.40 semi-auto pistols

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by gwidion, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. gwidion

    gwidion New Member

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    I want to buy my first handgun and I'm looking at .40 for home defense. I've narrowed it down to a few I like and that are in my price range:

    M&P 40
    Glock 22
    FNP 40
    Springfield XD

    Right now I seem to be leaning towards the Glock but I haven't made up my mind yet. Any help would be welcome.
     
  2. Jpyle

    Jpyle New Member

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    I have the XD .40 with a 5" barrel. Very nice gun, well balanced and not a lot of muzzle flip for a .40. Of the guns you listed that would still be my choice.

    Never owned a Glock, the grip angle just doesn't feel right to me but that's a matter of personal preference. I would suggest going to a range that rents and shooting each of the models you are deciding on. The one that feels right to you is the best one for you. Aside from advice on reliability and durability, nothing that anyone can suggest to you can change how you feel about the gun after shooting it.

    If I might ask, why a .40 S&W?
     

  3. Werminator

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    I personally didn't think I would like a Glock due to its grip angle, but I shoot very well with my buddy's G23 gen 4. I like the .40 caliber chamdering, but I own a 9mm for a variety of reasons.
     
  4. sweeper22

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    There isn't much help that can be offered here. The 4 guns you list are good guns. In fact, they're of nearly parallel quality. And accordingly their cost is also nearly identical.

    Handle them, figure out which fit and features you prefer. That's your answer. Beyond that these are pretty much rock solid, cookie-cutter variety poly 40's. Would you like vanilla, french vanilla, or vanilla bean?
     
  5. M14sRock

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    You have narrowed it down to 4 excellent guns. Get the one you like best.

    I'm a Glock fan, but would get a Gen4 if you want a .40SW.
     
  6. AznZOhAn

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    I've got 2 Glocks 22 and 23. I carry the 22 at work and the 23 is my personal choice for off duty. I've got 20,000 rounds through it, I introduced it to salt water many times in Corpus Christi, kayaking, camping, I stored it in a freezer over night, through in gravel, sand, mudpuddles, and rocks, and I still shoot it flawless. Check out the Glocks, they're fair priced, reliable, easy to operate, great for beginners and novices, and easy carry concealed. Ask most police agencies and the military, the beretta cracked under pressure so they sent Glock 22s to Iraq and Afghanistan to replace them. Glock has earned a name for themselves.
     
  7. cswann1

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    I'm always a fan of buying American. Although these days, it's sometimes hard to know if your money is actually staying home:rolleyes:

    I was in a similar position 2 years ago. I looked at, handled, read about and asked about a lot of guns. Price was a factor, but I gave myself a budget of up to $800. I ended up choosing the M&P in a 9mm. I haven't yet had reason to regret the purchase.
     
  8. gwidion

    gwidion New Member

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    Thanks for all the feedback.
     
  9. jjfuller1

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    personally i like the xd. i have one and its very fun to shoot. recoil isnt to bad. its accurate as i am. the take down for cleaning is so simple i could do it with my eyes closed.
     
  10. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I have an XDm 40 5". It is the best shooting handgun in my collection. It makes me look like a far better shooter than I am. ;)

    I'm not a fan of Glocks, not because I think there is anything wrong with them. I have just never picked up a Glock that feels good in my hand. They feel like bricks to me.

    Any of the other guns you mentioned would work just as well. Go with what feels right in your hands.
     
  11. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I would suggest the M&P. As someone asked earlier, Why a .40?
     
  12. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Why not? :rolleyes:
     
  13. M14sRock

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    .40SW has the worst geometry of the commonly popular semi auto rounds.
     
  14. gwidion

    gwidion New Member

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    I have shot a 9mm, .40 and .45, and I liked the feel of the .40 the best. My brother has an M&P 9 which I really liked, so I was thinking of getting the .40 model. The .45 is fun as hell to shoot but I wanted a higher capacity mag than what the .45s offer.
     
  15. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Sounds good to me. It's gonna be yours. The M&P is a good choice.:)
     
  16. Davo45

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    ^^^As Pete said in Brother where Art Thou, "That don't make no sense!

    To say you wouldn't like a Glock due to its grip angle then immediately say you shoot one very well is a contradiction in terms.

    I like the Gen 4 Glocks better than any of the earlier generations, but have been satisfied with a Gen 3 G22 (for duty) and G23 (for off duty). I have also shot and like the XD & M&P. The FNP looks and feels like a good pistol, but I've not had the opportunity to shoot one yet.

    The .40 is a proven round and was designed from the ground up to meet the minimum penetration and expansion standards established by the FBI after the infamous Miami shooting that saw 2 determined thugs dead taking 5 FBI agents with them. That single event also lead to the wide variety of quality bonded JHP pistol ammunition available today.

    If one of those bonded JHP loads are used the 9mm is acceptable. Masaad Ayoob recommends 2, the Winchester 127gn Ranger SXT +P+ and the Speer 124gn GDHP +P for a medium to full size 9mm. He's studied a LOT of SD shootings.
     
  17. mkett39

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  18. mkett39

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    care to elaborate on this one?
     
  19. schnarkle

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    Bought a glock 22 for my first handgun and I'm loving it! Fun to shoot and tons of accessories for it.
    Can't go wrong with it.
     
  20. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Please don't encourage this kind of debate. It never goes anywhere good. ;)