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any reason for a .40 handgun? No war just a question

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  1. Snaps

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    I consider myself a pretty average gun owner, I own mainly 9mm and .45ACP guns. 9mm is a G17 and 26, Taurus PT908, Beretta 92, a couple Smiths, a Keltec Sub2K, probably one or two others that I can't think of at the moment, a few 1911s in .45ACP and other than that just really the basics and a couple just for the hell of it guns. Desert Eagle, single action revolver, couple more revolvers in .44Mag and .357Mag.

    Lately I find myself wondering about a .40. I've been planning on getting a midsized Glock, and the Charter Arms PitBull seems like something I'd like to have too but a 9mm version should be coming out soon.

    Any real reason to get one? Is ammo cheaper being as a lot of PDs use it? More readily available? Looking to ballistics from the FBI when it comes to killing people it's what, 3% more effective?

    But being as popular as they are it's gotta be something I"m missing. Possibly reloading options? what is it?
     

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    I only buy .40 cuz it's cheaper than 10MM. Hopefully the conversion barrel has paid for itself by now. :sigh:
     

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    I'm not going to get into a caliber war, but I've always thought of it as the perfect middle ground between the capacity of a 9mm and the oomph of a .45. It's the only one I own of the 3 and it will probably stay that way for a long time.
     
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    I have a g23. Never shoot it anymore. I seem to be more accurate with a 9mm or a .45 so thats what I use.
     
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    The 9mm has worked for 100 years.
     
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    It fires a big bullet with a lot of energy. More than 9mm and most .45 ACP rounds. The police went to the .40 because of perceived shortcomings, real or not, in the "stopping power" of 9mm guns. From what I read most departments still think the .40 is a more effective round than 9 mm. Some departments are returning to the 9mm but I think the decision has more to do with economics than effectiveness. .40 ammo is more expensive despite it being more popular with the police. I chose it because while no handgun round is completely effective the .40 is near the top of the heap and you can still carry a significant amount rounds in most .40 guns.
     
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    Im a 9mm fan! I've had a G23 and it was my first Glock and wasn't impressed. I traded it for a G19 and couldnt be happier. For me I shoot 9mm better plus it's cheaper to shoot so it's a win win for me.
     
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    i used to carry a glock fordy but not anymore i was not professional enough :crying:
     
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    I have a couple and carry them often - a H&K USP Compact .40 S&W LEM and a a Sig P239 SAS DAK.
     
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    Any real reason you have or that?
     
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    Exactly the same situation for me!
     
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    Never been a huge fan of the round. It does penetrate pretty well, but otherwise, you typically get expanded diameters from JHP rounds only very slightly larger than the same 9mm load, and recoil that's worse (to me) than a .45.
     
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    I'm an ex G23 owner. I shot it well enough but I decided to limit the amount of calibers I had to keep on hand. For handguns all I worry about is 9mm and .45 anymore (well and .22 I suppose).
     
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    I like my .40 cal pistols.

    Though I like my 9mm pistols more because I have a 9mm silencer. So the "Tip of the Hat" goes to 9mm I guess. But did I say I like my .40 cal pistols?

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    My first pistol was a P95, which like a dummy I traded for an LCR which after time I traded for the 23. I went back to my 9mm roots! G19 love!!
     
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    It's a compromise. For some, that's a good thing. For some, it's bad.

    You've hit all the major calibers that I'd buy except maybe 10mm, which just doesn't have the choices that other calibers have.
     
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    No wag of the finger?
     
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