whats a good .40 caliber handgun

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by hegotahemi, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. hegotahemi

    hegotahemi New Member

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    In the market for a reliable .40 caliber handgun. I know glock is reliable any other manufacturers that I can look into.
     
  2. Marlinman

    Marlinman New Member

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    S&w, sig saur, and ruger all make great guns. Just handle as many as you can. Shoot as many as possible. Find the one that suits your purpose best.

    God didnt make all men equal colonel sam colt did
     

  3. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    Any of the major manufacturers will produce guns that will shoot fine and you can give to your great-grandchildren some day. Most of selecting a handgun is how it feels to you.

    My .40 is a Springfield XDm. But I would have no problem recommending to check out Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Sig Sauer, Beretta, a dozen others and yes even Glock (ugh).

    Find a range and rent as many handguns as you can. If you are not familiar with handguns, take a class. Here is a link that can help you find a class in your area.

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  4. hegotahemi

    hegotahemi New Member

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    I have a Ruger SR 9 and have shot a glock 23. I like the feel of the glock. I will try to rent other guns.
     
  5. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    The Bersa .40 was my first semi-auto & didn't need a "break-in". I haven't visited with a lot of Bersa .40 owners, as most seem to prefer the 9mm or .45ACP, but I don't hear about complaints with the .40 other than i'ts "snappy" recoil, compared to the .45ACP.

    Mine is the Firestorm Mini. They no longer import the Firestorm rollmark except in .22 & .380. The Thunder Ultra Compact (UC) is the same pistol with cosmetic differences. The new "Pro" Thunders have polygonal rifling, loaded chamber indicator & accessory rail. They also offer it in the high capacity (HC) with 13+1 capacity, which may be my next Bersa.
     
  6. Gh0zt36

    Gh0zt36 Active Member

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    Glock 20 with a lone wolf 10- .40 conv barrel :cool:
     
  7. RevDerb

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    I just picked up a Ruger SR40c two weeks ago and love it. It fits my hand very well, shoots where I aim it, and eats everything that I feed it so far. Thanks for allowing me to brag.

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  8. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    If not the Glock as you stated I would seriously look into the Sigs! Maybe followed by the Springfield XD series. :)

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  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a Glock and a SIG-Saur P226. Both are excellent. I guess I prefer the SIG-Saur P226 because it's identical to the 9MM SIG P226 that I carry every day.:)

    But actually, you can't go wrong with Glock, SIG, HK, Walther, S&W or Ruger.

    The ergomonics of the Ruger would make it my last choice, but it's strong, safe, reliable, accurate and inexpensive.
     
  10. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i personally endorse the SA XDm40 because i have one and it shoots very well and fits my hand good. i almost bought the glock as i have shot them before and i do like them, but i like the XDm better. as much as i like my XDm, i would suggest try the XDm as a choice when looking for one that works for you and check out as many as possible. if you have a chance to test fire them, try out them out as every handgun will handle recoil differently. find what fits you and you will most likely enjoy it. good luck.
     
  11. vincent

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    Walther PPS if you can afford it. All these other suggestions are very good too. The Walther is A LOT slimmer than the Springfields or Glocks if you're worried about printing.
     
  12. bostonscottkelly

    bostonscottkelly New Member

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    Ruger sr40c is a great choice
     
  13. pfev1980

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    I have a beretta px4 full size .40 that I love. Feels great in the hand, is real accurate, recoils like the m9, and comes with 14 round mags here in Georgia.
     
  14. hmh

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    Sig p239 had one traded for a new glock 27 regret that one.
     
  15. GIBro

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    I agree with most who added to this thread. I can't say which is the best but Springfield armory got it right with the XD models. Their s&w .40 compact is a nice one for the following. If you are going to carry and conceal, it has a low profile. Most XD's have two mags, one has a low round capacity and the second has an extender which has a high round capacity and a better grip. Glock has a similar model too. It all comes down to your needs. Go to your local gun shop get a feel on the different models.
     
  16. RNstanger

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    I can give a 5 star rating to 3 I've had. CZ75B, S&W M&Pc and Glock 23. Never an issue with any of them.
     
  17. BodySnatcher

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    FNX40 probably the sleeper in all of the recommendations. PX4 and the XD are also great choices. Remember your side arm is for close in personal protection, be sure to select a weapon that you trust and shoot well. Enjoy the selection process, try them all, nothing worse that gun buyers remorse...
     
  18. rhinotec72

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    I had a chance to fire a Springfield EMP 40 w/ 3" barrel using Reminton UMC rounds, the fire rate was smooth & accuracy superb. My current one is a Ruger P91 w/ 4.9" barrel again smooth rate of fire & superb accuracy but a tad heavy for carry use. My next one w/ probably be a Bersa Thunder 40MP Ultra Compact it'll be my carry weapon. I have a friend I bowl w/ who has a Sig P250 and he has MAJOR jamming issues w/ it he said he can't get through a full clip w/o having to clear it three times. I'm not raggin on Sig I think they have great weapons but his so far isn't one of them.
     
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  19. gollygee

    gollygee New Member

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    Well there is one thing worse, seller's remorse. :)

    Pay $500 for a handgun, get $400 cash or trade for it, then decide you want another one & find the price has gone up to $600!:mad:
     
  20. gwk4667

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    I guess that is why I have never sold a firearm! I've been married to the same woman for 38 1/2 years and I have a few that have been around longer than her!