I've been thinking about something lately.
It wasn't that long ago I'd settled on .40 S&W. To be clear I think all the service calibers have some serious shortcomings and that they're all compromises. I decided I'd just stick to .40 S&W for autoloaders because:
- While other rounds may offer ballistic superiority in some regards, it's not enough of a difference to impress me.
- It's the middle of the road, really.
- I like larger cartridges and I don't as much about capacity as I do about other features. 12 rounds is fine.
- 9x19 is the smallest I feel fine with, and going a notch above that just makes me feel better.
- The platform I really wanted to shoot was only available in three calibers and I liked .40 better than my other choices.
I got rid of my 9x19 chambered firearm and get another .40S&W. I standardized. Life was good. I have gotten used to .40 caliber.
But now I'm in a conundrum. First, I am now permanently vested in the 9mm caliber as I will never ever sell a particular 9x19 chambered pistol that has come into my possession.
And the thing about .45 ACP is that, it still works as a service caliber, and it comes in such a variety of wonderful things to shoot it from.
My XD platform is now available in .45 ACP. I am biding my time to get one as I want a bitone finish and I don't really need it... plus I want to put some time in with that Sig.
I'm wondering if I just shouldn't get out of .40 S&W entirely. Shoot up all I've got left and move on to nothing but 9mm Luger and .45 ACP.
But I don't want to... my XD40 is not broken and there's nothing wrong with it. It is no less desirable.
Yet I also know that mixing one round of .40 S&W into my .45 ACP could spell disaster. Guess I'll just have to keep being cautious. Of course I say that, but it's happened to better men than I. If I didn't have the .40 sitting around it just plain couldn't happen.