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40 S&W: Is It Dead?

After speaking to many local gun store owners over the course of the last year, they all seemed to share a similar sentiment: The once popular 40 S&W self-defense cartridge is dead.

In fact, one of the gun shops I frequent doesn't even stock guns chambered in forty, simply because they just sit in the case.

Nobody buys them.

.40 S&W History:

.40 S&W

Baby Desert Eagle III in .40 S&W.

To get a solid handle on why this is happening, we must first get a firm understanding of firearms history, as it relates to how law enforcement chooses a duty gun. The .40 Cal was introduced way back when the FBI deemed the 9mm unworthy, ballistically, to get the job done in a shootout. To combat the 9X19's deficiencies, they decided to move to a bigger, more powerful cartridge: 10mm.

The 10 was superior to the nine in almost every way, delivering magnum ballistics with the ability to carry more cartridges than your standard 6-shot .357 magnum revolver.

It was a match made in heaven … Or so they thought. The main issue with the 10mm, is that police and FBI were unable to handle the associated recoil of this powerhouse cartridge, forcing them to find another solution. This is where the .40S&W came into play.

The forty-cal was much easier for on-duty police to handle than the 10mm was, allowing those who shot it the capability of qualifying with their duty guns. After all, a police officer who cannot shoot a gun is ineffective at his/her job.

So, for the last few decades, it reigned supreme in the eyes of the FBI and law enforcement personnel across the land. And, what usually happens, is whatever is good for the badge, is good for the badge-less (like us civilians).

That is an important point to remember going forward, because what LEOs use on the job plays a big part in the story.

Back to 9mm:

9mm ammo

Sig Sauer Ammo

After several years of using the .40 S&W self-defense cartridge and getting the job done with it, the FBI made the controversial move to change back to the once under-powered 9mm parabellum round, just over a year ago.

Citing reasons such as increased capacity, improved terminal ballistics, and the ability to land multiple shots on target in quicker fashion, the FBI awarded a contract to Glock for striker-fired pistols, chambered in 9X19. This decision dealt a severe blow to the already diminished .40S&W market.

The FBI no longer saw it as a viable option for their agents, and civilians usually follow suit because we know the feds have ballistic guidelines to help them choose the right cartridge for their guns. The bottom line is that 9mm ballistics had improved greatly, from what they used to be.

Improved Ballistics Of 9mm Parabellum:

There is a notion I'd like for you to dismiss right now, and that is the idea of this thing called “knock-down power.” There is no such thing as knock-down power unless you make a head shot or destroy the beating heart of your attacker. And, even then, life may not be lost right away. Listen to what I'm about to say next very carefully –

Knockdown power is nothing more than a myth.

If the Hollywood directors could have it their way, they'd have you believing that each time someone is hit with a bullet, they'd fly back 15 feet. There's just no such thing, and to make matters even more interesting, there really is no such thing as a one-shot kill with a handgun. Can it happen? Sure. But is it the norm? No, not really.

Back to the point …

9mm produces a smaller hole than does the .40. It's not possible to argue with science in this regard. .40 S&W is essentially 10mm in diameter while a 9mm bullet, is well, you know–nine. It doesn't make sense for us to think that a smaller projectile can perform as well as a bigger one does, in many cases.

The thinking, is that while one clearly cannot perform as well as the other, the lesser of the two performs good enough to get the job done. Furthermore, when you take into account that people shooting 9mm are more accurate with the ability to land more shots on target, the argument is improved. In other words, two smaller, deeply penetrating holes are better than one.

How have the nine's ballistics improved? Well, that'll be a topic for another day, and one that we've got coming to you. Suffice it to say that according to the FBI, 9mm JHP gets the job done.

Is .40 S&W Dead?

40 S&W

American Eagle Ammo.

The short answer to this, would be “no, it's not dead.” In fact, it's no more dead than 10mm is. The .40 caliber will always have a following, and there will be some who will always believe it is the best option, no matter what the FBI or anyone else says. The most important thing, is that we all carry what we can handle in a defensive situation.

However, it is in decline as a commercially used self-defense cartridge. Why is this so? Well, for starters, cost effectiveness has a big role to play. There is a direct correlation between cost per round and the amount of live-fire training a person does.

In other words, if you can't afford to shoot your gun, it won't get shot. And, the result of that, is being less effective in your self-defense pursuits. Period.

If you take two boxes of ammo from the same manufacturer, one in 9mm and the other in .40 S&W, the former will be cheaper 9 out of 10 times. That's just the way it is.

On the other hand, though, you have the people who don't care about cost simply because they believe it does a better job. And that is the main reason why the .40S&W will never actually die.

Conclusion:

What's next? Well, only time will tell. However, I feel confident in saying that, even in decline, the .40 S&W self-defense cartridge is NOT completely dead, no matter what you may have heard others say in the past. It's alive, even if only in some shooting circles, and it's not going anywhere, anytime soon.

What I want to know, is what you've got strapped to your hip, in your concealed carry holster, right at this very moment. What caliber do you trust your life with? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

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132 Responses to 40 S&W: Is It Dead?

  1. Raul Sanchez March 29, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

    9mm S&W, M&P shield with 2 extra mags as well loaded with Sig Sauer hollow point rounds!

    • Bayou Castine April 4, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

      Daily CC: Desert Eagle 1911C 45apc. + one spare magazine. Why? Korean “Conflict” [’52/’53]’experience with the Colt 1911, 24 years as a CCW instructor, Louisiana. Why Desert Eagle? It is designed for use in and around Israel. If it is good enough in that environment and good enough for the Israel Defense Forces It is good enough for me.

      Plus, I like the “1911” 45 frame.

    • Ed Moser April 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      I was still copping when the FBI decided to go the the 40 S&W. It all started when 8 FBI agents got in a shoot out with bank robbers they were tailing on 4/11/86. 2 FBI agents died and 5 were wounded. Agents were armed with an 870, 3 9mms and 4 38/357 revolvers. Bad guys were armed with Ruger mini-14s. After action report said FBI agent obtained several lethal hits on the bad guys which were not effective in immediate incapacitation, they each bled out from multiple hits and died. FBI conducted ballistic test and concluded the 9mm and 38 were both not up to the task of stopping determined criminals quickly enough (under penetration) and the 40 S&W was born. I can tell other stories were the 9mm didn’t do its job when used by police. The 9mm was very pitiful in the 80s and 90s. I do think the 9mm has done a great job in improving the cartridge. I like the new 124gr Federal HST cartridge which is on the market now. I still carry a 40 S&W for my CCW but I’ve been testing a CZ compact and it may just win out. The 40 S&W is still a good cartridge. I notice very little difference in shooting either the 9mm or the 40, I shoot more 9mm because the ammo is so much more affordable. I was in charge of the department’s firearms training during this time and followed this case and went to training on it.

