40S&W 1911 for Carry

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    40S&W 1911 for Carry

    Are there any carry options in a 1911 platform in 40 caliber? I can't seem to find any. Also, my other concern is that if there are some, are they reliable as compared to the 45 counterparts. I understand that 45 is the more desirable round, but for personal reasons, I need to stick with the 40. What are my options.

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    The Springfield EMP comes in .40 with a stainless steel frame.

    We had two Kimbers in .40 and I would not recommend them. The geometry of the more blunt .40 projectile and the 1911 don't go well together IMHO, but as the EMP was redesigned to work with the 9mm and .40 in mind, I would be more apt to try that approach, however I'm sure the Dan Wesson model mentioned above would be equally viable. There aren't many makers of .40 1911s in a single stack and Para only offers the P16 which is a rather large gun to be toting (it was my first pistol), previously Para did make the .40 in other sizes, but they are not in current production.

    Colt used to make 5" guns and Defenders in .40, but again they don't offer any .40s in current production.

    IIRC STI and SVI may have guns in .40.

    But all that being said, I'd still probably go with the SA EMP in .40 and I don't even like 3" 1911s.

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    As JD pointed out, STI is a good bet. They offer a wide range of sizes and guns in .40. If you are going to spend the kinda dough the EMP costs I would rather have an STI personally.
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    Para made a p14-40. It is a very nice carry gun. They can be found on line from time to time.

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    +1 on the EMP 40.
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    I've had absolutely no failures of any kind with my .40 S&W DanWesson PM7 (pre-CZ).

    Only glitch is a lack of slide locking back, but I don't consider that a failure.

    Give DW or Fusion Firearms a try, depending on your price range.

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    Must be free ammo, otherwise why not a .45?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Husker View Post
    Must be free ammo, otherwise why not a .45?
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    And the .40 WWB hundred packs at Wally World were priced about a dollar less than the .45 WWB hundred packs when I looked at the labels on the shelf yesterday (no ammo, just pricing on the shelf). Several months ago, their .40 cal was a bit over 2/3 the the price of .45.

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    A 1911 in anything less than 45acp has just simply got me to wondering why. Why? Far from being a mortal sin in my book, just difficult for me to grasp.

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    Ok fine how about options in 40. Something very small say 6.5 inches or under? Do they make a 1911 under 6.5 inches? I knew about EMPs but they are pretty pricey

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    Still why not stay with the time proven .45?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ram Rod View Post
    A 1911 in anything less than 45acp has just simply got me to wondering why. Why? Far from being a mortal sin in my book, just difficult for me to grasp.
    Don't know about a mortal sin, LOL. The 1911 is a great platform and as I have 2 in 45 acp, I'd like to have 1-38 super, and 1-9mm, and 1 with a 22 conversion, myself.

    Guess you'd have to look at it from a Glock view point. People buy Glocks in all available calibers, granted they may be more reliable in those other calibers don't really know. Point is why should people that like the 1911 be any different if they want one in a different caliber.

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