If you could only have one gun in .40?


October 15, 2003, 09:59 PM
If you could only have one gun in .40 for everything..home defense..ccw..duty (if applicable) range target shooting etc. Which gun (make and model) would it be?

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October 15, 2003, 10:11 PM
Dead simple... Glock 23.

October 15, 2003, 10:17 PM
Has to be a 40 huh? Well, I guess if it had to be, I'd go w/ the Beretta 96. The one I owned was the nicest shooting 40 S&W pistol I had shot (and I had owned & shot a few...USPc 40, Para P-16, 96, Glock 23)

October 15, 2003, 10:20 PM
That's easy:

Full Size=Glock 22
Compact=Glock 23
Sub-Compact=Glock 27

Phantom Warrior
October 15, 2003, 10:20 PM
Well, since I only own one .40 :( , the choice is pretty simple. But no matter what I own, the choice will still be the same:

Glock 23

October 15, 2003, 11:13 PM
G-23 no question about it!

October 15, 2003, 11:37 PM
Hmm, I think a .357mag revolver (especially a 3" K-frame) or a mid-sized 9mm is a better candidate for the "one gun for everything" possibility but if I had to pick a .40 the main candidates would be:

-CZ 40B
-CZ 75B
-Kahr K40
-SIG 239
-Taurus PT940
-Kimber or SA 1911 chambered in .40S&W

October 16, 2003, 01:13 AM
one gun it would be Steyr M40.

short easy trigger pull with a safety easily turned off with 1 finger while going for trigger pull from trigger guard to safety to trigger and bang. gun has a built in lock which new glocks have though those are pricey $450-$500. steyr has a physical round in chamber indicater unlike those cheap extractor ones. can pickup a steyr on sale in $300-$400 range any higher and would pass and order one from cdnninvestments.com or zanders sports.

but if I had money to spare a glock 23 would be nice. steyr m40 and glock 23 similar size and design. though with glock would have to get new barrel to have full case support which would cost atleast $85 minus shipping and another $85 bucks to get a safety kit and another $25 to get jig to get kit installed.
with a use generation 2 glock 23 the gun would cost $350 though lacks accessory rail and finger grooves. new one would cost anywhere from $429-$500+

October 16, 2003, 01:21 AM
Glock 23

My favorite in .40 as well.:D

October 16, 2003, 02:16 AM
I don't pretend to be an expert, but someone should mention the Sig 229, with the option of a .357 S&W barrel for, I can't remember, around $150.

October 16, 2003, 03:36 AM
After owning several examples in .40, and having none of them meet expectations, I decided to skip .40 altogether.
The best one I've found was the CZ75 in .40, they have one with a brushed nickel finish at my local shop, and I've been eyeing it maybe a little bit too much. Really sharp!
Maybe if I sell my two 9mm CZ75s, and my Kadet kit, hopefully I would be able to get it.

October 16, 2003, 06:43 AM
Glock 35 Tactical Practical:neener: :cool:

October 16, 2003, 08:21 AM
Sig 229! A spectacular gun. I also own a Glock 23 and it is very nice but if I could only keep one it would have to be the Sig.

October 16, 2003, 08:21 AM
I have a CZ 75B Duotone in .40 S&W; handfit and balance are tremendous, and the gun is accurate; a nice gun under any circumstances; a great gun for the price!

October 16, 2003, 08:32 AM
Sig 229.
My daily carry.


October 16, 2003, 08:34 AM

October 16, 2003, 08:43 AM
STI Trojan 5.0 or S&W M646, depending upon if one likes autoloaders or revolvers.

October 16, 2003, 09:44 AM
USP40 Compact

Rebel Gunman HK
October 16, 2003, 10:13 AM
Hk USP 40 Duh :evil:

W Turner
October 16, 2003, 10:17 AM
Well, if I had to choose a gun in .40 caliber it would be the Glock 29.

Its the same size as the 23 for all practical purposes and IS chambered for .40 caliber..........just a tad longer case:neener:

Seriously though, if it had to be .40 Short and Weak I would probably go with the Glock 27. With the finger extensions I can get even my big paws on it and it conceals the best for me.


Sean Smith
October 16, 2003, 10:21 AM
Probably a SigSauer P229, though I really don't like .40 S&W.

