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.40 S&W Compact Vs Full Size

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Icehouse13, Oct 26, 2012.

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  1. Icehouse13

    Icehouse13 Member

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    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?
     
  2. JTQ

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    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.

    http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...rResults=&useFilter=&identifier=1351279136043
     
  3. Skribs

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    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.
     
  4. jim243

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    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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  5. greenlion

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    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.
     
  6. Fred_G

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    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.:)
     
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  7. KenW.

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    No gun purchase is "frivolous".:cool:
     
  8. Fred_G

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    Well said Sir, well said.
     
  9. breakingcontact

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

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    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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