.40 caliber pistols


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gunflask
March 12, 2009, 06:49 PM
glock is known for having great 9mm pistols, the 1911 format is known for being the preferred pistol to shoot .45 acp rounds. is there a brand or format that is known to be the handgun to shoot .40 s&w's with? the reason I ask is I met just pick-up a pistol chambered for .40 since that is the only ammo that seems to be available. thanks in advance

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Rmac58
March 12, 2009, 07:17 PM
My CZ P-06 is quite a good handgun.

MT GUNNY
March 12, 2009, 07:17 PM
Smith & Wesson 4006 for .40
1911 for .45
Beretta 92 for 9MM

23Glock
March 12, 2009, 08:55 PM
(I seem to be saying this a lot lately)
Have you tried shooting a .40? Don't buy a weapon just because ammo is *currently* plentiful. Buy it because you can shoot it well and you like the round. If you've never shot a .40, try it before you buy it: It's not for everyone.

rlv66
March 12, 2009, 10:22 PM
Beratta 96 for shooting fun.
FNP-40 for business.

ajoker31
March 12, 2009, 11:02 PM
If your looking for a seemingly light shooting .40, I would agree with Gunny by recommending you try shooting a S&W 4006. CDNN has some nice used ones fairly cheap.


Jerry

colorado_handgunner
March 12, 2009, 11:06 PM
Springfield XD's are great for .40 and generally have good mag capacity.

dmproske
March 12, 2009, 11:07 PM
H&k USP
Springfield XDM
Glock 22/23/27
Sig 226

earlthegoat2
March 12, 2009, 11:10 PM
Id say Glock is known for their 40s more than their 9s. Lots of LE have 40s. Anyway the quinessential 9mm is the Browning Hi Power.

bondmid003
March 13, 2009, 12:03 AM
HK USP
Walther P99

and just picked up Springfield XDM

azhunter122
March 13, 2009, 12:36 AM
Glock definately, if your going to get a .40 I would definately reccomend a larger gun to fit it because it can be quite snappy at times.

Claude Clay
March 13, 2009, 12:43 AM
p239/40 & drop in 9mm conv ported bbl makes for good SD and economical practice.
1911 for 45
BHP pure 9mm

Rockwell1
March 13, 2009, 12:47 AM
Why not a Dan Wesson Valor ?

1911 platform .40 S&W caliber round

W.E.G.
March 13, 2009, 12:51 AM
http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd7/rkba2da/pistol pics/Glock/glockforty.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PYHR72u51Q

BlindJustice
March 13, 2009, 01:51 AM
By saying .40 Cal.

you are leaving it open to .40 S&W, 10 MM AUto as well as .400 Cor Bon.

DIfferent cartridges, same caliber.

R-

priler
March 13, 2009, 05:20 PM
i would look into a pistol that was FIRST designed from get go as a .40s&w and then possibly made for other calibers.there are several but not many.

secondly,i would consider the beretta px-4.personally,i'm not neccessarily a fan of the px-4 or the .40s&w for that matter.so why would i have you take a look at it,well,two reasons.

firstly,the rotating barrel lock up system is basically the strongest lock up of any "normal" pistol out there that i've seen compared to the other normal systems used on others...that may be something to consider.

secondly,it's also one of the softest shooting .40s&w out there especially considering it's polymer.i believe this also has to do with it's lock up.it's not too much different in 9mm compared to other 9mms but in .40s&w it does seem to suck up more then normal recoil.

the system is a bit bulky and i believe it may explain why beretta went to a different system for the sub compact but for a full size and especially in .40s&w,it is something to consider.

by the way,if i wanted a beretta 92 in .40s&w(96),i would look into the 90-two.it was designed around the 40 first.

priler
March 13, 2009, 05:21 PM
double post

LightningCrash
March 13, 2009, 07:34 PM
CZ75B in .40S&W

milspec45
March 13, 2009, 07:46 PM
Glock 22 is my duty gun.

milspec45
March 13, 2009, 07:47 PM
That video is funny. what ever happened to that idiot?