October 16, 2003, 11:23 AM
Sig P-226: As durable and reliable as a Glock and considerably more accurate.

October 16, 2003, 12:21 PM
Glock 23 or 27

October 16, 2003, 12:47 PM
If you could only have one gun in .40 for everything..home defense..ccw..duty (if applicable) range target shooting etc. Which gun (make and model) would it be? I do. It's a CZ-40B. It's got a very comfortable grip, DA/SA trigger and it's Commander sized with an alloy frame so it's fairly compact and light for CCW.

October 16, 2003, 12:56 PM
For me it would be a tough choice between the 229 and 239 but I think the 239 would win out only because it's more concealable.


October 16, 2003, 01:17 PM
Another vote for Sig: the P229

October 16, 2003, 01:47 PM
I have a Glock 23C and a Glock 22. I have never been able to shoot the 23 as well as the 22. The 23 has a snap to the recoil that I don't notice with the 22. Long story short (too late): Glock 22.

October 16, 2003, 01:51 PM
HAH! HI POWER . If I had to settle for second best, then the G23 ;)...

Daniel T
October 16, 2003, 03:39 PM
I'll be original and say: Mauser M2. Very accurate, flawless functionality, and really comfortable to my big mitts.

October 16, 2003, 03:46 PM
Springfield XD-40 service. Great handgun, ultrareliable, a pleasing and accurate gun to boot.

if I intended on a 40 to carry, glock 27.


Brian Williams
October 16, 2003, 03:48 PM
S&W 646

Abominable No-Man
October 16, 2003, 04:47 PM
S&W 4006. Only .40 I have any real experience with.

Same controls as my 5906 (which I like very much), all stainless steel, 10-shot mag (11 if you get pre-ban mags, but you are only losing one round if you use the 10-shots), nice trigger, full-size so it fits my hand well, more accurate than I am, points right for me. Probably a bunch of others I can't think of right offhand.

A lot of you guys voted for the Glock, and that's cool, they're good, but for me it's a S&W.


October 16, 2003, 04:50 PM
Tough call between S&W 4006 and Glock 35. Based on rounds fired I'd have to go with the G35.

October 16, 2003, 08:26 PM
Browning HP. I like the gun in .40 so much that I have two.

October 16, 2003, 08:38 PM

October 16, 2003, 09:17 PM
Beretta 96

Black Majik
October 16, 2003, 09:24 PM
1911 :cool:

October 16, 2003, 10:03 PM
I'm not trying to be snippy here but...oh what the heck I a trying to be snippy....For those of you who chose to disparage the .40 in your posts please keep your negative comments to yourselves. I certainly didn't ask for them. I like the .40 and that is why I asked which .40 not which 9mm or .357 or 45, or whatever else..think there was a 10mm reference in there too. I am getting sick and tired of everytime someone asks a question about a .40 that they probably like, someone has to call it weak or suggest another caliber. 1911's arent my first choice but I don't respond to 1911 questions saying...why would you want that antiquated overpriced gun when you can have a Glock or a Beretta that is more reliable for half the price. I don't because I was raised to beleive that its not my job to be negative or rain on someones parade if I don't like what they do. Then some call it the short and weak. Well I hope that person doesn't like the 9mm because name a 9mm that is more powerfull then the most powerful .40 round? SO I guess the 9mm would be really weak. By the way I like the 9mm and the 1911 I'm just making a point. If the question is to compare calibers then say whatever you want but please...stay on topic or please keep your negative comments to yourself. I for one prefer the .40 over all other rounds for combat.

October 17, 2003, 12:08 AM
Jedi: It's just something that happens. It's not personal, and it's not worth getting upset about, because it probably won't change in our lifetimes. In fact, I think it's even one of Tamara's "rules." Hang around long enough, and you'll probably do it someday, too.

If you really, really want to narrow the discussion to a particular whatever , you have to state that politely but explicitly at the beginning. It probably won't help, but it might.

And to be fair, sometimes the digressions are actually helpful, if they make someone think about something they otherwise would not have.

October 17, 2003, 12:15 AM
The fact that it happens doesnt make it right or cool. Dont get me wrong Im not gonna cry about it it jsut irritates me because its rude. I dont knock other peoples choices so please don't knock mine. If you dont care about irritating others continue to do so but if you want to be courteous please don't.

