Best full size .40 S&W handgun?


April 26, 2011, 08:12 AM
I need some opinions on the best full size .40. Anything is fine except an m&p because I already have a compact in .40 and a full size .45. Thanks.

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April 26, 2011, 09:13 AM
Hi power if you like steel guns. Cant speak for the polymer guns. I personally cant stand the feel of the grip safety of a 1911, but they are quality guns.

April 26, 2011, 09:43 AM
I own and regularly take to the range a S&W Model 410. Bought it used about 4 years ago from LGS and she just flat out performs flawlessly. Bulkier than some .40 S&W caliber guns but POA, recoil and durability are just flat out "grinnin time" features I find it has to offer. All this IMHO and offered free of charge.

April 26, 2011, 09:56 AM
Glock 22 or 35 would be my pick

April 26, 2011, 10:01 AM
If you can find one the Steyr polymer guns are supposed to be quite nice.

April 26, 2011, 02:01 PM
If you already have a Smith M&P in compact 40 it makes sense to get the full sized version as well. Alternatively, I really like the 3rd Gen Glock 23 and 22.

April 26, 2011, 04:02 PM
Glock , and with so many older cop pistol trade ins there also a deal.

April 26, 2011, 04:16 PM

Have had a Beretta full size Px4 40 G (decocker-only) w/rotating barrel, polymer frame, large round capacity and can't say enough good things about it over 5yrs, 11k flawless rounds, accuracy never fails, very soft/balanced, and rail mounted laser has not changed in 4yrs since I put it on and dialed it in for a six o:clock sight picture just off/above the front sight.. Spot on whether up close or out to 63ft max at my indoor range.

Very nice, smooth DA pull and clean SA break, out of the NIB, which both just get better and better with use..

Mine next to my Sig P228 9mm

Also, I have Two P229n/r 40's (also decocker-only) that between both of them, thru 4yrs, I have nearly 14K flawless rounds and a tad heavier than the Px4 40 but the thicker slide/weight offers nearly the same soft, balanced, recoil along with quick follow up shots with on-going accuracy that just never fails.. great gun as well.

Note: P228n/r 9mm same size as P229n/r 40

Both of my P229n/r 40's , one with CTC laser grips, once set, 3yrs ago, never changes as where the red dot is, so go the bullet/s

Both, make/model, guns are the easiest guns to dissemble, inspect, clean, and reassemble, out there, bar none.. Makes for fast, easy, fun, inspections/cleanings.

Both types just a pure joy to own and shoot and I "know" they will keep on firing, be it 2-hand grip, 1-hand grip, weak hand grip, they don't fail, never have in mentioned years and round counts with both type ammo's new or reloads, with exception to a bad bullet here and there, now and then.

If you want a slightly bigger gun, then a Sig P226 would be a great flavor to choose..

New ammo's of most makes or reloads (of good and known re-loader/company) run fine thru both makes



April 26, 2011, 04:33 PM
Best? Well, thats really a personal thing.

Favorite? Steyr M40-A1.

Best reputation for reliability? H&K USP .40
Best Overall Reputation? SIG P225/P226 or Glock-series.
Best Ergos? Walther P99 or H&K P30 .40S&W (latter also HIGHLY reliable, but not terribly cost-effective).
Best Overall Accuracy? Buy a 9mm, or a custom .45. :P

Bullet Bob
April 26, 2011, 05:08 PM
Finally, an easy question - the answer? A S&W 646:

Seriously, as others have pointed out, there is no best; there's a bunch of good ones, and it's up to you to pick the one that works best for you, or that you like the most.

Jed Carter
April 26, 2011, 06:28 PM
Best? I like my SIG P226 .40S&W / .357SIG, been my HD weapon of choice for years. STI makes some of the best 1911s in .40S&W, my STI 9mm is an incredible pistol, it is the best shooting pistol I own. H&K USP Expert is a great handgun, like everthing about it, but the price. Beretta 96, Glock G22, SIG P229, P239...

April 26, 2011, 07:00 PM
For the cost, quality, durability and accuracy its an American made Ruger SR40...After making the mistake of buying everything else first I have found that the Ruger auto's are hard to beat just like their SA/DA revolvers.

April 26, 2011, 08:03 PM
I like the Beretta/Stoeger Cougar 8040 for a metal framed pistol and the FNP-40 for the poly flavor.

April 26, 2011, 08:06 PM
To me, nothing can be sweeter than the G35

Hk Dan
April 26, 2011, 08:52 PM
HK USP--No compromise.

Close second--GLOCK 22/23/35

Tennessee Ned
April 26, 2011, 09:05 PM
My vote goes to the Sig 229 or 226. My 229 is very accurate and a joy to shoot.

April 26, 2011, 09:18 PM
The Glock. G24L. One bad weapon. I have a 17L and it is phenomenal. 15rds. too (if you act quick that is).

But don't get an aftermarket slide! The factory ones are cut differently and have tighter tolerances.

April 26, 2011, 11:07 PM
I am a 1911 type but I recently acquired a Sig P226 with .22 and 9mm top ends.
It has impressed me enough that I expect I will get a .40 S&W conversion for it.


April 27, 2011, 08:42 PM
If not an M&P40 than a Glock 22.

April 27, 2011, 11:10 PM
I'm not much of a semi-auto guy but IMO any Sig Sauer ( will serve you well.

