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Old 10-21-2012, 08:33 AM   #51
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@overkill, Might depend on what was fed through it, even though they may be +p rated, as light as they are, it will shake things loose, or even apart in some cases.

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@overkill, Might depend on what was fed through it, even though they may be +p rated, as light as they are, it will shake things loose, or even apart in some cases.
It might get shot once or twice a year with garden variety range ammo. We're talking about a S&W that was pretty expensive when it was purchased (over $500 around 1990 or so IIRC). Not a bargain basement special. It's also not an IPSC or IDPA comp gun that sees tens of thousands of rounds per year. Occasional practice with non +p ammo should not be considered excessive. Considering they build J-frames for .357 magnum use, my 65 yo Stepmom's use is pretty minor in the grand scheme of things.
With anything resembling responsible use, the barrel should not be trying to escape.
FWIW, my Dan Wesson Revolver has a barrel that was screwed on by my dad in about 1983, it actually reminds me of the concept that S&W is using with their current design. It's still as tight as it's ever been. And it's the gun I shoot heavy duty .357 loads in. There is no reason that S&Ws design shouldn't hold up just as well if it was designed/executed correctly. I also own a S&W 627. This barrel business does nothing for my confidence in it's expected lifespan.
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It's been a couple weeks ago and S&W sent me my new gun. It's a M&P 340CT.

I emailed but did not get an explanation as to their "opinion" for the ka-boom. But I did thank them for the new gun.

I've been to the range and shot some .38 specials. I have some Hornaday .357 that I will use next time.

I will try and post a pic here from their website. I will post some of my own later.

Again, thanks to all who took the time to express their opinions, I really enjoyed the replies.

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EXCELLENT news! Glad that (a) you are OK, and (b) S&W stepped up to the plate!

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Went to the range today and fired off 3 rounds of PMC .357 and on the 4th it seemed normal but trying to get the front sight on target for the 5th shot, I realized there was no longer a front sight. The gun had exploded and sent the barrel and fragments down range. What the...?

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glad you're ok.

just curious....is that a pro series 640? i have just been looking into getting this very gun......

...yikes!
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I found S&W to be great in the customer service arena, glad they made you happy ( other than the obvious mishap). Still wonder what the problem was, guess the world may never know. I've always wondered about aluminum frames, especially in the areas where aluminum meets steel close to high pressure shock areas, the weak point. An over tightened barrel could do that especially over time and with aluminum which has low tensile strength (even the alloys) compared to steel. Sorry, enough Monday morning quarterbacking, glad your now good to go.

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glad you're ok.

just curious....is that a pro series 640? i have just been looking into getting this very gun......

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The gun that came apart was an Airlite Model 340 Sc (scandium alloy, not a stainless steel model). It was about 12-14 yrs. old with less than 1000 rds. thru it. Mostly .38 spcl, some +P, and a couple 100 of .357.
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Way to go S&W!...Glad things worked out, could have been alot worse.

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Did you use Hoppe's #9 to clean the KABOOM weapon? If so, that may have been the source. S+W Sc and Ti revolvers are NOT to be cleaned with Hoppe's !! There is a chemical reaction that weakens the metal. Just food for thought. Snub100_0199.jpg

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Did you use Hoppe's #9 to clean the KABOOM weapon? If so, that may have been the source. S+W Sc and Ti revolvers are NOT to be cleaned with Hoppe's !! There is a chemical reaction that weakens the metal. Just food for thought. Snub
Can we get a link to that info, thats an unusual claim...
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