.40 S&W [help choosing a gun]

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by Gloves, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    My brother-in-law and I have visited the range together a few days ago.
    He's shooting well for his 4th time to the range.

    He's looking for a Home Defense gun for him and his wife. Also one that's fun
    to shoot at the range. So I took him to the range to try out the Glock 17 &
    the Kimber Custom II. He likes both guns but doesn't want a 1911 (yet) and
    he's not interested in Glock for what ever reason. So I had him rent the XD in .40
    since I think it's a good gun for the buck.

    He didn't like the XD that much but it could have been a crappy range gun.

    He has some some things he has in mind:
    • He's dead set on .40 S&W
    • $600 Limit
    • Needs to fit lady's hands ok
    • Likes tactical look
    • likes 2-tone look
    • 4 to 4.5" barrel (little longer little shorter is ok too)

    We just talked with my gun dealer to price out a Sig 226. Awesome gun, he
    would TOTALLY buy that one if he only had $1000 to put down on a gun.
    However he can't get over the fact that he could have an AR for that price.

    He also likes the H&K USP double action pistol in .40 but I hear that one is
    also out of his price range. (p30 or p2000)

    Here are some other guns I wanted to tell him to look at:
    • Ruger SR9c which - great trigger and a smaller more friendly grip.
    • Browning Pro-40
    • Browning High-power (in .40 if they make one)
    • CZ-75 (in .40 if they make one)
    • 92fs (in .40 if they make one and is in budget)
    • Glock 22/23 in .40 (but would rather not have a Glock)
    I need help expanding this list. Thanks!
     
  2. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Picked up my xd40, Springfield for $529 with the 4.5 in barrel.
     

  3. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

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    Mine is black but it can be had in two tone colors. As for fitting a ladies hands my 17 year old daughter shoots it just fine.
     
  4. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    What about a S&W M&P or SD?
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    SR40 there it is.
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  6. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    Browning does (or did) make the High Power in a .40. Probably have the same qualms as for a 1911 tho.
     
  7. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    Check Springfield XDm (I own one) and S&W M&P
     
  8. NGIB

    NGIB New Member

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    If your buddy is willing to look at used guns, many will be in his price range. Almost all of my guns were bought (or traded for) used - including all of my Sigs. Here is my older P229 with night sights and it came with an extra barrel in .357 Sig and I have less than $500 in it...

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  9. sweeper22

    sweeper22 New Member

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    HK USP and Sig 226/229 can be had in excellent used condition for pretty close to that $600 price point. Personally, I like the Sig better...but both are outstanding guns. New XDm40's can also be had for pretty close to that price, but of course if it's in California he can't take advantage of their massive 16+1 capacity.

    My own preference would be something from the CZ 75 lineup, which I would consider the best new gun you could land for under $600. But if he's not into 1911's and desires something with a little more tactical style, the CZ might not fit since it's sort of a "classic" design.
     
  10. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    I have a CZ75B in S&W 40 caliber. Mine is the nickel finish and it's the best shooting auto loader I have owned. You can get 12 round mags for it so you'll have 12+1 capability. That's a lot of fire-power.
     

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  11. m72law

    m72law New Member

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    find a FFl 01 dealer that will do the transfer for ya..then buy online,gunbroker.com,buds,aim,ect...aim has new SIG sauer P250 compact .40's or sub compacts for 359.95...i have seen used sigs '226's,glocks,rugers,s&w's,ect.. sale on gunbroker for under 300 bucks...but if you got to have brand spanking new & you want to pay retail :cool:
     
  12. Overkill0084

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    I would be interested in hearing the complaints about the XD. My .40 is a XD40SC, and I enjoy it way more than I thought I would.
    CZ family is worth a look. I love my 75BD, but there are a number of others worth a look as well.
    EAA or maybe a Baby Eagle might do. They are CZ...derived ;)
    Stoeger Cougar is worth a look. It may end up being my next .40. A lot of gun for the money. Just because he has a $600 limit doesn't mean he needs to spend it all.
    FN makes some nice hardware as well in the required price point.
     
  13. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    By the way, I purchased my 2-tone (SS/black) XDm .40 for less than $600 here.

    Springfield Armory

    Note that it will go over after shipping and FFL fees but $600 should be sufficient for all black delivered (depending on your FFL fees).
     
  14. Don Davis

    Don Davis New Member

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    I'd suggest he look at 3 .40 cal guns.

    CZ / Sig Sauer / EAA.

    Here's my CZ in 9mm (40 looks the same)

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    Sig Sauer P229

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    EAA Witness in Wonder Finish

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    All three guns are tack drivers to shoot.

    Their feel is very similar and the CZ & EAA Witness cost less than $500.

    The Sig was higher, but can be found used for $500.

    All 3 are fine guns.

    :cool:
     
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  15. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    If you can find a Sig 229 deal like these guys, jump on it!!! I know I would! :D
     
  16. nate

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    I'll second that. I went to look at the XD and Witness. Didnt care for the XD at all. The witness I liked but then I seen the SR40 and just liked that better.
     
  17. HKSlinger

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    Look on the used gun market,but for a .40.
     
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  18. Kain

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    I wanted a 40 to fill that niche in my collection and Buds has some S&W P990LE (made by Walther) trade-ins for $320 right now. The one I got was in probably 95% condition and came with a third mag. Even with the extra high FFL fee (my local shop hates Buds with a passion, but at least now I know) I'm still under $400 for a gun that is spectacularly accurate and slimmer than the XD series. It's buying a used gun sight-unseen but just another idea. I very much like mine.
     
  19. WDB

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    Look at the S&W M&P and the FNP both fit the need and both are far different pistols. I expect one of the two will fit the need.
     
  20. Gloves

    Gloves New Member

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    I just got a text from him.
    he says, "The winner is the FNP .40"

    So, looking that up, does anybody know anything about that gun?

    FNP-40, DA/SA, USG

    the website doesn't give an MSRP.
    checking bud's it seems like he might be able to get one for $500 ish.

    Discount Guns for Sale - Buds Gun Shop

    Please let me know if i should steer him away or toward this purchase.

    Your feedback has been priceless.