October 17, 2003, 12:36 AM
Well, that's not going to happen in my lifetime, but just to play the game, I'd stick with my Walther P99, though I really like my Glock, Kahr, and Browning. The .40 is my favorite all-around handgun caliber.

October 17, 2003, 12:37 AM
Glock 23.

Mike Irwin
October 17, 2003, 01:15 AM
Don't really care, just as long as I can get a good credit for it when I trade it in on a .357 Mag. revolver. :)

Actually, I shot a member's Beretta 96 the other day, and it was REALLY nice. He had had some work done to it, but recoil was not at all bad compared to some of the other .40s I've shot.

Gary H
October 17, 2003, 01:33 AM
P7M10 .. One of my favorites. Accurate, fast and little recoil. This is a great gun for those with large hands. Not for the timid.

October 17, 2003, 01:37 AM

October 17, 2003, 07:56 AM
Simple!! Glock 29!! :D

Hey, it's .40 caliber and you did not specify the kurz round!!! :evil:

October 17, 2003, 03:27 PM
I would have to say my 96. I haven't shot all of those others that have been mentioned, but then I haven't felt the need. The Beretta 96 is an excellant range gun and an acceptable carry piece.

Good luck making your choice.

Ala Dan
October 17, 2003, 04:51 PM
I'm not a fan of the .40; but if I had to have one, it most
definitely would be another G-27!:D :uhoh:

Best Wishes,
Ala Dan, N.R.A. Life Member

Daniel T
October 17, 2003, 04:58 PM
jedi, you do realize that you can get a 1911 in .40, right? I have one in fact, a Colt Mk IV Series 80.

October 17, 2003, 05:34 PM

October 17, 2003, 06:58 PM
Normally, I am a 1911 .45 guy. Ownly owned one .40 cal.(so far, subject to change without further notice!).
But....if.....it is probably cheating...but I think I'dd get a Delta Elite 10m/m and barrels for .40 and 357 .Sig.
Barring that and STI .40, or other 1911 variant.
The only other pistols that really get me fired up are the Sig's, so that would be option three.

October 18, 2003, 12:39 PM
Glock 23.

(I really want to say HK P2000, but I still can't get over the MSRP.) :uhoh:

October 18, 2003, 10:29 PM

G23 running second

October 19, 2003, 03:25 AM

PDW version of this, will that qualify as a handgun? :evil:

Black Snowman
October 19, 2003, 09:02 AM
My one .40 is a Glock 24P (long out of production) so my choice would be a Glock 35. When I was shopping though CCW wasn't a consideration.

I don't think the .5" longer barrel on the 35 makes it any harder to conceal than a 22 and the longer sight radius makes for better groups at the range. Plus you can always use a little extra velocity.

Invest in 2 or 3 high-caps for carry and use the 10 rounders for practice and/or IDPA and you're ready to go.

C. H. Luke
October 19, 2003, 12:41 PM
A No Brainer!


October 19, 2003, 12:48 PM
Does a 3" Model 610 count? ;)

October 19, 2003, 02:17 PM
IT would have to be a SIG!!!!

October 19, 2003, 04:48 PM
I have only one, it's a Kahr K40 Elite. :D

October 20, 2003, 07:02 PM
I'd take my Walther P99.

October 20, 2003, 07:21 PM
Now I know this is going to get some chuckles, but my fav .40 S&W is the S&W 410...I have owned the best, SIG 229, but keep coming back to the S&W 410, WEIGHT, BALANCE, GREAT CONTROLS, ADEQUATE ACCURACY...what more could you ask for....OK, burst my bubble, let's here the down side....( in a comparable $ range)...

October 20, 2003, 08:06 PM
a .40 is not my first choice, but since ya asked.......................

I have owned several, but currently just have a Browning HP. Of all the .40 guns I have owned and/or shot, I like this one the best.

