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Old 06-02-2016, 04:34 PM   #1
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The .40 S&W

I don't see anyone talking up or down this cartridge; does anyone shoot/reload it? I've shot it quite a bit and can say I don't like it. Not as accurate as either the 9MM or the .45ACP and (to me) recoils more.
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Old 06-02-2016, 05:00 PM   #2
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Never owned one, about 20 years ago I shot a Glock in .40 S&W and really was not impressed with it. I gave me everything I already had in a more expensive package
Old 06-02-2016, 05:36 PM   #3
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I'm not a .40 guy, but it's perfectly functional imo. I've pretty much 'settled' on 9mm and .45acp, but ballistically speaking, the .40 certainly doesn't suck. My main issues with the 40 is that they tend to put it in 9mm size guns, and that it doesn't really (imo) do anything that the 9 or 45 don't.

On the gun-size thing, the rush by manufacturers to jam a new 40-caliber cartridge into previously-existing 35-caliber platforms has led to a lot of issues. Spring issues, frame-flex issues, numerous kinds of things. Some have gotten it right, and some haven't.

As far as performance, it's always struck me like a 16-gauge shotgun. From a functional or performance standpoint, there's not a thing wrong with the 16-gauge. But it doesn't really offer any real advantage over the 12 or 20. Same with the 40 imo; it's functionally fine (if your gun is "right"), but I always kind of wondered "why". If LE depts had embraced the 16-gauge, it would be a market powerhouse right now imo. And if LE depts hadn't embraced the .40, imo it would have gone the way of the 16-gauge; just as the .41AE and .356TSW did.

A guy with a .41AE, a .356TSW or a 16-gauge can kill me just as dead as a guy with any gun; they're all functionally fine. But to me they're just examples of things that really served not much purpose. The .40 (again, to me) is pretty much the same thing if we're talking strictly from a functional standpoint - it just has the advantage of good marketing and so has carved out a massive market share for itself.
Old 06-02-2016, 09:28 PM   #4
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I had 2 of them, not at the same time. The first was a .40 MkIII Hi-Power that I quickly changed barrels to .357Sig. And hindsight being 20/20 wish I had kept. The thing grouped like a shotgun with the .40S&W barrel. Bar-sto fixed that for me.

The next was a Glock 23 again not bad but didn't do much for me. So that went also.

Ho hum groups never got around to reloading for it.
Old 06-03-2016, 05:36 AM   #5
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P35s have fragile frames, noted for cracking. Trigger pull sucks hard and is very difficult to fix. The gun needs a beavertail tang in the worst way
Old 06-03-2016, 11:00 AM   #6
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I shot a Browning Hi Power (P35) in IPSC for 6 years, I had 1 barrel lug crack on me and had to replace the barrel. Once the magazine disconnector was removed from the pistol, the trigger pull lightened up over 2 pounds. I had a Base armorer, work on my pistol for me as I represented the Base I was posted to when I shot and they paid half my entry fees and gave me a personal annual ammunition allocation of 10,000 rds of 9mm ball a year. Trigger came out at 3 1/2 pounds and I found that there is no requirement for a beavertail that I needed.

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Old 06-03-2016, 12:07 PM   #7
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Carried .40(Glock 23) at my old job. No real issues with the caliber, as much as being at best " lukewarm " on Glocks.

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