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Best .40 S&W Handguns [Revolvers & Pistols]

Want something with a bit more oomph? We got you! Take a look at some of our favorite .40 caliber revolvers and handguns.

I must be nostalgic…I’ve been thinking a lot about the old .40 S&W. Over the last few years, we’ve seen the resurgence of the 9mm.

.40 S&W Round
.40 S&W Round

With modern loadings, projectiles, and guns, it’s tough to beat 9mm for most roles.

However, that doesn’t mean the .40 S&W is entirely dead…It still serves a number of purposes and offers a few advantages.

While 9mm might be king of the crop, there are still some fantastic ..40 S&W guns out there and more than a few reasons to invest in .40 S&W.

Summary of Our Top Picks

  1. Best for Self Defense

    HK USP

    Easy shooting, durable design, and reliable.

  2. Best Budget

    Glock 22

    Affordable and easy to find trade-ins, familiar design, and fairly durable

  3. Best Competition Pistol

    CZ TS 2

    Competition ready out of the box, smooth shooting, easy to hit targets

  4. Best Full Size Pistol

    Beretta 96A1

    Large, full size means plenty of room to grip, classic design

  5. Best Revolver

    Smith & Wesson Model 610

    Technically a 10mm, but can fire the .40 S&W round, durable and reliable design

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Benefits of .40 S&W

For me, I keep a .40 S&W gun around to be panic-proof…ammo panic-proof, I mean.

Over my adult life, I’ve seen four big ammo droughts, and in three of those four, I could always get .40 S&W ammunition.

Pioneer Arms PPS43-C Steel Cased Ammo
9mm is sometimes hard to come by.

In fact, at one point, I was doing the old buy one box a week, and before I knew it, I had a pile of it.

More than that, it’s got some oomph. While 9mm is proven suitable for self-defense, the 4.0 S&W has some advantages. It goes through barriers better for one.

Second, it does open up nice and wide to make a larger, more damaging projectile.

A 255-pound feral hog dropped with a single shot of Inceptor .40 S&W 107 grain ARX using the pictured Remington R1 Tomasie Custom. You could say it works.
A 255-pound feral hog dropped with a single shot of Inceptor .40 S&W 107 grain ARX.

In Lucky Gunner’s testing, a load of .40 S&W JHPs opened up .82 inches wide with expansion, outperforming all 9mm rounds.

While it might not be the best bear medicine, a .40 S&W round from a company like Buffalo Bore allows you to have a fairly adequate wood gun. While a fully powered 10mm might be necessary for Alaska, a .40 S&W with the right ammo works fine for Florida.

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Florida’s just built different, y’all.

Competition Shooting

Competition shooting is always a game of strategy, involving everything from weapon selection to footwork.

There is something known as Power Factor in numerous competition circuits, which allows different scoring procedures for higher caliber rounds, like the 10mm, .45 ACP, and of course, the .40 S&W.

10mm Round
10mm Round

If a competition shooter wants to compete in Major Power, they can use .40 S&W, which has numerous benefits.

This includes cheaper ammo than 10mm and more capacity than .45 ACP. If you compete in Major Power, you can game the game using the .40 S&W.

With all this in mind, nothing matters unless you have a solid firearm to toss those big fat bullets.

We gathered some of the best .40 S&W pistols on the market…keep reading.

Best .40 S&W Pistols


The same testing, technology, and development that led to the HK MK23 Offensive Handguns Weapon system also gave us the HK USP.

Part of the design for the OHWS was for an extreme level of durability, and that durability worked well when the .40 S&W was released.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact
Heckler & Koch USP Compact (Photo: The Firearm Blog)

At this time, the round was small enough to use a 9mm frame, but the added pressure of the more powerful round could cause issues. Frames needed to be beefed up, and the HK USP was one of the first guns to be expressly designed for .40 S&W.

