Gun Report

Smith & Wesson Centennial 342PD

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This is the top of the line, which may be more than you need in a snubbie. But, if you want the best, here it is. Expense is its biggest downside.

Smith & Wesson Centennial 342PD

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Home Defense
Law Enforcement
Concealed Carry
Caliber Plus Cartridge
Weight Unloaded
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Barrel Length
Sight Radius
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Front Strap Height
Back Strap Height
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Frame Material
Barrel Material
Grip Material
Trigger Pull Single
Trigger Pull Double
Trigger Span Single
Trigger Span Double

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The big issue with the PD, top left, is its cost compared to the rest of the field. This class of guns needs to go bang first, ride light and small second, and be accurate enough third. You will have to decide if it is worth paying a premium for the performance.
Perhaps the toughest competition for the 342PD is its aluminum-alloy stablemate, the 442 Centennial, left. The major differences are a few ounces in weight, slightly different grips, and different sights. Frankly, we believe the 442 is the better buy.

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