Smith And Wesson 360 | .357 Magnum Power In A Pint Sized Package

If you are looking for a super powerful carry revolver, the Smith & Wesson 360 might just be your next gun. Weighing in at only 14.9 ounces, the scandium frame won’t weigh you down making you more likely to carry everytime you leave the house.

The .357 Magnum has the highest one shot stop rate out of just about every modern caliber. If you are going to use a revolver to defend yourself, it only makes sense to use one with enough horsepower behind it to stop whatever threat you might have encountered.

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  • Trotro

    I’d love one, but my money is just as light as this gun.

    • TheNotoriousIUD

      Thats air weight, son.

  • ActionPhysicalMan

    I suspect that those high one shot stop numbers came mostly from 4″ guns.

    • Mr. Katt

      You would suspect right . . . snub guns will blind and deafen them . . . to get the full performance of the 125gr JHP – go 4″

      • Stuki Moi

        Don’t be surprised if “blind and deafen,” turns out to be the difference between a stop being of the one shot, or the currently more fashionable multiple hits, variety……

        • ActionPhysicalMan

          With the longer barrel you get 300-450fps more velocity from the same cartridge and with less noise and flash. The ability to wear tighter cloths just doesn’t seem like a good trade to me.

          • int19h

            And do you actually need that extra velocity? You still get quite a bit extra compared to .38 Special out of a 2″ barrel, and that one was widely used for self-defense and police work.

          • ActionPhysicalMan

            More than I need to wear skinny pants and a muscle shirt, yes:-) Everybody has different numbers for the their calculations. I have no use for sharp dress (married, old, and nothing to show off) and figure as far as the firepower goes it is better to have it an not need it than the reverse.

          • int19h

            Different numbers indeed. I don’t wear skinny pants or “sharp dress”, but still find heavier guns uncomfortable. And I very much prefer pocket carry to IWB. When it comes to the latter, these revolvers are really nice in terms of bang for the ounce.

          • ActionPhysicalMan

            You are correct, I implied a straw man argument, that was bad form. I always wear either a photographer’s/fly fishing vest or a heavy button up shirt one size too large, untucked and unbuttoned. So far I have almost always have a 29oz with full mag gun (lately with a 6″ barrel) carried OWB and often a 21 oz derringer pocket carried. My belt is just a velcro 1.5″ and it is just sufficient. It is still so comfortable that I don’t even realized it when I forget to holster it. I am switching to a 40oz 5.25″ gun in shoulder holster (I am a drug (legal, but frequently narcotic) courier and am in a car a lot). I have only worn a friends shoulder holster with a 629 in it and it seemed very comfortable to me. I do appreciate pocket carry only when I am just walking the dog or getting the mail though,

        • Peter

          I have wondered about that.since a long time.

      • FlaBoy

        Am I the only person on the planet that would like a 6 inch version? I want it for farm carry, hiking, horseback riding, etc.., where the light weight, combined with the advantage of the longer barrel, would be a big plus. If I could, I would have a longer barreled Ruger LCRx (at least a 4 inch version, preferably both a 4 inch and a 6 inch made available), a 6 inch S&W Scandium .357, and a 6 inch S&W Scandium .44. The latter is available in a 4 inch (the 329PD), so why not a 6 inch version? Is anyone at Ruger or S&W listening?

        • Paul White

          Ruger’s SP101 has versions with both a 3 and 4″ barrel. It’s a bit heavier–27 ounces–but it’s a lot lighter than something like GP100.

  • Stand Your Ground

    Looks, uh, painful.

    • Hinermad

      I have a 340. Yes, “painful” is a word that comes to mind when shooting full .357 loads.

      • Stuki Moi

        The short barrel Gold Dots (reduced power) Magnums, aren’t immediately debilitating to the shooter, even in the PD version. My dainty handed self, would still feed it 38s, but lots and lots of people, many of them police who have a much greater than civilians’ risk of actually having to depend on their gun, swear by and practice with the above Gold Dots.

        • Marcus D.

          “Reduced power magnum” sounds to me like .38 Special by another name. If they were using full power magnums, they’d be swearing at them, not by them.