Most .40 S&W guns were 9mm frames beefed up for the cartridge. The USP used .40 S&W from the very beginning. Like most modern guns of this era, the .40 S&W used a polymer frame.

This hammer-fired DA/SA gun feeds from a 14-round magazine. It’s a big gun, but a very capable and easy-shooting pistol.

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It’s my favorite shooting .40 S&W pistol, which is in no part due to the mechanical recoil reduction system.

This is HK’s fancy way of saying a dual spring recoil rod. It tames the beast and prevents excessive wear on your gun.

The HK USP series comes in various configurations (nine total), with the compact being my favorite, but the tactical is a nice part of 90’s tactical pistol history.

Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) points his HK USP-C in "24" S5E01
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) points his HK USP-C in “24” S5E01

The HK USP is a great self-defense firearm and certainly gives you that Rainbow Six vibe.

2. Glock 22

The Glock 22 likely armed more police officers than any other gun from the mid-1990s to right now. While 9mm is slowly taking over, the Glock 22 still has a strong presence with American law enforcement.

Like most Glocks, it’s a simple, well-made pistol designed to offer an extremely reliable, duty-grade firearm.

Glock 22 Gen 3 40 S&W
Glock 22 Gen 3 (Photo: Gunprime)

Let’s get the exploding Glock myth out of the way. Some older Glocks seemed to have issues with .40 S&W ammo, resulting in broken frames.

To be fair, these were loaded with .40 S&W rounds outside of SAAMI specs.

The Glock 22 is a full-sized Glock pistol with a 15-round magazine. Glock has brought the 22 into the Gen 5 space and still produces the weapon regularly.

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It’s also easy to find police trade-in Glock 22 pistols. This can be a great way to get an excellent firearm for a fairly low price point.

Like most Glocks, the 22 can be upgraded with accessories, parts, and pieces. Plus, it’s super easy to find magazines, holsters, and general Glock goodies. Being such a famed and widely accepted handgun lineup has that benefit.

Velocity Glock Trigger
Velocity Glock Trigger

Like every Glock, it will go bang when you pull the trigger and seemingly do so forever. These might not be good-looking or fancy, but no one can say they don’t work.

3. CZ TS 2

Since major power factor status is one of the big benefits of the .40 S&W, we have to include one of the best competition guns on the market to our roster.

The CZ Tactical Sport 2 is undoubtedly one of the best out-of-the-box competition-ready pistols on the market.

CZ TS 2 (9mm version)

It’s renowned by competition shooters and found in the hands of more champions than other companies would like to admit.

The TS 2 is built on the CZ 75, a.k.a. the gun that built CZ.

The TS 2 features the same ultra-small slide from the Shadow 2, which helps with recoil by not throwing a big chunk of metal rearwards. The frame is redesigned to add some bulk up front, which reduces muzzle rise.

The single-action trigger is more akin to pressing a button than pulling a trigger.

A cold hammer-forged barrel is a nice add-on, and that barrel is 5.28 inches long. Not the mention, the longer barrel helps with sight radius and produces a very easy-to-shoot weapon.

The CZ TS2 holds 17 rounds and is ready to help you reduce par times, increase accuracy, and take home trophies. It’s not cheap, but boy oh boy, is it worth the price.

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We have a video review of the CZ TS 2 (in 9mm) below, or you can check out the full written review on the TS 2.

4. Beretta 96A1

I’m biased toward a few guns, and I’ll always love the Beretta 92 series, including the 96 of the 92 series.

Beretta 92FS and USMC Kit
Beretta 92FS

I’m throwing a lot of numbers at you, but it’s easy to understand. The Beretta 96 is the 92 but chambered in .40 S&W.

The Beretta 96A1 is the traditional metal frame, DA/SA Beretta, but features a rail and fires those .40 S&W rounds.

Sadly, this big, full-sized service handgun played second fiddle to the Glock 22 in the police world. However, it’s a very well-made firearm that eats up the recoil of the .40 S&W without issue.