April 27, 2011, 11:21 PM
This is my favorite full size .40 S&W pistol. I also have a BERETTA 96 and the two things that set the Vertec apart are the slimmer, straight grip which is modeled on the 1911 pistol. I find that I shoot a slightly higher score when I use the Vertec instead of the 96 with the regular grip style.

The other feature I like is the light/laser rail on the front of the frame. I really, really like a bright light on a gun for house or nighttime use and the Vertec was the only model with it until the 90-2 and M9A1 series came out.

I have shot other .40 caliber pistols including the GLOCK 22 and H&K P 2000. The GLOCK kicks too much for me and the H&K is just too expensive for what it offers.

So for now, my favorite is the Vertec.


April 27, 2011, 11:31 PM
FNP-40, or if you like cocked and locked, the FNX-40.

Both are extremely reliable, and have the now common interchangeable back straps. Take-down is just like a SIG, and if suppressors are your game, EFK Firedragon makes threaded barrels for less than $200.

Holsters used to be difficult to find, but they have been out for some time now so people have found holsters built for other guns that fit perfectly.

Oh yeah, they're also made in the USA, and FN Herstal has a long history of producing quality firearms for us.:cool:

April 28, 2011, 12:11 AM
I would toss in the Springfield XD 40 5" Tactical. Has a grip safety and comes with a holster and mag. holsters in a great case.

April 28, 2011, 02:21 AM
Love the feel of the Glock 22 - I have 2 of them.

April 28, 2011, 07:49 AM
Good caliber to consider. At the height of ammo shortage Walmart had boxes of it on the shelf.

Brian Williams
April 28, 2011, 09:57 AM
I will follow bulletbob and say the S&W 646

May 2, 2011, 07:00 PM
Well, since you eliminated the M&P which would have been my first choice for the money, I would go with a HK USP 40 or P30.

Mike J
May 2, 2011, 07:35 PM
I own a XD-40 service & the now discontinued Ruger P944. They are both good guns but the XD's ergonomics work better for me. I do not own but have shot a Glock 23 & it is a very nice combination of size & capacity though technically a compact.

Lord Teapot
May 2, 2011, 07:40 PM
beretta makes a px4 in .40, i love the 9mm px4 and i think it was worth every penny.

May 3, 2011, 08:56 AM
Don't forget the CZ40.

May 3, 2011, 09:18 AM
Walther P99 AS in.40

May 3, 2011, 11:00 AM
I use a glock 22 and its great! I also have a Glock 27 for summer CCW. alittle easyer to conceal with less clothes.

May 3, 2011, 01:42 PM
HK? Hi-power? If you go with another polymer I wouldn't get a glock or XD. Both are fine pistols but they are just to similar to the m&p. I just treat the polymers as a platform. You already have a couple m&p's, if you got a M&P40 FS you would have the advantage of interchangeable magazine's and holsters with M&P40c. As well as already being familiar with the function and ergonomics of the the M&P line.

May 3, 2011, 01:59 PM
Cz 75b

May 3, 2011, 02:00 PM
Don't bash me for this, but try the Taurus PT840.

seriously. Don't knock it 'til you try it.

May 3, 2011, 02:07 PM
I would say both the SA XD40 and the SIG Sauer P229 both are well built and handle the recoil good.

What you really need to do is hold all of these .40s mentioned and find the one that best fits your hands, that is the one that you want.

May 3, 2011, 04:00 PM
I got one still NIB, have'nt had a chance to shoot it yet. Hows the accuracy?

May 3, 2011, 07:08 PM
I haven't fired every type or brand of .40 caliber pistol, so I can't state unequivocally which is best. I can say, though, that my Glock 22 is one heck of a fine weapon.

May 3, 2011, 09:31 PM
Beretta 96 for solid steel or if you want polymer a Glock 22.

May 3, 2011, 09:32 PM
I fired a rather large number of different .40 S&W guns. Personally I vote SIG 229 or CZ-75 but if you have small hands you may disagree.

May 3, 2011, 10:58 PM
I love my Steyr M40, but I plan on a future purchase of a S&W M&P and Bersa Thunder 40HC due to the excellent reviews I've read of both.

May 3, 2011, 11:15 PM
Don't be so quick to dismiss the M&P40... You should remember that they make a Pro Series version that fits your requirements to a "T".

Just a little visual enticement:

May 3, 2011, 11:22 PM
Beretta 8040 - First gun ever designed around .40... and It just happens to have fantastic ergos, great accuracy, and excellent reliability.

May 4, 2011, 12:24 AM
something made by CZ

May 4, 2011, 12:53 AM
SA XDm. My XDm .45 is a tackdriver.;)

May 4, 2011, 02:16 AM
another vote for the Sig 226

May 4, 2011, 08:11 AM
@ Hunt480

Accuracy is rather good for the price. I haven't tried too much in the range department, but its more than capable of hitting center mass on anything you're willing to put a hole through.

May 4, 2011, 11:59 AM
Browning Hi-Power is a classic. Wood and steel. Nice balance, accurate and a bit pricey.

Pops 1
May 4, 2011, 09:07 PM
Gen.3 G22.

May 7, 2011, 12:16 AM
never owned a sig but i have owned a beretta 92 fs in 9mm great pistol so it would be a good gun in forty but the only pistols i own now in a 40 cal is a glock 23 and 29 to tell you the truth id go with the 22 for a full size

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