Good article on the fading popularity of the .40S&W

Good article on the fading popularity of the .40S&W

This is a discussion on Good article on the fading popularity of the .40S&W within the Defensive Ammunition & Ballistics forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Very good article on The Bang Switch about many police departments and many civilians switching from .40 to the 9mm. This interested me because I ...

Page 1 of 11 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 154
Like Tree149Likes

Thread: Good article on the fading popularity of the .40S&W

  1. #1
    VIP Member Array TN_Mike's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Shelby County TN
    Posts
    11,133

    Good article on the fading popularity of the .40S&W

    Very good article on The Bang Switch about many police departments and many civilians switching from .40 to the 9mm. This interested me because I recently did the same thing, for the very reasons mentioned in the article.

    The Fading 40 | The Bang Switch
    GhostMaker likes this.
    ,=====o00o _
    //___l__,\____\,__
    l_--- \___l---[]lllllll[]
    (o)_)-o- (o)_)--o-)_)


  2. #2
    Member Array Aaron1100us's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Iowa
    Posts
    318
    Its all what you like. I happen to have a .40 and love it. Nothing wrong with 9mm and nothing wrong with .40. Its all about shot placement and what caliber you are accurate with. Around here, all the police departments and Sheriff's deparents carry .40. I don't see the .40 ever fading away.

    Sent from my SCH-R760 using Tapatalk 2

  3. #3
    VIP Member Array Ghost1958's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    6,384
    My primary EDC is the 40 cal. I can shoot it as fast and as accurately as a 9mm, recoil doesnt bother me either.

    Guess its just me but my preference if I could just go buy whatever I wanted whenever i wanted is 357 40 cal then 45 with 9mm falling last. Actually I prefer the 38 spl +p to the 9mm.

    As I said I guess its just me. I know how things feel to me when i shoot em and I know how things get knocked down with I hit em with what calibers.
    " It is sad governments are chief'ed by the double tongues." quote Ten Bears Movie Outlaw Josie Wales

  4. #4
    Member Array WINTEJER000's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Spokane, Wa, USA
    Posts
    324
    Our LEOs use glock .40 but are switching back to glock .45
    “But now,” he said, “take your money and a traveler’s bag. And if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one!” Luke 22:36 (NLT)

  5. #5
    Senior Member Array wishyouwell's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    The United Databases of America
    Posts
    616
    I've never understood how modern ammo helped the 9mm so much but not the .40

    A few of the reasons i like the .40 in the platform i use. Which is the XD Service Model.

    1. exact same gun/frame as the 9mm.

    2. similar capacity to the 9mm.

    3. Slings a bigger bullet with just as much velocity with energy levels even more than .45

    4. I can mag dump it at a human sized target at SD ranges with negligible results comparative to my old XD-9

    5. The snap and extra power makes me feel cool.


    With that being said. i'm actually looking into buying a Gen 4 G19 or an M&P 9 to add to my lineup. And i would have no doubts about them getting the job done.
    smolck likes this.

  6. #6
    VIP Member
    Array Echo_Four's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Land of the mostly free
    Posts
    2,839
    7 years ago all I owned was 40 (with the exception of a 1911 that I own just because I feel like I should own a 1911). Today I have one 40 and I am doing all I can to trade it to a 9 or 45.

    The modern ammo argument works for the 9 because with ball ammo or ammunition that is likely not to expand there is a real problem with the 9mm. But with quality defensive ammunition that problem is negated. When the problem isn't as relevant to the caliber the fact that better ammunition exists doesn't make as much of a difference. To answer the post above.

    1. Yes it is. That argument works both ways.
    2. No, the 9mm holds more in every platform I've ever shot. More is more whether it is 1 round or 100 rounds. Nobody has ever lost a gunfight because they had extra ammo available. The same cannot be said for the opposite.
    3. It is bigger than the 9. That argument works against it when compared to the 45. Energy levels don't mean everything. The energy present in the round after it punches through an opponent isn't a good thing.
    4. I can dumb a mag of anything at a human sized target at what people call self defense ranges. But if the self defense range becomes 75 yards I like my ability to shoot accurately with the 9mm or 45 better.
    5. If you draw a sense of coolness from a caliber why are you shooting anything other than 50 AE?

