Well compared to the .45 you can have a higher capacity and/or a smaller lighter gun on average.
You missed the Great Caliber Controversy of the past 20 years! The .40 S&W has been maligned as the answer to a question never asked, labelled the .40 Short & Weak, and had a bunch of other insults heaped on it. However, it's survived so it must be doing some things well.I am not trying to start an argument about the best handgun round. 9mm .40 and .45 are, in my opinion, the three most popular and most available. All the handguns I own are in 9mm, but not because I think it's the best, it's because it is the cheapest to shoot. I have about 2000 rounds of 9mm on hand and shoot very often. (Wal-Mart has way more ammo than people think, you just have to know when the truck is being unloaded, and what the truck has on it prior to its delivery) I only say this so people do not think I am a hoarder, I buy at least 100 rounds a week, if not more, from all three stores in my town.
Anyway, to get to my point, as i was looking at all my 9mm, I had a thought. What if 9mm went away? Gone forever. I would be without a handgun. Both .40 and .45 are roughly twice as expensive then 9mm. What's the point in getting a .40 when .45 is about the same price. Obviously I do not know very much about this, but I think it would be wise to have more than one caliber on hand, just in case. To me, .45 seems the obvious choice, but only because it is bigger for the same price, roughly. Please convince me otherwise. Whats the point in .40 S&W?
sorry, i thought i said i only buy factory ammo from wal-mart because I get the scoop on when it really comes in. Fed. 100 round box of 9mm- $21.97. Fed. 50 round box of .40- $18.97. I call that roughly twice the price. Other brands are a dollar here or there, but you get the picture. And a box of .45 is just a little more then the .40.40 is NOT twice the price of 9mm, and I don't ever buy 45 but I'm pretty sure its not even twice the price of 9mm.
Why is it that everyone that questions the 40 S&W starts a weekly thread asking about it - instead of reading the hundreds of already debated threads that can easily be found with the search button.
sorry, i thought i said i only buy factory ammo from wal-mart because I get the scoop on when it really comes in.
Wal-Mart has way more ammo than people think, you just have to know when the truck is being unloaded, and what the truck has on it prior to its delivery