    • Lister April 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

      Depending on how deep of concealment necessary and or clothes choice…it’s between a .40 Shield or a .45 Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded. I also have a 5″ M&P 9mm Pro Series but it is a tickle long and I still haven’t got around to shopping for IWB holster for it. I do have a Bladetech OWB rig for it. 1911 usually rides in a OWB Spetzgear rig and the .40 Shield in a IWB Crossbreed Mini Tuck.

      • Mitchell Haggard April 5, 2017 at 1:43 am #

        What’s your point?

        • Bob July 20, 2017 at 12:28 am #

          The author of the article concluded by asking its readers what we carry. – That’s the point.

    • Chris April 5, 2017 at 6:42 am #

      80% of the time I have an H&K P2000 or H&K P2000sk in .40 as my EDC. The rest of the time I have an H&K P30sk in 9mm because it feels so good in hand or my H&K45c. The difference in recoil with a .40 and 9mm with a compact and sub compact gun is minimal. Now go to a pocket like a Kahr PM9 and it is huge. As a side note I started with the .40 S&W because I needed it to make major in USPSA and since I was going to reload .40 (easier than 9mm), shoot it in competition, and practice with it so much I might as well carry it. Plus it is a nice compromise in capacity between 9mm and .45ACP.

    • bob September 18, 2017 at 11:08 pm #

      Glock 27 40 Cal Lone Wolf 9mm barrel to cut cost on range shooting.. 40 Cal for me

  2. Steven March 31, 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    People who let what the FBI says about what is better good for you . I will carry as long as I can what is comfortable for me . I like my Glock and Sig Sauer .45cals . I also have a 9mm and .40 cal . Knock down power is only as good s shot placement. So I practice with them all as much as I can . The rounds out in the market now caliber to me does not matter .

  3. Erik March 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    I have 3 40’s and a foot locker of once fired brass and I hoard bullets like a spaz. The 40 has worked well for many applications. I won’t quit using it anytime soon.

  4. Asian Guy March 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    I just CC a 40 in a backpack. When I can afford to, I will get a 380 LCP 2 or P238.

  5. Butch Conard March 31, 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Glock 26 or Glock 19. Same gun, different mags.
    Easy to put 15 in a 2×2 at 30ft. (Standing still).

  6. Robbie March 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm #

    New S&W 45.shield with extra mag.

  7. Doug March 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    I have a .40 S&W in the SUV and 2 9mm in the house. One by the bed and one by my recliner. Both under lock and key. I took my CCW with the .40cal. I like it a lot . The recoil for me is not an issue.

  8. Adman March 31, 2017 at 4:06 pm #

    I still like .40. I own all the service calibers but prefer .40. I shoot it well and it’s well- suited to the SIG P229.

    I even bought two used .40s after the FBI decision, because government decisions often have little to do with logic and much to do with politics. They were also cost effective, allowing the purchase of a case of ammo to go with them.

    • David April 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

      Like you, I find the P229 in .40 is a very nice shooting pistol, plus it has the added versatility of three caliber potential. A drop-in factory barrel in .357 SIG, and their .22lr Conversion Unit allows very inexpensive practice with the same feel and trigger pull.

      The likelihood any of us regular “civilians” (cops are civilians too) getting into a major gun battle requiring dozens of rounds is pretty slim unless you live in a jurisdiction with ridiculous murder rates and horrible gun control (L.A., Chicago, D.C., I’m speaking of you). I have confidence in both .40 and .45 for personal self defense and will continue to. I’m not a rangemaster or someone responsible for agency purchases, don’t shoot several thousand rounds per year, so the additional cost of the larger rounds is a relative trifling to me. What I do prefer is the slight additional penetrative and expansion qualities of the two rounds that start bigger and heavier to begin with, and I am not dissuaded by the slight additional recoil either.

      • Todd April 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

        I still believe too many people discount the issue of mass on impact. Penetration is one thing but punch matters too. You can jab someone in the jaw with a stick the size of your finger and it will do significant tissue damage and spin the person around writhing in pain. But a clenched fist in the same spot with the same force will more likely put em down, and maybe out. I like the .40 for the “outdated” reasoning that is does provide the best of both 9mm and .45 worlds. Call me obsolete…

        • TheProfessor April 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

          Todd, if you want the real truth of power in a caliber google up “Taylor Knock down Formula” it takes in the bullet diameter as well as weight. it has been proven time and again in the hunting arena where power factor is proven on living flesh, which the naysayers who have never killed a living thing, deny the reality of. And virtually ALL the bullet advances have come from. Many proclaim the advances com from the military, but the fact is world wide, military rounds are all full metal jacket. and there havent been any advances there.

          • R.W. April 4, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

            True story. In fact I went to Handloads.com to enter some data from Ballistics-By-The-Inch and get some results.

            Cor-Bon DPX 115 gr. 9mm ammo out of a full size 5″ barreled pistol clocks 1315 fps, produces 441 fpe, has a momentum of 21, and rates a Taylor KO of 7.

            Cor-Bon DPX 140 gr. .40 S&W ammo out of a compact 3″ barreled pistol clocks 1190 fps, 440 fpe, has a momentum of 23, and rates a Taylor KO of 9.

            The performance out of a compact .40 exceeds that of even a full-size 9mm; and that’s why I cc the .40.

  9. Kyler D March 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm #

    9mm CZ P07. Reliable, accurate, affordable. 👍

  10. Jeffrey March 31, 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    I remember reading an article 20 some years ago where the FBI said they were changing to the .40 from the 9mm. 6 years ago I bought my SR40. I trust my life with this gun. This is what I will continue to carry.
    Too each there own. I would say go to a range that let’s you shoot different guns they carry. Try a Sr40 compared to a 9mm. If you can’t handle it and your a smaller guy who prefers a 9mm. Than go with that. You maybe surprised you can comfortably handle the recoil.
    My Best to every one. Stay safe!!

