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Why has the .40S&W become so unpopular

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by bigdollars, Jul 30, 2010.

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  1. bigdollars

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    Can anyone give a a good reason why the .40S&W has become so unpopular?

    It used to be so popular and now there is a lot of negative feedback on it.

    I think it is partly because the Clinton Gun Ban is over and people can get higher capacity in a 9mm.

    Also 9mm are more effective now than they were 10+ years ago.

    Any other ideas?

    Maybe ammo cost?

    I don't think it is so much the .40 being bad as the 9mm has gotten better.
     
  2. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    The .40 is very popular. Most L/E agencies issue/carry the .40.

    :cool:
     


  3. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

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    you can say that again. With so many advancements in ammuniton and weapons technology so many guns have gotten better. Alot of people love the 9mm because you can get compact 9mm's that pack alot of rounds. And with the addition of 147gr plus the tried and tested 124gr bullets you get close to .40 s&w expansion. light recoil vs snappy recoil lighter bullets vs heavy bullets. Magazine capacity isnt so much of a big difference. They all hold closely the same amount of ammo.

    That being said I gave up the 9mm for the 40sw for the simple fact you can find SD ammo for the 40sw everywhere and the simple fact the 40 is a more potent round. The 40 does things the 9mm cant do without the extra power of a 45 or 10mm.
     
  4. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

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    I dont believe he was just referring to LE agencies. There are alot of people and not just on this forum who down the .40 for who knows what reasons. Alot of the time its all hearsay..:whistling:
     
  5. TACC GLOCK

    TACC GLOCK SEMPER FIDELIS

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  6. rome2240sw

    rome2240sw GLOCKIN4LIFE

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    Have you seen this vid?
    http://www.kiesler.com/videodetail.aspx?id=1534

    This video is a LE ammo test vid sent to me from a friend on here. Shows the Speer Gold dot duty ammo vs the Federal Tactical HST... 9 vs 40 vs 45 IMHO<!-- / message -->
     
  7. Glockbuster

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    not sure where this is coming from, the .40 is here to stay and is as popular as ever.
     
  8. FatBoy

    FatBoy Millennium Member

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    Shoot, I'm waiting on my 4th one. They seem to be multiplying.

    FB
     
  9. fredj338

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    The 40 has got to be one of the most popular LEA rounds & many new shooters will buy what the local LEO carry. Then there are states like Kalif that say only 10rds. G19 or G23, might as well have the bigger holes.
     
  10. glocknick

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    40sw is very popular. go to a range and see whay brass is left on the ground. it is usually 9mm and 40sw. they are the 2 most popular calibers.
     
  11. hotpig

    hotpig IAFF Local 4766 CLM

    I would not say it was getting unpopular. It is not a growing market like it was ten years ago. Neither is the 357Sig, it was supposed to replace the 40 as the main LE round.

    I think there are several reason why the 40 sales are steadily declining. The end of Commissar Klintons ban on hi caps. Bullet technology narrowing the performance gap between calibers may have influenced this also.

    I think the main thing is the 9 and 45 have been around much longer and they are out there and beat the 40 in in numbers.
     
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  12. LT642

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    I don't really think that .40SW is really unpopular, I just think either you like it or you don't. I carry an issued G23 at work, but my favorite glock is the G19.
     
  13. Glockdude1

    Glockdude1 Federal Member CLM

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    :rofl:
     
  14. bigdollars

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    I went with the .40 because I saw in simple terms as a cut down 10mm and it seems like a good "give and take" between the 9mm and the 45acp.

    The reason I asked the question is because many law enforcement agencies are giving up the G22 .40 and going with the 9mm M&P.

    also because there is so much negative feedback on this forum.

    I at one time thought the .40 was going to be the end of the 9mm.

    Now i see the 9mm making a huge come back.

    Like I said earlier I think it is because of capacity, cost, and the fact that the 9mm is better now than it was a decade or so ago.

    I think I should have asked the question differently.

    I should have said, "For those who do not like the .40S&W, Please tell us why?"
     
  15. IndyGunFreak

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    Where did you get the idea it's unpopular? I like all calibers, and saying the 40 is not popular, is simply misinformed.

    Anyone who would make a thread like this based on what they read in this forum, needs to just disconnect their computer from the internet.

    IGF
     
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  16. HexHead

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    Funny, during the ammo drought of '09, the only ammo that was easy to find was .40 S&W. Walmart would be sold out of everything else, but have plenty of .40.
     
  17. IndyGunFreak

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    Well I wish I lived near your Wal Mart, cuz it was NEVER at any of them around here.

    IGF
     
  18. cmcinc

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    I will never be getting rid of my .40's.
     
  19. IndianaMatt

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    this!