Well, my self-control when it comes to snub-nosed revolvers is about as low as it can be. I came across a good deal on Smith & Wesson Model 360s a few weeks back and I couldn’t resist, I bought one this week.
Yes, I know this proves (yet again) what a bad photographer I am and please ignore the bits of polishing media that seem to escape my tumbler every time I open it.
So, what is this little guy and why did I add it to my ever growing collection of snubbies?
Glad I asked.
I love my little Smith & Wesson 442. It is one of my favorite guns to shoot (yes, I know I am weird). It just feels right in the hand. The one thing I don’t like about it is the sights. The black blade up front disappears in all but the best lighting conditions. Painting it has helped a bit but it’s still nowhere near as usable as the fiber optic front sight I installed on the Ruger LCR. The 360 has a crappy black bladed front sight as well but like the LCR it is pinned and replaceable without the need for a machine shop/gunsmith. With the larger full size grips the 360 feels even better in the hand than the 442 or the LCR but I do know this is completely subjective. The larger grips may make pocket carry a little tougher but in the cargo pants I was wearing today it was not an issue. If it is I can replace them (as I have with the LCR) or swap them for the ones on the 442.
Like most J-Frames the trigger…well…sucks. It’s long and heavy and a bit gritty but I’ll have an Apex Tactical Duty/Carry spring kit here before long. That kit will lower the pull weight a bit and smooth things out (as will sending a few hundred rounds). As good as the trigger is in the LCR I like the J-Frame with the Apex springs even better plus I have less trouble with the trigger reset.
The 360 also has an exposed hammer. In the dry fire practice I did today I didn’t have an issue with it but if I find it get’s in the way of my draw I’m pretty comfortable bobbing it myself. It also has an internal lock which I would prefer not to have but this will be my first Smith with one, I’ll see if it causes an issue. If it does, I’ll look into disabling it. The LCR has one as well.
The bottom line here is that I believe the 360 gives me a combination of the things I like better about the Ruger LCR and the things I like better about the Smith & Wesson J-Frame. So, I’m pretty excited. The price? Well after adding in the cost of the Apex spring kit it will be about the same or maybe a couple of bucks less than the LCR and a lot less than the lock-less PD model that I was looking at.
I’ll post a range report as soon as I can.