40 s&w

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by ZachRome, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. ZachRome

    ZachRome New Member

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    I'm looking to buy a 40 s&w I just don't know what. It's gonna be mostly for plinking and SD. I'm just looking for some options that may become possibilities. any suggestions?
     
  2. ZachRome

    ZachRome New Member

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    Full size handguns please
     

  3. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Lots of good guns out there.

    Sig, Springfield, Glock, Smith and Wesson, H&K are all good places to start. Find what fits you best and shoots best for you.
     
  4. Mercator

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    This caliber ammo has a snappy recoil. Many will say it feels sharper than 45 ACP. Make your first gun an all steel one. More weight will mean easier control.

    The Baby Desert Eagle is very similar to CZ 75 but easier to get in 40. It was my choice, and would be again. It has a military no BS look, feels heavy as a brick, and is truly built like a tank.

    The discontinued all-steel police surplus S&W's are also excellent. Then the Browning Hi Power. It is a classic, but more expensive, and be sure to feel the trigger before you buy. Bottom line - steel. A Glock or an XD are very good also, but may take longer to adjust to, for some people never.
     
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  5. MoHawk

    MoHawk New Member

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    A .40S&W seems an odd choice for plinking. But to each their own .
     
  6. Mouser

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    I like the .40 for plinking...ammo is readily available and only a little more $ than 9mm.

    I don't find the recoil snappy and I am a little recoil sensitive...though, my .40's include a Glock 35 and a S&W Pro Series...both competition models so I often wondered if there was some better recoil control technology at work. Yes, it does kick more than a 9mm, but for me it is not terribly noticeable like a .45 is.
     
  7. Anna_Purna

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    I'm with SSGN Doc, there are many many brands of guns that shoot well, just go to a large box store with a larger selection, and find one that feels best in your hand.
    If it doesn't point naturally for you to begin with, and fit and feel good in your hands, then marksmanship is an uphill battle.

    Then decide if you like de-cockers, or safeties, or none of the above
     
  8. Byron0022

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    If you are gonna go with a all steel pistol then Sig is the way to go, IMO. Expensive? Yes. Reliable? Certainly. Look at the P229, good ergonomics and easy to find in the caliber.
     
  9. Quentin

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    Full size 40S&W - you might look at the Glock 22. It's good for what you said. And don't forget the LE trade-in G22s for under $400. They have night sights, too.

    But also handle the G23, it's just the right size.
     
  10. ZachRome

    ZachRome New Member

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    Thank you for all the suggestions. What do you Guys think of the m&p40
     
  11. Byron0022

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    As reliable as a Glock some say. I have two M&Ps and can shoot circles around both with my Glocks, however that doesn't mean a thing to you! Haha. M&P is a great pistol, if you can get it for a reasonable price then jump all over it. Quantico Armory, I think that's the name, has the pretty reasonable.
     
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    I second the Baby Dessert Eagle, and the SIG. (I own SIG, not the BDE, but it's on my list). Be aware the BDE comes in a polymer and steel version. I'd also like to suggest the Beretta 96.
     
  13. chloeshooter

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    Ruger SR40 is my .40 S&W of choice. It is full sized, fits my hand well and very, very accurate. Plus it is priced right. I love mine, not saying it is THE gun for you, but I'd add it to your list to check out.
     
  14. Mouser

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    Was my favorite, until I bought a SiG 226 mk 25....you will not be disappointed. My pro series with the 5.25 bbl is a dream to shoot and I shoot it probably as good as any of my semi's...I attribute this the stock trigger. I have read some do not like the trigger, but I am not one of them...at least on the pro series.

    Buy it...you'll like it!
     
  15. jjones45

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    For mid size I would say a sig p229 or glock 23. Both of those guns you can drop in a 357 sig barrel and now you have two calibers to shoot from one gun. For full size I would suggest a cz p09 duty. This might only be because I want one though, lol. However I hear good things about the duty series from cz
     
  16. JW357

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    ^ This ^

    I'm a big fan of the M&P line. We have a 9 and a 9c.

    Beautifully ergonomic. Reliable. Ambidextrous. I could blah blah all day long about them.

    But don't take MY word for it. Get to a gunstore and hold as many different guns as you can find.
     
  17. Byron0022

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    The CZ P07 .40 is known to have some issues, it's in their forum if you are interested in reading about it. That P09 is interesting, if it shoots anything like the P07 9mm I'll have to have one.
     
  18. Kennydale

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    I carry a Ruger SR40C If manual safeties don't bother you their SR40 (4.14 inch barrel) is well worth the money. I am thinking of getting a full size firearm in .40S&W my top of the list is the FNX-40 (FNH).
     
  19. ZachRome

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    What about the baby desert eagle? I don't really know a lot about them but, but I hear good things about them. What are your thoughts?
     
  20. clr8ter

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    Here's mine; I have only handled it at my LGS. My impression is that I find it extremely comfortable to hold. Fit & finish excellent. Pleasing to look at. I noticed that the slide is shorter in height than most semi-autos. It comes in 2 versions, steel & polymer. The polymer version is unfortunately what I was holding. I'm not a fan of poly guns, and the poly ones have the indentations in the front of the grip for your fingers. The steel ones do not. Look on the website. They have a pretty good array of choices between the 2 types, plus I think 3 sizes. They don't seem too common, even though my LGS always seems to have one or two in the cases, I don't know anyone who has one, and they're no often mentioned here. That's all I got…..