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Contemplating a new S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by KMKeller, Jan 3, 2003.

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  1. KMKeller

    KMKeller Member

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    I usually carry a Beretta 21A (25ACP) and am considering a S&W 342 as a replacement for primary backup. The beretta would still be considered a "go anywhere" gun, but I feel I need a bit more punch, hence the 342.

    Has anyone had experience with the scandium revolvers?
     
  2. tomkatz

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    I have a 342. It is an aluminum frame and titanium cylinder 38. The 340 is a scandium frame and titanium cylinder 357. I decided I wasn't going to shoot 357 anyway so I would go for the lightest. But the 342 is only 2oz lighter. I like mine ok, I still like my old style j snubs best, but this one is my ankle gun now...tom
     
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    Actually, the 342 is a titanium gun (38 only), while the 340 is scandium (38 or 357). I had the 342, but traded for a 340. I had some trouble with the 342, but they were fixed by S&W free of charge. No problems with the 340. I'd get the 340 if I was you. Will you shoot a lot of 357's in it? No. But it's nice to know you can if you want to. And the price difference between the two isn't that much (unless you're me, paying 200 and my barely used 342 for a NIB 340). I'm carrying mine as we speak in an ankle holster loaded with 357's. Rough to shoot, easy to carry. Great gun. Go for it.
     
  4. KMKeller

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    Picked up the 340PD. Thanks for the input folks!
     
  5. cratz2

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    Nice and light for carry but man, what a kick.

    For someone comfortable with guns, that has been around them for a long time that is looking for a good lightweight revolver for carry, I think they're pretty good. For someone new to carrying (which I know you are not, just talking in general here) I couldn't recommend them. They just have too much recoil for the average Joe or Joanne and with increased recoil, there will be reduced practice. And practice is what keeps people safe and accurate.
     
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    Nice wheel gun; I hope you enjoy it!

    Best Wishes,
    Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member
     
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