- Jan 28, 2006
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- United States
- Political Leaning
I'm looking at a Smith & Wesson M&P 340 .357 Mag and am considering having the barrel ported.
I love the Smith and Wesson 640 series for everyday pocket carry and ease of use under stress. I can forget it's even there, and when I need it it's just grab, point and shoot. No manual safeties to fumble, and the double-action makes it as drop-proof as a loaded firearm can be. I have a 380 and am looking at upgrading to a 357mag round for ammunition flexibility. For those who may no know, a 357mag can fire the smaller 380 ammunition, and is what I would likely load for most personal defense situations. However, I would like the option to load 357mag when larger 4-legged critters, or 2-legged critters in winter clothes asking me not so politely for my wallet, are a concern.
Regarding the ported barrel, it's generally taboo to port a self-defense gun because of the risk of having hot gas spray up in your face. However, given that this is a snub the hot gas is already right there anyway.
What do you think?
On a related note, it will have this grip: http://www.opticsplanet.com/crimson-trace-s-w-j-frame-round-butt-lasergrip.html
I would also like your opinion on flat-tip vs hollow-point 357 bullets for self defense against humans situations, and suggestions on a trigger mod.