    • TheProfessor April 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm #

      Jeffery, three words regarding the FBI: “Politics Politics Politics.” A .40 doesnt cost any more than the same firearm in 9mm, Obama already had every department of the government purchase enough ammo in virtually EVERY caliber to carry them into the middle of the century, and they do not shoot the weapons enough to wear them out. Therefore there is no excuse for the change other than politics. The fact is every agent NEEDS to be trained to adle whatever firearm they are issued. and the 10mm that brought about the change has less recoil than the 4 inch model 27 357 magnum they used to carry, so once again. Politics!

      • Glenn April 5, 2017 at 5:39 am #

        Absolutely true, Professor! In fact, politics (including the current “political correctness”) are part of EVERY government acquisition selection process. My wife carries a smaller caliber than I do: our sizes and natural strength determine the caliber each of us is more comfortable and accurate with while trying to maximize downrange foot-pounds. But in current politics, the caliber must be reduced to the lowest common strength denominator on the force, rather than offering maximum effectiveness to agents of differing size and strength: the natural differences in size and strength of men and women are masked at all costs. The lives of agents and officers of are of little concern to politicians, but the lives of my wife and myself are of paramount concern to me. I will, therefore, continue to carry the .40.

  11. John Pierce March 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Don’t like 9’s love 357 Sig or the old slow poke 45 acp.

    • Jim Lovelady April 4, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      Love the 357 Sig round. I carry, and load for, a Glock 22 with a Wolf 357 barrel inserted. Jim

  12. Jonathan March 31, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

    Shield 9 for EDC and Glock 20/10mm for home defense (night stand gun).

  13. Art Outlaw March 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    I own two Springfield XD’s. One Mod2 sub compact and the XDM competition, both in .40 S&W. It is my caliber of choice. My everyday carry is the Mod2. Not an issue with the recoil.

  14. Todd April 1, 2017 at 12:43 am #

    Kahr .40 S&W

  15. Cybershot April 1, 2017 at 4:05 am #

    40 is very much alive. I like 9mm, but not for life and death situation. 40 is proven when it comes to barrier penetration. Even over the 45. I’d choose .357sig or 10mm before I’d carry 9mm.

  16. Chy-zak April 1, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    Knock down might not be a big difference between 9 and 40, but there is between 9 and 357 Sig. That is one reason I chose to carry a Sig p320 compact chambered in 357 Sig, but also have a 40 barrel for it that I can swap out in a matter of seconds for more cost effective practice. 600+ ft pounds of energy will stop a man in his tracks if hit on center mass.

  17. Randal April 1, 2017 at 7:42 am #

    I will stick with my .40. Both my everyday carry and my home defense firearms are cha!here’s in it.

  18. Mike M April 1, 2017 at 9:13 am #

    I only shoot 40 cal. S&W M&P and Springfield. Acurate at 25 yards.
    If I need something bigger, that’s what my long guns are for.

  19. J. Morse April 1, 2017 at 10:03 am #

    First and foremost I am a retired LEO with much training experience. That being said, the most common reason for law enforcement to go to 9mms is cost; 9mms is much less expensive to train with and mediocre students are performing better (?) with it.

    But, what caliber do operators, LEO and paramilitary alike, carry? Answer is .45 and in many cases .40/10mms. Why would that be? Self evident.

  20. Drew G. April 1, 2017 at 10:24 am #

    Sig P229 and Springfield EMP, both 40 caliber also Beretta PX4 in 40 Cal. Never had a problem with 40 caliber and I like the stopping power…at 0-25 yards I’d take it any day of the week over a 9MM. Never been a fan of the 9MM. If I need something more, well then I have several rifles such as my Henry 44 magnum or my AR. THEY WILL DO THE JOB. If I really want to reach out and touch some one then my 270 or 308 will be up for the job…

  21. Rick G. April 1, 2017 at 4:13 pm #

    I own 380, 38s,9mm,40cal.,45cal, and I carry everyday my 40 but depending on how I am dressed then I go to my 380 bodyguard

  22. AJ April 4, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Glock .45 next to the bed; S&W 9mm CC.

  23. Tim W. April 4, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    Nothing has changed. The FBI and large Police Departments have to accommodate a wide range of shooters and training costs are an issue. Not so for individuals. Shoot the most effective caliber that you can control. I carry a G23(.40 S&W). My department switched back to 9mm.

  24. Jack D. April 4, 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    .40 Taurus P140 at my back IWB. .40 KelTec Sub2000 for longer range. JHP rounds do the job in either case!

  25. Rowdy Don April 4, 2017 at 1:25 pm #

    .40 Bersa – love it!

  26. Tom April 4, 2017 at 1:27 pm #

    I carry an LCP, Micro 9 or shield 40 but I still like a 38spl revolver on occasion.

  27. John W Bletsch April 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm #

    I prefer the 9mm due to more rounds on board and cost of ammo. My main issue with the 40 S&W is the short barrel muzzle blast blurring my vision. On the range I wear wrap around shooting glasses that minimize the issue. Not being able to clearly see my sights and target is enough for me to avoid that cartridge. I do not have that issue with any of the loadings in 9mm I shoot. Any info I read tells me that in a fire fight rounds on target is what counts no matter the caliber.

  28. Anthony McKenzie April 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm #

    I either carry a Glock 29 in 10mm or one of my Kimbers in 45ACP once in a while I carry 2 at the same time and it’s my Glock 29 and my kimber Solo thats a 9mm. Most of the time it’s a 10 mm with a double stack magazine. I own several different Guns but it all comes down to personal preferences when it comes to what people prefer to carry. Everyone have a great day and stay safe.

  29. Todd N. April 4, 2017 at 1:36 pm #

    G22C – G23C – G26 – & I spread the wealth on them – just depends on where I’m travelling too, what areas I’m visiting for the day. I had to carry 9mm in the Coast Guard – hated it. When I started with Local LE I started carrying the .40 and I still do today…

  30. Gilbert Patton April 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm #

    Glock 19. Best CC I’ve ever carried. Also have Glocks 22, 27. S&W .357 revolver. Love ’em all. Oh, also have 2 derringers. 1 in 9mm and 1 in .2.2

  31. Brent April 4, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

    On my hip now.. S&W M&P 40c. 10 rnds per mag. Dead accurate at 25ft 180gn golden saber. I carried a 9mm on duty for 25 years, but prefer the .40.

