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Old 04-24-2012, 01:37 AM   #71
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I am as open as I can be. A grip safety & fix the lead issue and I'll be silent as a lamb. My gun club requires lead only ammo for our indoor range - PITA.
Aftermarket barrels like Lone Wolf work fine with lead bullets. No doubt it's a pain to buy a second barrel but you could get a Glock 40S&W then a 40-9mm conversion barrel for practice and lead.

As far as the grip safety, I don't demand one but if it doesn't get in the way (as in my Colt and Llama 1911s) I'm ok with it. All my other pistols don't have one and I don't miss it. If you do want it, at least the XD is a good gun.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:23 PM   #72
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No doubt it's a pain to buy a second barrel but you could get a Glock 40S&W then a 40-9mm conversion barrel for practice and lead.
That's actually a good idea that would "kill 2 birds with one stone". The .40 S&W cartridge runs several dollars a box more, even for cheap FMJ practice ammo. By purchasing a second 9 MM barrel one could shoot FMJ 9 MM for practice for about the same cost as it would be to go through the hassle of reloading .40 S&W.

I never got involved with the .40 S&W because I've always considered it somewhat of a "backward development". By that I mean when S&W came out with the .357 Magnum cartridge back in 1935 they basically took a .38 Special case and lengthened it to produce what was then the most powerful handgun cartridge in the world. Fast forward to the .40 S&W round which is nothing more than a shortened, down loaded 10 MM. It seems police and law enforcement in general had the same trouble with the 10 MM as they had back in the mid 60's when S&W came out with the .41 Magnum round. That round was designed as a compromise between the .357 Magnum which was a bit too little, and the .44 Magnum which was way too much for law enforcement. Especially in urban areas. So I guess S&W felt it was time to reduce power for cops, rather than increase it. That idea appears to have worked. The .40 S&W is a smashing success. The Department of Homeland Security just ordered 450 MILLION rounds of it.

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Always had a soft spot for the 41 Mag and like a few others, wondered if they had packaged it in a more LEO user friendly format, things might have gone differently...

While the 40 cal has been nicknamed the "Short & Weak" it's success is undeniable. I might add, when a crazy man released all his wild animals, a deputy used a 40 cal for a one shot kill (through the skull) on a Black Bear.

Bilt: I have an XDM Bi Tone and have been torture testing it for the last few years. Where should I be looking for the rust ? I was not a fan for the first two years and have only recently began to admire it.

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Bilt: I have an XDM Bi Tone and have been torture testing it for the last few years. Where should I be looking for the rust ? I couldn't stand it for the first two years and have only recently began to admire it.
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My gun club requires lead only ammo for our indoor range - PITA.
That seems contrary to the current health trend at ranges to try to limit lead exposure. weird


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...when a crazy man released all his wild animals, a deputy used a 40 cal for a one shot kill (through the skull) on a Black Bear.
Now it's a good bear.
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Difficult to find 9mm lead ammo these days, it used to be very easy and cheap.
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