The DA/SA trigger system might seem old, but it’s still a viable option and my preferred choice for handguns. It allows for increased control over the trigger and makes the weapon great for both new and experienced shooters.

Beretta’s 96’s extra weight from the metal frame and thick grip makes the weapon easy to control, even with the .40 S&W cartridge.

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The big downside of the gun is its inefficient magazine size. It holds a mere 12 rounds, which is somewhat low for a full-sized firearm.

Don’t let that distract you from the quality of the Beretta 96. It’s a capable weapon for home defense, competition, and beyond.

5. Sig Sauer P229

We’ve already mentioned that some .40 S&Ws were just 9mm frames, but a few companies designed firearms to deal with the round. One of those companies is Sig Sauer.

They had the compact P228, but it wasn’t suitable for the .40 S&W round. Sig went on to replace the P228 with the P229.

These guns seem identical, but Sig reinforced their design to ensure it could fire the .40 S&W safely, as well as the .357 Sig. The company went on to discontinue the P228 and replace it fully with the P229.

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This compact pistol flies in the face of conventional pistol design. We get an all-metal frame and DA/SA trigger that harkens back to the days of the wonder nines.

Blasting away with the P229 is a ton of fun.

A big metal frame with all that extra weight helps eat that extra recoil that .40 S&W throws at you. The P229 series comes in a ton of different configurations, including optics-ready models, SAO-only models, and many more.

The P229 series is also subject to a short magazine that only holds 12 rounds. Although, to be entirely fair, the P229 series is a compact and not a full-sized frame.

6. Smith & Wesson Model 610

My personal favorite is always my wildcard pick, and the Model 610 is as wildcard as a .40 S&W handgun can get.

First, it’s a revolver, which is already weird. Second, it’s actually a 10mm revolver and not technically a .40 S&W.

Model 610
Model 610 (Photo: Smith & Wesson)

However, in a revolver, the .40 S&W and 10mm Auto share the same relationship with the .357 Magnum and .38 Special.

This isn’t me just throwing smoke….Smith & Wesson lists the 610 as compatible with .40 S&W.

The S&W Model 610 made a big comeback in 2019, and I still need one.

These are medium frame revolvers considered N-Frames, so think model 27 size.

They hold the traditional six rounds, requiring moon clips to easily eject them. Moon clips also make reloads faster and easier, much like just tossing magazines in an automatic.

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Smith makes the gun with either a 4-inch barrel or a 6-inch barrel. These guns use stainless steel for the major parts and are dang fine handguns. The 6-inch barreled version weighs 50 ounces!

This hefty revolver eats up all the recoil that .40 S&W can throw at you. It’s super soft shooting and a lot of fun in both .40 S&W and 10mm.

It loses some benefits of .40 S&W, but .40 S&W tends to be cheaper than most revolver cartridges.

It’s a heckuva lot cheaper than .38 Special, delivers a mild recoil impulse, and can be downright enjoyable to shoot.

7. Les Baer H.C. 40

Les Baer makes premium-grade pistols with premium-grade components. These are expensive, custom guns, and they are absolutely fantastic.

Les Baer created the H.C. 40 to be a .40 S&W caliber with an 18-round double stack magazine. It’s a big beefy boy that takes the 1911 to new limits and levels.

This model features a standard 5-inch match barrel with a 2.5-inch group or better at 50 yards.

That’s quite the promise. To help with that, the Les Baer H.C. 40 comes with adjustable sights and a 4-pound match trigger.

Every piece is built to exceedingly tight standards and focuses on accuracy, dependability, and excellent performance.

This gun is perfect for competition but also well-suited for defensive use. However, it might feel expensive to toss into a holster daily and face the world with it.

It’s big, bad, and extremely well-made. I could type out two whole paragraphs of just the features.

Les Baer makes fantastic firearms, and the H.C. 40 redefines the M1911.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to see some trends in the world of .40 S&W handguns. Outside of the P229, you wouldn’t call any of these guns compact.

