Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by triplebike, Jul 12, 2022.
Please no Taurus or Hi-Point. Thanks
That would probably be the most cost-effective contemporary solution buying new.
Heckler & Koch also makes them, yet they are certainly at a higher price point.
SIG Sauer was also a longtime manufacturer yet have halted that great caliber.
Here's something to consider ... During your lifetime of shooting, cost of "gun" will become less significant compared to cost of "ammunition". (In the past 30 years, most of $180,000+ spent on this hobby went to pay for over 700,000 rounds of factory/reloads not counting 22LR ... true story )
So for "inexpensive" used 40S&W, I suggest Glock 22/23 for the following reasons:
Can shoot cheaper 9mm with 40-9mm conversion barrels
Can shoot even cheaper 22LR with Advantage Arms slide kits
Swenson Conversion Barrel Glock 22 40 S&W to 9mm Luger 1 16 Twist SS (midwayusa.com)
Glock 22 Gen 4 Police trade.
Then I suggest M&P40 for "Ooooh, nice grip" feel.
I did Burwell trigger job and it shot very accurately until my sister shot it and snagged it for match shooting - http://www.burwellguns.com/misc/M&Ptriggerjob.pdf
S&W SW99 .40
Walther P99 AS .40
Magnum Research MR40
Ruger P series .40
Beretta APX .40
Mauser M2 .40
EAA Witness and Witness P .40
Of ones I've owned that are fairly affordable...
I like the M&P better than the Glock, and they cost less.
EAA Witness is good. It's a CZ75 clone. I got a used polymer one for next to nothing a few years ago.
The Turkish company SAR also makes good CZ clones. I've owned two.
RIA makes a nice, inexpensive 1911. They're available in 40 caliber.
The S&W SDVWE whatever was a lot like a Glock, but with a horrible trigger.
The Ruger P series is reliable, but clunky and I almost never shoot them.
This barely used polymer 40 caliber CZ clone was an absolute steal. They are made by Tanfoglio in Italy.
TanfoglioWitness40 by Tallball posted Jun 17, 2018 at 6:43 PM
Glock essentially put a .40 S&W barrel in their 9mm guns and called it good, which is primarily the reason we had 4 generations of Glock's as they tried to fix problems with guns that were designed for 9mm, but were shooting .40 S&W.
Now with the Gen 5 Glock's in .40 S&W, Glock has begun using a heavier slide than their 9mm family members. We'll see if this is the solution Glock is looking for.
The notion of being able to convert to 9mm later does make some sense...presume they actually work. Personal experience with AA .22 conversions being they don't work.
It's over a 1000 high end rds, 3/4 range 1/4 defense. I have 4 9mm's. PPQ M1 & PPS M2 are my main defensive handguns. Just figured another defensive weapon can't hurt.
Didn't know about the Walther & Beretta, but I never looked for a 40 before either. I'm a big Walther fan but for the right price I would purchase either in a heartbeat. I believe that the Ruger SR series is one of Ruger's finest moments so that would be a winner to find. I don't remember see any of those three in 40s&w in my area for quite some time if ever. Thanks for the heads up!
An absolute genuine classic.
That one right there, since you (like me) aren't fond of the grip angle.
I'll say this about Glock's grip; it's design is better shooting a round with higher recoil impulse. It's my favorite for shooting 10mm.
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