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Old 03-08-2013, 09:20 PM   #1
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Dear all,

I recently got into guns, and am absolutely loving it! I now own a gen 4 Glock 17, a h&k p30 (in 9mm) and just bought a Ruger sr22 for my wife. I am thinking about about getting a 40 caliber semi automatic pistol and would like some input/wisdom from all of you who have been into guns for a while for some suggestions.. Would like something med sized...

Thanks in advance for the help
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get the ruger sr 40 excellent gun and in the unlikely situation that theres a problem with the gun its backed by rugers excennent customer service

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If you like the Glock you own I would suggest a 23.

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M&P 40c would be a great gun

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The only pistol, of all the ones I've owned over the years, that NEVER hiccuped was a Glock 22. Still miss that soft-shooting gun.

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Why would you want a .40 they are all plagued with being either under power for the weight of the gun or having a lot of muzzel jump and just ....lacking in general either get a .45 or stick with the 9mm...the .40 smith & wesson was created due to the fact that there are more female police officers out there and was targeted at police departments who primarily use .45 ACP as a carry weapon well its been 15 years and the 9mm has become the predominant handgun round in the universe.FYI i know alot of cops male and female they all hate the .40 s&w they either still carry .45 ACP or they carry a 9mm mall security guards don't even like them it was a nice idea that fizzeled out along time ago don't waste your money

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Why would you want a .40 they are all plagued with being either under power for the weight of the gun or having a lot of muzzel jump and just ....lacking in general either get a .45 or stick with the 9mm...the .40 smith & wesson was created due to the fact that there are more female police officers out there and was targeted at police departments who primarily use .45 ACP as a carry weapon well its been 15 years and the 9mm has become the predominant handgun round in the universe.FYI i know alot of cops male and female they all hate the .40 s&w they either still carry .45 ACP or they carry a 9mm mall security guards don't even like them it was a nice idea that fizzeled out along time ago don't waste your money
I would tend to agree the 45s percieved recoil is mainly backwards making followup shots much quicker whereas 40 is up causing slow followup
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I would tend to agree the 45s percieved recoil is mainly backwards making followup shots much quicker whereas 40 is up causing slow followup
That can all be curved with proper practice, government and police departments don't use it because it sounds cool
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Love my XD40, no problems with recoil or followup shots. Also haven't had a problem buying ammo, cant find any for my sr22 tho!

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I would tend to agree the 45s percieved recoil is mainly backwards making followup shots much quicker whereas 40 is up causing slow followup
Snappiness of the .40 S&W compared to the .45 ACP is mainly due to the differences in weight, 185 gr versus 230 gr. A 185 gr bullet will typically move quicker than the heavier 230 gr. Since muzzle energy calculation halves weight and squares velocity, the .40 will typically have more energy coming out of the muzzle...hence more recoil. Weight of the pistol is typically an issue as well, most .40 S&W pistols are polymer whereas most .45 ACP are metal.

Average muzzle energies for common pistol cartridges
Cartridge Muzzle energy
ft-lbf joules
.380 ACP 199 270
.38 Special 310 420
9 mm Luger 350 470
.45 Colt 370 500
.45 GAP 400 540
.45 ACP 400 540
.40 S&W 425 576
.357 Sig 475 644
.357 Mag 550 750
10mm Auto 650 880
.44 Mag 1,000 1,400
.50 AE 1,500 2,000
.454 Casull 1,900 2,600
.460 SW 2,400 3,300
.500 SW 2,600 3,500
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