That’s because .40 S&W is described as snappy for a reason.

CZ TS 2 kneeling

That snappiness isn’t super friendly in subcompact handguns, and even compact handguns can be challenging.

However, in full-sized firearms, these guns aren’t hard to handle or shoot. It’s best to stick with full-sized or some subcompact pistols.

What’s your favorite .40 S&W model? Let us know in the comments below.  We have more options for concealed carry guns in different calibers in our Best Concealed Carry Pistols.

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    Tom Lepik

    40 is my all time favorite. First carry was a Rugar SR 40 and still my favorite weapon of choice. Own Shield 40 and Keltec sub 2000 in 40/ glock mag. Never owned a 9mm. Had a S/W 610 and got to heavy for this 70 plus year old!

    March 13, 2023 10:25 am
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    Joe Stupka

    I fell in love with the 40 in the 80s -- before anyone told me they were "snappy." First was a big fat all metal Ruger 94 DAO. So that also helped. Sold that, got a Ruger SR40c, better for carry. Loved the HELL out of that one. Precise as all get out with it. And unlike my flame-throwing .357 that blinded me first shot at a nighttime shoot, the 40 just made a nice orange glow. The 357 also left me deaf for 10 days once when I stopped by to test a few handloads. First shot, ears rang. Second shot, they hurt. Third shot, everything got muted. My 40 simply "barks." Kept that one, got a S&W M&P40c. Joyous. Love my 40s. Never felt like switching to a 9. Ever ... For carry and home defense, between the two, it was the 40 all the way.

    Skip ahead a couple decades, there was all this talk about giving up the All-American 40 as being too unmanageable and not having sufficient magazine capacity. Significant for what??? Before the 40, I had revolvers. Before Bill Clinton, my 40s had twice the capacity in the FIRST mag than the revolver. Plus I had extra magazines. Doesn't take too long to swap out a magazine.

    It's all about *personal preference.* I've shot a lot of pistols. I'd MUCH rather shoot my 40 than a compact 380. And my 40 is so versatile. Carry, nightstand, target shooting.... I've taken it deer hunting during handgun seasons and scored, no problem (prefer it to the .357). I can't imagine taking a 9 mm pistol hunting. Very confident, however, with my 40 (especially having personally proven its effectiveness). A 9 would work, sure. So would a 22.

    Not talking ballistic gel tests. Not talking chronographs and math. Talking about personally holding the gorgeous pistol in my hand and shooting box after box of reloads from it, personal defense rounds from it. I simply LOVE the round. I love that it's made for Americans.

    I think websites and social media have caused undue fear about the round. It ain't a 44 magnum, people. It's not a 454 Casull. It's a gorgeous, thick-bodied thing of beauty that's at home in his man's two favorite pistols. Better than a 9? Depends on make and model of the gun and build of the woman and man. ... The best gun of all guns is the one that'll you'll have with you when you need a gun. And Mister, I have these babies with me everywhere. My full size 45 is a sweet gun, but this one is so much more versatile. For me? It's the Cinderella round.

    March 7, 2023 6:52 pm
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      Joe Stupka

      Oh. And then there's the picture in here of the woman and the bill she took with a 40. Nice.

      March 7, 2023 6:59 pm
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      Joe Stupka

      Goldilocks. (Forgive me. Childhood was so, so long ago.)

      March 7, 2023 7:23 pm
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    What you’re thinking on the Springfield XD 40. Politics aside, I had no issues for many years and it’s a primary. I think the setup is better than most.
    For all occasions it’s definitely dependable. I was surprised it didn’t make top 5. Maybe due to age you still can’t count out the design.


    March 4, 2023 9:02 pm
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    Mike J

    I really love my Springfield XDM .40 w/3.8 barrel. It’s a joy to shoot!

