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Old 03-16-2015, 21:10   #1
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Why I Chose the .40

The internet is full of blog entries and videos on why the 9mm is better than the .40 is better than .45 acp is better than 9mm, etc. Lately, seems 9mm is really beating up on both .40 and .45. Some really intelligent people have now all concluded that 9mm is better, and they come up with some pretty compelling arguments to back up their choice. They go to bed every night feeling safe and confident in the fact that they're smarter than the guys who carry those other calibers.

Well, guess what? Back in early 2013, I had to choose between 9mm and .40, and I will tell you what I did. The store had a Glock 19 and a 23, and I wasn't sure which one I wanted. I got the G23, though, for a very important reason: the store had ammo for the .40. They didn't have any 9mm. Around that time 9mm was unobtanium.

I know I made the right choice back then. Clearly the .40 was best for me.

(In all seriousness? I don't care what caliber you have. I'm not gonna volunteer to stand in front of you and let you do ballistics tests on me).
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Old 03-16-2015, 21:26   #2
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Purchased my first handgun right after my 21st b day, a ruger P95. Shot it for a while and after despising glocks for whatever reason I traded it for a RTF2 23 with gills.... I know I know some of you are probably doing the about now.

Well didn't take me long to hate that thing. Couldn't shoot it worth a crap and I hated the texture. It shortly got traded for a 19 and I became a better shooter.

My main regret was trading that P95 looking back, one hell of a gun imo for the price point. Didn't have the money at the time to find something else though so it's what I did. Now fast forward to today I've been shooting pistols when I can for about seven years now and have come to love 9mm and 45acp.

I still have no desire for a 40 but to each their own, this is America and we have selection.
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Old 03-16-2015, 21:37   #3
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I carry a 23, or 22, or a sig P229 in 40.

I am not sure what's with all the 40 sucks. When someone tells me that, I say ok, if you want to prove how bad it is, let me shoot you my 23, I bet you will feel differently after.

remember what gun control is? shot placment.

I don't care what you are shot with, it's going to suck, and hurt if it does not kill you.

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Old 03-16-2015, 21:43   #4
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I carry a 23, or 22, or a sig P229 in 40.

I am not sure what's with all the 40 sucks. When someone tells me that, I say ok, if you want to prove how bad it is, let me shoot you my 23, I bet you will feel differently after.

remember what gun control is? shot placment.

I don't care what you are shot with, it's going to suck, and hurt if it does not kill you.
I just don't like how it recoils when shooting faster, I'm not recoil sensitive but yes I find it kinda snappy.
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:10   #5
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A lot choose the 9mm, it's a very logical choice but it will never be better than a .40 or .45. That's not to say it doesn't work, it does work, but it's not better unless by better they mean slightly less recoil and slightly higher capacity. Many see handguns as a borderline joke anyways and a number can't shoot them well, so many choose the 9mm because it's the easiest to shoot and does classify as adequate.

The .40 is great choice, it offers the best in terms of size/power/capacity.
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:13   #6
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i Chose the .40 because I reload

bullet weight for bullet weight the .40 wins almost all the time it beats the 9mm and 357sig and on par with the 45acp in the 200gr range

now that I said that lets sit back and eat
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:19   #7
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Well, guess what? Back in early 2013, I had to choose between 9mm and .40, and I will tell you what I did. The store had a Glock 19 and a 23, and I wasn't sure which one I wanted. I got the G23, though, for a very important reason: the store had ammo for the .40. They didn't have any 9mm. Around that time 9mm was unobtanium.

I know I made the right choice back then. Clearly the .40 was best for me.
So, if the store had 9mm ammo and no .40 ammo, you would have chosen the G19, and that would have been the best for you? What if the store had neither 9mm or .40 ammo, but only .22LR?
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:25   #8
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I really don't think one can go wrong with any caliber from 9mm/.38 on up. As long as you do your job and practice, should the need ever arise, they will do theirs. Going with .40 for fear of another ammo shortage of 9mm isn't a bad idea. May have to add a 23 back to the stable again.
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:34   #9
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I started out with a G35. Now I own 3 .40SW, 1 9mm, 1 .22lr, 1 .357 and 1 .45ACP. But the .40 is what I shoot best.
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Old 03-16-2015, 22:54   #10
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Purchased my first handgun right after my 21st b day, a ruger P95. Shot it for a while and after despising glocks for whatever reason I traded it for a RTF2 23 with gills.... I know I know some of you are probably doing the about now.

Well didn't take me long to hate that thing. Couldn't shoot it worth a crap and I hated the texture. It shortly got traded for a 19 and I became a better shooter.

My main regret was trading that P95 looking back, one hell of a gun imo for the price point. Didn't have the money at the time to find something else though so it's what I did. Now fast forward to today I've been shooting pistols when I can for about seven years now and have come to love 9mm and 45acp.

I still have no desire for a 40 but to each their own, this is America and we have selection.
I have six Glocks and nine P series 9mm Rugers and consider
the Rugers more reliable.

If I can get a 9mm barrels for a SR 40C I probably will carry that instead of my g27.

