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indyfan 04-23-2010 10:54 PM

The three big ones
The Beretta M9 is really the most recognizable 9mm handgun. The 1911A1 is the most recognizable .45 acp handgun. Then whats the most recognizable .40 s&w handgun?


Mr. Bluesky 04-24-2010 12:26 AM

There aren't very many handguns designed specifically for the .40 S&W, the way the 1911 and M9 were for the .45 ACP and 9mm, respectively. It's most commonly chambered in pistols that also use 9mm, and sometimes .357 Sig and .45 as well. If someone on these boards said "I picked up a .40 today," I'd guess it was an XD, but it's a pretty loose association.

I suppose I'd have to go with the cartridge's debut handgun, the S&W 4006.

mesinge2 04-24-2010 12:45 AM

I might say a Glock, because a 40 caliber Glock is the number one police department pick. I think the first guns chambered in .40 S&W were the Glocks 22 & 23 and the Smith & Wesson Model 4006 announced a week after the Glocks.

I would follow it closely with the S&W m4006 and the Sig 226.

NGIB 04-24-2010 12:46 AM

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Yup, it's the original "fo-tay" the S&W 4006:

canebrake 04-24-2010 12:48 AM

My big three would be:


Tie between the Browning HP P35 and the Luger P08

.45 ACP Hands down, the Colt M1911

.40 S&W

indyfan 04-24-2010 03:25 AM


Originally Posted by canebrake (Post 275117)

Hahaha :rolleyes:

Quentin 04-26-2010 10:07 PM

I have to agree with Cane, the Beretta M9 has a looonnngggg way to go to be more recognizable than the P08 or P35. Really it's just a warmed over P38. Still a fine pistol, though.

Guess we all agree on the 1911 as the most recognizable 45ACP - as long as it's milspec, no double action, thank you!

big shrek 04-29-2010 07:29 PM

Bleah on .40 Short & Wimpy...get a 10mm instead :D

dgray64 05-02-2010 06:24 PM


Originally Posted by big shrek (Post 278053)
Bleah on .40 Short & Wimpy...get a 10mm instead :D

Sorry, I can't agree with that. I have two different .40s and they aren't wimpy (XD40 (12 rounds) and a Taurus PT101P (17 rounds)). Check out this ballistics chart.


Dgunsmith 05-02-2010 06:39 PM

The most original 40S&W on the marketplace was the Glock.....partially from the number of Departments changing to them ....and the number of KB's of Glock 40's.

When Customs and Border ICE went to 40's...they went with the Beretta.

California Highway went to 40S&W and went with the S&W's

Today LEO's going 40S&W tend to go more toward the S&W M&P like the Colorado Highway Patrol and Division of Wildlife....and the barrels don't blow up like they did in their Glock range testing.

And the Springfield XD/XDM is ofter the choice as police chiefs like the fact it is locked open with the mag out to disassemble it...WITHOUT having to pull the trigger like on a Glock. The barrels are also heat treated and don't fail.

40S&W is a better SD round than 9mm and in most cases fits more hands than pistols chambered for 45acp.

My best guess is that NO pistol is the standout as a 40S&W.:cool:

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