S&W .357 Magnum J-Frame Model 360

 

Smith & Wesson® Adds Model 360 Revolver to J-Frame Lineup

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (July 26, 2017) – Smith & Wesson Corp. announced today that the company has begun shipping the new Model 360 revolver, Smith & Wesson’s latest addition to its popular J-Frame revolver line. The Model 360 revolver offers consumers a new choice to meet their need for a lightweight, powerful concealed carry revolver for personal protection.  The Model 360 features a scandium alloy frame, unfluted stainless steel cylinder, Flat Dark Earth combat grips, and is chambered in the .357 Magnum cartridge. The Smith & Wesson J-frame revolver has become one of the most popular small-frame personal protection revolvers on the market, with decades of reliable performance.

Jan Mladek, General Manager for Smith & Wesson and M&P® Brands, said, “With the growing popularity of concealed carry firearms, Smith & Wesson has continued to innovate in the popular J-frame revolver category.  The Model 360, chambered in .357 Magnum and weighing only 14.9 ounces, is a powerful and easy-to-carry option for those looking for a new concealed carry sidearm.”

The new Model 360 J-frame revolver features a lightweight, scandium alloy frame that is capable of handling the .357 Magnum cartridge.  In addition to its lightweight frame, the Model 360 features a black finish, 5-round capacity and Red Ramp front sight for quick target acquisition.

To learn more about the new Model 360 revolver, click here.

For more information about Smith & Wesson firearms please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

Watch for Patricks video on the new S&W 360.



Nicholas C

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  • ProudAmerican

    Can these be ordered from the Performance Center without the “Hillary hole”?

    • BattleshipGrey

      Here’s a video on how to remove it yourself:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RVPYgohVCNM

      Here’s a link from last year saying that S&W does still produce revolvers w/out the lock:
      http://smith-wessonforum.com/s-w-revolvers-1980-present/480010-smith-wesson-revolvers-still-available-no-locks.html

      • ProudAmerican

        Thank you. Interesting video, but nauseating to see the revised internals. Interesting thread too, but apparently only small runs of internal hammer models have occasionally been commissioned or released.

        For those of us preferring shrouded or external hammer models, seeking NIB “no dash” models seems the better option.

        • Anonymoose

          There are two 340 models listed on their site as “No Internal Lock.”

      • Marcus D.

        School me: why do people want to remove the lock?

        • BattleshipGrey

          There have been plenty of reports of the gun locking up during firing. Here’s a vid of one doing it:

          • Marcus D.

            Interesting. Having watched the video on how to remove the lock, I wonder if the issue is a failure to fully turn the key to disable the lock, allowing recoil to move the locking cam to a point where it engages the lock (i.e. user error), or a design defect in the locking cam itself.

          • MercyfulFate

            There is no proof that failure is the lock.

          • BattleshipGrey

            Perhaps not, but the first thing to fixing something should be to go for the cheapest fix first. There was a guy in the comment section of the second video that said his gun would lock up every cylinder, but he could solve it by using the key every time.

  • In addition to scandium J-Frames full of .357 being about as much fun to fire as they are to pass through a digest tract, Full Diaper Explosion furniture on a black finished handgun is never going to make it look like anything other than a cap gun from the ’80s.

  • I wish they would offer it with a bobbed hammer or hammer shroud. In .327 federal. With a 3″ barrel.

    • Jared Vynn

      Ruger has their LCR in 327, but not with a 3 inch barrel yet.

      • Yeah, the round was really designed for a 3″ barrel. Out of a 2″ barrel, you get comparable performance from the LCR 9mm – albeit with one less round.

        A ~ 17oz 3″ LCRx in .327 would be the perfect Kit Gun in my opinion. Especially if there was some way to mount an RMR…

        Hope there’s some Ruger exec’s who read TFB.

      • Shoot That Hipster

        It’s true insanity that the 3in .327 has not been made yet.

      • Marcus D.

        That would be interesting, although the SP101 with a 4 1/8″ barrel is pretty sweet.

