.40 S&W vs. 9mm: Best options? Good deal?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by thereisnogod, May 21, 2009.

  1. thereisnogod

    thereisnogod New Member

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    Q1:
    So I'm looking for a self-defense/range gun in a medium caliber. This gun would mostly be for range shooting, but would be for self-defense as well. Using this criteria, would you steer me towards a 9mm or a .40 S&W (or maybe something else)?

    Q2:
    Since I am under 21, I will have to purchase this firearm via private sale. Therefore; I have two options.
    -I know a guy who is selling a barely used Glock 23 with 2 mags, and all the original do-dads, for $650ish.
    -There is a gun show in my town (Milwaukee) in 3 weeks.

    What is the better option? Getting the Glock, or waiting for a 9mm/something else at the gun show? Where would I get the best price?

    Your advice would be most appropriated, O knowledgeable pluribus.
     
  2. Megaton

    Megaton New Member

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    Id say 650 is a little steep for that glock. You can find it brand new for less than that. I paid 500 for my glock 19 a year ago. They come with 2 mags.

    9mm or .40s&w you should be a OK with either. I went with a 9mm because ammo is $5 or more cheaper per box of 50 so I can afford to shoot more. However in my area 40s&w is alot to get right now so that is something to consider. It may be different for you.
     

  3. iloveguns

    iloveguns New Member

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    You can't go wrong with 9mm or .40's. Either one is a great bullet. I would say it just depends on if you can afford the 4 or 5bucks a box more for the .40's. I own both and would trust my life to both.

    As for the Glock that is really high priced here in Idaho you can get a brand new one for around $500. I would do some more shopping around if it were me.


    Good Luck:)
     
  4. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    What are the laws in your state regarding possession of a handgun and under 21? It may be illegal for the guy you know to even sell it to you if he knows you are under 21. Plus, around here, a new Glock in .45 is just over $500, so that $650 is a rip off, imo.
     
  5. WDB

    WDB New Member

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    If the law in your state requires you to be 21 then you have no options. It is illegal for you to own a hand gun. Time moves fast so wait to when you can legally own a pistol and don't bet busted with an illegal firarm because it would be the last one you own.
     
  6. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    For 650 dollars, you can purchase a Ruger P-95 in 9x19mm, and a Ruger P-944 in .40 S&W.

    Why settle for one, when you can have both? :D
     
  7. fragout

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    I would listen to this advice if I were you. It aint worth the consequences you might find yourself in for the long run. This course of action could lead to never owning ANY kind of firearm legally for the rest of your days.
    Best advice is to be patient, and in the meantime, research your state laws concerning ownership/possession of firearms. Before you know it, you will be old enough to buy me a beer at the local pub. I'm not picky when it comes to beer, and it will save you $650 bucks, minus cost of one beer. ;)
     
  8. Megaton

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    It all depends on the state, in NV if you are over 18 you can legally purchase and own a handgun so long as it is purchased private party. You can't buy ammo for it though.
     
  9. Rare Faction

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    +1

    In most states, it's illegal to sell handgun ammo to people under 21 as well, so you'd be paying a boatload for a cool looking paperweight

    Pick up a nice rifle and have fun with that (assuming you're even over 18), and wait 'til you're 21 for the handgun
     
  10. Darth AkSarBen

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    My mom bought the first handgun I shot when I was 18, living back in Nebraska. I reloaded for that Ruger Super Blakhawk .44 Magnum, and was good at shooting jack rabbits out at just a little over 100 yards with it. In NE I could posses a handgun, but not purchase one at 18. That was back in 1971. Each state is different and by Federal Law you cannot purchase a handgun until 21.

    At the present way of things, that $650 is about normal. Our guns around here are ranging in the $550+ category and I saw a HK in 45 the other day for $999

    Personally I own 2 Taurus pistols. A Millennium PRO .45 I got for around $399 new (with 2 magazine) and a 24/7 PRO .45 about 9 months ago for around $439 + tax.

    I'd preferr the .40 S&W, aka 10mm short, as it is a bit larger than the 9mm. Ammo should be adequate for it, as it is adopted by many LEO departments, and I carried on in a Glock when I was a Deputy back in Nebraska. But, I'd really prefer the .45, which has been around a lot longer than the .40 S&W, and reloading is an alternative.
     
  11. 7.62 Man

    7.62 Man New Member

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    WDB is right you realy need to wait until you are 21 so you can legaly own a CCW. You don't need a illegal firearm charge aganst you right now because you wouldn't be able to own a gun again, EVER.
     
  12. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    You can get an XD 9 for less than that with more stuff, and it's a better firearm.
     
  13. Darth AkSarBen

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    If you can, rent a gun at a range until you can decide and are of age. I don't know your state, so I cannot really give much advice on age limits for handguns.
     
  14. SIGe-nox

    SIGe-nox New Member

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    Im in the same boat

    Check it out man, im 20 years old and had to go through the same thing you do to own a handgun. I went through owning just about every caliber handgun out there, and the only thing i can tell you is get what fits your hand the best, and you shoot the best with. The caliber (most of the time) does not matter, what it boils down to is where can you hit and how many times can you do it. A 9mm is not a bad choice with the right self defense ammo (+p golden sabres, +PGold Dot Hp's). I am now on my 6th gun because nothing fit me right until i found my Sig p226 equinox in .40/.357SIG. I love the .357 SIG round for its penetration ability and transfer of bullet energy into the target. (Also a very accurate caliber!!!) Just find what you like and shoot the best and stick with it. A well placed shot toa vital area with a .22 is better then sucking with a .45 ACP!!!
     
  15. Texanbybirth

    Texanbybirth New Member

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    The youth pastor at my church bought a Glock 23 at a gun show for $495, new. $650 sounds a little steep. + 1 on making sure it's legal for you to own first.
     
  16. warrioroftheland

    warrioroftheland New Member

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    well if it means anything at all. Atlanta PD just had a recall on 1700+ S&W M&P .40s. i would stick with a glock you can pick them up rather easy
     
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  17. warrioroftheland

    warrioroftheland New Member

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    i have to disagree. The glock 23 is in 40 s&w BUT..... You can buy a 357 sig barrel and drop in it and still using the same 40 cal mags have a 357 OR you can but a 9mm barrel and slide and some 9mm mags and have a 9.... i dont think a xd can do that. 3 diffrent guys for an for alot less than what the price of three diffrent guns.... hmmmm i think the glock wins. dude i would say buy the 23 and have fun oh and btw they have a .22 kit for them too;) pick one up you'll enjoy the hell out of it.
     
  18. WDB

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    I would like to see facts that back that up... what is the source of the info? I googled the Atlanta PD, M&P recall and every other imaginable combination and couldn't find a revelent piece of info.
     
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  19. SIGe-nox

    SIGe-nox New Member

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    it IS legal.....

    Ok you guys gotta read a little bit better. It IS legal for him to own a handgun not being 21, (like me in my state). You just cannot "conceal the weapon until you are 21 and have recieved your ccw. Also he must buy it in a private sale, not from a liscensed gun store. It is perfectly legal to carry openly under 21 and there are a few other good tips to doing so without bringing too much attention. A good idea is to carry your bill of sale with you in your wallet incase a LEO asks you about your handgun. Secondly, when carrying it in a car, you must have it out in plain sight and DO NOT KEEP THE MAGAZINE IN IT!!! I found this out the hard way but got let off with a warning.
     
  20. warrioroftheland

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    myfoxatlanta.com | Atlanta Police Guns Recalled by Maker 060909

    to my knowledge glocks dont have this problem
     
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