Cost: You can find a truckload of defensive handguns for well under the 360’s retail price of $770. The guns you find will hold more rounds, provide an easier and less painful shooting experience, and make range sessions more satisfying as you master the gun and all of its functionality. But you won’t be firing two calibers, and one of them won’t be the mighty .357 Magnum. Moreover, you won’t enjoy the concealability a part of J-Frame use for, well, forever.

Concealability: Some auto-loading pistols are smaller than the 360 and other J-Frames, but they’re not necessarily easier to shoot and carry. The size and shape of the 360 lends itself well to concealed carry, primarily for two reasons. You get what amounts to a full-size grip on a gun that can disappear in a pocket or other holster. Since there’s no reciprocating slide on a revolver, the area around a revolver’s hammer is rounded and easier to hide. Granted, the cylinder on a revolver is usually at least an inch wide, and this part generally finds its way between me and my belt when carrying inside the waistband, but the width is hardly uncomfortable. In fact, because a J-Frame is a very lightweight gun, you’ll endure whatever discomfort there may be from the width of the cylinder. In fact, the S&W Model 360 weighs in at 14.9 oz., thanks to its Scandium Alloy frame. So this is an all-day carry gun.