Which handguns were designed for .40?

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by TNBlackSheep, May 15, 2012.

  1. TNBlackSheep

    TNBlackSheep New Member

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    I've currently got a 9mm (XDm) and a .357 mag (Ruger Blackhawk)...definitely want a 1911 in .45 at some point...and I'm also interested in a .40S&W at some point as well. But, I lean towards a gun designed specifically for the .40, not one designed as a 9 and chambered up. I've found a few, but does anyone know which definitely fall into that category? Or an easy way to look that up?
     
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  3. Ranger-6

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    Hi Point JCP .40 S&W
     
  4. gollygee

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    I don't know if this even applies to your question, but I remember reading a discussion about "head support" in .40S&W pistols. Only reason I think it might apply is they stated that a 9mm pistol which was chambered up for .40S&W does not have good head support. Brands mentioned that did have it were Bersa, Springfield XD, CZ & Sig Sauer.
     
  5. TNBlackSheep

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    Thanks guys. The HK is most likely more than I want to spend and I was hoping for something a little better than a Hi Point.
     
  6. Viking

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    Springfield EMP. Stoeger Cougar 40 (Beretta machinery sold to Turkey to manufacture the Cougar), high quality pistol for a decent price.
     
  7. TNBlackSheep

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    Everything I'm seeing on the EMP makes me think it was designed for 9mm and stepped up for .40. 9mm was announced in 2006 and most reviews are for it w/also available in .40. Earliest reviews I'm finding for .40 is 2010...am I missing something?

    The Stoeger looks like a nice option, though, that's a fine-looking piece. I'll have to read more on it. Thanks for the input.
     
  8. gollygee

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    The Bersa .40 is a good pistol. They offer it in a UC (10+1) & a HC (13+1). Price range $400-$450 & maybe an ocassional good deal of $350ish. Mine is the Firestorm Mini .40 & has been flawless from day one.
     
  9. orangello

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    What, no love for the 10mm?
     
  10. TNBlackSheep

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    Not a big fan of that style handgun. The Bersa Thunder Pro is more my style...but it appears to have been originally designed for the 9. Thanks for the recommendation, though.

    Actually, it was only by accident I left that one out...I've been pondering quite a bit on a 10mm lately. Definitely interested in getting my hands on one, I've never shot one before. I like the concept and, if it lives up to my expectations, I could see going for a 10mm before a .40.
     
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  11. Edge

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    Have you considered the Ruger SR40? I picked mine up at a local gun shop for $385
    I'm no expert, but it is a solid pistol.
     
  12. lucznik

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    The S&W M&P 40, SD40, or Sigma 40VE
     
  13. TNBlackSheep

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    The SR series started out with the 9 as well...not really what I'm looking for.

    The M&P is one I've been considering...haven't really looked into the SD40 yet, but it looks like one I should. I like the setup of the M&P, but not so much the pricetag. From what I can tell, not that much difference between the two but the price...would that be a fair assessment?
     
  14. lucznik

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    The SD line is a definite step up from the Sigma and, as far as I can tell, doesn't lack much at all in comparison tobthe M&P. It even comes with a tritium front sight standard and the rear sight is the same as the one that comes on the M&P (it even has the M&P logo on it).

    It is only available as a full-size gun (no compacts) and it doesn't have the same options as can be had with the M&P - no choice of manual safety, mag disconnect safety, colored frames, interchangeable backstraps, etc.

    If I was in the market for a full-size .40 (or 9mm), the SD line would definitely be on the short list.
     
  15. TNBlackSheep

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    I would be looking for full-size and the bells and whistles are not required...and I like the idea of essentially an M&P that I was considering for less. The SD has now made its way to my short list. Thanks for the good info.
     
  16. orangello

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    Something like this:
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=287017548

    or more like this:
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=286950348

    or all 1911 like this:
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=287012939

    or even :eek: :
    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=286407981

    I'm saving up for the Glock or a 1911 myself.
     
  17. TNBlackSheep

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    From what I've seen so far (which I admit is not a lot), the Glock seems like the best option...but I'm not a big Glock fan (don't like the ergonomics). That Colt looks pretty sweet and the S&W 1006 isn't shabby either. Following the basis of this thread, are there any that were designed specifically for the 10mm round?
     
  18. Gh0zt36

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    And as far as a glock you can get a g20 10mm and put a .40 conversion in it. and since the .40 is naturally a snappy round it has no trouble slinging that heavy slide back
     
  19. orangello

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    The S&W 1006 and 1076 were:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10mm
    Just Wiki info, but matches what i've read elsewhere.
     
  20. yamaharyder369

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    Bren 10, colt delta elite, 1006, and there is a smith revolver made for the 10mm also but I can't remember the model