  32. Pat April 4, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    You can’take beat a .45 if you can handle the r3coil, but for CC I prefer the ,9mm. Easy to handle and much less recoil.

  33. Rocky April 4, 2017 at 1:50 pm #

    I have carried a .40 for 20 years. I trust it and can shoot just fine on a target with grouping. It will get the job done in any situation I will be in that a 9mm could.

  34. GARY WILLIAMS April 4, 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    I carry a Smith & Wesson M&P .40 caliber on my hip.

  35. Mike April 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

    I love hand guns, have 11 autos from 380 to 45.wheel guns 22, 38,357,45colt, 44mag. Love them all. Daily carry is usually 9-19 glock, council’s well. Out on the trail or on a fishing trip will find me with one of my 1911s. I reload so can afford to take 3 or 4 different guns out each time I go to range, usually 2,3 times a month. God bless you all, stay safe.

  36. Mike Cintron April 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm #

    Beretta 92fs just right.

  37. Jack Gordon April 4, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    Most of the debate is hogwash that helps fill the pages of gun mags. Anything in the 9mm range (I include .38 wadcutters) is fine. If you want to spend more money, opt for something bigger than the old Luger 9; if you want to be protected at a reasonable price, opt for the 9 or a .38, both with many fine carry weapons chambered for them. The only element worth considering is whether you WILL carry or leave the thing at home. That depends totally on ease of carry. The 9s and .38s are notoriously easy to slip in a jacket pocket, light enough not to print much or tire an owner’s shoulder or hip. That cinches the argument for me.

  38. Jay Alexander April 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    40 SW M&P compact for CC and 40 SW M&P standard in house and truck. Our range is 35 ft and my wife at 5’1″ and slender can do 4″ groups consistantly… Grand kids use Ruger Blackhawks in 22 mag when they visit.

  39. Don in Marietta April 4, 2017 at 2:00 pm #

    I love my Glock 47 and 23. In fact, if I had to have only 1 handgun for the rest of my life, it would be my Glock 23c. Great gun! Lots of rounds (13). The stopping power of a 40. The vented barrel has the snap of a 9mm.

  40. Marvin April 4, 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    Right now? Springfield Xds 3.3 in 45 acp. I love the 45’s! But sometimes depending on how I’m dressed I have the Ruger LCP II with me. And always an extra mag or two! But then again, as a little extra, when archery hunting the Ruger SP101 357 comes along.

    • Joshua April 4, 2017 at 2:09 pm #

      May I ask how you like the LCP II?

      • Marvin April 4, 2017 at 2:30 pm #

        Love It! The new trigger is by far better than the original. Overall it’s a real nice pocket gun and quite accurate too!

  41. Ken Wheeler April 4, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    You asked: I have three .40 S&W pistols. One of them is on my hip as I type this. One of them will be carried for as long as I can see in the future.

  42. Ron April 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    XDs 45 cc. XD compact 45 in the nightstand. 12ga racked inside the closet above the door. I’m old the military trained me on .45s

  43. Randy Hawkins April 4, 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    9mm JHP. using Springfield XD9

  44. Gregory Seybold April 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    I live in the deep south state of Georgia where heat and humidity are the norm 9 months out of the year. Its only early April, already hot here and only going to get worse so shorts and knit shirts are my daily wear. So my most carried pistol is a Kahr PM40 in a Desantis Nemesis pocket holster in my right side pocket and spare 6 round magazine in a Snag Mag clipped to my left pocket. I firmly believe in carrying the largest caliber possible based on the pistol size, so I will not carry a 9mm in a frame that will carry .40S&W, the same as not carrying any smaller caliber in a 1911 .45ACP frame pistol. Don’t misunderstand me, I do not dislike the 9mm cartridge, in fact I own two S&W 9mm pistols. However facts are facts and size does indeed matter!

  45. James Friedman April 4, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Beretta 96FS in .40 S&W

  46. Tim April 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm #

    I carry an HK VP9, and I love it.

  47. BradB April 4, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    For years I turned up my nose at the 1911. Mostly because my WWII/Korea combat vet Dad hated semi-autos. He always preferred a revolver for reliability. When I made the decision to go semi-auto, after much research I went Glock in .40. I own five Glocks now, various models of 9mm and .40 and have given three to my boys as well. A few years ago I picked up a Springfield Range Officer 1911 in .45. It’s a dream to shoot. I saved my pennies and found a deal on a US GI model Rock Island, and that’s what I mostly carry now. Small sights and all. It is such a natural point shooter that I do better with it than anything else I own. (No time to get the bifocals lined up in a gunfight – hope I never have to try!) The penny jar has “Kimber” written on it now.

    So, long story over with:
    1911 .45 ACP in shoulder rig with Glock 43 9mm in belly band. 3 spare mags each.
    Glock 23 (.40) with Viridian ECR light/laser in the bedside safe.
    And sometimes I’m just in a .357 mood. Ruger GP100, 4 inch. I don’t much carry it, but it may be holstered and hiding in my toolbox as I work in the garage or tucked into the recliner cushion as I watch TV.

    I am partial to Hornady Critical Defense or Federal HST ammo. I can’t afford to be an expert on everything that’s out there.

  48. bodog April 4, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Glock 30 (.45 ) laser equipped

  49. Ric Parks April 4, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    My main semi-auto for many years now has been the S&W 4006. It used to be the issue sidearm of the CA Highway Patrol, which is why I checked it out in the first place. I had it duty package customized and it’s one sweet puppy. I’ve owned, bought and sold many sidearm over the years in many different calibers but the .40 caliber is still my first choice. Luckily, here in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave we still have many choices of sidearms and calibers to choose from. And may it forever be that way – and God Bless America! I’m an Army veteran and Air Force retiree.

  50. Robert P Jorgensen April 4, 2017 at 2:23 pm #

    I got a LCP 9mm and a S&W Body Guard 38 special. Any gun is only as good as the shooter. Fads come and go, just look at the military.

  51. James April 4, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

    I got 2 9mm and 1 40call. I shoot better with the 40 than the 9’s. I get less recoil from the 40 and my groupings are 1 1/2 inch at 20 and 25 yards. Love my 40 and my 380 has more kick than all of them.

  52. Jon April 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    Thanks for letting me know that the 9mm has improved ballistics now days! I will remember that when I am hiking out in the woods and spot a cougar stalking me, and I reach for my…oh wait…I pack a 40 out in the woods. Those big 180 grain XTP’s or hard cast just evoke more confidence than any 115 gr 9mm round.

  53. Mike DeFord April 4, 2017 at 2:35 pm #

    I currently have a S&W M&P 9c strapped to my his. I very much enjoy shooting this gun and would prefer to carry my full sized M&P but that isn’t practical in the conceal carry realm.

  54. Mike French April 4, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    My sons’ department issues M&P .45’s, Mine issues .40 Glocks, my Chief allows me to
    carry my M&P in .40, with dep’t ammo. We both carry our own 9mm Shields when out of uniform. My son doesn’t like the “punch” of my 40, and prefers the “push” of his 45.

  55. Fred April 4, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    I own a Ruger SR22 a Ruger Blackhawk 357 a Ruger SR9 and a Sig 229 in 40 cal.
    When I hear a bump in the night I reach for the Sig.

  56. Rod April 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

    I carry a Glock 27.40 only because the Glock 30 .45 was too large and uncomfortable for a IWB holster which I prefer. To me bigger is better, I am definitely not sold on 9mm.

  57. Andy April 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm #

    Well,…….probably a large percent (just my guess) of FBI agents are urban folks who have never touched a gun before joining and will sit behind a desk chasing cyber crime for their 20 years in the FBI. They need a low recoil gun they can manage to qualify with. Sure the 9MM is a good round and cheaper, but I think the real reason is ability to qualify. The agents in the field might be better off with the caliber of their individual choosing. I’ve used my .40 since 2003 as a LEO and will stick with it.

  58. SZ939 April 4, 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    One question I have never seen answered reliably about the .40 cartridge is WHY is it only available in flat nose (even .40 hollow points are flat nosed compared to say a .45)?

  59. Rudy April 4, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Tanfoglio P carry .45 in an under tech t shirt or a SCCY 9MM. Both of these run flawless for me after sweaty daily underarm carry. S&W body guard in the pocket or urban carry holster. Kel Tec P3AT on the ankle sometimes a Bersa Thunder plus iwb, never know when you’ll need 16 rounds of .380. Of course the 60 rounds of the PMR30 and extra mag are light to carry even though.22 magnum is a questionable defensive round. The list goes on, bottom line always carry legally with practice and reliability.

  60. 2War Abn Vet April 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m willing to take all those obsolete useless old .40s off your hands. Feel free to send them to me; I’ll even pay postage.

  61. Frank April 4, 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    I carry a px4 storm 40 cal I like it a lot had a sw 9 mm shield got rid of it my better half carries a Glock 9 mm and she loves it we also have a 380 ruger as far ammunition yea the 9 mm are cheaper but who cares

  62. Victor April 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm #

    I have a S&W .40 semi-auto that I purchased about 15 years ago. It was a PD trade-in; came with two 15 RND mags. I also bought a case of .40 cal. ammo @ $10/ box of 50. I keep the .40 safely at home for defense. I like the fact that it has no safety (double action only), It shoots great, is reliable, and what’s not to like about 30+1 rounds of firepower!

  63. Steve April 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    There was a saying, “people talk .45s, practice with 9mm, and carry .38s…” This has proved true with me, personally. Other guns may be close by, but a S&W 642 .38+P is in my pocket or within reach 24/7.

    I love my .45s, but I can’t carry them and keep my pants up. TOO much weight. Consider you spare ammo weight as well.

    I have several Glock .40s, which I decided 17 years ago, would be my SHTF route for various reasons. Mainly, because of the many public agencies who were then using the Glock .40. With the several years more experience, I now base things on probable availability and three other factors: weight, weight, and weight. These .40 Glocks now employ 9mm conversion barrels.

    As I keep getting older, weight keeps getting more crucial. Less strength and bad joints. 9mms, .38s, now I am even investigating the once dismissed .380, to determine it’s possibilities. Remember, we are talking about EDC, 24/7, self defense, escape, evade. Not favorite nightstand guns.

    You must have it with you at all times. I now avoid if possible, any areas or states where its illegal to CC. Sorry CA friends, won’t be seeing you anytime soon.

    Personal experience, just IMHAO.

  64. Rick April 4, 2017 at 4:05 pm #

    the article states the FBI went back to 9mm because of the ability to land multiple shots on target in quicker fashion. ???
    Why not work on single shot and Correct placement than go back to the 357 mag?
    9mm’s along many semi-autos are designed to spray bullets.

  65. Dale April 4, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    Like 2War Abn Vet said. And I’ll pay the shipping. I pack a Springer XD40 and have for 10 years. Also have a PX4. Both great weapons. Also I’m not opposed to the 9 or a .45 or any pistol or revolver for that matter. What you have at the time is what serves you best.

    • TheProfessor April 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm #

      Dale I went from a .45 acp Colt Commander to an XD40 sub compact for a few extra rounds in the loaded mag and even more in a pair of full sized mags carrying the grip spacers… Its still lighter than the loaded commander and a pair of extra loaded mags. Lets face it, the Obama administration neutered every federal agency there is…

  66. GRA April 4, 2017 at 4:14 pm #

    40 caliber is NOT dead with me. I’ll take a .40 any day over a 9MM. Those of you who have extras .40 ammo because it’s a “dead” caliber can pass it ALL along to me.

  67. Steve April 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm #

    I have a P99c AS 40 S&W (also CC with my P99) and love it and had no problems, when it comes to guns, ammo, holsters etc., its depends on what you like how it fills, $ and so on.
    I don’t think the .40 will never be dead.

  68. Michael McMaken April 4, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    The .40 was a compromise caliber. The FBI wanted a round more powerful than the 9mm and went to the 10mm. Their agents couldn’t handle it, so they specifically had the .40 developed for them. It is a compromise between the 9mm and the more powerful 10mm, and was developed at a time when their was a much more limited selection of .45ACP handguns available.

