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Posted: 9/17/2001 6:03:05 AM EST
Does anyone have an experience with either the S&W 342 or 342PD? I need pros & cons. Thank you.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 10:15:58 AM EST
Recoil and muzzle flip with factory 38spl ammo is fairly stiff, but not unmanageable. Real light, if you are going to conceal carry. Accuracy is only so-so at 25 feet, but then it is not meant for target shooting. I haven't tried +Ps. You could save yourself some money by buying a S&W442(15oz) same frame but it has a steel cylinder, where as the 342s(12oz) has a titanium one. USA! USA! USA!
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 11:44:56 AM EST
The biggest problem with the 342 is the cost. While I don’t consider it a problem, the 342 is limited to jacketed rounds. Recoil in the 342 with +P ammo is pretty severe – it flips so badly the inside of the triggerguard comes up and whacks your trigger finger. This shouldn’t be a problem in a gunfight unless you develop a severe flinch or the gun jumps out of your hand. The triggerpull is a bit heavy. Accuracy doesn’t seem very good but it’s not designed for accuracy. The 342 is meant to be carried a lot and shot a little. To that end it is perfect.
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