October 20, 2003, 08:16 PM

October 20, 2003, 09:27 PM
Sig 239

October 21, 2003, 03:27 AM
A Sig P229R-DAK.... This is a P229 with an accessory rail and a consistent 6.6-lb. trigger pull, hmmmmm, a Sig w/ some "Glock-like" features! LE is currently said to be eating up early production guns, and no one seems to have an exact date as to when it will be released to the civilian public. :(

Other viable candidates in no particular order: G23, P99, S&W 4006/4003TSW, Sig P226ST, USP, Steyr M......Sorry I wasn't much help, it's hard deciding. :banghead:

Best, jnb01

October 21, 2003, 09:25 AM
I couldn't own a 1911 in .40 S&W. That wasted space in the mag would gnaw at me and gnaw at me until I converted it to 10mm Auto. :o

October 21, 2003, 09:38 AM
Another vote for a SIG 229. It has the second best grip feel of hicap guns (BHP being the best).

Ky Larry
October 21, 2003, 01:13 PM
I only have one .40 S&W. It's a CZ-75B. When the CZ RAMI hits the stores, I'll own two .40 S&W's.

Daniel T
October 21, 2003, 01:39 PM

I couldn't own a 1911 in .40 S&W. That wasted space in the mag would gnaw at me and gnaw at me until I converted it to 10mm Auto.

I know, I know! I have big plans for converting it into 10mm. Unfortunately (or maybe not), I keep buying more guns instead of a barrel, mags, etc. for my Colt. :)

Johnny Guest
October 21, 2003, 02:05 PM
.40 Browning High Power

October 21, 2003, 02:51 PM
Sig P229, then I'd swap a barrel for a .357sig...-oh wait, I've already done that.

October 21, 2003, 03:37 PM
Para Ordnance P16.40 Limited

October 21, 2003, 04:05 PM
My one and only .40 for now. Goes bang everytime! My current ccw until BHP from Don Williams gets back.:p

October 21, 2003, 05:20 PM
Thats easy, Sig 239

Tropical Z
October 21, 2003, 10:13 PM
My RAP-440's are as good as or better than ANY gun already mentioned and that's a promise!

October 21, 2003, 10:58 PM
DUH!!! Browning Hi-Power .40


October 25, 2003, 05:53 AM
3" M657 Smith.

October 26, 2003, 01:22 PM
XD-40. A better glock than the glock:evil:

October 26, 2003, 02:06 PM
Just one gun in a .40 is a tough call. I've never shot a .40 and get all kinds of mixed reviews about the recoil...but it doesn't stop me from being curious. :D If I had to pick from one -- and given my state limitations....I'd probably go with either the Beretta 96 or a Glock (which ever fits your hand best). For those that have fired the .40 -- how does the recoil compare to a 9mm? I'm also interested in the .45 but again, never fired one. It'd be nice to have a variety among calibers. :cool: Sigs are great guns too -- available in MA but I agree, if you have the opportunity to get a Beretta or Glock -- either will do just fine for considerably less.

October 26, 2003, 02:48 PM
For concealability I would pick the Kahr MK40. Like the one in my front pocket right now.

October 26, 2003, 09:22 PM
HK USP Compact

October 29, 2003, 09:18 AM
It would have to be one of these:


10+1 rounds, DA/SA and/or Cocked & Locked, ambidextrous levers, lightweight steel & alloy construction (28 oz), the 3 5/8" long barrel is a good carry/range size, and mine is as accurate & reliable as any other semi-auto I own.

Yep - this would have to be my pick for a one & only .40S&W....

:eek: Whoops! It IS my only .40S&W.........

October 29, 2003, 07:32 PM
...just a little tamer than my G23.


October 29, 2003, 07:33 PM
Glock 23

October 31, 2003, 01:29 AM
None of the above. Don't have one, don't need one, don't want one, won't be getting one...

Unless you're counting the 10mm as a 40. :D

October 31, 2003, 08:56 AM
HK USP 40c

their are only 2 types of guns that I would personally carry, Glocks and HK's.

But I would buy a Glock in 40 S$W

October 31, 2003, 11:34 AM
H&K USP .40; none better!

October 31, 2003, 01:10 PM
I'll pass on the Glocks because I am extremely fond of my right hand.... I think my Para 1640 would do the job. 16 + 1 rounds standard capacity is enough to settle most disagreements and it is a tack driver for accuracy.

November 1, 2003, 05:33 AM
CZ 75B in .40, which was my first .40 :D and my first CZ.


November 1, 2003, 08:46 AM
If you want something a litttle different :cool:
look into the Star .40s like Model 31.

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