    March 4, 2023 4:39 pm
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      The xd 40 4” is a joy to shoot. It’s flawless

      March 4, 2023 9:03 pm
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    Mark Bartmas

    Glock 23 gen 1 still a go to. Heavy conceal, but groove Life belt and good holsters make it workable. Took a coyote out during bow season that was beyond my bow range.

    March 4, 2023 2:11 pm
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    Christian Cobian

    I'm from Argentina, here there are not allowed soft or hollow point for self defense so the .40 S&W results in my opinion the best choice for home defense for its magazine capacitiy and stopping power.
    In .40 S&W I own a Glock 22 gen 4 and a BERSA Mini Thunder, although I also own several .45 ACP and 9 mm. pistols my favourit is the .40.

    March 4, 2023 10:54 am
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      JF Moore

      Amigo, we're on the same page.

      March 7, 2023 6:54 pm
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    V Chuck Bice

    I bought a Kel Tec sub2000 in .40, simply because it’s not made in .45. I shot it a few times and thought: I need a pistol to go with this… I went back to my local grocery store (they just about rival any large gun store In quantity of firearms and related items) and looked at a variety of .40 cal pistols. After much discussion, I settled on a Smith and Wesson 2.0 in .40. It fit my hand just about perfectly AND I felt almost as comfortable shooting it as I do my Taurus 1911 homeland defender I’ve had for about 20 years. I know that there is a lot of discussion about 45 vs 9 mm’s as to which is best. My dad carried a colt 1911 in WW II, I carried a 1911 45 when I was a sailor… so I am a little biased I guess. Then I shot my trusty S&W 2.0… in 40. I now have almost as much ammo for it as I do my trusty 1911. I’m not sure which I like more now: S&W 2.0? Or Taurus 1911? I just don’t know…

    March 4, 2023 12:05 am
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    Rolando Vasquez

    I know everyone has their own opinions and mine is, I would like to nominate the full size beretta px4 storm in 40cal. The recoil is absorbed with a twisting barrel and is a joy to shoot in my humble opinion

    March 3, 2023 9:47 pm
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    Good review, thanks. I LOVE my USP .40 I bought it back in 1995 and added a .357 Sig barrel to it. Never let me down and shoot it often along with my newer P30 LEM. Semper Fi

    March 3, 2023 3:17 pm
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    My first pistol was the G22. Followed that with a G23 for carrying. Used the G22 for GSSF but replaced it with a G34. Still like to shoot it.

    March 3, 2023 1:40 pm
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    I have two model 23 Glocks. One for carry (which I’ve carried for many many years), and one equipped with a light and laser on my bedside table. Loaded with gold dots or HST’s the .40 is devastating. Never bought in to the “wonder nines”.

    March 3, 2023 12:15 pm
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    Eugene Russell

    HK VP40

    March 3, 2023 11:42 am
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    Bill Geiger

    The Glock 23 was my first striker fired handgun, and it is still among my favorite. Frankly, it is just a bit small in the grip for my large paws, but I can manage it well. One thing I love is with the purchase of a 9mm barrel and some glock 9 mags, this gun will reliably shoot 40 SW, 357 Sig, and 9mm. I like the 357 Sig round the best, as it is very flat shooting, with some serious energy! I realize that some minor internal changes "should" be made (extractor, springs, and I think the spring loaded bearing), BUT it seems to operate well even if I do not make those small modifications. Glock versatility! YES, I would love to shoot one of the TS2's, but I have a G34 for competition, and it suffices, and would love to shoot a Model 610 revolver, but one can only own so many guns, and I set my limit at 20. Time to sell some!

    March 3, 2023 11:07 am
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    No review of the Springfield offerings? I love my .40 S&W XDM.

    March 3, 2023 11:04 am
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    3 Glock 23’s set up exactly the same- all I carry,all I use

    March 3, 2023 7:57 am
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    I did like the article but why was the FNX40 caliber left out?
    I love this pistol .