        • NINJA del TACO

          But, light weight super happiness that won’t kill you like the Smith and Wesson in the picture.

    • ragnar_d

      Wouldn’t even have to be a 3″ Barrel for me. If I could get something like a 640 Pro in a 6-shot327 Fed, I’d probably buy 4 of the damn things. Not even joking, it would be a “Shut the **** up and take my damn money” proposition.

      Hell, even this 360 as a 6-shot 327 would be worthy.

      Then the only problem would be finding some .327 Gold Dot. That stuff is harder to find that 2015 vintage .22 LR.

      • Jared Vynn

        Ruger has their LCR in 327 and it’s a 6 shot. Only a couple ounces heavier.

        • Stuki Moi

          .327 is as loud as the .357 Mag from a similar length barrel. Makes .357Sig from a P239 seem like quite hour at the library. That absolutely nixed it for me, as far as getting one.

    • MaxPower515

      You are looking for a one of the S&W 632 models. They made a few different ones. I think the one that I liked the most was the 3″ with the power port.

  • Will

    Why?
    That has to be brutal to shoot!

    • int19h

      If you want brutal, try the PD version (with titanium cylinder, about 3 oz lighter).

      And yes, it is. I have a 340PD, and a Ruger Super Redhawk in .454 Casull. The former is more punishing to shoot.

      Still, you can learn to manage it. And then you get the power of .357 Magnum in your pocket.

  • Zundfolge

    I used to have a 340 in .357mag (one of the many guns I regret selling over the years) …yes it was a handful to shoot, but pocket carrying 5 rounds of .357mag in a package only slightly heavier than my keys was pretty awesome.

  • Sulaco

    Does it come with replacement tendons?

  • Christopher Barnett

    So, it’s a 360PD, minus the Ti cylinder and the HI-VIZ front sight, plus a doo-doo brown grip.

    Why does stuff like this get a press release? I don’t get it.

    I love S&W revolvers (and carry a 340PD), but I wish they’d start trying to innovate a little more. Colt’s coming back into the game. Kimber has offerings. Korth is working on a bigger market presence.

    S&W needs to start doing more than treating meaningless tweaks like this as news.

    • MaxPower515

      They made that already, that was the M&P360. This is just that with a non fluted cylinder

  • Shoot That Hipster

    You want poop grip? You got it! The color will remind you of what a $hittay decision it was to buy a 14oz .357 magnum.

  • David169

    Without a doubt this is the absolute worst gun for felt recoil I have ever shot. I shoot a 329 PD 44 magnum regularly. I had a Secamp 32 that I shot Core-Bon ammo out of and nothing including a 500 S&W came close to the pain this pistol gave me. In its defense I was using some old Black Talon 357s that I think had a 180 grain bullet. I let a few people try it. The reaction was always the same, quickly handing it back with their undamaged hand, then massaging their recoil injured hand for at least 10 minutes. Texas below is absolutely correct.

    • int19h

      I did try 340PD with Buffalo Bore 180gr “outdoor” .357 load once.

      I’m alive to tell about it, but that’s all I care to say about that experience.

  • Mr. Katt

    With advances in metallurgy for firearms over the last 15-20 years, I’m still waiting for a 3″ K-Frame .357 Magnum from Smith & Wesson . . . RUGER – how about bringing back the Security-Six !!!

    • Stuki Moi

      The newest Model 66 is only a quarter inch off………

  • MaxPower515

    So, this is just a M&P360 with a non-fluted cylinder. Nothing really new.

  • Brett baker

    The new favorite of orthopedic surgeons everywhere!

  • Marcus D.

    I can understand a snubbie in .38, but I have never understood it in .357. From everything I’ve read, the vast majority of people dread firing it with a full boat charge. yes you can practice with .38s, but one has to wonder how an owner will do when the need arises to use those mad max charges.

  • Tim Pearce

    What innovation? Brown grips are all that’s new, and that’s not innovation.

  • FriendOfJohnnyM

    Thanks, but I’ll stick to my .45-70 revolver.