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Top four compact .40 pistols?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by eracer, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    What are the four best sub-compact .40 pistols, in your opinion?

    Will be used for IWB carry. Please explain the reason you chose at least one of them.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2012
  2. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    LOL... maybe you should go to a gunshop? There's a lot of 40 cal pistols out there, narrowing down the "top 4" is gonna be near impossible, and will be highly opinionated.

    I like all of the Glock models myself, own em, carry em, happy with em.

    There's other good ones though, the XD's are good (own em), etc.. it's just a matter of opinion.


  3. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

    Apr 5, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    I'm looking for opinions from people on a gun forum. That's why I posted this.

    You like Glocks. Is it their reliability? Do you like the fit? And you like XD's. What do you like most about them?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  4. Bradysmmrs


    Jan 8, 2012
    I love my XD. It just feels right in my hand, and the way it just falls on target is perfect fot my shooting style.
  5. Gunshine


    Jan 3, 2011
    I own an often carry a 27. A thousand rounds and perfect so far. Additionally if you want to carry it the gun is easy to conceal. You will also find a ton of holster options. I think the go to a gun store suggestion is a good one. After you narrow it down you can handle your fav's. Some folks think the 27 is a little snappy. Doesn't bother me but it is something to consider.
  6. rvrctyrngr

    rvrctyrngr Senior Moment

    Sep 15, 2004
    Gator Nation
    My top four would be:

    Smith M&P 40C
    Springer XDm 40 Compact
    Kahr PM40
    Glock G27
  7. bustedknee

    bustedknee Curmudgeon

    Aug 1, 2001
    Wythe County, VA
    Four Glock 23's!

    Did I win? What do I get?
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  8. xmanhockey7


    Dec 6, 2010
    1. Glock 23/27
    2. Springfield XDm 3.8c
    3. Ruger SR40c
    4. Sig 229
  9. oldsoldier


    Jun 22, 2008
    SIG P229 SAS2T is my favorite. The only other .40 I owned is a G27 and a XD. I guess you could put them 2nd and 3rd. I no longer own them.
  10. +1 for the Glock 23. Other choices of mine would be the Springfield Armory EMP, and the SA XD(m) 40, and the Walther PPQ/PPS.
  11. cowboy1964


    Sep 4, 2009
    The HK P2000SK is a sweet little shooter that really tames the .40's snap.
  12. dglowe343


    Mar 23, 2008
    SE Michigan
    Not sure about top 4 but I'd love a Kahr MK40 if I could afford it.
  13. I like this list. :supergrin:
  14. Bluestreakfl


    Feb 22, 2011
    I love my Glock 27. Very nice little gun. Snappy? Maybe just a tad bit but I kind of enjoy the sting. Gets the adrenaline going. Feels right in my hand. 1200 rounds so far, never a single hiccup. Eats any ammo like a fat kid eats cake. It also enjoys the factory glock 22rnd mags. Small enough to carry comfortable and still packs a nice punch. Has the Pearce +1 grip extender, only mod I've done is polishing the barrel/feed ramp, mostly for aesthetic reasons, but I'd like to think maybe the smoother feed ramp feeds ever so slightly better.

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  15. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    I got to shoot the Walther P99c in 40 S&W and it is very nice compact pistol. I'd have to rate it as one of the top ones.
  16. fastbolt


    Jun 9, 2002
    CA Central Coast
    Just compact .40's? Considering that one manufacturer's "compact" is the same size as another manufacturer's sub-compact, I'd think the compact venue can be considered along with the subcompact venue for the purpose of this thread.

    I own a 4013TSW, 4040PD, G27 & a M&P 40c. Not only am I an owner, but I've also attended some armorer classes for those model lines. (8 classes, combined)

    The 4013TSW is great to shoot, albeit easier with the wrap-around Hogue grips installed. Better controllability with the Hogue installed, compared to the Delrin's short grip backstrap which tends to end in a sharp manner in the middle of my hand. Decent TDA (DA/SA) trigger and practical accuracy.

    The 4040PD feels like a 3913 stuffed with hard-recoiling .40 loads, which is essentially what it is, after all is said and done. A bit snappy in muzzle whip. Similar TDA trigger and decent practical accuracy when compared to the 4013TSW. Slimmer grip profile, though, being reminiscent of the 3913.

    The G27 offers the typical chunky Glock grip and downward sloping trigger (versus the nice revolver-like curved trigger of many of the other available pistols). Acceptable service-like trigger and decent practical accuracy.

    The M&P 40c offers the most versatile grip of the bunch, being able to better fit a disparate range of hands. Natural balance and grip angle (meaning similar to the "standby" pistols, such as the Browning HP, Colt Gov Model, Sig Classic series, Beretta 92, etc). Nice trigger shape and reach. Yes, some folks seem compelled to find fault with the "trigger reset" S&W engineer's designed into the pistol (which is soft and not in the least distracting). Personally, since I use my M&P's for defensive shooting training & practice, shooting to "trigger recovery" and not "reset", I find it just fine. Trigger break is predictable and clean, although the take-up can be variable in weight and smoothness from one example to another. (The factory rating for trigger weight has a +/- 2 lbs tolerance. Felt recoil is a bit more like a G23 than a G27, although it's essentially similar to the G27 in overall size. Practical accuracy is just fine.

    So, which of them do I carry when I decide to carry a .40?

    It's usually a toss-up between the G27 and the 40c. The 40c weighs something like a couple of ounces more than the G27. (Well, it does have the pair of steel sub-chassis straps molded into the frame, and the slide is a bit more robust at a couple of spots.) While the 40c has a smoother trigger (which feels lighter but is actually a bit heavier - go figure) than the G27, and the gun has better overall ergonomics, something about the little G27 simply suits me well enough that I continue to carry it upon occasion. It probably helps that I've fired more than 11,000 rounds through it since I bought it used. ;)

    Now, as a firearms instructor I've had my chance to handle and fire other smallish .40's over the years. The four .40's I own and listed are simply the ones that interested me enough to make me want to spend my own money on them. ;)

    Another compact which has always impressed me in 9mm is the Walther 99 series. I came close to buying a SW9940c one time (the S&W licensed compact version of the P99 AS compact .40). I carried an issued full-size SW9940 for a few years, and I've owned a similar one much longer. It's just that after shooting the compact .40 models for a while I decided I like the 99 series best when chambered in 9mm, in the compact models. Having taken the SW99/P99 armorer class a few times, I've also been impressed with both of those model lines, too.
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2012
  17. FL-obiwan


    Feb 11, 2005
    H&K P2000 or USPc
    Kahr K40
    S&W 4046
  18. sr975j


    May 2, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    in my opinion from what ive shot..

    1. G23/G27
    2. M&P40c
    3.Sig p229

  19. PantherFan


    Feb 14, 2009
    I love my Walther PPS 40 cal.
  20. cjkranz


    Jan 7, 2012
    SA EMP 40
    Glock 27
    H&K USPc
    Glock 23