    The only reason I did that is to show that every argument is circular. We all have to make the decision that we believe is best. It is a handgun, compromises are being made whether we want to admit to them or not. There's nothing wrong with the 40, it works as advertised. However after examining my situation I can't find anything that I believe it does better for me than the other calibers can do. Since I shoot 9 and 45 better than the 40 and the 40 isn't giving me anything that I personally believe is of more importance I've been shifting away from it. That said my duty gun is the 40 that I still own.
    StormRhydr and TN_Mike like this.
    "The only people I like besides my wife and children are Marines."
    - Lt. Col. Oliver North

  7. #7
    VIP Member Array Phaedrus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    2,605
    I've only owned one .40 S&W in my life, a Glock 22 years ago. On paper the forty looks good but I don't feel it has enough of an edge over the 9mm to bother with it. I have considered picking one up for two reasons. First off, there's a ton of .40 S&W ammo available, although now that 9mm is coming back into stock that's not as big a deal. The second reason is that many forties can be converted to .357 Sig with just a barrel swap. That alone has me itching to buy an HK USPc or a P2000 in .40.
    TN_Mike and zacii like this.
    "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." - Sinclair Lewis

    “You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” - Naguib Mahfouz

  8. #8
    VIP Member
    Array ppkheat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    4,186
    I didn't read the article, and having said that, I really don't have a caliber preference or opinion of the best caliber. I don't think that question has a definitive answer. If I went back into leo work, I would happily carry a .357, 9mm, .40 cal, or .45 acp.
    Turn the election's in 2014 to a "2A Revolution". It will serve as a 1994 refresher not to "infringe" on our Second Amendment. We know who they are now.........SEND 'EM HOME. Our success in this will be proportional to how hard we work to make it happen.

  9. #9
    VIP Member
    Array Mike1956's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Marion County, Ohio
    Posts
    11,464
    I was a 10mm fan early on, and have always regarded the .40 as a false pretender. I've only shot one a few times, and never had a desire to own or use one.
    myrkr likes this.
    "If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world, but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast."
    William T. Sherman

  10. #10
    VIP Member Array Ksgunner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    4,133
    When I saw the author "never like 40 to begin with" I didn't expect to much from him.
    OD*, AnthonyC, sebring and 2 others like this.

  11. #11
    Lead Moderator
    Array rocky's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    16,157
    As a owner of several .40 cal pistols, I can say I would feel just as well armed with a 9mm and quality defensive ammo. I have seen PD who cannot qual. With the .40 pass with a 9mm of the same gun. 9mm got a bad rap , but realistically no pistol caliber is going to be a great threat stopper.
    However with the recent shortages in ammo I was glad to have multiple calibers as 9mm was impossible to find locally and outrageously priced on line.
    TX expat, OD* and zacii like this.
    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson


    Nemo Me Impune Lacesset

  12. #12
    Distinguished Member Array Once's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    florida
    Posts
    1,612
    I have one .40 and I can COM no prob even rapid fire. I'm ok with that. I also practice rapid fire with a 12" paper target at 20 ft. they may be all over the plate but they are on the plate. I'm ok with that.

  13. #13
    Senior Member Array Gaius's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chicago
    Posts
    669
    I guess I am not a fan of the .40 either, As a purely practical matter, I do not believe that as a SD round you really pick up that much of an advantage over the 9mm for what you are giving up in terms of recoil and other factors mentioned in the article. However, just like art, everyone's taste and preferences will vary.
    TN_Mike likes this.
    Best way to win a gun fight? "That's easy, don't show up."
    --Wyatt Earp

    "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything."
    -- Wyatt Earp

  14. #14
    VIP Member Array Stevew's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    3,499
    I did not see where the article proved the 40 was fading. A couple of police department switching to 9mm and he could not come up with enough switching from 40 so he included 45. He did not reference any of the agencies switching from 9mm to a more powerful round. He stated he did not like 40 cal.
    I don't see the purpose of his article accept to prove that he likes 9mm. We don't really need to know that.
    Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around laws. Plato

  15. #15
    Ex Member Array Bullet1234's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    South Carolina
    Posts
    963
    One man's opinion,,,,, is one man's opinion,,,,
    My opinion is the 40 is superior to the 9mm
    and in my home that is really all that COUNTS.
    Sarge65, CDW4ME, Bad Bob and 2 others like this.

Page 1 of 11 12345 ... LastLast

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Search tags for this page

.40 pistol loosing popularity
,

.40 s&w losing popularity

,

.40 s&w popularity

,
40 cal losing popularity
,
40 s&w popularity
,

9mm resurgence

,
fading 40
,
is 40 cal losing pppular
,

is the .40 losing popularity

,

is the 40 cal fading away

,
the fading .40
,

the fading 40

Click on a term to search for related topics.