MP3Mogul
March 13, 2009, 08:52 PM
I wouldn't recommend a Glock in .40 caliber because they don't have a fully supported chamber. I would recommend Glocks in 9mm. Yes I know lots of Police Depts use them... still that doesn't mean anything other than they got a good deal... and of course the Glock reliability thing... still, no fully supported chamber... no no for me.

Get an XD if you want a good solid combat .40 caliber.

BENELLIMONTE
March 13, 2009, 09:38 PM
My Heckler & Koch 40 USP Compact is a great "40 Gun".

gglass
March 13, 2009, 09:50 PM
I'll go out on a limb and say Smith & Wesson... They did of course invent the round.

Having said that... Go out and buy a Smith & Wesson M&P40 like mine below:

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1112/mymp40pc2.jpg

Zebraranger
March 14, 2009, 12:08 AM
My Walther P99 .40 has a little recoil, but its managable. The Beretta 90-Two was specifically built for the .40 S&W cartridge. I just got it a few days ago. Going to the range tomorrow.
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Beretta/DSC06403.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Beretta/DSC06508.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Beretta/DSC06522-1.jpg
http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb204/zebraranger/Beretta/DSC06408.jpg

LightningCrash
March 14, 2009, 02:05 PM
gglass, I thought the .40 S&W was actually a joint project between Winchester and S&W?

searcher451
March 14, 2009, 05:06 PM
I wasn't a big fan of the .40S&W until Christmastime, when I picked up a Walther PPS. I wanted a 9mm, but the price was too good to pass up. Now that I've run a couple of hundred rounds (and climbing) through it, I have to say that I'm glad to have the choice. It's got ample punch, and the gun is close to perfect for concealed carry.

Zebraranger
March 15, 2009, 09:29 AM
The PPS is on my want list, Its a well made compact .40

possum
March 16, 2009, 02:59 AM
i couldn't be happier with my xd service model in .40, nothing shoots better for me.

Supertac45
March 16, 2009, 10:33 AM
Sig 229

Rockwell1
March 16, 2009, 10:45 AM
His name is Lee Paige and the video essentially ended his career. He claims (in another video) that people stop him on the street and ridicule him over the video. He also claims that he can no longer do undercover work because his face is too well known. He sued the DEA and alleges that his co-workers ,prompted by jealousy, outted him maliciously in order to damage his career.

Arguably the worst 10 seconds of his life.

skwab
March 16, 2009, 10:48 AM
Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that Sig designed the 226/229 specifically around the .40 cartridge. Have a 229 in .40 and it's great. Also have an M&P full size in .40 and it's not bad either - has been very reliable and handles the recoil well, but not as good as my Sig.

Texian
March 16, 2009, 10:49 AM
To bad for lee, that was very funny. However it should also serve as a reminder that gun are not something to be taken lightly....ever...


+1 on the XD.....

gglass
March 16, 2009, 05:21 PM
gglass, I thought the .40 S&W was actually a joint project between Winchester and S&W?

Yes it was, but that would just be splitting hairs... The company that was obviously the lead developer of the cartridge was Smith and Wesson, thus they named it the .40 S&W. It was the FBI that contracted Smith & Wesson to develop a new automatic cartridge. An actual cartridge manufacturer was needed to fully develop that product, so Smith & Wesson contracted with Winchester to bring the product to market.

Maybe S&W&W was a bit awkward.

JDGray
March 16, 2009, 05:31 PM
My G23 could outshoot my G19, any day of the week. Very easy to get back on target with a Glock;)

Taurus_9mm
March 16, 2009, 08:36 PM
Ruger P94, Taurus PT100/101, Springfield Armory XD or XDm in .40 S&W. :)

sohcgt2
March 16, 2009, 09:55 PM
Quote:
gglass, I thought the .40 S&W was actually a joint project between Winchester and S&W?

