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Caliber: Should I Double Up?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by fusegsp, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. fusegsp


    Jan 5, 2009
    I'm going to be buying a full size M&P soon. I'm debating whether to buy a caliber I already have or get a new caliber. Right now I have a .45 (Range Officer) and a 9mm (Shield). During the last ammo shortage .45 and 9mm were the first to go in my area. It was easier to find .40. Even now .40 is always in stock even when the others are sold out. I'm leaning towards the .40 just because I've never had one and I've heard reports of the M&P being one of the less "snappy" platforms for the .40. I already have a decent amount of ammo for 9mm and .45 but I would have to start from scratch with the .40. I also have to consider the cost of ammo, but I guess it doesn't matter how cheap something is if you can't find it. This gun will primarily be for HD but will see a lot of range time also. What say you?

  2. ratf51


    Aug 6, 2010
    NW GA
    On the one hand it gives you ammo flexibility-- you have a platform that will shoot another caliber. On the other hand you have to add another caliber of ammo to your purchase routine. Personally, I like the idea of having the flexibility. I have .45ACP, .40S&W, .38/.357, and my next handgun purchase will probably be a 9mm of some sort.
  3. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    I'm not a big 40S&W fan, personally.

    Somehow though, I managed to buy eight handguns chambered in it over the years. :dunno:
  4. fusegsp


    Jan 5, 2009
    I forgot that I could buy some extra barrels and mags if I got the .40 and also shoot .357 Sig and 9mm.That might be the deciding factor. I also have a friend of a friend that has a very lightly used .40 M&P with three magazines that I could get a deal on. I was unaware of the lockup problem some people were having with the full size 9mm M&P until I looked around on one of the M&P forums. Anybody have any experience with that? (edited to add) That lockup looks like an old problem that has been resolved.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2012
  5. ctfireman


    Feb 13, 2010
    Bridgeport, CT

    I knew you weren't a fan of the .40 but was meaning to ask if you owned any. Thanks for posting!
  6. fusegsp


    Jan 5, 2009
    That one is on my list for sure. All the M&P's feel great to me.
  7. no, stick with .45acp or 9mm. I had a Glock 23 so ive owned .40 and when I sold the Glock 23(due to poor ergonomics) i eliminated S&W .40 from my lineup completely..why just its recoil characteristics...the .45 acp does everything the .40 does and more and i like the way it recoils more a rolling recoil VS a snap your wrist off one of the S&W .40(not that it actually hurts but i can just get the .45 back on target quicker) dont like .40 wont be adding it back to the lineup ever.
  8. ronin.45


    Apr 24, 2008
    Skip the extra caliber. Buy more ammo for the calibers you already stock, or better yet, a dillon and a ton of components.
  9. GAFinch


    Feb 23, 2009
    The .40 M&P's easily convert to .357 sig with just a drop-in barrel. Converting to 9mm seems to be hit or miss, no matter whether you use just a drop-in barrel, just an aftermarket barrel, or a barrel and 9mm magazines. It can easily get expensive.
  10. dnuggett

    dnuggett PRO 2A

    Feb 28, 2005
    DFW TX
    The only .40 I'd own is a Sub2000.
  11. El_Ron1


    Apr 15, 2004
    Redneck Sparta

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  12. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    Get the M&P fullsize .40 w/CT laser grips. I LOVE mine. It's my night stand gun. It isn't as snappy as my Glock G23, which I also LOVE. It is a bit more controllable and is one of the best feeling guns in my hand that I own. I also had the M&P fullsize 9, but sold it after getting the M&P Pro9.

    M&P fullsize 40

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2012
  13. hoghunter82

    hoghunter82 FL Glocker #182

    Jan 21, 2011
    Central Florida
    I went to the other extreme. I sold all my .45, .40, .38 stuff so I could focus on one caliber 9mm. I'm not a collector so I have no need for trying to maintain and feed many different calibers. There are a ton of 9mm options out there and now all my extra $$ can be spent towards one caliber platform (that is until I see something I just absolutely cannot live without in a different caliber and then I'll be back to square one). Just really trying to be financially disciplined due to the cost of feeding these firearms.

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  14. countrygun


    Mar 9, 2012
    Pretty much a "should I bet on red or black" kinda of thing.

    I hedged my bets by having 3 .40 pistols in the same package/OS as some of my favorite guns, more or less. They get enough range time that there are no surprises but I carry the models in other calibers and practice with them more often.

    I am one who doesn't get a thrill down his leg from the .40 but, I might as well buy a used one here and there on GPs.
  15. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    The M&P handles .40 REALLY well. As mentioned you can also get a .357 Sig barrel. MidwayUSA has new S&W barrels for $79! That is simply amazing.
  16. I too noticed that 40 was the easiest to get during ammo shortages. Despite that, I do not want to stock pile another caliber.

    Fortunately SIG makes the perfect solution for this with their SIG P229 two-step. I bought the 40 upper first and followed that with a 9mm upper. Now I can stockpile and shoot cheaper 9mm most of the time and buy 40 only as needed. If need be, I can get a 357 SIG barrel and have a 4th caliber as an option

    SIG also makes a P226 two-step if you prefer a full size pistol.
  17. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I agree and thanks for the heads up on the .357 Sig barrels from Midway USA. :thumbsup: I'll be picking one of those up for my M&P 40. :cool:
  18. fusegsp


    Jan 5, 2009
    I just looked at a 9 Pro at the local gun store. I liked it, but I noticed it has a fiber optic front sight. Makes sense for a competition gun, but I'd rather have night sights, if anything, on a nightstand gun. The guy I knew of with the used .40 already got rid of it. I was thinking about that whole barrel swap and multiple caliber thing and to tell you the truth I'd probably never even get around to doing it. I noticed one thing while talking to a lot of other shooters at work. They all have .40's, but they all say they rarely shoot them. They shoot their 9mm's and .45's more. :dunno: