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Great gun, wrong caliber

Dont Buy A Smith & Wesson M&P .40 Without Reading This Review!

Though I am tempted in the event there’s another run on ammo.

6 Responses to “Great gun, wrong caliber”

  1. Divemedic Says:

    Blah, blah 1911 is best, blah, Glock comparison, blah, 1911 trigger better, blah, polymer sux, 1911 metal better

  2. Old 1811 Says:

    Why all the non-love for the .40?
    I carried .40 caliber pistols for a living for ten years (two metal-framed models and one polymer) and trained other people to shoot them without any major problems. And our issue round was a 155-grain JHP that was formulated to reproduce the ballistics of our formerly issued 125-grain .357 Magnum.
    I’m a big fan of the .40. The main complaint I see on the internet is that it has too much recoil and the pistols hold too few rounds. I’ll concede that it has a sharp recoil (like a .357), but it’s not uncontrollable, and the “it holds too few rounds” crowd always seem to say good things about the 1911. So, please enlighten me.

  3. Blue Falcon in Boston Says:

    .40 no longer has any benefit over 9mm when it comes to wounding capabilities thanks to modern designs of hollow-point bullets. So in the .40 vs 9mm debate, 9mm gets you 2-3 additional rounds in the magazine and more controllable recoil vs .40.

    The only highly situational advantage .40 has over 9mm is a higher velocity and mass which allows it to punch through laminated auto glass and the steel typical in automobiles slightly better than 9mm. So if you are expecting to get in a firefight with bad guys in or around cars it might be a better caliber choice. But otherwise 9mm wins out in overall advantages vs. .40.

  4. Blue Falcon in Boston Says:

    Guns designed initial for 9mm which are then made for .40 also have a tendency to kaboom from insufficient case support in chambers or suffer from earlier stress failures if the areas subject to the higher pressure aren’t beefed up. Glocks are most notorious for this.

    If you look at Ruger’s designs there are all a milliliter or two thicker in .40 to compensate for the pressure and risk of stress failure. Not all companies do this (treating .40 no different than a +p+ 9mm) and depending on what steel or heat treatment they use their .40 guns may not have as long a service life as a 9mm version because of it.

  5. Old 1811 Says:

    I’m presuming the last two comments are in answer to my question, and I appreciate them. Thank you.
    It was gratifying to read reasoned, reasonable responses. I wish the other nooks and crannies of the internet were filled with people as reasonable as this one is.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

  6. Aaron Says:

    With all the M&P 40 trade-ins available and with even new ones in .40 going for fire sale prices as .40 has found itself out of favor, it’s a great time to pick one up cheap.

    It’s now a rather excellent choice for those on a budget who want to pickup a quality pistol and still a perfectly good firearm and viable ammunition choice.