Yes it was, but that would just be splitting hairs... The company that was obviously the lead developer of the cartridge was Smith and Wesson, thus they named it the .40 S&W. It was the FBI that contracted Smith & Wesson to develop a new automatic cartridge. An actual cartridge manufacturer was needed to fully develop that product, so Smith & Wesson contracted with Winchester to bring the product to market.

Maybe S&W&W was a bit awkward.

Never let it be said that folks around here are opposed to splitting hairs.

I like my Glock G22.

SigP229R
March 17, 2009, 12:16 AM
:) I must say that I agree with SuperTAC45 and, the reason I say that is two-fold; 1 I have a 229 .40 and I also have 2 different pistols in 9mm that I have shot the S&W 5903 TSW and the Beretta 92f and 2 while there is some difference in the recoil of these comparing them to the 229 the 229 is still quite manageable. I am as one might say relatively new to shooting and, I am as accurate with the 229 as I am with my other pistols.

AZGlock13
March 17, 2009, 01:01 AM
The BHP is mostly famous in the 9mm configuration, but my BHP Practical in .40S&W always puts a smile on my face at the range. A great fun and accurate pistol, which feels smooth shooting .40 out of it. I can't believe that FN/Browning stopped making the Practical models (I dig the reverse two-tones). Here's a pic of mine:


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v668/AZGlock13/Hi-Power/Hi-Power_1.jpg

AZGlock13
March 17, 2009, 01:04 AM
Oops.

Randy1911
March 17, 2009, 01:18 AM
I shoot a 1911 Commander in 40. I love it because it has never given me any problems.

M&PVolk
March 17, 2009, 01:28 AM
.40 is my favorite auto cartridge, and my platform of choice for it is the S&W M&P. The M&P was designed first for the .40 and is a natural pointing, ergonomically incredible, and soft recoiling firearm. My daily carry piece in fact, with a CTC grip of course :p

BikerRN
March 17, 2009, 03:37 AM
I resisted the 40 caliber as long as I could, but finally broke down and bought two of them.

Both of them are High Powers. I didn't realize how nice it was to shoot a 40 after shooting a Beretta, HK and a Block in that caliber. I tried it in a High Power and I was, "hooked like a lady of ill repute on crack."

If I didn't have the High Powers I'd probably consider a CZ 75B. Nothing else really trips my trigger.

BikerRN

HMMurdock
March 17, 2009, 04:36 AM
The Hk USP was originally designed to be chambered in .40, and the 9mm and .45 were developed for logical marketing reasons. But the design itself was built on the .40, whereas models like the Glock 22 or Beretta 96 were originally built around 9mm and just rechambered upwards to .40 --some argue that models like the Glock 22 and Beretta 96, while functioning fine in 9mm, weren't designed to handle the rigors of .40

Glock is a fantastic piece, but the .40 Glocks CAN be made to jam, due to their handling of the .40 and I'm sure some will chime in on the Glock's unsupported chamber. Regardless, the Glock 22 seems to be doing fine with the DEA and FBI and countless Police Departments across the country. I can personally vouche for their ability to malfunction in .40, though.

BikerRN
March 17, 2009, 11:42 AM
I can personally vouche for their ability to malfunction in .40, though.


I can vouch for any manmade item failing at some point, even a revolver. :)

BikerRN

MisterMike
March 17, 2009, 12:24 PM
I wouldn't recommend a Glock in .40 caliber because they don't have a fully supported chamber. I would recommend Glocks in 9mm. Yes I know lots of Police Depts use them... still that doesn't mean anything other than they got a good deal... and of course the Glock reliability thing... still, no fully supported chamber... no no for me.

I don't claim to be an expert, but I did a fair amount of reading regarding this issue before recently deciding to buy a Glock 23. First, it is true that the Glock .40's do not have fully supported chambers, but that's also true of a number of other quality guns; this is not an accident of design, but, rather, a feature intended to facilitate the consistent feeding of rounds. Nonetheless, kabooms do occur, as they do across pretty much the entire spectrum of calibers and brands of autoloaders. 1911s kaboom. Sigs kaboom. H&Ks kaboom. Whether Glocks do it with any greater frequency is hard to ascertain, since there are a large number of Glocks in service, and the peculiar mixture of Internet fact and fiction that always accompanies these things.

