.40 s&w or. 45??

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by potentialglock, Sep 6, 2012.

  1. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    So I'm about to buy a ruger sr40 and I'm wanting to get a pocket pistol backup. I saw Springfield has the new xds which is chambered in. 45 acp. As far as rounds go is there much of a difference between these two rounds? Also feel free to make recommendations on good pocket pistols.
     
  2. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    The XDS is going to be released later this year... good luck trying to find one anytime soon. I see them being pretty popular. As for other options for pocket pistols look at the Ruger LCP 380Auto or LC9 9mm or SIG Sauer P238 380Auto or new p938 9mm.

    I carry my LC9 in my right front pocket every day or if I want to be different my P238 the same way.


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    Just drop it in and go.
     

  3. cokovich

    cokovich New Member

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    The XDS has been out for a while now. I've sold a few and those customers are really happy with them. I will agree that they are hard to come by, but, talking to Springfield, they say they are slowly catching up with the demand. So, hopefully you can get your hands on one soon.
     
  4. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    For my pocket pistol I really don't wanna go smaller than 9mm so other than the LC9 or XDs what other recommended dations might you have?
     
  5. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

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    Check out 38spl+p revolvers like the Ruger LCR or S&W J-frames. There are Kahr's and Kel-Tec's but I have no experience with them. Maybe if you have bigger pockets a S&W M&P Shield, I find mine is just a hair to big to pocket carry.
     
  6. potentialglock

    potentialglock New Member

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    What's the difference between the M&P shield and M&P bodyguard?
     
  7. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Not quite broken in yet, but I'm already considering a P938 Sig like my wife just bought. Size & weight is good for pocket carry & recoil for such a small 9mm is very manageable for me even with my weak grip & wrist. Hers came with the 6 round flush fit mag & the 7 round extended mag. I had no feed issues with either mag, shooting Federal HST 124 grain +P ammo. With the short mag, so no help from my pinky finger, My grip consists of my thumb & fore finger only, so limp wristing is a huge problem for me. But not with this pistol.
     
  8. B5Dan

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    There is a lot of difference between those two calibers. 80gr in size and the .40 will do 3-400fps faster. .45 has la larger permanent wound cavity but the .40 goes deeper (assuming we're talking good ammo).
    I have no firearm suggestions, but it didn't look like anyone else had addressed that part of the question. Or I just missed it, which I do a lot
     
  9. firedawg60

    firedawg60 New Member

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    I'd go with something in a .40. Your ammo would all be the same then.
     
  10. B5Dan

    B5Dan New Member

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    Agree. If you start with or already have a 9, it's always good to have another, and no matter what the 1911 guys say, it's a definite man-stopper (with a decent operator). But if you're already in the .40S&W game, no reason to switch. I prefer 9, but the .40 is growing on me rapidly