40 dead ?

Discussion in 'Handguns' started by Cpippen, Jun 12, 2017.

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Is the 40 S&W cartridge heading the way of the dinosaurs?

  1. Yes

    21.5%
  2. No

    54.8%
  3. No but will eventually be like the .41 magnum

    23.7%
  1. MurphyLong

    MurphyLong Carpe Diem Cras Charter Member

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    No argument here... I just know that I have spent more than a decade practicing with the same round, so I stick with what I know I'm proficient with.
     
  2. Cpippen

    Cpippen Hanging around

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    I don't care what you carry you must be proficient with it. So as @MurphyLong said, carry what you practice with.
     
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  3. dalek

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    1911 fanboys will beg to differ. :rolleyes:

    I would say that the current worldwide availability of 9mm can trace its origins to the abundance of firearms shooting that caliber in possession of most of the areas where WW2 combat took place. I mean, if you have this huge pile of pistols and submachine guns left by Germany and Italy and France and Canada and the ammo to feed them, why would you spend your hard earned money and buy something else in another caliber? There were enough of them to reach the critical mass to make this a self-feeding cycle (more on that later).

    Remember the stgw44 is still in use in Africa, and PPU thinks there is enough demand to have assembly lines churning 7.92x33 rounds. There is money to be made. I guess it also makes me wonder how large are the PPU factories; they seem to make rounds for almost every single caliber out there.

    The question is: are there enough .40S&W pistols out there to have reached the critical mass where manufacturers will still make new ammo and firewarms on that caliber? I think the answer is yes. Look what happened to the .45, which supposedly was replaced by 9 and/or 40: I do not see its sales going down anytime soon and even Glock itself quite a few .45 pistols. Same goes for 380, which had suffered period int he US where it was relegated as a "lady's caliber" and now everyone makes a few pistols on that caliber; those pistols are not being bought primarily by people doing ISPCADGWEERTH or whatever it is called. There is good money to be made here.

    I may not like 40S&W but it sure is not a boutique cartridge.
     
  4. MacEntyre

    MacEntyre Shoot on Sight! Charter Member

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    Not even close.
     
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    fishgutzy Senior Member

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    Except The VP40. That one shooters vey nicely. Even my niece who weighs in around 110# can shoot a full mag no problem. But she has to take a short break shooting a mag in a Glock 40.

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  6. dalek

    dalek Member

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    You must have met nice 1911 fanboys...
     
  7. MacEntyre

    MacEntyre Shoot on Sight! Charter Member

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    It's the facts that are not even close.

    The Hi-Power was adopted as a military sidearm by over 90 countries, and about 50 still use it.
    FN did far better with the Hi-Power than Colt did with the 1911.
    Both were successes, but the Hi-Power is the most successful of all military pistols, ever.
    FN also did far better with the FAL than any other maker of battle rifles.

    ...and the 40 cal is dying. Don't join a Kickstarter project to design a 40 cal firearm.
     
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  8. MurphyLong

    MurphyLong Carpe Diem Cras Charter Member

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    It's not dying. There are too many firearms already on the market for it to die, and too many LEA's still using it.
     
  9. Combat Diver

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    .40 S&W isn't going to die tomorrow. No longer the current fad just like the .38 Special but both will be with us for a very long time.


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  10. IrishCannon

    IrishCannon Fight hard.

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    I know I am better with 9mm, enjoy shooting it more, and it is cheaper to practice with...so to me, it is an easy choice. I sold all my 40 hardware and feed. G23 was my absolute least favorite.
     
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    Cpippen Hanging around

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    I had a 23 didn't like it nearly as well as I did my 19. The M&P is a great platform, in my opinion ymmv, for the 40 caliber round.
     
  12. pikepole20

    pikepole20 Happy to be here

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    in 40 caliber I have a G22 and a G27. Luckily I have a conversion barrel for both
    I also have a G20. I also have some 9mm handguns as well. It is still hard for me to get that a 9mm is just as effective as a 40 or 45 using the same ammo. It is easier to shoot a 9mm in the same gun though. I like them all.

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