Gear: Smith & Wesson Model 340PD


Smith & Wesson Model 340PD

Smith & Wesson
Category: Firearms, Tasers & Accessories
Subcategory: Handguns
Price: $650.00
Average Rating:
(29 Votes)

5 shot .357 magnum,Scandium Alloy Frame, Barrel Shroud and Yoke, Titanium Cylinder,Hogue Bantam grip, it only weighs 12 ounces empty!

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    Lumpkin1, Fri, 08 Jun 2007 13:37:00 UTC.
    1st review

    This great little back-up/off duty revolver is built on the famous J frame (Chief's Special) and is extremely lightweight and comcealable. I perfer to carry the 135 gr. Gold Dot (short barrel load) .38 +P in mine. It is not a target or range gun, but with pratice, it is accurate and will meet your close range defensive needs. They offer both a orange ramp, and a hi vis light gathering green dot front sight. This is a internal hammer (centennial), offers snag free draw from a pocket holster or ankle holster. I have carried mine daily since 2005, and recommend it highly to someone needing a light weight "everyday" concealable firearm.

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    MrSmokey, Wed, 25 Jul 2007 16:30:08 UTC.

    I love this gun is is extremely easy to conceal it with lot's of power.
    Very light,so light you can forget you are carrying it.

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    LAPDLEO, Tue, 21 Aug 2007 07:55:12 UTC.

    Great oh shit gun. I take this weapon with me when I run and cycle, it's super compact and fits in a cycling jersey pocket with a Micka holster.

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    liablemtl, Fri, 24 Aug 2007 20:10:27 UTC.

    This is a great conceal carry and BU gun. It hits like a ball peen hammer when firing .357, but it is an effective and easy to use gun, especially if you're in "oh shit!" mode - close quarters, high stress, out of options. It's small size means you can carry it in a variety of places and within any kind of clothing; it's light weight ensures it's concealment. Ultimately, it's probably better to carry a BUG that matches the same caliber as your primary weapon, but, like the old saying goes: it's better to have [something] and not need it than to not have [something] and need it.

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    WarPig, Wed, 05 Sep 2007 07:42:02 UTC.

    Perfect back up gun if you ever need to screw it into some crooks eye socket or ribcage. Just pull the trigger and boom. No need to worry about malfuntions...
    Light and easily concealable.

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    loweba, Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:07:50 UTC.

    This sounds like a great weapon for a back up. It also sound like the thoght was put into it when it was being designed.

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    tcarmored, Mon, 22 Oct 2007 11:49:10 UTC.

    It is the best BU weapon you can have light and small but still a hand canon. I looked at allot of concealable small pistols but being a weapons retention instructor a best thing is you never have to worry about you pistol being out of breach with a revolver. When all hell is broken lose just stick it in a neck and pull the trigger. I love mine it is like a master card don’t leave home without it. They say it weighs the same as a pair of peerless handcuffs when it is loaded.

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    Deputy421, Mon, 10 Dec 2007 16:50:40 UTC.

    I love mine. Good for an ankle back up or an easily concealed off duty gun.

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    tlwinkles379, Mon, 03 Mar 2008 15:16:08 UTC.

    Excellent back-up or concealment gun. Very lightweight and snag free.

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    cowens, Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:09:55 UTC.

    Light-weight and concealable. Kicks like a mule and leaves your hand aching after shooting several rounds of .357 magnum through it. Probably has to go with the snub nose length, alloy weight, and less than full size grip. .38 +P is easy to shoot though.

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    Anonymous, Wed, 16 Apr 2008 06:30:38 UTC.

    its a great little gun for your back up. I use it on a ankle holster

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    ssgtmike51, Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:50:44 UTC.


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    tomgun, Fri, 29 Aug 2008 13:43:55 UTC.

    mine is a M&P 360
    i improve accuracy with a hogue 3finger soft rubber grip,$25.00 delivered

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    slow73, Sat, 11 Oct 2008 22:24:57 UTC.

    Awesome little piece. Perfect for backup or just running to the local stop and rob for milk, Just put it in your pocket and go. A little much in the .357 mode so I carry .38+p and I don't feel under gunned. Get one.

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    Hoop740, Sat, 18 Oct 2008 11:53:25 UTC.

    No complaints here. I had to lock tight the extractor rod back onto the gun because I shot one too many .357 mags through it. Other than that, no issues. This is an ideal BU firearm that I wear on duty in a padded De Santis, with thumb snap, ankle rig. Easily concelable for off duty carry when I don't want to carry my Glock 33.

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    motorcop5701, Sun, 26 Oct 2008 12:40:59 UTC.

