Which is easier to find, 9mm or 40s&w

Which is easier to find, 9mm or 40s&w

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    Which is easier to find, 9mm or 40s&w

    Looking for a new carry pistol. Which ammo is easier to find, 9mm or 40s&w? I've ruled out .380ACP since I can't find it anywhere. No sense wasting money on a new cc piece if I can't find ammo to practice. Thanks.


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    .40 S&W is always a box or more when thier out of 9mm/.45 JMO O= opservation :)
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    During this current trend of 'shortages', I would have to say 9mm is much tougher to find, but that could change at any time.
    I wouldn't base my pistol purchases on this current trend, but that's just me.

    If you want 'plinking' practice stick with a .22.
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    Hard to say at the present. One day I can find one thing and not the next. 9mm is cheaper and that may be the driving force of not being able to find any.
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    Last week there wasn't a box of 9mm to be found for sale in Phoenix, AZ. This week it may be the 40 that we can't find.

    I'm suggesting that people own a variety of calibers for this reason. I myself own 9mm, 40 and 45 ACP calber handguns, as well as 38 SPL, .357 Magnum, .45 Colt and .44 SPL/Mag. I will soon be the owner of a .357 Sig Barrel for one of my .40 S&W's.

    Between all of the calibers I own, I may be able to find something I can get ammo for. If you buy a .40 S&W or a .357 Sig you will be able to change the Barrels and Magazines and be able to shoot three calibers out of one gun.

    Check out something like a Glock 23. You will have to use the Glock 19 Magazines, if you shoot 9mm, but .40 S&W and .357 Sig use the same Magazine. All you would need to do is "swap" Barrels. With a Sig it is my understanding that you don't have to change the Magazines, just the Barrels.

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    I have been able to find both 9mm and .40 S&W and even .45acp at Cabelas. The only caliber they are always out of is .380 acp, but what else is new these days!
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    I can only speak for the Houston area, and only for the days I actually checked recently, but 9mm, both practice and premium defensive stuff, is more available than .40 around here. I was looking for certain .40 loads, and just happened to notice 9mm was either more plentiful, or was there when NO .40 was to be found. This was multiple places, on multiple days, over a recent two-week period.

    This situation could well be totally reversed at any other place and time.

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    9MM is used all over the world by civilians, peace officers and military. .40 S&W is mostly a North American peace officer phenomenon.

    9MM will remain much more prevalent and lower in price in general looking forward. It's about economies of scale.

    Of course, in the short term The Obama is causing everything to be inflated in price and low in availability.

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    Consider a pistol for which a .22 LR conversion unit is available, or which has a near-twin available in .22 LR.

    Consider buying a large quantity of ammo along with the pistol, both practice and defensive ammo. Ammo can last for many years if kept in a climate-controlled environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joffe View Post
    9MM is used all over the world by civilians, peace officers and military. .40 S&W is mostly a North American peace officer phenomenon.

    9MM will remain much more prevalent and lower in price in general looking forward. It's about economies of scale.

    Of course, in the short term The Obama is causing everything to be inflated in price and low in availability.
    That's exactly what I was going to say.
    9 mm, .45 acp and .38/.357 can be found - in normal times, not right now - in about any drug/hardware stores in the boonies.
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    Well from my experience, I shoot 9mm and my buddy shoots .40 and whenever we go to buy ammo together it is 50/50. There have been times when I cannot find a box, and times when he cannot find a box.

    As others have said recently 9mm has been harder to find, but it could be .40 next month.

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    9mm goes off the shelf pretty fast, but I think more people own 9's than 40's.....I usually see some 40's left when the 9mm are slim pickins.
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    I suggest you buy the gun you want. Don't let the current shortage of 9mm scare you away if that's what you want. It will all be there at some point. I am sure manufacturers are adding capacity and ramping up production in all popular calibers.
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    I was at the local Walmart over the weekend and there was no 9mm, .45, .38 special. However, there were ten boxes of .40 S&W.

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    I have been fairly lucky here in Kansas. Can usually find 9mm, .40, and .45. Sometimes I just have to pay a little more for it but I can usually find it somewhere. Now if we could just do something about .380...
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