          • Stuki Moi

            There’s a pretty big gap between +p .38 and full power magnums. About a doubling of gas volume between the increased pressure and the slightly larger case volume, I believe. The “tactical” .357 loads, live somewhere in the middle of that gap. They’re not nice and simple to shoot, but not impossible either, with training. And they have enough power to entice some who would not trust a .38, to leave their twice the weight and bulk G27 behind on occasion.

    • EzGoingKev

      I shot my friends with .38’s in it. I was never so happy to have the hammer fall on a dead chamber.

      • Trotro

        Why were you shooting your friends?! Lucky for them it was a dead chamber too.

        • Paul White

          because they got him to shoot an airweight 357!

    • int19h

      If you want painful, try the titanium cylinder PD models (they’re ~12 oz).

      If you feel especially into BDSM on some day, try 180gr Buffalo Bore.

  • codfilet

    Do want….

  • VeriAeq

    Even .38spl would be uncomfortable out of a 14oz revolver,,, you can keep it. Flinch factor on steroids. IMO an all steel K frame would be a minimum size with maximum pressure .357.
    Alas I can see the picture, “look honey this is perfect for you, it’s super lite, it’s cute, and…”.

    • Palmier

      I don’t mind it at all out of my 13.5oz lcr. I don’t think I would like .357 though.

    • gunsandrockets

      Well the beauty of a revolver is you can feed it whatever best fits your own recoil tolerance. Can’t do that with an automatic.

      I’ve tried full wadcutter reloads and semi wadcutter Remington in my stock gripped S&W Airweight 637 .38 Special, and it’s no pain at all. Haven’t tried +P hollow points yet, but it’s on the list.

      • Stuki Moi

        Full wadcutters and unjacketed, lead hollowpoints, is where it’s at if one is either recoil sensitive, or someone who normally shoots autos (hence needs lots of rounds through it to stay current with the snub.)

        Hornady’s Critical Defense loading, is sweet as well. In standard pressure, it’s “comfortable” to shoot, and the poly tip is at least supposed to make expansion more dependable.

        • gunsandrockets

          I’m not a big fan of expanding bullets in weaker handgun cartridges, .38 Special on point.

          Most of the data I’ve seen shows really bad performance with expanding bullets from a 2″ barreled .38, usually with no expansion at all.

          I grabbed some 125 grain semi-jacketed hollow point +P from Remington, because it was not only inexpensive but also seems promising from the online reports I’ve seen. But I suspect it will be annoying as heck to shoot.

          • Stuki Moi

            The non jacketed, lead HPs (“FBI load” type), have a better track record for expanding than most jacketed ones. And are shaped like a semi wadcutter to boot, so even if they don’t expand, they have a proper profile for a solid.

            Due to the size of the market for auto calibers vs revolver ones over the past few decades, most newer bullets are designed to overcome limitations inherent to autos. Many which revolvers don’t share.

            So while Gold Dots and FTXs are well proven, I’m kind of with you, and would pick a revolver specific bullet, either a full wadcutter, or the above “FBI Load” in a .38 snub. I have some boxes of both, the latter both in standard and +p pressures. In all cases, flat fronted bullets of similar velocity and sectional density as the .45acp from a snub.

          • gunsandrockets
    • mazkact

      My wife and I both carry 442’s stoked with Speer Gold dot. My Wife is petite and has no trouble shooting it well.

  • Edeco

    I’m a fan of Colt, Webley and probably Dan Wesson over Smith, but I’ve think the 6-is-better-than-5 logic, which I’ve been seeing a lot lately is an overgeneralization. Both good numbers, mostly a matter your girth tolerance vs value placed on capacity. There’s some points for either mechanically.

    • ostiariusalpha

      The Kimber K9s has a similar cylinder diameter to the Smith, and it’s a 6-shot. I’ve always associated Kimber with the mess that Ron Cohen made it, but the K9s has done a lot to change my attitude. Definitely going to pick up one of the more reasonably priced versions of that little revolver.

      • Edeco

        Remarkably close I see, good job by them. Still looks like a few hundredths, too bad they couldn’t dive into the end zone and match the Smith, or make it a 5-shot and beat them & Ruger.

        • ostiariusalpha

          A 5-shot based on the K6s engineering would be pretty amazing.

  • Roguewriter

    Yankee Marshall thinks this thing is amazing. Even though he says the Glock 29 shooting 10mm is too snappy. lol

    • Flounder

      Yankee Marshall is also the dumbest idiot on youtube.