The thing that made me get glocks is the AM conversion barrels.
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Old 03-17-2015, 00:07   #11
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The internet is full of blog entries and videos on why the 9mm is better than the .40 is better than .45 acp is better than 9mm, etc. Lately, seems 9mm is really beating up on both .40 and .45. Some really intelligent people have now all concluded that 9mm is better, and they come up with some pretty compelling arguments to back up their choice. They go to bed every night feeling safe and confident in the fact that they're smarter than the guys who carry those other calibers.

Well, guess what? Back in early 2013, I had to choose between 9mm and .40, and I will tell you what I did. The store had a Glock 19 and a 23, and I wasn't sure which one I wanted. I got the G23, though, for a very important reason: the store had ammo for the .40. They didn't have any 9mm. Around that time 9mm was unobtanium.

I know I made the right choice back then. Clearly the .40 was best for me.

(In all seriousness? I don't care what caliber you have. I'm not gonna volunteer to stand in front of you and let you do ballistics tests on me).
The 9mm is a good round but that's all it is, a good round, as in good better best. The three modern calibers are each one better for SD than the 9mm no matter the rational of its fans. Be happy with your choice of .40 and remember no BG was ever killed by a compelling argument!

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Old 03-17-2015, 01:03   #12
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I shot and carried the .40S&W for a lonnnnng time. It's a great caliber, but two years ago I had the opportunity to transition over to either a 9mm, .40S&W, or a .45ACP, I choose the 9mm--WHY--because I like the 9mm, and I shoot it better...for me it was a good choice...YMMV...
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Old 03-17-2015, 01:37   #13
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All the local stores have 9mm, .45acp, and .22lr. No .40S&W ammo. I would have gotten a .40S&W pistol if I could justify owning one more pistol caliber. I couldn't find any justification. The 9mm, .45acp, and .22lr is all that I need for my range fun and HD. Mi dos centavos.
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Old 03-17-2015, 02:30   #14
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My first ever handgun purchase was an HK USP .40. I got it back in '94 when they first came out. I then got a Glock 23. I have since sold the 23 and the USP sits in my safe with about 1,200 rounds of .40, untouched in about 2 years. When going to the range, I always grab one of my 9mms or .45s first. I just enjoy shooting them more. That's what works for me. YMMV.
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I got all the popular numbers: 9s, 10s, 40s, 45s, 44s, 38s, 357s, 454s, 22s and etc. I shoot them all on a pretty much rotating basis since I cast and load for them all and I've done so for many years. Of course I don't roll my own for any .22 rimfire stuff but if I could easily I would load them too.

Guns are not like wives, children, puppies. They don't have to be fed often, they require very little space, and they don't mind sitting alone for long spells. Over the years I've taken the long view: sooner or later I'll roll around to shooting them all and so far it's been nice to have what I want to shoot when I want to shoot it.

I like the 40 too, but then there are very few, if any, of the other numbers I don't like.
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I own a dozen 40S&W pistols, but only because I either couldn't find them in 9mm or they weren't available in 9mm. I avoid the caliber whenever possible.
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Old 03-17-2015, 06:44   #17
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.40 was really the last major pistol caliber/cartridge that I got into. I found that I do like the round and the hate is really not justified IMO. I think the 27, 23, 22 lineup handles the round just fine and offers a ton of versatility with the available conversions. I am really fortunate to not be forced to choose only one pistol and the 27 is in my carry rotation - along with a 30s and 19. Variety is the spice of life.
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Sold all my Glock .40's about 12-13 years ago.

For gun games and personal/HD, the 9mm and .45 has done everything I needed.

But now I've decided to sell all my .45's and add a few more 9's.

So now it's all 9mm for me.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:10   #19
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I got all the popular numbers: 9s, 10s, 40s, 45s, 44s, 38s, 357s, 454s, 22s and etc. I shoot them all on a pretty much rotating basis since I cast and load for them all and I've done so for many years. Of course I don't roll my own for any .22 rimfire stuff but if I could easily I would load them too.

Guns are not like wives, children, puppies. They don't have to be fed often, they require very little space, and they don't mind sitting alone for long spells. Over the years I've taken the long view: sooner or later I'll roll around to shooting them all and so far it's been nice to have what I want to shoot when I want to shoot it.

I like the 40 too, but then there are very few, if any, of the other numbers I don't like.
You and I have much in common, I have all you stated and
38 super, 357sig, 460 Rowland and 475 Linebaugh.

I cast for them all too.

In the 1970s I even loaded for the 25acp.

I believe that the Glock 40 cals are some of the most
versatile Glocks made, even the G 27 can be made to hunt
deer with the right $110.00 after market barrel and shoot
9mm and 357sig too with AM barrels.

I shoot 183gr cast at 1200 to 1300fps in the g27 with some
modifications.
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Old 03-17-2015, 08:26   #20
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So, if the store had 9mm ammo and no .40 ammo, you would have chosen the G19, and that would have been the best for you? What if the store had neither 9mm or .40 ammo, but only .22LR?
Good point. I guess I wouldn't have bought a Glock that day.

Seriously NY, actually that was a time when Glocks were hard to find in any caliber. I was looking for one, and was happy to find the one I bought. I'm sure the 19 was gone within a couple of hours, too.

As for .22 LR, that's a whole other debate, but I've often contended its the most lethal caliber there is. Why? Well, shot placement really is the key, and most shooters are more accurate shooting a .22 than they are with centerfire calibers.
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