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Is 40 S&W the red-headed step child?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TanklessPro, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. TanklessPro

    TanklessPro Well-Known Member

    I have been recently hitting up the more mainstream areas(big box stores) and have noticed that ammo is mostly gone. 223,9,45 are have become an endangered. If any ammo is available, it's 40. I shoot a lot of 40 and one store today had 100's of boxes of fmj.
    I know 9 and 45 are popular but I didn't think it was that big of a gap.
    Am I the only 40 shooter out there? Why is it seem to be the only ammo available in large quantities?
  2. SiteManager

    SiteManager Active Member

    You are not the only one. I have the other 2...
  3. VA27

    VA27 Well-Known Member

    Probably because the cops are mostly the biggest user of 40 cal. Non-uniformed citizens and cops who get to pick what they carry use .357, 9mm and 45ACP.
  4. DMK

    DMK Well-Known Member

    I've heard that comment from a couple people. 9mm and 223 are obvious, but you'd think more folks shoot .40.

    I own two 40sw guns. I like them a lot, but actually shoot 38 special the most, as far as handgun calibers go.
  5. Narwhal

    Narwhal Well-Known Member

    .40 is all I shoot in semi autos. I have 7 pistols in the caliber. It's great still being able to find lots of ammo right now, one of the caliber's many advantages :)
  6. Teachu2

    Teachu2 Well-Known Member

    Is 40 S&W the red-headed step child?

    Yes, but it's OK to love 'em same as the rest!
  7. FitGunner

    FitGunner Well-Known Member

    I have mainly seen .40 and .45 acp on the shelves lately.
  8. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    I'm a .40S&W shooter and reloader. It's a great cartridge which I consider neither red-headed nor a step-child.

    As I've always said, have a .40 in your battery, and when .45 and 9mm grow scarce, you'll be able to shoot.
  9. firesky101

    firesky101 Well-Known Member

    I wonder if it has something to do with all the first time gun owners from the last 5 years. Those that bought their first gun will gravitate to what they know. Everybody has heard of 9mm, then there are those who know of the 1911's so they go with .45. .40S&W may just be new enough that most non gun folks don't recognize it. It is old news to us, but maybe not to them.
  10. sonick808

    sonick808 Well-Known Member

    is .40 sold in higher volume than .45ACP yet ?

    I'm seriously asking, I don't know....

    It seems that .40 is darn near 9x19 in volume these days.

    Feel free to flog me if i'm wrong....
  11. bigfinger76

    bigfinger76 Well-Known Member

    I love my .40.
    Been reloading all week for it (too damn cold to shoot here).
    It was my first pistol; I did much research before I bought it. Seems like a great compromise between 9mm and .45.
  12. izhevsk

    izhevsk Well-Known Member

    I've had no trouble finding .40 S&W around here if I bother to look. One local shop had a large stack of the Winchester 180 grain JHP, 50 rounds, black lettering white box, for $20ish. Seemed like a pretty good deal so I picked up a few boxes the other day. I'd normally buy range rounds at Walmart, but they've pretty much been cleaned out of everything since December.
  13. EBK

    EBK Well-Known Member

    I shoot .40 as well and here in my area it is sold out just like every other caliber except 12 guage. No reloading supplies to be found either.
  14. mrvco

    mrvco Well-Known Member

    I love shooting my Glock 35, it definitely hits the poppers and dueling tree with more authority than 9mm. The downside is that it is a bit more expense... but I haven't broken down and bought a Glock 34 to reduce my ammo costs :) (yet)
  15. Atbat82

    Atbat82 Well-Known Member

    I've also noticed that many (most?) of the used guns I see around are .40. Seems like a lot of .40 trade-ins.

    Not sure why, but I thought I'd throw that out there.

    Sent from my iPhone
  16. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    I like .40 Short and Wimpy. There's not as much kick as my .45, and only holds a little less than my 9mm.
  17. Grassman

    Grassman Well-Known Member

    Not here, .40 hasn't been seen in months.
  18. O C

    O C Well-Known Member

    Browning Hi Power in .40 is about as good a carry gun I could find. Double stack,15rd, controls almost like 1911 (I have 7 of those) not as bulky as a Beretta (I have 4 of those) lighter than a 1911, carry cocked and locked,easy to conceal. A lot has been said about the recoil, but it's a non starter for me. But ALWAYS carry what you shoot best, even if it's a Glock (I only have one of those).
  19. WardenWolf

    WardenWolf member

    I dislike .40 because it's more prone to bullet setback than both 9mm and .45. It's a very noticeable problem with this caliber. My friend almost blew up his XD with a round that had only been chambered a couple of times. The entire shoulder of the bullet was below the end of the case neck. And the only Glock kabooms you ever hear about also involve .40 caliber pistols. I truly believe the round is fundamentally flawed and poses an unusual risk.
  20. pacerdude

    pacerdude Well-Known Member

    All of my defensive pistols are .40s&w. I happen to like the round.

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