    When you make a compromise, that’s what you get. With modern 9mm ammo, a 9 is every bit as effective as a .40 with greater ammo capacity and more options for inexpensive training ammo. If you don;t like 9mm, you go for a .45 ACP because of its greater diameter and a warm fuzzy about the effect it will have on a bad guy. A warm fuzzy I embrace.

    Capacity? Options were more limited in 1990. My G21 carries 13+1. In 230 gr HP that’s a lot of big rounds that pack a punch. In 165 Cor Bon JHP, that’s a lot of lighting bolts. If you like the .40, by all means carry it and enjoy shooting it.

  69. TheProfessor April 4, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    your continued commentary about the “diminished market” for the .40 S&W is pure folly. your gunshop buddies who “cant give a .40 away” dont know the difference between a diminished and a saturated market… Here in the real world the .40 dropped from 5 to 1 in competition with the 9mm down to 2 to 1. Your support of the myth that the .40 is dead isnt helping matters with the ignorant either.

  70. Art April 4, 2017 at 4:45 pm #

    The article states in part: “The main issue with the 10mm, is that police and FBI were unable to handle the associated recoil of this powerhouse cartridge, forcing them to find another solution. This is where the .40S&W came into play.” It should state: The main issue with the 10mm, is that female police officers and female FBI agents were unable to handle the associated recoil of this powerhouse cartridge, forcing them to find another solution. This is where the .40S&W came into play. We carried the .45 cal. and had to go to the .40 cal. because the females couldn’t handle the kick of the .45 causing many jams. As you can see, I’m not politically correct.

  71. Rg Willis April 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm #

    I will stay with my .40! I’ve carried one for years. I have one I shoot very often and one I carry daily. Both are s&w medium frame and in earth tone. 15+1 and extra mags with me always.

  72. Dennis April 4, 2017 at 4:51 pm #

    45 acp , I reload what I shoot and just never wanted to get into another caliber , I do 9mm , 38 sp , 357 ma , 45 acp and 44mag

  73. DAVID PRIDGEN April 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm #

    I started with a 38 cal. but not enough power, then went to a 357 magnum revolver, not enough rounds. After much research I went with a Springfield XDS ACP 3.3 45 with four 7 round clips. Great concealed carry with the feeling of enough stopping power. Feel safe with it and my family does to but hope I never have to use it.

  74. Don Norsen April 4, 2017 at 4:59 pm #

    I personally like my Charls Daily 45 for a daily cart and my AMT .380 Auto 9 mm Kurds for back up

  75. R.W. April 4, 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    I’m always amused whenever anyone makes this 9mm improved ballistics argument. The same “improvements” applied to 9mm were also applied to .40 S&W, .45 ACP, and every other caliber. Ammunition companies didn’t just say, “Hey, let’s put this better powder formula and better bullets in our 9mm ammo, and just leave the others as they are, with the inferior stuff.”. So the .40 S&W still enjoys the same ballistic advantage it always had… the technology didn’t make them equal. Now, it may be true that the technology made 9mm acceptable again for the FBI, and it may also be true that many of their agents struggle to control .40 S&W; but there is still a power advantage with the .40 S&W, and if you’re an experienced shooter that doesn’t have that control problem, then the .40 is still the way to go, between those 2 calibers.

    As for cost, my CC weapon is a compact .40, and it gets shot enough to stay proficient; but it’s not the gun I take to the range to shoot all day long, and a compact in 9mm wouldn’t be either… those kinds of guns aren’t especially pleasant to plink with all day, in either caliber. So cost doesn’t really factor into my decision. And while we’re talking compact CC pistols, let’s not forget what comes with that compact convenience; and that is reduced performance. I snicker every time I read a gun mag title like “Full 9mm Power In Small Package!”. Why? Because you don’t get full 9mm power out of compact pistols with short barrels; which is why I stepped up a caliber to .40 S&W in the first place. My compact .40 is almost the exact same size as the same gun in 9mm; .24 of an inch difference in overall length only.

    Most 9mm ammo loses 100+ fps going from a 5″ barrel to a 3″ one, some nearly 200 fps, as proven on BBTI. Let’s take the Cor-Bon 115 gr. DPX in 9mm. Velocity from a 5″ barrel is 1315 fps and 441 fpe. Same ammunition out of a 3″ barrel is 1215 fps and 376 fpe… that’s a significant difference. How do I get similar 5″ barrel energy out of a 3″ barrel? Well, I could shoot Cor-Bon 140 gr. DPX in .40 S&W at 1190 fps and 440 fpe out of that 3″ barrel; same energy as the 9mm out of a 5″ barrel, plus the larger and heavier bullet as a bonus. Or I could load the 3″ 9mm with +P or +P+ ammo; which would recoil just as much as the .40 and would wear out my gun in no time because the pressure is 3500 to 7000 psi greater than both the regular 9mm and .40 S&W ammo… and that’s assuming the compact 9mm pistol is even rated for that kind of hot ammo in the first place.

    Thanks, but no, I’ll be sticking with my .40 S&W when it comes to compact concealed carry. Not to worry, though; my full size 9mm and .45 ACP still get plenty of attention.

  76. Ambers April 4, 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    I started with a 357 magnum and found it to be too bulky and not enough rounds. I liked the power of the 357 so some research pointed me to the EAA Tanfoglio Witness firing 357 Hornaday XTP segmented hollow points. Thank God I have never had to shoot anything but a paper target.

  77. Charlie April 4, 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    Fact is: The Woman Hired into the FBI could Not Handle the 40cal so they went back to the 9mm to get the Politics off there back.
    No more too it, just Plain Politics.

  78. Jrusmc April 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    EDC Glock 23, .40 cal is my comfort zone. I shoot every week & always practice with my EDC Glock 23. I also shoot my Baretta M9 & Sig P229 Elite my S&W M&P Pro Series so I’m very comfortable w/the .40. That being said I know my Glock 19 & Sig Legion & other 9mm in my collection w/124 & 147 grain will get the job done. I’m a gun nut so I have & shoot every caliber from 9mm,40,45,10mm & my Desert Eagle.50 so IMO no specific caliber is”DEAD”

  79. John Hairabedian April 4, 2017 at 8:21 pm #

    I carry a Kimber Pro Carry II chambered in .45. I also carry a Colt Delta chambered in 10MM. Love both guns. Both are deadly accurate. Never cared for the 9MM. If your shot placements are on point, you don’t need 19 or 20 rounds to stop an attacker.

