Hello, <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o> My wife and I had a discussion to get a gun for my wife. She felt that she needs a gun for herself. She have been noticing that the more people are getting crazy in this economy and she is 5’4, 125 lbs lady. She is very pretty and a lot of men are hitting on her. So she wants a pistol to defend her life from those crazy people. <o></o> She hunts with her Remington 700 SPS .30-06 and she likes the bolt action rifle due to its simple rifle system. She expressed her feeling to me that she is kind of uncomfortable with the pistols because she heard many stories about it. The pistols also overwhelm her with the pistol’s features such as magazine release, pulling slide, and etc. So, I took my wife to a gun store to feel several guns from semi-auto pistol to revolvers. She didn’t like the auto pistols because it was hard for her to pull the slide. I told her that if she gets a semi-auto pistol then she will have to worry about the stove pipe, double-feed, safety, magazine release, and you’ll need to practice often with it. She didn’t want to go to that area because she just wants a simple functional pistol. Therefore, we agreed that the revolver gun is best fit for her need. <o></o> She tried several of reovlver guns and she pointed to this revolver, S&W M&P 340CT. http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...57767_757751_757751_ProductDisplayErrorView_Y She likes it very much because it is light, compact, and easy for her to use it. It also have laser on it and it made her to fall in love with this revolver. I do understand why she loves this revolver. I have several things in my mind that I need to address. Could my wife handle .357 mag or .38 SPL? Is the alloy frame strong enough to handle any situation? Could it handle .357 +P+? Heavy loads? What is the limitation with this reovlvers? <o></o> Anyway, we are in a rurual area, where we don’t have a range that we could rent the revolver for my wife to fire it before we could purchase it. <o></o> Anyway I am bringing this up to ask several of you fols with S&W M&P 340CT. <o></o> If you are a lady and uses S&W M&P 340CT, could you please chime in with your opinion/experience with the revolver? What load do you use in it? .357 mag or .38 SPL? Could you handle the blast from this small barrel of the revolver? <o></o> Guys, if you know any of limitation with this revolver and please school me on it. <o></o> Is the alloy frame good? Do I need to be concerned with the ally frame? <o></o> Thank you for your time to read this thread.