So is .40SW really doomed?

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  1. deepiper19

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    I was in a store today, and I saw a G&A magazine with the cover story on the front about 9mm taking over the .40SW. I read the article, and it pretty much repeated what I have heard already. With the FBI going back to 9mm from .40SW, the days of the 40 are numbered. I have recently found I like the .40SW round. I recently purchased a Gen4 Glock 27 which I love. The first time out to the range with it I like the power of it, and how accurate it is. I went to a demo day at the local range where I shoot. I demoed a SW Shield in both 9mm and .40SW. I could go with either one in the Shield and be perfectly happy. But I really want one in the .40SW. I currently own 4 9mm's, 1 .40, and one 9mm Makarov. I would love to add another 40 to my collection. But if the round is doomed, will ammo companies just stop making it?
     
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    gooffeyguy In the STL

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    It's not going anywhere.

    Look at it this way....When the FBI switched from 9mm to 10mm then .40sw, did the 9mm disappear?
     
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    It is unquestionably here to stay (and I'm not even a huge .40 guy). Thousands of PDs with G-22s and 23s...then they're traded in, flooding the civilian market, and often replaced with newer 22s and 23s. Not to mention the .40 Berettas, Sigs, S&Ws, etc. etc.
     
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    I would not worry about .40 no longer being produced. I am guessing that there have not been thousands of .470 NE rifles produced in the last couple years but a quick glance suggests that handful of different companies currently produce .470 NE ammunition.
     
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    No, it's not doomed.

    But it does seem to be in a bit of decline.
     
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    Hmmm......
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    The 38 Special is still around isn't it?

    The 45 ACP seems to have survived the US military not using it.
     
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    The .357 Sig, 10mm, .38 super, and even the .45 GAP still manages to stick around. The .40 is way more widespread than any of these. Also, .40 is the most popular round at the moment for USPSA, so don't expect it to go anywhere soon. At the moment every department in and around my area still issue .40s.
     
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    Its not going anywhere and I'm not sure why these threads keep popping up.

    Its definitely lost a lot of popularity since its heyday in the 1990's, but its still one of the most popular pistol rounds on the market and I don't see that changing.

    I personally don't like it at all, but it has its virtues, especially in the shooting sports.
     
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    Personally I'm just getting into .40 caliber. I think it will be easier to find if there's an ammo shortage again.
     
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    The next time we have an ammo panic you will be glad you have a .40 as all of the 9mm seems to get hoarded first.
     
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    Yeah, that's the only thing good about it. ;)

    ...that and the fact that you can find cheap used 40S&W pistols, since they don't hold much of their original value.
     
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    The 9mm isn't taking anything over. It always had been around. Boutique calibers have tried to supplant it but after a while, common sense prevails and Mr. Nine is still mighty Fine.
     
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    Not hardly.
     
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    Uh, hence the wink

    To each their own.
     
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    All ammo will disappear when Hillary is elected.
     
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    How did you determine its power at the range?

    ;)
     
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    It went all the way through the paper AND the cardboard backing!
     
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