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A lot of people I know, and I'm sure most of you know, love 9mm. They love .45. They love .357 and .38. Heck, some love the .357 SIG and .380. But personally I haven't met many people who are crazy for .40 cal. Sure, a lot of people use it. But that's cause they are LEOs and they sort of have to.

I bring up law enforcement to say this. A lot of departments seem to be switching to either 9mm or .45. So my question is : if this trend keeps up how much longer do you think .40 cals will sell well? And the ammo? How long until a majority of police are using another caliber and the .40 caliber round is no longer one of the most abundant?
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No interest in a 40, but wondered if I should get one in 2009 after BHO made everything except 40 hard to find.
But I just got a new 28 guage SxS shotgun, so what do I know about what is normal?
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a bit interested in a 40... but I chose 45 as a standard many years ago and I just like bigger holes
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Judging by the number of used and consigned .40s at the local shops, I'd say that interest is already tanking. I know a couple of people who bought them specifically to diversify in case other (meaning 9mm) ammo dried up during a panic. They're not that fond of their gun choices, but the purpose was served.
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That's the same reason I have one. Just in case an ammo shortage.
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That's the same reason I have one. Just in case an ammo shortage.
that's why I reload, in case of ammo shortages
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I prefer .40 to 9mm, primarily due to terminal ballistics. It's a marginally more effective round, but honestly I'm not sure that either round holds that much of an edge over the other.

I don't think it would make that much difference to the person on the receiving end. That said, Fackler's research suggests that larger permanent wound channels are more effective permanent wound channels. In part, I guess, it depends on whose data you find more compelling. I don't think the .40 is going to vanish anytime soon...
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FBI has switched back to 9mm...the inventors of the .40.

That is **** ton of .40 that will not be purchased every year. (Or made)


A new gun model...I believe called "The American" is not being released in .40. Just 9mm and .45.



I could see .40 slowly and quietly leaving the room.
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FBI has switched back to 9mm...the inventors of the .40.

That is **** ton of .40 that will not be purchased every year. (Or made)


A new gun model...I believe called "The American" is not being released in .40. Just 9mm and .45.



I could see .40 slowly and quietly leaving the room.
The 40 came about after the FBI figured out their agents couldn't handle full power 10mm loads. The 40 is pretty popular (was?) among LE but this appears to be changing. You might be right, Grev.
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I got into 40 in 08. I like the thought of better penetration than 9mm. But my accuracy went away. Funny thing is my wife loves it and is accurate as can be with it. I stocked up deep in it and so my wife now carries my g27 daily.
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Most of the people I know carry .40. They also train frequently so they never cry about recoil.
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.40 is a weird caliber. But then again I carry a .45 GAP daily....


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Most of the people I know carry .40. They also train frequently so they never cry about recoil.
Not really the question being asked here...
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My issue is follow up shots spreading out. But for some reason my wife does not have that issue. But then again she out shoots me with any firearm lol.
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Yes, I think so. The vast majority of new gun owners seems to favor 9mm. They figure, why pay more for about the same ballistic performance. I kind of agree with them. The Speer Gold Dot 124 gr +p just as effective as Speer' own .40 cal and 45ACP.

If I had to "upgrade", I would go to 10mm. But that means much bigger gun, much worse recoil and much more expensive ammo. Well, maybe one day I will do it. But not because I need to, but just because I could say, mine is bigger than yours. Ha!
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I hope and pray that a bunch of folks go away from the .40 S&W.

Just means more ammo for me. To many folks have .40 S&Ws for the companies to stop

making ammo for it.

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a bit interested in a 40... but I chose 45 as a standard many years ago and I just like bigger holes
You got it all wrong, man. You don't want them bigger, you want them tighter..

Sorry, I just couldn't help it.
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I always considered the .40 to be the answer to a question no one asked. 9mm or .45 ACP for me.
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Never saw the point in 40. Our state police went back to 45 awhile back. I am a 9MM fan as most people are. Don't really see the need for anything else. But if I were to get another caliber pistol it would be 45. I am surprised 40 lasted this long really. I think it will be around but just sit there quietly like the GAP
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