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Old 08-30-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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Where does the .40 cal round stand?

I've always liked the .45 ACP, the 1st gun I ever owned was a .45 ACP. It's everything you expect it to be, loud, heavy, nothing you would want sent your way. As for the 9mm I'm new to it, with addition of my Ruger a few months back.

I had always avoided the 9mm, it was just always talked about with the people I know like it was a less worthy round. That it wasn't worth the bragging rights if you were a nice shot with a 9mm, that the bigger, weightier .45 if you could control that at a distance it was something worth bringing up.

After shooting the 9mm more, I seen it's a nice round to shoot. When it comes out of the gun, I don't get the familiar slam I get from a .45, but it's almost bouncy. I have some speer gold dots in the clip, and have no problem giving the .45 a day off and carrying the 9mm as my main self defense weapon.

All of this got me thinking more openly about other rounds, and how they stack up. So where does the .40 cal round stand among other rounds out there. How is it to shoot compared to the 9mm and the .45? Is there any benefits that in a situation you would rather pick up a .40, over a 9mm or .45?

I'm just curious about this round I have little experience with, so I would like to hear from some people who like it or don't like it and why? Thanks for anyone who has some input to offer,
 
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Old 08-30-2011, 04:12 PM   #2
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The .40 stands way up there.... the average American cop carries a .40 these days.

The .40 is much closer to the .45 than the 9mm as far as effectiveness goes.

It's big advantage besides less recoil and blast is that it can be packaged in a smaller gun, which is better for todays women and smaller men cops.
You also get more rounds than a .45 with much more effectiveness than the 9mm.
It's actually what it was intended to be, an "in between" round that is smaller and less powerful then the .45, but more effective then the 9mm.
 
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I bought a ,40 because I worked at a gun store and got a price I just couldn't pass up. I sold my .45s because recoil and arthritis don't mix. I now shoot 9mm for several reasons, mostly low recoil and used military gun prices (CZ75, CZ82, 92FS) that I can't pass up. I am actually gaining proficiency in reloading the 9mm. As for performance the main issue when I use my handgun in a real life situation, will not be accuracy nor penetration, but powder burns. George M.
 
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Sir - The 40 is an outstanding caliber. For many casual users I feel it is as large as they can efficiently handle. It offers a high round count without feeling like a boat anchor. All that said, I do not like the 40. My choice in semi auto platforms is the 45, then the 9mm. A 45 is a big round with a generally, lower round count. Not a spray and pray round, but for the person who shoots often enough that they hit much more than they miss. Thed 9mm is a very high capacity platform that has excellent bullet designs available. In an old country store one can usually find 9mm. Sort of like finding 12 ga or 30'06, almost always there. Now in revolvers (my favorite), it is the 38/357 and the 44 special. any of these if properly applied will end the fight. Shot placement is the key. But hey, I'm old and set in my ways. Take this info as opinion only, mine.
Best to you sir.

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Old 10-02-2011, 11:50 AM   #5
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The .40 stands way up there.... the average American cop carries a .40 these days.

The .40 is much closer to the .45 than the 9mm as far as effectiveness goes.

It's big advantage besides less recoil and blast is that it can be packaged in a smaller gun, which is better for todays women and smaller men cops.
You also get more rounds than a .45 with much more effectiveness than the 9mm.
It's actually what it was intended to be, an "in between" round that is smaller and less powerful then the .45, but more effective then the 9mm.
IMHO, that's it in a nutshell. The .40 is an improvement over the 9mm, with the advantage of smaller size and higher round count than the .45ACP. There's reasons why it's the most carried caliber LE Depts across the country. It's a good compromise....
 
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.40 S&W, ewe. It's the bastard compromise. slower than a 9, and gives up round count. smaller than a .45 and gives up mass/weight. Me no likey. More costly than the 9 too, and doesn't give me that "Mine's bigger than yours" senseless confidence.
 
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.40 S&W, ewe. It's the bastard compromise. slower than a 9, and gives up round count. smaller than a .45 and gives up mass/weight. Me no likey. More costly than the 9 too, and doesn't give me that "Mine's bigger than yours" senseless confidence.
could not agree more, and that dog in your picture looks just like mine, but mine has little black spots in her undercoat, barely visible through the fur.

theyre just the cutest, arent they?
 
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Indeed. That's my oldest, Roxy. That was before she had pups. When she got preggers, she developed dark brown/black freckles that you can't see until she's wet, Then she almost looks hairless, and her spots really show!

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Calibers don't count for a lot....Hits in the right places count....many hits in the right places at say .12 to .15 second splits count the most.....outside of uspsa and idpa shooters very few shooters train with timers so many shooters have no idea how slow They really are

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talking about guns in here, have you guys heard the new law in Canada about gun registry? Gun rights advocates are looking at Canada with particular interest of late, writes BBC News. Canada's Conservative government has introduced regulation before Parliament that would demolish Canada's long-gun registry. Particularly, the country's long-gun registry, which provides coverage for shotguns and rifles, would be eliminated. Resource for this article: Canada set to abolish national long-gun registry
 
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