    March 3, 2023 5:20 am
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    James Wagner

    I have a Ruger SR-40C. Love it. Love it. Love it. I train with full sized pistols and employ all the techniques appropriately. All that transfers easily to the SR-40C. It’s was a purchase of opportunity here in California where we have the commi roster to contend with. One day that will go away. Then……watch out.

    March 3, 2023 2:06 am
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    Tim L

    Great article! I've had my HK USP40 for 20 years, have no complaints about the recoil, love the accuracy and reliability, and it is still my favorite non-1911 pistol. My wife took it to a handgun class and sent 250 rounds downrange with no issues either!

    March 2, 2023 11:02 pm
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      Simper Fi. My USP40 has been in service since 1995 and is still my BFF EDC tool of choice.

      March 3, 2023 6:03 am
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    Art Baker

    229. When I first had a chance to shoot one - shortly after it became available, my comment was "This is possibly the best combat handgun Ever!" I stand by that, even after around 30 years! For various logistical reasons, I never carried one into combat (9mm & .45acp were far more available). Would I have? Certainly, if I knew I could get all the ammo I ever needed! Ironically, when I was competing in a "training exercise" I ran out of .45 ammo while shooting at 100 yards and transitioned to the 229. I had never really wrung that pistol out or even sighted it in (fixed sights tho) after the first shot, I shot just as well with the 229 as I had been doing with my 220! I used the 229 to finish out the week long event & finished 4th in a large field of distinguished shooters. (the #1 guy was Mas)

    Art B.

    March 2, 2023 10:47 pm
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    Browning High Power in.40 with the FBI HRT package as perfected by Novack.

    March 2, 2023 10:34 pm
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    Chris H

    In my mind, Pew Pew Tactical typically excluding the .40 S&W is a blemish on an otherwise great gun site.

    The .40 more than fulfills its purpose of .45 ACP-like performance in a 9mm frame handgun.

    To claim that the 9mm is just as good as the .40 with the modern improvements in bullets is a theory at best. Shoot both, there is a difference, both downrange and what's coming back at the shooter. The .40 is a more powerful round and its more than etched its space in the handgun caliber lineup as much as its detractors would like to think it hasn't or it's a has been.

    March 2, 2023 10:32 pm
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    I used to do .357 magnum as my EDC but swapped to .40 S&W for more capacity and a lighter firearm. I don't have a problem with the claimed recoil. My .40 is a Glock 23 and it's just perfect.

    March 2, 2023 10:23 pm
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      Roger that on the Glock23.

      March 3, 2023 12:48 am
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        I've also added a Roni kit (legal in my area) for an awesome combination.

        March 4, 2023 12:13 am
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    Howard Willinghan

    Being a Beretta fan, I purchased a 9000S in .40 S&W over 20yrs ago. It's "snappiness" offers an excellent lesson in the importance of maintaining a firm grip. Hold it loosely and you're immediately rewarded with a spent casing bouncing off your forehead. Important lesson; quickly learned.

    March 2, 2023 8:31 pm
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    Gregory McKee

    I am just overjoyed to see one of these posts that shows a little bit of Beretta-love.
    I’m so happy I’m selling my Sig and getting in line for another 96A1 to stash in a safe place…

    March 2, 2023 8:04 pm
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    Wes D

    I LOVE my G22 and I love the .40 S&W round. To me it's the marriage of the 9mm and .45 ACP. More stopping power and more capacity. If you think the recoil is too much....don't be a wuss.

    March 2, 2023 7:45 pm
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    Charles Kiley

    Still love my old, but new looking Ruger P-94!

    March 2, 2023 7:18 pm
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      Don B

      Amen to That!!

      March 3, 2023 3:08 pm
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      Joseph Bradfield

      My first 40 was a Ruger P9440 DAO. I loved it, too -- until someone offered to pay me more than I paid for it. Way overengineered, right? It will never self-destruct. Last you and yours for generations. (Mine shot low, though. How's yours do).