  80. Dan April 4, 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    As Ed Moser on April 4 commented and if I remember right , the bad guys were on ” pcp ” also , was a wake up call for every one . 🙁

    I have shot pistols for all most 40 years . For deer hunting and one shot / one kill , I use my Ruger red hawk 44 mag. . : -)

    For carry I started with a G-17 , ” I now carry a G-22 with an extra clip ” . The pistols are identical except one is 9mm and the other is 40 S-W . The recoil in the 40 is not much more than the 9mm .

    I have the blessing of shooting off my back deck of the house or walking up closer to the metal bad guys that never shoot back . 🙂
    Thanks Josh for the article

  81. JungleCogs April 4, 2017 at 8:47 pm #

    P239 and Shield; both 9mm for the same reasons as stated.

  82. DAN April 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    IN THE WINTER I CARRY A 357 REVOLVER WITH EITHER HORNADY CRITICAL DEFENCE HOLLOW POINT OR 38 PLUS P.IN THE SUMMER ITS A MP380 BODYGUARD WITH HORNADY DEFENCE HOLLOW POINT!

  83. Gary 2A April 4, 2017 at 9:47 pm #

    I carry 2 pistols. The majority of the time I carry a Ruger SR9c in 9mm. 10+1 in the gun and carry an extra 10 round magazine. Great pistol, solid construction and never quit reliability. Currently using Critical Duty ammo. Looking to try the RIP round as it appears to be a top round for inflicting tissue damage.

    I also carry a Taurus PT-145, in .45 ACP. Another good pistol, have had no malfunctions, double stack magazine holding 10 in the magazine. Easy to conceal like the SR9c (just a little bigger) but I feel the .45 ACP would pack more punch than the 9mm. In the PT-145 I find that it only produces a little more recoil, but is a virtual tie for me with the Ruger SR9c.

    Practice, practice and practice some more with both your draw, pointing (all around from where you stand), and always a double tap at the target.

    Stay safe, stay protected, and remain aware.

  84. Chipburn April 4, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    I carry an XD in .40 S&W, and plan to continue to do so. Modern 9mm rounds are much more capable than they were, but 40 S&W has also improved, and the 9 will never be “as good”, simply due to the the ballistics of a larger bore and better capability. If you can’t shoot a larger caliber accurately, fine – settle for a smaller one. I am still hanging on to my larger caliber.

  85. robert April 4, 2017 at 10:28 pm #

    Hey Joshua!
    Please give me some facts before you come up with this fake news.
    The .40 is alive and well, and it will never die. 60 Percent LE dept’s uses the .40. Many people carry the .40 CCW.

    OK.

    • Joshua April 5, 2017 at 6:58 am #

      Robert,
      Thanks for commenting. If you read what I wrote, I actually said that the .40 is not dead, nor do I think it ever will be. 9mm has a bigger following for the reasons stated, and many of the gun shops in my area do not order .40 S&W guns because they cannot sell them. Whenever they get them in on a trade, they sit for several months before eventually moved to an auction. That’s not fake news, those are real statements from local gun shop owners.

      Thanks again!

  86. Mars April 4, 2017 at 11:47 pm #

    Owns Springfield XDm’s calibers .45, .40 S&W and 9mm. and prefer both .40 S&W & 9mm.
    as self defense carry. The .45 for the range for better handling in the use to the lighter calibers I carry.

  87. Bruce Montis April 5, 2017 at 2:11 am #

    I use .22 as it is cheap to buy. Easy to carry more rounds and week placed shots work just as well as any other caliber. I do have a .40 s&w I also use just not as much.

  88. J Lee April 5, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Never bring a knife to a gun fight. Unless you are willing to use it. You can talk all about caliber but you should see what a knife can do in the correct hands. Enough said.

  89. Steve Cline April 5, 2017 at 8:53 am #

    I carry the Kel Tec PMR30 >22WMR with 25 rounds and two extra 30 rd mags. My backup is a Beretta M9A1 9×19 with the 147 grain fiochi/hornady JHP, with 1 30rd mag. I like ’em both!!

    USMC, RVN, 1969-70
    An Hoa Combat Base

  90. Ron M April 5, 2017 at 11:48 am #

    Glock 27 w extended mag to 13+1 my edc. Glock 43 as backup..

  91. Mark April 5, 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Xds 45 / XDS 40 / XDS 9 favorite is the XDS 45

  92. Bill April 5, 2017 at 5:32 pm #

    S&W MP 9mm and S&W Shield 9mm S&W VE 9mm.

  93. Higherview April 6, 2017 at 9:56 am #

    I usually carry my PM40 w/ CT Laser Sight. I sometimes carry a Glock 23. While i practice with .40 S&W rounds, I also have a drop in Lonewolf 9mm barrel for practice and added flexibility with the Glock.

  94. John Weir April 6, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    Best option
    Carry the largest caliber weapon that you can use competently, and carry comfortably for your situation.
    If you can’t shoot it well, its more of a liability than an asset. If you cant carry it comfortably, you won’t have it when you need it.

  95. Todd Rosamond April 8, 2017 at 12:52 am #

    I carry a .40 cal Sig Sauer P-226. My wife carries a .40 cal Sig Sauer P-250.

  96. Don Nelson April 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm #

    Well, I Have a Glock 23 I carry from time to time, But on Most days you will find a Full-Size FN FNS9 tucked in an IWB Holster on my hip. 18 Rounds Great Shooter, Fully Ambidextrous what’s not to like?

  97. Dennis Schilling April 15, 2017 at 10:33 pm #

    Carried a H&K USP 40 for several years, love the gun and its accuracy, but too big and heavy for good, daily concealment. Moved to a Taurus PT 111 Pro 9mm. Better but still a little wide for constant carry and wanted to go back to the 40. Now have and carry the M&P Shield 40. Still have them all of course, but prefer the M&P.

