These days there seems to be a strong concerted effort by "9mm enthusiasts" to utterly kill off the 40. Like it's their life mission. It gets beyond tiring to hear ad nauseam about how much 40 sucks. I hear, 40 is an answer to a question no one asked, without fail in nearly every 40 discussion. I look at it this way. If you don't like it? Don't shoot it. But I see people actively trying to drive others away from it. And the way they go about it is beyond reminiscent of what the liberals do when you disagree with them on anything.
I just put together a .40 rig with a P320F in .40 on a TXG grip on a belt set up with a Red Hill holster, and 14 round magazines with Taran +5's. Just ordered two more .40 barrels; one for a .357 P320 (flexibility with less expensive ammo), and another for a G35 (KKM), along with setting up a belt and rig for the G35.
I have a LOT of .40 brass in buckets. It won't shoot or reload itself...
Picked up a NIB HK USP 40 a while back. Thought it was clunky at first, but the old thing has grown on me, and now it is my carry gun. Like it well enough that a new Kramer holster is on order. Funny thing is, the loaded weight of the HK is the same as my favorite 228. Never would have thought that!
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I found it interesting to discover just recently that the Colorado State Patrol still issues S&W M&P pistols in 40 S&W. And they even have women troopers who can handle its ferocious recoil. Can we believe it‽
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I could dress like a woman, try to talk like one, and if everyone ignores the stubble poking through the makeup, may be try to look like a really ugly, balding, freakishly pasty irish woman with bad teeth, but I could never BE a woman.
Science knows the molecular makeup of the sun, and even the great mystery, where babies come from. The age of rocks. Why cats land on their feet when they fall from mars. But understanding women? No. Being women? Only women can do that, and some don't do that very well.
Being a woman is like being a diamond; either you is, or you ain't. But wearing a diamond-suit don't make it so.
Originally posted by sjp: I know this has been discussed, but what are some reasons that .40 has fallen out of favor? I carry a .40 DAK 229 at work but only have 1 .40 pistol at home.
1) Bonded duty ammo and equivalents such as Gold dot have made the terminal ballistics of 9/40/45 pretty similar. 2) 9mm allows higher capacity. In a fight, bullets are opportunities. 3) 9mm is easier to shoot accurately at speed for everyone, regardless of skill level. Shot placement is the most significant factor in terminal effectiveness. 4) It's faster to shoot accurately. Being able to make good hits faster is a real advantage in a fight.
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In my limited collection I have 1 .380, 1 9mm, 1 .40 (w/ a 9mm conversion if needed), and 1 357mag. So I'm covered for the most part if something is on the shelf I'm probably going to be able to shoot it. I think my next purchase is going to be a 1911 in .45, so I can have that caliber covered as well.
All of my pistols are double action and have similar trigger pulls and none have a safety, so I can transfer between them fairly easily.
My .40 was my first and only Sig, and it's my nicest gun. I used to carry it until I got something smaller in size and easier to hide. I still like it and would carry it if needed. I shoot it well (have used it in several classes and did great) and have no issues with .40 recoil or management. Also I would guess that either the .40 or 357mag would do the most damage if I needed to shoot someone; so those two guns are my primary "go to" weapons. (other than the shotgun under the bed).
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