Anyway, for me the bottom line was this: while failures do occur in .40 cal Glocks, they usually seem to involve reloads and/or lead bullets. The former sometimes can be traced to faulty loads or bad brass. The latter is just a no-no in Glocks. I tend to keep my guns clean and to use factory-new ammo. Under these circumstances, I believe that the Glock .40's tend to be at least as dependable as most other brands, and, likely, considerably more reliable.

Having said that, if I intended to shoot reloads in my .40, I'm not sure I'd go with a Glock.

mr.trooper
March 17, 2009, 06:14 PM
i would look into a pistol that was FIRST designed from get go as a .40s&w and then possibly made for other calibers.

Beretta Cougar meets that requirement. :D

Greg_TX
March 18, 2009, 09:17 AM
The S&W apparently had some growing pains early on; sight alignment and inadvertent mag ejection being two I remember reading about. Both were supposedly fixed in later production. I've put only 200 rounds through mine so far and it's operated flawlessly. The top of the grip is a little closer to the centerline of the bore, so the recoil is said to be a little lighter than others. It's a very comfortable gun and comes with replaceable grip pads for a more tailored fit. I'm very happy with mine.

Historian
March 18, 2009, 10:37 AM
+1 for the S&W .40 M&P. Just got mine and put fifty rounds through it yesterday. Very comfortable and accurate.

Historian

stevereno1
March 18, 2009, 06:35 PM
I carry a Glock 27. I recommend it highly.

glove
March 18, 2009, 08:36 PM
+1 for the .40 here are mine Taurus PT-140, Taurus PT-24/7, FNP-40. They all have been 100%.:) I sold my Ruger KP944DC wish I had it back.:(
Dave Z

kd7nqb
March 18, 2009, 10:28 PM
No complaints on my M&P .40 its a sweet gun at a good price. By the way GGLASS how did you get the white color on your M&P that looks really sweet.

mr.trooper
March 18, 2009, 10:55 PM
complements of Crayola?

Jeep Driver
March 19, 2009, 12:28 PM
XD 40S&W Subcompact, I love it it handles well and is very accurate. I think the .40S&W is a great round.

Greg_TX
March 19, 2009, 07:51 PM
Plus, the ammo is a little easier to find than 9mm or .45. Not much easier, but I've been able to pick up boxes here and there, including JHP, in places that were out of almost everything else.

Choclabman
March 19, 2009, 08:42 PM
I prefer the Sig P229 in .40S&W.

EnsignJimmy
March 19, 2009, 09:05 PM
The Glock 23 in .40 S&W was my very first handgun. The snappy .40 recoil out of that lightweight polymer pistol made learning to shoot handguns interesting. It really made me focus on getting down the basics (and the 200 round a week habit meant I was getting lots of practice.)

Later on, I found the .45 ACP to be rather gentle, in comparison, and the 9mm to have no recoil to speak of. These days, though, I shoot heavy .45 Colt, and find the recoil of the .44 Magnum to be refreshing. However, I place all blame for my gun collecting on that .40 caliber Glock.

But, I still have the Glock 23. I've got a CCW rig, lots of spare mags, and night sights for it. I've also gone through a couple of recoil springs.

gglass
March 19, 2009, 11:56 PM
No complaints on my M&P .40 its a sweet gun at a good price. By the way GGLASS how did you get the white color on your M&P that looks really sweet.

It is done with Lacquer sticks that are made for just this kind of work... NOT CRAYOLA! (That hurts Mr. Trooper)

If you are going to do this with your firearm, you have to remember to leave it alone for a few days to fully cure... It will smudge if you rush things.

It is a semi-permanent procedure. The Lacquer will stay put forever unless you remove it with mineral spirits or fingernail polish.

You can purchase Lacquer sticks from Brownells or here: http://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=L51120

http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/1112/mymp40pc2.jpg

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