.40 S&W Compact Vs Full Size


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Icehouse13
October 26, 2012, 04:16 PM
I currently have a compact pistol in .40 S&W with a 3" barrel and I am considering purchasing a full size of the same type with a 5" barrel.

My reasoning is that I expect to enjoy shooting the full size a bit more due to a little more heft and longer sight plane. I could reserve the compact for it's intended concealment duties. Magazine capacity is essentially the same.

Is this a frivolous purchase? Would the $$ be better spent on extras for the compact?

Thoughts?

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JTQ
October 26, 2012, 04:25 PM
Size-wise, your pistol has a 3.5" barrel and the full size has a 4.25" barrel, but you would go from a 10 round magazine to a 15 round magazine. So it seems to me the mag capacity is the bigger increase to me rather than the barrel length as you mentioned.

The M&P 9 is available with a 5" barrel, but I haven't seen the .40 model with the 5" barrel.

Nothing wrong with having both pistols though.

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Skribs
October 26, 2012, 04:51 PM
It's ultimately up to you what you want. I'm finding more and more that unless I start to OC, I'd rather just have a compact or two. Then again, all of my firearms are for defense first, practice second, and fun third (although I think I actually do those in the reverse order).

That said, I advocate having a second gun because if one breaks, or gets sent to the shop, you don't want to be defensless. Others will say to spend that $$ on ammo so you can practice. What type of extras are you considering? That may affect what I suggest, as well. In the end, just make sure whatever you buy is a quality product, and have fun poking holes in stuff.

jim243
October 28, 2012, 03:19 PM
Would the $$ be better spent on extras for the compact?


No, spend the money on the larger 40 S&W. It will be more fun to shoot and help you in shooting the smaller 3 inch pistol.

Jim

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greenlion
October 28, 2012, 06:22 PM
A .40 with a 5 inch pistol is more like a competition size than regular full sized (duty sized). A full size pistol like a GLOCK 17 is much more versatile and pleasant for a day at the range.

Fred_G
October 28, 2012, 06:42 PM
I currently have a compact pistol in .40 S&W with a 3" barrel and I am considering purchasing a full size of the same type with a 5" barrel.

My reasoning is that I expect to enjoy shooting the full size a bit more due to a little more heft and longer sight plane. I could reserve the compact for it's intended concealment duties. Magazine capacity is essentially the same.

Is this a frivolous purchase? Would the $$ be better spent on extras for the compact?

Thoughts?
You might also look into the XGrip. Makes shooting with a full size M&P magazine more like shooting with a full sized gun. Gives you more bullets for a lot less money. More magazines are always good to have.

http://gregcotellc.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=142&products_id=977



Site also has the M&P mags for $25. Great company to buy from. Looks like he went up .99 on his shipping, but I think it is a flat fee.

Misread your post, you said 40 S&W... Duh. I was thinking a S&W .40. Dang details and numbers and such.:)

KenW.
October 28, 2012, 07:06 PM
No gun purchase is "frivolous".:cool:

Fred_G
October 28, 2012, 10:31 PM
No gun purchase is "frivolous".:cool:
Well said Sir, well said.

breakingcontact
October 29, 2012, 09:21 PM
You might also look into the XGrip.


You'll get the higher capacity, bigger grip, just not the longer barrel for less $.

hammerklavier
October 29, 2012, 11:16 PM
If you enjoy shooting it at the range, why not? It would not have to be just a range toy, it could double as a home defense weapon.

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