9mm or .40 s&w

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by juststartin5272, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. juststartin5272

    juststartin5272 New Member

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    Seems like every gun I've been interested in lately has a 9 and 40 version. Never shot a 40 so I don't know the pros and cons. I was turned off at first by the fact that the ammo is quite a bit more than 9. Is it worth it to take the gamble on a 40, or stick with the faithful 9 for my next purchase?
     
  2. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Up to you, I always go with cost and popularity of ammo. 9mm, 45acp, and 22lr. I will do nothing else ever again.
     

  3. pistolpacker

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    If you bought a s&w mp40, you could get a 9mm barrel for it and s couple of 9mm mags and have both. BUT you can't put a 40cal barrel in the 9mm pistol. Only the 40 pistol
     
  4. juststartin5272

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    But is that going to affect the accuracy and reliability of the weapon?
     
  5. hiwall

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    Many buy switch barrels for their pistols but I have to wonder how often they switch? I would guess they put one barrel on and use it exclusively. So what's the point of having two barrels? The 9mm has more mag capacity, cheaper more readily available ammo, less recoil
     
  6. BeyondTheBox

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    Not to my kmowledge. Have seen it done and used with Glocks. Also believe the Firestars M40 & 43 are interchangeable. Haven't bothered trying because I'm more than happy with 9mm due to ammo convenience (as mentioned already).
     
  7. juststartin5272

    juststartin5272 New Member

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    I work in sporting goods at Walmart and we always seem to run out of 9 and always have 40 so I don't see much in the way of convenience on that one
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

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    I've yet to have that problem at the places I shop, but could understand the position at Walmart. I hear all the time that they have great ammo deals.
     
  9. juststartin5272

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    We mostly do. I've figured out that I can get a better deal per round on mostly anything made by federal with my discount than any other bulk price I've found
     
  10. jimogden1984

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    You can also get conversion barrels for the xd/xdm. I just got a xdm40 and plan on living up the conversion barrel for it. Ill probably run 9mm at the range and keep 40s in it the rest of the time. I have been wondering how long it'll take to pay for the barrel with the money I save on ammo
     
  11. juststartin5272

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    Not a fan of the xd especially after the recent recalls for the roll pin
     
  12. jimogden1984

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    I haven't heard about that...is that just the xd or xdm also?
     
  13. juststartin5272

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    I believe both, something about a weakened pin just behind the ejection port and the gun goes click when you wanted a boom LOL. Not something I wanna bet my life on.
     
  14. jimogden1984

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    Thanks for the info, ill have to check it out
     
  15. JigSawer40

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    The 40sw is a high pressure round just like the 9mm. I like the 9mm as it's a capable round. I have a Sigma 9mm that shoots quite well. I'll bank my life on it. I tried the 40sw and I like that one too. I have a Sig P250c 40sw and it shot well. Now I trust the 40sw more than the 9mm. It's bigger and more powerful. It's snappy just like the 9mm and I'm used to it.
     
  16. Old_Crow

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    I use a 9mm because I am trying to cut down on the different types of ammo I have to keep on hand. Just keeping 9mm, 357, 22LR, 12ga & 30/06 ammo on hand is a headache. I am not sure I want to add other calibers.

    You might want to make your decision along those lines.
     
  17. Volfan111

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    I use to have a .40 glock and it was nice but I recently stepped up to a .45, got a m&p 45c. Love it.
     
  18. lastrebel70

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    I been searching on the net and can't find anything about a recall. Springfield did say they had some break because of excessive dry firing and that of your break they will fix it.
     
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
  19. jimogden1984

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    I couldn't find any info either.
     
  20. emsa5804

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    I would suggest finding a range that rents guns. Try a 9mm and a .40 in the same size gun (i.e. Glock 19 & 23 respectively). Get which ever caliber you are more comfortable with. I personally shoot .40 but every shooter is different. Absolutely nothing wrong with 9mm. My next CC piece will be a Kahr CM 9 (9mm).