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I'm really starting to come around on the .40 S&W

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by MattyIce, May 22, 2012.

  1. MattyIce


    Jan 17, 2012
    Alpharetta, GA
    Over the past few years I have been opposed to the .40S&W. I had a feeling that it was an unnecessary compromise between the control of a 9mm and the stopping power of a .45ACP; make a decision and stick with it, huh? I have several 9mm as well as my .45ACP 1911. I love them all. I had never been a fan of the .40S&W but that would all change. I had an opportunity to get a pretty darn good deal on a HK USP compact, the only problem is that it was chambered in .40S&W. Well the good deal was too good to pass up, and I think the cartridge is starting to grow on me. I have even considered getting a Sig Sauer P229.
  2. Glock40man


    Feb 1, 2011
    The Midwest
    I like 40 S&W. People say the recoil is to "snappy" but, I disagree. No caliber is magic, they all have pros and, cons.

  3. RMTactical

    RMTactical CLM

    Oct 7, 2000
    Behind an AR-15
    I was a big fan of the .40 at the start. Nowadays, I prefer the 9mm and .45. That said, I still think the .40 has it's place and I still have a couple of them.
  4. TxGlock9


    Nov 22, 2010
    BMT, TX
    I'm going to have to disagree and say that the 357sig is the magic bullet. :whistling:
  5. Bro KV

    Bro KV

    May 9, 2012
    This, 357Sig is awesome
  6. carbuncle

    carbuncle is not cool.

    May 27, 2006
    Nashua, NH
    I love .40: it was my first autopistol caliber, nearly 20 years ago, and it remains a favorite of mine!

    Sent from my T-Mobile G2 using Tapatalk 2
  7. Durden


    Oct 5, 2010
    I'm a massive fan of the .40S&W cartridge.

    Here are two really enjoyable videos that fly in the face of the 'interwebz' commentary that the 10mm shorty is 1) anything less than extremely accurate and 2) anything less than extremely outstanding in terms of penetration, energy delivered and expansion.

    [These are not scientific tests in the strictest sense, but glean from them what you will; they are videos of a man hitting a steel target 230 yards away with his Glock 23, and a man doing a chrono and penetration assessment of the .40S&W versus the main competitors when fired into massive paper media].

    Glock 23 At 230 Yards

    9mm vs .40 vs .45
  8. Hour13

    Hour13 Tah-dah!

    Aug 21, 2011
    San Antonio, TX
    Welcome aboard!

    You sure picked a great platform to start blasting .40 with, the USP line loves that caliber!

    Of course, I may be slightly biased... :whistling:
  9. AK_Stick

    AK_Stick AAAMAD

    Jan 20, 2004
    Alaska, again (for now)
    After shooting them in several calibers, I do find the recoil to be slightly snappier in a few guns, but I think that its platform specific.

    However, for my needs, I just don't see what the 40 offers over the 9mm in a small gun, or over 10mm/45 in a big gun.

    Congrats on a new gun though, if you like it, thats all the justification you need!
  10. LawScholar


    Aug 23, 2011
    .40 is my preferred full-size pistol cartridge. I like 9 for compacts and .45 is my third place finisher, as awesome as it is.

    I have viewed hundreds of pages of gun forum debates, watched dozens of videos, and visited tons of web pages on the 9 v .40 issue. I have concluded the .40 hits harder than the 9. A small amount, but enough to matter. Others draw an opposite conclusion, and that's great! Different opinions, everyone gets their favorite.

    I prefer the originally designed 180-grain loads. 165 is as light as I'd go.
    Last edited: May 23, 2012
  11. MattyIce


    Jan 17, 2012
    Alpharetta, GA
    I would agree that 9mm is preferred in smaller platforms. My G26 is my edc of choice.
  12. Metal Angel

    Metal Angel

    Oct 20, 2010
    I just wish .40 was cheaper... Although around here both 9 and .45 have gone up and .40 has pretty much stayed the same, making its price dead centered between 9 and .45... So I guess that's reasonable.

    If I'm gonna be honest, the main reason I carry a 9 is because of cost. I can train a little more with 9 because of that. The extra capacity is nice, and less recoil, but really it's the price.
  13. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I wonder what the next decade or so will bring as far as bullet and powder technology and how that will effect differences in results of each of the most common calibers.
  14. byf43

    byf43 NRA Life Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Southern Maryland
    I 'bucked the system' for many years.

    A lot of people were getting on the bandwagon, with the .40.
    Not me.

    I'm a BIG fan of the .45 acp. Always have. Always will.
    I also like the 9mm. Nice cartridge.

    I had 'no need' for a .40.
    Then, I shot a friend's issued G22. It shot very well.

    Then, I got a great deal on a G23, so, what the heck!?!?
    Then, my oldest daughter's step-dad offered me some .40 once-fired brass.
    He dropped off a 90 lb bag of once-fired .40!!

    I really like the G23, but, the .45 acp is still my favorite!!
  15. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

    Jun 19, 2008
    NW Ark.
    I'm a big .40 fan. Great round with great ballistics.
  16. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

    May 24, 2000
    The .40 is my favorite pistol cartridge.

  17. brisk21


    May 13, 2008
    I always laugh when someone says the .40 is too "snappy". I mean, really? A 165 grain bullet going 1100 fps is too "snappy"? Id hate to see these people shoot a .357 mag!! I like the .40, but I'll admit I shoot the 9mm alot more due to cost. Plus, I reload for .45 so that is even cheaper than 9mm for me!!
  18. thinblueline90

    thinblueline90 Always Watching

    May 22, 2012
    The .9mm just does not tickle my fancy and honestly don't feel protected by it if a situation went south. the .45 acp is an awesome round but takes to long to get back on target in high stress quick shooting situations, and cost to much for my poor boy price range. the.40 s&w to me is the best bang for my buck. It has beauitful knock down power that the .9 lacks, and not near the recoil of a .45 it truly is the best of both worlds!
  19. Agreed, I eliminated S&W 40 from my lineup a few years ago..I DO NOT have a .357 Sig but combine it with a 9mm conversion barrel and its a great combo!
  20. chrisbritt15


    Mar 28, 2012
    All my guns in my small collection is a 40 SW. I like the catridge, I dont believe ill ever go to 9 mm but I have been considering a XDM in 45 acp. also considered a .357 sig barrel for my G23.

    Actually what we need is a gun chambered for the super 40, taking a 45 acp and bottle necked down to a .40 SW, now id like to shoot that round lol 200 gr bullet going 1400 fps. lol or 135 gr going 1800 fps
    Last edited: May 23, 2012