    • Paul White

      That’s the guy that swears 5 rounds is enough but wants 357 mag because 9mm isn’t adequate. Yeah, he went full crazy at some point

  • Kelly Jackson

    I’m so torn on these guns. I think J Frames look better with the smaller grips found on the .38 models, more concealable too.

    But I’d rather have that ugly grip to shoot .357

  • dmurrray

    That facial expression says it all about this revolver. “I have to crank off ANOTHER round.” Thanks for a candid, authentic video. In a gun shop I heard a man describe shooting full pressure .357 in a light revolver as, “just like the time a cherry bomb went off in my hand.”

  • Kurt Ingalls

    WOOF!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Kurt Ingalls

    WOOF!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • marathag

    I think I’d rather have 1″ more barrel, with that inch as a huge 3 port comp.

    • Stuki Moi

      It’s deafening enough as it is. Firing magnums in a “situation” (no hearing protection), I’d be more worried about my hearing than my hands.

  • Ranger Rick

    A pocket rocket that damn near hurts shooting it as much getting shot by it.

  • ProudAmerican

    S&W needs to lose the Schumer/Feinstein/Bloomberg lock.

    Stop pandering to control freaks.

    • mazkact

      Don’t know about this model but some can be had with no lock. My 442 is a no lock. I won’t own one with the lock.

  • Koolhed

    Dang, I want this!

    Oh yeah… the “Hillary Hole.”
    Does it have it?

    OK… I don’t want this any more.

  • Marcus D.

    No. Just no. I shot an airweight one time. I hit…nothing. I have no interest in a .357 at anything under 3″, preferably 4″.

  • Mark Lee

    I find the 2-1/2″ model 66 in stainless K frame is a much more tolerable weapon than the flyweight when it counts; I used 180 grain full loads to train myself so that when I will have to use it under duress I won’t flinch. I load it with 2-125 grain cartridges, followed by 2-158 grain, and then 2-180 grain cartridges so if the first rounds don’t do the job, I can step it up all the way to full cannon power. I figure the adrenalin will help me deal with the increasing firepower without noticing. I hope I never have to find out how well it works in real life. Throwing fire down the lanes at the range does tend to make everyone else take pause and look down shooter’s row at me though.

  • jonp

    Anyone else been down the snubby fullhouse 357Mag road besides me? Fireball, deafining noise and brutal recoil. Strap on your man pants if you give this a try in that featherweight gun, i know i want no part of it

  • Pedenzo

    Hee hee….I like the “ughgggrrrr” on the lead in……

  • Some Rabbit

    Since there’s no advantage to shooting .357 in such a short gun (and plenty of downside if you do) what’s the point? Get a standard J-frame snub in .38 +P and leave it at that.

  • scaatylobo

    I have a 360 & a 340 in scandium = OUCH bigtime.
    With 125 grain magnums it is NOT fun to shoot at all.
    Made it through only 1 and a half cylinders.
    With +P’s it is ok,still not fun but doable and training is ok.
    They weigh about 8 or 9 ounces.
    When I was MUCH younger,I would have carried and shot the hot loads.
    Now its +P .38’s.

  • Hugo Stiglitz

    I had my 340 PD ported (Magna Port) and added a Delta Ergo grip. Still not what I would call a pleasure to shoot but significantly better. Really nice pocket or backup gun.

  • TankGuy

    My father in law has one, carries it all the time in his pocket, and you never know it’s there. That being said, I’ve shot it with magnum loads and it’s the opposite of fun. Hell, it’s the opposite of tolerable! Still much, much better than chunkin rocks…

  • GuySerious

    I had this when it used to be called the 360J and was in 38Special. Word is that the Japanese secret service ordered a ton of these, but at the last second negged on it. I’ve seen them pop up again, and again. Other than the cylinder, it was all the parts needed for a 357 magnum. Looks like Smith finally just swapped out the cylinder.

  • George

    Is this model rated for continuous use with .357 loads by S&W? Or is it mostly meant to be fired with .38 loads and the occasional .357? Don’t consider shooter discomfort.

    FWIW, Buffalo Bore has .357 loads that are more than .38+P but less than full house .357. I also think CCI aluminum cased 158 grain .357 loads are lighter than full power.