Have .40S&W , What Next ?
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Post By gasmitty
Post By StevePVB
October 14th, 2013 12:05 AM
Have .40S&W , What Next ?
I have as my first firearm a Ruger SR40C. I really like it. Before i bought it I had the opportunity to tryout a friends SR9 and a SR40C. Not only did i shoot the .40 much better ..... It was a BLAST! I'd like to make a second firearm purchase early 2014. Is there any value in adding different calibers (Other than the 9mm's hold a few more rounds). I have my eye on two models so far (FNX-40) and The Baretta PX4 Storm Compact in .40. what got me thinking was that the Beretta makes a 20 round magazine in 9mm for the storm. Though even if i bought it in .40 I would purchase the full size magazines also as spares.
October 14th, 2013 12:15 AM
What's next? The world is your oyster with regard to defensive firearms. If you handle the .40 well, then stick with it!
The "value" in adding different calibers is that if there's a 'run' on one, you don't have all your eggs in one basket. In handgun calibers, at one point I told myself that after .22, .45 and .38/.357 I didn't need any more, but now I've got 9mm and .40 and .32 S+W and .32 ACP, and I no longer see a reason to artificially limit myself.
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October 14th, 2013 12:18 AM
more choices, some ammo is very difficult to locate.. I still can't find .380 ammo and have purchased every box I have seen..
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October 14th, 2013 12:27 AM
I wouldn't spend money I needed for other things. You shoot the .40 well. Why get another?
On the other hand...
Yeah..I know I live with "someone" that doesn't understand why I "need" "multiple guns".
October 14th, 2013 12:30 AM
If you like the .40 you may want to step over to the dark side and try either a glock 23 or 22. I myself shoot the 9mm religiously and hated on glocks until I bought my g19. Right now I'm saving for my g17 and g26. I may just change my name to glockdude12 but alas ruger rifles and wheel guns still keep me loyal
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October 14th, 2013 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by jblives2ride
I have 4 major calibers simply for ammo availability. 40 is not as popular as 9 or 45 so it's been easy to keep in stock. It's really up to you.
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October 14th, 2013 03:47 AM
What do you want to do with your pistols? Do you find yourself unarmed b/c of the size of your pistol? You already have a caliber that will do what all the others will do wrt self protection. If you want to stick with semi's - if you hunt, step up to 10mm; if you want a more discrete carry, get a 32 or 380. Then there's also the revolver option.
October 14th, 2013 08:03 AM
Me too. I have to work on her slowly and try to explain why "ONE IS NONE, TWO IS ONE " theory
Originally Posted by StevePVB
October 14th, 2013 09:04 AM
To be diversified is a good thing. Reliance upon just one caliber would not be to your advantage.
I personally would get a 9mm pistol. It is perhaps the most popular caliber in the world and fairly proven. Ammo can be found just about anywhere and even our Military use the Baretta 9mm as their sidearm.
I'd also look into getting a small .380 as a back up or quick go-to piece. A .22 revolver or semi auto will also round out your "collection." We also have two .357 magnum revolvers, the LCR and an older S&W model 19.
.38 special is a good caliber but if you invest in a handgun that shoots .357, you will also be able to shoot the .38spl cartridge in one chambered for the .357 as well.
Good luck on your choice.
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