1911 shooting I've done--which includes full-house 10mm loads. That is, the 340's recoil is much quicker, twisting, and severe.

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Old November 18, 2007, 01:06 PM   #216
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I am interested in buying a M&P 340. Either with or without the CT grips. Haven't decided yet. Anyways, who has the best price on the M&P 340?
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Old November 18, 2007, 03:11 PM   #217
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Thank you jfh this is good to know. Gun scrubber and clp sound like a good choice. Also a question to the forum who likes what round for what reason. I have not fired my 360 yet (and yes DA I have not forgotten your request for pics) I would like to start off low and begin to learn the recoil and then move up to a round that is a good sd round. I doubt seriously I will ever shoot a 357 out of this weapon but, one never knows. I know if I fire a round and it loosens my poly grip and my dentures go flying it will be too much. Seriously all posts will be appreciated and thank you in advance

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Old November 18, 2007, 03:13 PM   #218
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Wow hello Lightsped greetings from Loganville. Just noticed you. Is that mayor still around that wanted Moline Illinois to ship him all the guns that Moline outlawed??

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Old November 21, 2007, 02:19 PM   #219
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Any restriction on 357 loads in the 340 M&P?

I don't have a 340 m&p yet but am seriously considering one for carry. Anyone know if there is any manufacturers recommendations on ammo to avoid? How about use of +p or (gulp) +p+? Steady diet of "regular" 357's? How about wear and tear durability issues. I have read every post here today and have seen minor cosmetic issues, but how about wear and durability from LOT'S of shooting like a hundred or so a week?

Thanks in advance and thanks to those posting actual experience with the gun. It sure helps when looking to know how things actually perform and what works both gun and accessoty wise.

Be safe,

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Old November 21, 2007, 03:37 PM   #220
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achildofthesky: I have a M&P340--you've seen my posts on it in this thread--and I have shot it about 700 rounds in the past five months. I do plan to shoot it about 50 to 100 rounds a month this winter to keep my hand toughened up and to keep the calluses in place, and I'm not worried about shooting it loose, based on my experience to date. So, when it is a year old, I will probably have put 1200-1500 rounds through it.

The rounds shot have been almost exclusively 38+P loads, running about 900 fps, and one cylinderful of the 357 Mag Speer 357 Mag loads at 1000 fps. I've also shot about 4000 rounds through my SS 640, and I will tell you that even with my hand in the condition it is in now, I would be hard-pressed to shoot three-cylindersful of the the 38+P loads in rapid fire / reload sequence--two is about my limit for it and still maintaining shootability. Based on my experiences, I think it unlikely you will find anyone who is shooting upwards of a hundred rounds a week from a scandium-frame lightweight.

For my 340, the mechanical operation is "like new"--maybe even better than new, for the action is smoother than new, and smoother than the action job I had done after 20 rounds. There is no shake, endplay, or anything else. Gap doesn't appear to have changed, etc., etc. The finish is more than durable in all areas of the frame and other parts, as noted in other posts

I don't know of any numbers on the "current durability" factor of the scandium frames, other than the fact that S&W unconditionally guarantees them. I have seen it said that the scandium frame is as tough as the steel ones, and I've no reason to doubt it.

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Old November 21, 2007, 11:15 PM   #221
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Best Price

Lightsped-
Best price I have seen recently (and where I purchased mine).

Randy's Hunting Center. He is back on Guns America with prices as $679 no CT and $829 with. I bought mine with about 8 months ago.

http://www.randyshuntingcenter.com/

They were great to do business with. Absolutely seamles deal, shipped to my tansfer in FL.

I have had three people get their hands on the 340 and when they were finished it was all smiles, but having said that I did not take them beyond 38 plus P SGD 135gr for shorties.

They loved the weight and the fact that there is no limitation on .357 loads.

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minor cosmetic issues
The DLS black vapor deposition coating isn't pretty, you can't polish it, oils just seem to absorb or dry up. If you are looking for pretty get a nickel plated or nice blued J frame.
M&P 340 is for pocket carry in a Mika roundcut holster, kicking azz and taking names. It is the J frame Chuck Norris would carry if he needed a gun.
13.3 ounces and IMO the finest sighting system ever put on a snub. After almost a year I like this J frame better every time I take it out.

Here it is after 400 hundred rounds cleaned up for Thanksgiving.


Here it is after a 100 round workout including +P and .357 135 gr SGD for short barrels, wearing the Hogue Monogrips.



Here's pretty. My opera carry.



Dang. It's a California lovefest. You guys need to start a seperate thread. California shooters or some such.
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Old November 22, 2007, 06:21 AM   #222
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#222.

I love my x42,
but am unsure about
whether I want an M&P 340.

But I'm thinking about it ...


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Old November 22, 2007, 06:57 AM   #223
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...but am still unsure about
whether I want an M&P 340.
After a bit more thought,
I've made a decision.

Yes, I would like an
M&P 340, please.

The middle image of
#221 cinched
a decision.

It's that black on black
centennial able to
eat .357 mag.

Um hmm.
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Old November 22, 2007, 10:42 AM   #224
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I went to a local purveyor or weaponry lastnight...

And they didn't have one for me to fondle. They had a few "similar" sized s&w's to get the idea of the relative size of it. I think I will have to formulate a post looking for someone here in NW Arkansas that has one and mebbe I can shoot or at least check out. This gun is growing on me for what I see as a very flexable number of carry options. Pretty small, ultra light, capable of pretty impressive power and S&W quality and warranty especially considering the TC laser sights. Nice.

Be safe

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Old November 22, 2007, 10:51 AM   #225
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Looking for someone in NW Arkansas w/340 M&P to check out...

As the title says, I am looking for someone in NW Arkansas (Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers/Bentonville area) with a 340 M&P especially w/ the ct sights. A brief search around here left a couple of the gun sales clerks saying "huh, what the hell is that". It would be very helpful to check one out and perhaps even shoot at a local range if you are inclined to make such an offer. I am looking at one for myself for general everyday carry and prefer to look at one before ordering from somewhere. Thanks in advance for any consideration.

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