      March 7, 2023 7:01 pm
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        Charles Kiley

        Your totally right and I bet I’ll get to see a great grandchild someday embracing its magnificent design and feel. Mine seems to be on the money when it comes to accuracy and I’ve had offers on it but know that I’d soon regret getting rid of it. That thing fits me perfectly. Probably better than any other handgun I’ve had the opportunity to fire. It isn’t going anywhere.

        March 7, 2023 8:40 pm
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    Rich Ester

    No question from me that the H&K USP is the quitessential .40. The gun feels as though it was made for MY hands, and I've NEVER had any feeding issues. You are spot-on about the availability of ammo, and I always knew the mag capacity favors the .40 vs. the .45.

    March 2, 2023 7:16 pm
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    I just love my Sig P250 learned to stage that trigger and it is awesome!

    March 2, 2023 7:10 pm
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    Chuck Cochran

    I've a Walther PPQ M2 in 9mm and one in .4o S&W. My Son has absconded with the 9mm PPQ for carry, but I've the .40 on me right now, as I usually carry it in the winter months. With the PPQ's trigger, caliber doesn't seem to matter as I've fired the .45 version several times as well. The triggers are near custom. No cheap, crisp break, and a very short reset. Out of my modest collection, the PPQ is the only gun I can consistently triple tap with (after watching a video of the Hellenic Special Forces drill with their PPQs, I had to learn that trick).
    I've fired a few on your list. All are good weapons.
    I've been giving serious thought to picking up one of the KelTec SUB2000s in .40 as a Home Defense gun.]

    March 2, 2023 7:03 pm
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    I've had a Sig 229 for years, at one point I owned two! Ultra reliable, nice weight, fairly easy to conceal...and the added bonus of getting a .357 Sig barrel for an easy swap out. I have an S&W 40, and I've had a Jericho. 40, but the Sig is my favorite.

    March 2, 2023 6:58 pm
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      I live in California and my first gun I bought was a used 1997 Sigarms P229 in .40 with a German frame. I changed to E2 grips, added the SRT and changed sights. I just took it off my CCW this year. I have 2700 rounds through the P229 but over 20,000 through my P-01 and SP-01. In California, we only have a neutered P229 or if you can find an old one used . Have they improved the ergonomics on the Free State models? I just can't get the grip that I can on a CZ which had a huge option of grip panels to choose from. I never even tried shooting it in USPSA or IPSC as it seemed so clunky. I would like to try it again in a model with better ergonomics. Took a class this weekend and guy next to me was struggling having to break his grip to decock with his strong hand with a CA model P229. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

      March 2, 2023 7:22 pm
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    Bob Carpentier

    The Ruger SR40. Easy shooting, easy maintenance

    March 2, 2023 6:56 pm
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      Joseph Bradfield

      Have one! Extremely comfortable in the hand and, though I love my S&W M&P 40c (wearing it right now), I am quite a bit more precise in slow fire with the SR40. Just that tiny difference between the two in balance and how the thing fits in my hands. (M&P is nice. But the Ruger is also a much more handsome looking gun, as well).

      March 7, 2023 7:07 pm
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      Joseph Bradfield

      Can't tell you how much I appreciate an article and thread that isn't *dissing* the 40. It's like, one day a couple decades ago bad-mouthing my favorite round.

      I promise not to tell anyone outside this group, but c'mon -- how many of you have thought it strange people keep saying "nowadays there are 9 mm rounds that perform as well as a 40"? Like me, do you scratch your head and wonder, "If they have to keep comparing the 9's performance to a 40 to show it measures up, isn't that kind of a backhanded compliment to the 40?" Makes the 9 seem like its standing on tippy toe, bragging its just a tall, then going to its hole card, "And there's more of me."

