Best polymer pistol in .40

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  1. 45caldan

    45caldan

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    For recoil management....
    Thinking about picking up a .40 S&W polymer pistol.
    want more caliber options as ammo is difficult and expensive to find.
    Looking at a belt carry size.
    In other words no subcompacts.

    Which one in that size mitigates the snappy recoil of the .40 the best?
    Budget is $600 ish or less.
    TIA.
     
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  2. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    Get a used .40 HK USP Compact. Sweet shooter and carry.

    They used to be pretty easy to find at a great price. Not sure about today.
     
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    Ya would be tough to stay in my budget with Hk.
     
  4. MD357

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    From my experiences of owning a ton of different .40s, if you want the one that recoils the least, , then go with a Steyr M40. I also have a FNS in .40 that shoots fairly flat for a .40.
     
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    Beretta PX4 Storm.

    The rotary barrel design helps dissipate the recoil impulse. Very soft shooting for a .40!
     
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    IAhunter Venor ergo sum

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    USP compact, P2000, G22 or G23. I like them all, plus the G27 which is my EDC. The G27 is a handful though if you’re not used to the .40 S&W.
     
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    HK P30L, P30, VP40, or P2000... the HK .40 pistols seem to have dropped in price and can sometimes be foubd for under $600. Glock 23 is a safe bet too, however I just like the recoil impulse in the HKs better than G23.
     
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    Which is why I mentioned I’m not considering subcompacts
     
  9. evlbruce

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    Steyr M40. Easily best I've shot.
     
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    Quijibo King Doofus.

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    I've been shooting .40 since the mid '90s. I've owned a bunch of different brands/models. I love the cartrige. I have several pistols in .40.... they're all G23.4s. In fact, they are the only Glocks I own at this moment.
     
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    Honestly, HK USPc, P2000 or P30 would be the best choices. Although many are still trying to get gouger-pricing for their used pistol, you can still find an HK in 40 S&W around your budget with a little patience.
     
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    No idea on comparisons to other .40s. I've only shot the one I own:

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    But it shoots fine and doesn't feel excessively snappy.

    (But, when I'm not shooting it, I'm shooting a BG380, j-frame, G43, or P365 so, everything is somewhat snappy).
     
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    The G35 would be a good choice if you can find one. The Smith is also a good choice.

    All else equal, slide mass has the most to do to mitigate recoil with the recoil spring and any compensation device also impacting the “kick”.

    A round in a G27 and a round in a G22 have the same powder charge...but the slide weight is significantly less in the G27. I like the .40 round okay, but I won’t own any SC frame gun in the caliber.

    Another option would be a Glock 10MM with a conversion barrel...
     
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    Another vote for HK P30. I have also read many reports that the M&P 2.0 in .40 is a sweet shooter too.

    I will say though around these parts .40 ammo is as hard to find as 9MM right now and online is not much better as far as FMJ range ammo. There is more high priced SD stuff though for .40 for typically around 80 cents a round and higher.
     
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    I love my G23, probably my favorite Glock, but to answer your question I've got to go with a HK USP hands down, or a P30.
     
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    *Edit: ugh...my apologies, I somehow missed the word "polymer" when arriving at an answer to the OP's question :(

    Below is what I consider my best pistol in .40S&W...an older Steyr M40. Designed partly by an ex Glock engineer, it's got superior ergonomics and is a real sweetheart to shoot. I also have a RCM .357sig conversion barrel for it that adds even more utility to the very underrated platform; it's on the upper right with a few of it's bretheren:

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    H&K USP & USP-C hands down.
     
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    This. Next best one I've shot is the glock 35