    Great back up/off duty weapon. Light weight, very very very concealable. When it goes bang, the whole world will know. Bought a second one for the house when I am not home. MUST HAVE!

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    Anonymous, Tue, 04 Nov 2008 10:02:17 UTC.


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    Shineola, Mon, 10 Nov 2008 17:00:06 UTC.

    I'm currently shooting a Taurus .38 special at the range and am considering purchasing either the 340PD or the Smith & Wesson 642. They both get good ratings but I am looking for a light gun to carry concealed. I am impressed with the Scandium weight of the 340PD but am concerned about the recoil with 38 ammo. Of course it would only be shot in an emergency situation but it would be nice to know if I could handle this lightweight. I'll probably add a laser grip to it.

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    UHPD627, Wed, 31 Dec 2008 14:15:05 UTC.

    Light, accurate and easy to conceal. Love it!

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    thev8man, Fri, 09 Jan 2009 03:29:08 UTC.

    This gun only gets used in a life or death situation. It has a kick like nobodies business. I bullets wieght more then the gun, I have a big hand and shooting it is like a game. Will I break my finger or cut my hand. The gun is a so light that you may get 3 of your 5 shots some were near the intended target.

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    grussell, Sat, 10 Jan 2009 00:46:50 UTC.

    I love this firearm. With 357 mag. it is not very hand friendly. Excellent carry weapon amo weighs almost as much as the firearm.

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    Sgt_524, Sat, 10 Jan 2009 03:22:17 UTC.

    Back in the day I had a five shot Chief that I couldn't hit the target with that only cost $50 and sold it for $60 a few years later. The price for tools has certainly grown.

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    BADABING, Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:04:23 UTC.

    The name just says it all, S&W. Light wieght, small, easy to conceal. wheel gun, 5 shot .357, what else needs to be said??? Besides it reminds me of ol' time police movies were they used the .38 snub nose revolver.

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    DRKMA, Fri, 26 Jun 2009 07:33:28 UTC.

    Perfect size for your purse.

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    getontothemat, Tue, 29 Jun 2010 19:42:27 UTC.

    light and concealable with plenty of pack

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    dpd733, Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:44:40 UTC.

    I have been carrying this weapon for a backup for & years now and love it. This weapon is in my opinion the best backup anyone could have.

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    jailer07, Wed, 16 Mar 2011 04:13:08 UTC.

    I know many officers that carry this as back up. Nice weapon!

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    bigheadbob, Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:43:20 UTC.

    Pro's...great little light .357mag. Sort of hurts a little with mag ammo if you shoot more than 4-5 in a row. But don't let the legends of recoil on this gun scare you away. Its not as bad as some describe. Some people think a .40 cal kicks too much. Very concealable small powerhouse and its resistant to sweat and moisture. Con's...its prone to cylinder errosion from the blast flame that sneaks out between the face of the cylinder and the forcing cone end of the barrell. Its like someone took a little cutting torch and cut little almost microscopic channels in the face if each chamber. It's why they recommend a min bullet weight of 125 grains. I abided with that spec but used .357 Hornady Critical Defense 125 grain ammo and got the cylinder errosion anyway. My gun when back to Smith and Wesson twice for this. What's happens is the blast not only cuts grooves in the cylinder it blows away the protective coating so it only gets worse once you get the damage started. On the second visit to Smith & Wesson repair they called me and asked permission to replace the cylinder with a stanless steel cylinder instead of repeating what they did the time before which was to just give me a replacement Scandium cylinder. I gave them the go ahead so now I have a 340PD with a shiny stainless steel cylinder from probably their model 60 line. Shoots great, looks a little different but I am happy. If you own one look at the cylinder face to see if you have what may look like a silverish blast mark which are really cuts around the cylinder's chambers. They told me the Hornady Critical Defense ammo is apparently just too hot of a round to prevent damage but the stainless cylinder will do fine with it. It is doing fine and now the gun looks a little meaner and custom. I would recommend the gun and the ammo as long as it has a stainless cylinder replacement. I am not trying to be funny but they way to get a free replacement is to shoot Hornady 357 Critical Defense, get the damage and arrange for the gun to go back to the factory and insist the replacement cylinder be their stainless steel version. It only adds a coupld ounces to the guns weight. Its a lot of power for a pocket pistol. I carry it in my front jean pocket without even a hint its a gun in there. Very concealable. If concealability in the summer has you going unarmed due to concealibility or wearing a jacket or big fluffy shirt this gun is the cure.

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    John316305, Thu, 20 Feb 2014 03:48:29 UTC.

    Light weight and powerful; priced right

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