  98. Caleb Upton May 19, 2017 at 10:49 am #

    I EDC a G23G4 all day everyday I trust my life to it and its a .40 I love it and I’ve always carried a .40

  99. Don Cavalli June 3, 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    I have a CZ75, S&W Dave and S&W Shield, all chambered in .40 cal. My one other carry gun is a Ruger LC380 .380acp.

  100. Pete Chase June 15, 2017 at 6:47 pm #

    I like the ruger 380 I have for conceal. Small fits in my back pocket. More likely to carry it than the 40 SW. But I don’t like it for a backup gun for hunting. You need a hunting round so to avoid ricochet.I had a 44 mag , but didn’t like the weight. I think I’d like a 357 mag in a small lite weight hammerless gun for this. I’m all about weight hunting. I’ll go further.

  101. Jim Bauder June 15, 2017 at 9:05 pm #

    Seriously? This same article has been written a dozen times by different people every year since 2014 with the exact same conclusion. Google “40 SW Dead” and you’ll see what I mean. How about something original?!

  102. David June 16, 2017 at 6:36 am #

    Way way to many hoodrats running around bragging about their multiple 9mm shots they’ve survived.

    • Jim Edwards August 6, 2017 at 5:36 pm #

      Hoodrats still running around because they’re being shot by other hoodrats who don’t know diddly about shot placement. Leg wounds and getting shot n the ass doesn’t count. I shoot a 9, have for decades. My go to is my Browny Hi P. but my back up is a Taurus PT111 n a 9. My sleeping companion is a new BFF, Springfield EMP in .40 cal. I have it in the bedroom because that’s where I feel it belongs. My shot placement isn’t THAT good w/ it yet, but the door to my room is only 12 feet away. I figure in that distance, I could de-nad a hoodrats if that was my call. The .40 will be around for a loooong time because military and LEO magazines are full of the stuff. I am liking the newer heavier bullets that mfgs are coming out w/ for the 9mm though. My thoughts? Long live 9mm. It’s survived a dozen decades so far.

  103. Brandon Green August 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    P229 .40 and a S&W .40 are my choice

  104. okiefromuskogee August 6, 2017 at 4:44 pm #

    On my hip now is a Ruger LC9s. 9mm that I holster in a custom IWB/OWB with 1 extra mag. I purchased a Walther PPS 40 S&W that I enjoy shooting but like enough to make my EDC. Bought a new Walther PPQ M2 45 ACP which I ❤️!!! More “punch”, more mag capacity (12 vs 7), better overall ergonomics (if not BEST on market). and BEST TRIGGER (both pull and reset). Having another custom IWB/OWB holster with extra mag holder made and it will become my NEW EDC!

  105. Rick August 6, 2017 at 4:55 pm #

    I have a Ruger SR40c. I have shot a few hand guns but I do shot my 40 very well. I know a lot us like different cal. But I believe that you should shoot what is comfortable.

  106. John Kettlehake August 6, 2017 at 5:37 pm #

    I have a SIG 229, SP2022 and a M&P shield for summer carry all in .40 wife carries a shield in .40 and set up to reload .40. Don’t think I’ll be done with them for a long time.

  107. Bill August 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm #

    Shield 45. 230 gr PDX1. Extra mag.

  108. John August 6, 2017 at 6:44 pm #

    Walther PPS 9mm M2., glock 27, or glock 42 in front pocket desantis holster. Holster for the 9mm and 40 are stealthgear.

  109. TwoTon August 6, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    I’ve been carrying a .40, in one flavor or another for years. Had a SIG239, a Bersa .40 Ultra Carry, and now my everyday carry in an EDC is my Beretta Vertec…in .40. I shoot just fine with it, the recoil for me is fine, and while I own other calibers, I prefer the .40 for everyday self defense. Works for me.

  110. Zane8 August 6, 2017 at 11:54 pm #

    Was taught double tap with 9mm, and never found anything that worked better for me. Can’t take the beating of .40 or 10mm when training so have stuck with 9mm.
    Can put two initial shots inside 1″ circle at 10 yds consistently, even under duress, so haven’t looked for bigger caliber seriously since initial professional training. Subsequent shots are also accurate pand effective.
    Everyone needs to determine what they can consistently maintain accurate shooting with and train with that caliber.

  111. John Wolfe August 7, 2017 at 6:28 am #

    1911 in 45 is always with me. Then I keep a 38 with me most of the time.

  112. Stephen Debold August 7, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    Pretty sure I’ll raise some eyebrows but I am carrying a Kimber ultra carry II in 45 but if I’m wearing light weight clothes I switch to my m&p shield 9. I am confident both would get the job done just like my 45 more,have carried it many years longer.

  113. Roger H Smith August 28, 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    Here’s a few thoughts of mine: 1- Carry what you can hit with. Got a .50AE but can’t control it because of recoil, weight, or whatever, then that’s not the one!
    2 – Choose what you’ll actually CARRY. If you’ve got a .45 but won’t carry it because of size, weight, or whatever… then that’s not the one!
    3 – Carry what you can afford to shoot. If you’ve got a .357 Sig. but ammo is too pricey to shoot regularly, then that’s not the one!
    4 – Bottom line is carry what you WILL carry, carry what you can HIT with, carry what you will PRACTICE with and do some homework on the effectiveness on what type of ammo to carry as “duty” or “carry” ammo. Every caliber has different effectiveness within that caliber. That is to say a Golden Saber in 9mm maybe a better choice even though a it was less effective in a .40 Cal. situation. You’ll also need to make sure your carry ammo feeds and functions dependably in YOUR pistol. It would also be prudent to try to pick practice ammo that’s at least close to the same grain weight as your carry ammo.. If you carry a 180 grain HP defensive round and practice with 147 FMJ practice ammo, your point of aim is going to differ enough to make you learn a bad habit of aiming for the lighter practice ammo.. Remember…. under stress, we repeat what we have learned. Above all other things….. CARRY!! The old saying of the first rule of a gunfight is to BRING A GUN! And I’ll close-out with another old saying: Better to be missed by a .45 than hit with a .25! Some of the above things that I’ve listed is exactly why the FBI and many other departments are switching back to the 9mm.. They’ve found in their after action reports that they are seeing a lower percentage of hits per shots fired ratio which is not a good thing! After all… a missed shot has 0% chance of stopping the bad guy and a much higher probability of causing an injury to an innocent. All of what I’ve said is, of course…. IMHO. 👍

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