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Hate for the .40 s&w

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by wesleysmith, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. SJ 40

    SJ 40

    Jan 17, 2011
    Worse than that.

    from the article

    "I am the Firearms Instructor for the Senoia Police Department. A few months ago one of our officers experienced a malfunction during qualification with his Glock 22. Glock was kind enough to have a rep stop by and repair it for us.

    It was then that we learned that the majority of our inventory was nearly ten years. The rep suggested that we refurbish or replace the inventory. Cost to refurbish was approximately $140 per firearm. Or the cost to replace was $409 with a $300 credit with each firearm traded in, thereby each new firearm would only cost $109."

    I could be wrong but it rather sounds like they wanted,needed new guns and this was the best they could come up with.

    Other wise they would have probably had to put it before the residents of the town, If I was a resident of the town I would be questioning there qualifications and truthfulness. SJ 40
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2014
  2. DRT


    May 6, 2001
    Most people who hate the .40 are the recoil-sensitive types who need a scapegoat for their poor marksmanship skills.

  3. berfles


    Jan 22, 2012
    Whitehall, PA
    Same thing I've noticed as well. My G23 is the first gun I ever owned and I learned to shoot on it. Some people need to toughen the hell up.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2014
  4. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    More capacity than 45 ACP and bigger holes than 9mm.
    Suck it up buttercup.

    Full Disclosure:
    I carry a 12+1 P+ rated USP Tactical 45.
    Last edited: Mar 1, 2014
  5. "Cold Dead Hands" !

    "Cold Dead Hands" !

    Feb 19, 2009
    The .40 is a good round.
    But also, I've watched people not be able to shoot it well compared to .45 and 9mm, and shot placement is critical.
    Why most police departments are switching to nice, accurate AR15's instead of the liability of less accurate but more powerful shotgun slugs.
    As their is a lawsuit attached to every round they fire.
    I've shot thousands of rounds of .40's & 9mm's out of Glocks in IDPA competition for years.
    I like the feel of the extra kick of the .40
    It feels like a bad ass bullet.
    But ballistics show that the best 40's are not much better than the best 9mm's.
    Plus the 9mm's are more accurate, especially with follow up shots.
    So, even though competition shooters are automatically score better if using the .40, they still score better with the 9mm's , making up the difference with better accuracy.
    Why most of the guys at our range got rid of their .40's.

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  6. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    I find it hilarious that people would actually think the Short & Weak has "heavy" recoil. If it were, then it wouldn't be Short & Weak. Then it would be Long & Strong; aka 10mm.
  7. Glock 23 Nutter

    Glock 23 Nutter

    Jul 28, 2010
    First off, I don't much care if a particular round is "fun" to shoot... more that it is decidedly "un-fun" for its intended recipient.

    For a BUG/deep cover? 124gr 9mm is fine, especially in a really lightweight/short Bbl'ed pistol.

    For a SD/CCW? G36/230 +P HST in ones and twos.

    For General EDC/HD? G23/180 HST in ones and twos for multiple BG's and extended engagements.

    For Tactical/SWAT? G34/147gr. HST and a 33 round magazine for clearing multiple rooms of unknown but large numbers of BG's.

    So, Yes... I'm waitin' for the new 9mm slimline subcompact Glock.

    And, No... I'm not a Tac guy, so I don't have a G34/33rd..

    Very happy w/ the middle of the field, however.


  8. hogfish

    hogfish Señor Member

    Aug 4, 2005
    There you go. How can one argue with that?
    .40 S&W just plain sucks.
  9. blackxpress


    Aug 29, 2013
    The difference is that most 10mm pistols are designed for the cartridge. The G20 for example is a much stouter weapon than the G22. The 40 S&W round was designed to be fired through a gun with a 9mm frame. Put a 10mm to 40 conversion barrel in a G20 and the 40 S&W cartridge is a very soft shooter. It's more about the platform than the cartridge. If anybody built a gun specifically for the 40 S&W it would probably be a real nice shooting gun.
  10. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    If I remember correctly,
    the HK USP was originally designed for and released in 40 S&W.
    USPs in 9mm and 45 ACP came later.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  11. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    The SIG P229 was Also designed specifically for the .40 as well.

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  12. mullarz


    Jun 18, 2007
    I have the 26 and 27 and when things were crazy it was easier to find .40 hollow point ammo.
  13. blackxpress


    Aug 29, 2013
    I stand corrected. How does it shoot compared to a typical 9mm sized 40?
  14. Clusterfrack


    Apr 26, 2012
    Pacific NW
    My USP/c .40 is a great gun. It's accurate and relatively soft shooting even with heavy .40 ammo. It's the only .40 caliber gun I still own.
  15. W.E.G.


    Sep 20, 2005
    all over Virginia
    My EDC is a G22 (.40)

    I shoot it about once a year.

    My training pistol is a G17 (9mm - cheaper ammo same size as the G22).
    The G17 gets more range time for sure than the G22.

    The only .40 that I really disliked shooting was the G27 ("baby" Glock in .40) with no magazine extension. Too much recoil in a little gun. Would like to try that gun again sometime with the factory magazine extension.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2014
  16. barth

    barth six barrels

    Oct 7, 2011
    The Free Zone
    I've never fired a USP in 40 S&W.
    But I do own a factory Sig P239 357 Sig and it's a total kitty cat.
    And my UPS Tactical 45 is a kitty cat too.
    Plus my identical twin HK P200O 357s,
    with a 40 S&W barrels, aren't bad either.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  17. 9mm +p+

    9mm +p+

    Mar 1, 2005
    Old Dominion
    Who cares? Shoot what you like and let others think what they want. I like the 40 and 45 for that matter, others opinions on them mean exactly squat to me.
  18. M&P Shooter

    M&P Shooter Metal Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    Phila, PA
    I carry a G23 Gen 4 everywhere and she also protects me and the kids on summer fishing trips on the Delaware River in PA. I shoot the .40 just as good as the 9mm and .45acp and I wouldn't get rid of my G23 for anything. .40 is my favorite carry caliber, holds almost as many rounds as a 9mm with ballistics almost mirroring the .45acp:hearts:
  19. Ammunition Attrition

    Ammunition Attrition

    Jan 25, 2014
    License plates for the haters:

    H8N 40SW
    H8N ON 40
  20. English


    Dec 24, 2005
    The Steyr M-A1 series of pistols in 9mm, .40S&W and 357SIG were originally designed for the .40S&W and hence are a little heavier than the Glock equivalents.

    The .40S&W cartridge was designed to have the same overall length as the 9mm so that it would fit into 9mm size frames, of which there were lots. Unfortunately, too many manufacturers took advantage of this and the earliest .40 pistols were not very good. Some broke frames or slides. The reputation of the .40S&W for excessive muzzle flip and inaccuracy stems from this but in the S&W 610 revolver the .40 shows itself to be highly accurate. It has the same total recoil as the .45ACP, and that it what it was designed to have. When fired in a .45 size pistol it has the same pleasant characteristics. There is nothing wrong with the .40S&W cartridge but there are things wrong with lots of .40S&W pistols.

    The Steyr, by the way, is quite nice to shoot. It is the combination of a little more weight and a better grip design than the Glock.