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.40 Cal Comparison

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by miamivicedade, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. miamivicedade

    miamivicedade Well-Known Member

    All -

    I will be getting a new .40 caliber tomorrow and have narrowed my search to three guns. I am looking at either the Glock 23, the FNX40 or the FNS40. Any experience or suggestions about these, and which one is best. It could potentially be a carry gun.
  2. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    I've only experience with the G23.

    They're great, and I go so far as to say the finest .40 I've fired and owned. Plus, feeling froggy?

    Get a G32 barrel, instant Glock in .357 Sig if you so choose.:)
  3. MaterDei

    MaterDei Well-Known Member

    I understand that BATFE agents are fond of the Glock foty.
  4. miamivicedade

    miamivicedade Well-Known Member

    Thanks, guys. I think I will get one of those.
  5. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    You can't go wrong with FN.

    You'll be hard pressed to do better than a G23. You've picked a reputable manufacturer, and my personal favorite in that chambering.

    May I ask: what gen are you getting?
  6. miamivicedade

    miamivicedade Well-Known Member

    3rd Gen is my preference. My local shop does have a 3rd Gen. I currently have a 19 3rd Gen, and holster for it. The 23 would be fit the same. I have always wanted a good .40 caliber gun. I like that caliber the best. I am kinda becoming an FN fan, and really like the FNX, but I think striker fire would be optimal for ccw, but I don't know for sure.

    My 19 has been great. I do love glocks, but those FNs are so pretty, and I believe they have 3 mags, at 14 rounds per. Highly respectable (as far as I know) for .40 caliber.
  7. JO JO

    JO JO Well-Known Member

    I have an fns 40, it has become my favorite by far, always goes bang,
    hits right on the mark, super easy disassembly comes with 3 mags, even
    being a 40 recoil is soft has a low bore axis I really feel there top notch
    I have shot and owned many brands to me fns really does well,
  8. bds

    bds Well-Known Member

    I have G22/G23/G27. The Gen3 G23 I bought last year is actually outshooting the G22 bought two years ago.

    Nice thing about G23 is that with the 40-9 conversion barrel, it will allow you to shoot cheaper 9mm rounds for practice and carry the 40S&W for SD/HD (It's like having two guns for the price of a barrel of $100-$150).

    With the price of ammunition right now (if you can find any), you could pay for a reloading setup before too long. With lead bullets, I can reload 50 9mm rounds for around $5 that are more accurate than factory target loads.

    If you end up getting the G27, the G23 conversion barrel will also work in the G27.
  9. miamivicedade

    miamivicedade Well-Known Member

    Great advice. Thanks. I am looking forward to getting it.
  10. JDGray

    JDGray Well-Known Member

    Had a 23, have a 35, great shooting guns! My CZ40B will out shoot them, but not by much.:D
  11. dirtengineer

    dirtengineer Well-Known Member

    My wife has a Gen 3 G23. Nice gun.
  12. meanmrmustard

    meanmrmustard Well-Known Member

    3rd is my fave. Cool.
  13. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    And with the glock you do have the option of a 357sig barrel or a 9mm conversion barrel for practice/fun shoots.
  14. Frizzman

    Frizzman Well-Known Member

    Glock 23

    The G23 is my favorite Glock. I bought my first Glock in 1990. It was a 23. Since then, I have had just about every model and I have come back to the G23. Its a good balance of power, capacity, shootability, durability, simplicity. It is a proven design and the choice of the FBI, with the G22 also, and many other LE agencies. There are lots of parts and accessories widely, at least there were before the recent insanity. I have a Gen 4 and I think it is an improvement over previous generations. I have a Storm Lake 9mm conversion barrel and will be getting a .357 Sig barrel too...So, have a G18, 23 and a G32...The other pistols you mentioned may be good too. I have never had one of those.
  15. Trad Archer

    Trad Archer Well-Known Member

    Good luck with your choice. I hope it will be what you want.
  16. Armedleprechaun

    Armedleprechaun Well-Known Member

    I love my Glock 23 Gen4.
  17. ku4hx

    ku4hx Well-Known Member

    I own guns of various make, model and caliber. In many cases, multiplies of each with respect to both model and caliber.

    I bought my Glock 23 in 1993 and at first it was a bit problematic to say the least. But, Glock fixed that and it's been my constant companion for several years: daytime carry, bedside table, house carry and etc. It has proven to be reliable, accurate and a joy to shoot.

    Of the guns we own, it's the one we've both had occasions to use in a defensive situation. I like the gun and I highly recommend it. Of course, others have other stories and opinions and their recommendations should be noted.
  18. Skribs

    Skribs Well-Known Member

    I don't like FN. They seem to think they know better than their civilian customers. Their non-manual-safety model FNS pistols are only available to LEO/military (or if you can find one used), and if a civilian sends in a letter requesting they open it up to the public they receive a very snarky response about how the safety is just low profile. It would be one thing if they didn't make such a model...

    I would recommend the Glock.
  19. skeezer1

    skeezer1 Member

    P 16 40 para. All metal
  20. shepsan

    shepsan Well-Known Member

    miamivicedade, at present I own a FNS-40, FNX-40 and Glock 27. All are .40 S&W semi-automatic pistols.

    I carry the FNS concealed under a jacket in winter, the Glock 27 is my concealed pocket carry gun in summer and the FNX-40 is my bedside gun year round.

    The FNS-40 is an excellent striker-fire pistol. The FNX-40 is an excellent hammer action pistol. Both have a multitude of features that incorporate some of the best ones found in Glock striker-fire pistols and in 1911 hammer action pistols.

    am impressed with the FNH models because of their designs and craftsmanship. Both fit well in my hands, have good balance, buffered recoil, are accurate, easy to disassemble and clean, and neither has failed to properly load fire or eject the various brands, weights, and types of ammunition I have used.

    Their 3-dot sights are very good. During daylight or with a flash light attached at night, the front sight rivets my eyes to whatever point I wish to aim.

    The lighter weight of these two models compared to my all-steel 1911’s is less tiring to carry or to hold for extensive training shooting periods.

    The ambidextrous safeties are easily manageable. And, once I worked the take-down levers a number of times, disassembly became quite simple to do. Cleaning and lubing is an easy task with the FN line of pistols.

    I am highly accurate up to 15 yards with both pistols. Thus, for short defensive distances, these are effective weapons when loaded with powerful .40 S&W ammunition.

    It is my personal opinion that either FNH model is superior to any of the Glock .40models. To carry it a further step, I think these two pistols are superior to ANY .40 S&W pistols whether they be made of polymer or steel.

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