      March 7, 2023 7:19 pm
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        Bob Carpentier

        Well said. I will take my 40 SR over any 9, any day. And the Ruger SR40 feels so great in the hand. I shoot it better than anything else, 9, 380. By might bed or on my hip, they can try to convince me 9 is superior, but not willing to bet my life on it

        March 7, 2023 7:41 pm
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    Ronald Childers

    I've had my Springfield Armory XD-40 for years and love it.

    March 2, 2023 6:54 pm
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    Jimm Murray

    While my absolute favorite is the 357 sig, my second favorite is the 40 and I have a nice Springfield XD that comfortably handles the cartridge and also a Taurus G2C that is a small handful with the 40.

    March 2, 2023 6:48 pm
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    Rob Gill

    My EDC is my Glock G27 and has been for many years. Concealability, reliability
    and stopping power that's hard to beat!

    March 2, 2023 6:40 pm
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    My wife's .40 is a Glock, and being "plastic," the recoil is a bit "snappy."
    My .40 is an old steel semi-auto, and I love it.
    [Heavier gun, less recoil and quicker return onto target. --- Simple physics.]

    March 2, 2023 6:29 pm
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    S Green

    I just got a Glock 23 Gen 5 the other day. I have 9mm by other companies and I wanted .40. I rented one at the range and loved it.

    March 2, 2023 6:26 pm
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    Ninja please

    The affordable Taurus G2C is a reliable piece, 10+1 rds of nasty, granted you might need to replace the magazine release. And it's not much snappier than my full size S&W SD40, which comes with a 14+1

    March 2, 2023 6:24 pm
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    Jay Salyer

    Every handgun I own is a 40 except for my 686. My favorite 40 is the M&P. So easy to shoot.

    March 2, 2023 6:19 pm
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    Terry Peters

    I carry a 40 cal S@W. I've had it as my carry since it came on the market. I truly like it because my wife couldn't shoot my 45 auto. Then I got used to it. I have 2 of them.

    March 2, 2023 6:09 pm
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    Racer X

    leo trade-in Sig P226 and P229s are the best value trade-ins on the market these days.

    March 2, 2023 6:05 pm
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    I can't tell you how nice it is to see the HK USP(C) mentioned in ANY article. The HK USPC .40 SW was the first pistol I purchased 20 years ago (under $600), and it's still my go to for CC self-defense. Even the compact model has some heft because HKs are built like a WWII German Tiger Tank, albeit world's more reliable. At 6'2" 220 lbs with larger hands, I may be biased, but the weight and size fit ME well. HKs are very proprietary, but new Newer HK models are finally becoming after market friendly. The USP series is a military pistol, and never designed with the intention to be dressed up. It just works. Purw ansld simple. Through some specialized HK aftermarket parts, I was able to install a Vortex red dot, and light/laser mounts are available.

    March 2, 2023 5:35 pm
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    You guys do great work and have a TON of info but seriously why are you always dissing the XD line? I just don't shoot a glock well but recognize it's super popular and I'm the outlier. However the xd I shoot like a dream and it has been flawless. I love mine in 40

    March 2, 2023 5:17 pm
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      Jay Salyer

      I have the XD 40 as well. Probably my most accurate pistol. Just now as good a feel as the M&P.

      March 2, 2023 6:21 pm
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        Possibly one of the most underrated handguns produced form what I see in these "reviews" They ALWAYS miss the XD models but ALWAYS mention the Glock. I understand the popularity but wow is it over looked mine shoots dimes at 15 yards completely stock and that's only because I'm getting older and my vision and grip isn't what it used to be

        March 2, 2023 6:36 pm
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      Tell The Truth

      Amen Bro!

      March 2, 2023 8:07 pm
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    My main EDC is a Glock 22 Gen 4, .40 S&W. Been carrying it for years. Saved my butt a few times. Sometimes I switch of with one of my other guns for a day or so if I'm going to be stopping by the range while I'm out and want to shoot that gun a little, but my main is the Glock 22.

    March 2, 2023 1:37 pm
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