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I bought my first non-Ruger in a long time today. I found a great deal on a full-sized Smith-Wesson M&P .357 SIG. I put 50 rounds through it without a problem.

Anyone else have opinions or comments about the .357 SIG round? I know a few law enforcement agencies use the round.
 

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It really does what some would hope a 9mm could do. Seems to me a very logical round. I would like to have one in the future.
 

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My agency has recently tested them. We found the M&P to be utterly reliable, no issues there. Keeping in mind that recoil is subjective, I found it to be pretty snappy indeed. From what I've seen from a few Ayoob articles though, those LE agencies that carry guns so chambered have been very impressed with it's real-world performance. I did, however, find myself wondering what [if any] practical difference there would be between the .357 Sig vs. the 9mm +P+.
 

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P.S.: With that said, however...I'll never give up my .45!;)
 

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My agency has recently tested them. We found the M&P to be utterly reliable, no issues there. Keeping in mind that recoil is subjective, I found it to be pretty snappy indeed. From what I've seen from a few Ayoob articles though, those LE agencies that carry guns so chambered have been very impressed with it's real-world performance. I did, however, find myself wondering what [if any] practical difference there would be between the .357 Sig vs. the 9mm +P+.
The Montana Highway Patrol has used them for about 15-20 years. That's a good point about the +p+ but The .357 SIG ammo isn't cheap, but it's still less than any 9mm +P+

I like that I can simply buy an M&P .40 Cal barrel and all of a sudden have a .40 Cal and .357 SIG.
 

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The Montana Highway Patrol has used them for about 15-20 years. That's a good point about the +p+ but The .357 SIG ammo isn't cheap, but it's still less than any 9mm +P+

I like that I can simply buy an M&P .40 Cal barrel and all of a sudden have a .40 Cal and .357 SIG.
I've no doubt that someone who knows more about ballistics than I do [and they won't be hard to find!] can point out what the differences are. Meanwhile, I'm thinking that ammo cost might also be figured into the final decision my bosses make on this. I can say this, though: On that T&E day at the range, out of all the guns we tested, the majority of us preferred the M&P .357 Sig. Of course, we have to carry whatever we're issued when on duty...but regardless of which one they pick, whenever I'm on my own time, I'll STILL be wearing my tried-and-true P-90.:cool:
 

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My primary carry when not in the PRNJ is my Sig P250 in 357 Sig. I actually find it to be milder on recoil than the 40 S&W. But again like has been said recoil is subjective depending on the shooter and load.
 

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Ive got a Sig p239, p226 and a Glock 31 and 32 in 357 Sig. Love the guns and the caliber. Nice and snappy but very manageable. I too picked up a good deal on the p239 with ammo and haven't looked back. Enjoy yours!

I bought my first non-Ruger in a long time today. I found a great deal on a full-sized Smith-Wesson M&P .357 SIG. I put 50 rounds through it without a problem.

Anyone else have opinions or comments about the .357 SIG round? I know a few law enforcement agencies use the round.
 

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Ive got a Sig p239, p226 and a Glock 31 and 32 in 357 Sig. Love the guns and the caliber. Nice and snappy but very manageable. I too picked up a good deal on the p239 with ammo and haven't looked back. Enjoy yours!
I will thanks. You must REALLY like the caliber...haha...I'm sure there aren't too many people in the gun world that have four different guns in .357 SIG.
 

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I knowt that those TEXAS RANGERS like em a whole bunch!:D
It is a very fast flat shooting caliber and does what I would have liked the 9mm Luger caliber to have done 20 years ago.:)
 

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I have a G33 in. 357 sig and I really do
enjoy that round. I used to have a Sig 229
in .40 S&W and came close a few times to
buying the .357 barrel for it. Now I wish
that I did.
 

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I knowt that those TEXAS RANGERS like em a whole bunch!:D
It is a very fast flat shooting caliber and does what I would have liked the 9mm Luger caliber to have done 20 years ago.:)
I can't find where I read it, but wasn't it a Texas Ranger that helped design the .357 Sig round?
 

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Honestly if 357 sig was more common and or cheaper to shoot it would replace my .45 it punches through metal a lot better than .45 and to me that makes a difference.
I too wish they were cheaper. But, I've had it about a month now and it's a lot of fun. I really enjoy the S&W M&P in .357 SIG. I'm now considering gettig a compact model of the round.
 

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I too wish they were cheaper. But, I've had it about a month now and it's a lot of fun. I really enjoy the S&W M&P in .357 SIG. I'm now considering gettig a compact model of the round.
I would say get the compact 40 then buy the 357 barrel, the money you save would be well worth it. S&W charges a good bit more for the 357 because they don't have the sales volume of the 40 or 9mm.

As a matter of fact as soon as my purchase permits come through that is my plan. I was thinking about a Sig P226 or 229 but the M&P is just that much cheaper and I really can't justify the extra expense.
 

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I would say get the compact 40 then buy the 357 barrel, the money you save would be well worth it. S&W charges a good bit more for the 357 because they don't have the sales volume of the 40 or 9mm.

As a matter of fact as soon as my purchase permits come through that is my plan. I was thinking about a Sig P226 or 229 but the M&P is just that much cheaper and I really can't justify the extra expense.
I don't shoot it too often. I have plenty of 9mm and .22 for that. I was thinking about the .40 with .357 SIG barrel as well. The barrell is only about $70 from S&W. But, I would also consider the Glock 33.
 

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I love shooting my brothers sig p229 in .357 sig. As a reloader though, it is a lot cheaper than buying factory ammo, but being a bottlneck case, it is a bit more time consuming to reload. But it can be very versatile depending on powder choices as well. I feel like it would be a lot more popular round if it werent for the price of factory ammo.
 
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