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To .40, Or NOT To .40?

(from TFB, in part)

40 S&W Gel Test: Black Hills 140gr TAC-XP Solid Copper Hollow Point

Is this just silly?  Or is it a valid scientific ammunition test?I owned a .40 S&W once.  For a couple of weeks.  Don’t get me wrong, she was a Sig Sauer P226, black stainless, and shot consistently through the same hole at 15 yards!

I traded her to a good friend to pay off a debt.  Should have kept her, except, she would have been in the vault and now missing, regardless.  😦

For the newbie, the .40 was essentially a truncated 10 mm.  Apparently, the feds thought the 10 too potent for the average troop.

And some early tests said the .40 exceeded the .45 ACP in stopping power…

And while both calibers have their adherents, they no longer hold the popularity they once did.

Hell, the feds have gone back to 9 mm!

This is all an exercise in futility for me, anyway.  I cannot afford anything.

But, it’s nice the adherents keep trying for a magic bullet…

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “To .40, Or NOT To .40?

  1. That ammo test didn’t impress me much. About 40% of the shots didn’t reach the bare minimum depth!
    I have not been swayed into carrying the Barnes bullet loaded into whoever’s case based on my own limited, non-scientific testing into various materials. Too light of a bullet without enough ass behind it IMHO.

    Lucky Gunner has quite the test results page if you want to compare some data they gathered – –
    The page that gets you to all the tests:

    The 40 cal page:

    Posted by KM | May 3, 2017, 11:54 am
  2. Lots of agencies that were enamored of the .40 have gone to 9mm. Mostly because of the development of more effective projectiles and because the 9mm is easier (especially for non-gun types) to control and get faster follow up shots. Same applies to the .357Sig, unless one is really a dedicated shooter (and far too many coppers are not) and practice on their own, going to the easier to shoot round makes sense, at least to the bureaucrats.
    Note, I ain’t quite as broke (financially) as you but probably equal in broken parts. I can shoot all of the ‘normal’ pistol calibers (when I can find affordable ammo 😉

    Posted by GomeznSA | May 3, 2017, 9:18 pm
    • I agree with your assessment.
      It’s sad that many professionals no longer have an interest in the tools of the trade.
      Yeah, I have only a .38,.357and a .45.
      I only get to go shooting through the kindness of friends.
      Great to hear from you!

      Posted by guffaw1952 | May 4, 2017, 10:01 am

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