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Old 02-22-2016, 12:34 PM
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I was looking to sell my XDM .40 to my LGS a while back, the entire package mind you, 5 extra mags, holster, the works. As I was talking to my buddy that runs the gun store, he was extremely excited about owning it, until I told him it was a .40. He begrudgingly told me that his shop is no longer dealing with .40 cal weapons. Buying, selling, or trading. He said he had more then 6 .40's in the back that he's unable to get rid of. He explained that 9mm and .45 is where it's at these days and many folks are leaving the .40 platform behind. I went to a few other gun stores and got the same response.

I've noticed many departments, including my own, are switching from .40's to 9's. Not sure why, the G22 was one of the finest weapons I've ever carried. I'm confused to say the least.
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I was looking to sell my XDM .40 to my LGS a while back, the entire package mind you, 5 extra mags, holster, the works. As I was talking to my buddy that runs the gun store, he was extremely excited about owning it, until I told him it was a .40. He begrudgingly told me that his shop is no longer dealing with .40 cal weapons. Buying, selling, or trading. He said he had more then 6 .40's in the back that he's unable to get rid of. He explained that 9mm and .45 is where it's at these days and many folks are leaving the .40 platform behind. I went to a few other gun stores and got the same response.

I've noticed many departments, including my own, are switching from .40's to 9's. Not sure why, the G22 was one of the finest weapons I've ever carried. I'm confused to say the least.
Capacity, increased wear on frames originally designed for 9mm.
Generally similar results these days with newer 9mm rounds that are still cheaper than .40 ammo.
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I think he's right about the trend going towards 9mm or .45 auto. All the recent studies I've seen show the 9mm expanding to about the same size as the .40 using good bullets, and 1911 .45 autos are more popular than ever. 9mm bullets are very cheap to practice with too, and recoil lighter. That said, there's nothing wrong with the .40 and I'm sure it would sell just fine on GunBroker.com.
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.40s sit on the shelves here for ages and private sellers can't get rid of them. Not many are interested in it anymore. The market has definitely weakened and if you want a .40 its a buyers market. Good luck selling it for what you want though. Its an effective cartridge but for some people/agencies it doesn't make sense for them amymore.
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Gotta agree with gmaster.

Since I load my own, I LOVE the fact that the .40 is trending down.

Got an XD subcompact with all the extras for $365, and a Taurus PT140 Millenium Pro for $179.

Funny thing...since the bullet improvements for the 9 are also available in the .401 boolits, and since I can get a bit more velocity out of them than the commercial rounds ususally give...I think I'm getting better terminal effects out of my .40 than they are out of their 9.

Of course, I also have more recoil and wear...but I don't care. I don't run IPSC or fight wars, they are for SD.

And since I don't use a Glock, I'm not too concerned about the added pressure.
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Sorry you are having trouble trying to sell your 40 cal in KY. I would offer it on gun broker.

In Ozarks the 40 cal is still very popular. Same is true in the eastern Sierra area of California and Nevada.

This might have something to do with the population of larger predators in these areas. if you have a better than average chance of facing a black bear, cougar, or a wild hog, you start thinking more about bullet wt and penetration.

In fact, the only folks I hear talking about 9mm are here.
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I hope everybody swaps out for 9 and 45. that just means lots of cheap guns and ammo for me.
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The shop I work at sells 10 9mms to every 1 .40 that sells. New and used. We will still take in .40s used but sometimes we turn them down if we don't think it will move, or have to offer a lower price so that we can sell it cheaper to get it to go.

What you have heard is correct, 9mm and .45acp is where it's at. Don't play in the middle of the road IMHO.
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To me, I don't like how the .40 recoils. It seems to have a sharper impulse than the 9mm or .45. Combine that with the advances in self defense ammo since the round was conceived and the differences between it and 9mm are basically increased cost and wear. I'll still probably always have a Glock in .40 just because there are millions of them out there but I won't be buying any new platforms in it.
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My observation is that a 9mm is almost an exclusive choice for " a family handgun". Single women usually go for a .380, 38 special or 9mm. While the single men are all over the place.
Another observation is that the .40 S&W handguns are the most available at the gun stores.
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All I know is when I am up at the national forest type ranges collecting brass I tend to find more 9mm than anything else, but that could be the fact that a lot of fellow reloaders that I run into doing the same thing say they never pick up 9mm. I find a good amount of .40 on the ground, but not many .45, maybe .45 guys pick up there brass?.I also tend to find a lot of milsurp 556.
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Here, I'm enjoying the fact that 40 cal pistols are selling cheap. Just brought two brand new Sigs metal on metal with all the bell and whistles for $1200 total.
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Reminds me of the 80's when the wondernine was replacing wheel guns.

The Boss wouldn't even take one in on trade, he pointed to all the used ones languishing in the case.

I bought all the Smith N frames ( and a few J/K frames that appealed to me ) for 100 to 150 each.

I doubt that the market will ever reverse to the extent that the Revolver market did, but eventually the market will cycle around yet again as agencies "discover" the advantage of the .40.
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Reminds me of the 80's when the wondernine was replacing wheel guns.

The Boss wouldn't even take one in on trade, he pointed to all the used ones languishing in the case.

I bought all the Smith N frames ( and a few J/K frames that appealed to me ) for 100 to 150 each.

I doubt that the market will ever reverse to the extent that the Revolver market did, but eventually the market will cycle around yet again as agencies "discover" the advantage of the .40.
10 to 20 years th3n....
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Gotta agree with gmaster.

Since I load my own, I LOVE the fact that the .40 is trending down.

Got an XD subcompact with all the extras for $365, and a Taurus PT140 Millenium Pro for $179.

Funny thing...since the bullet improvements for the 9 are also available in the .401 boolits, and since I can get a bit more velocity out of them than the commercial rounds ususally give...I think I'm getting better terminal effects out of my .40 than they are out of their 9.

Of course, I also have more recoil and wear...but I don't care. I don't run IPSC or fight wars, they are for SD.

And since I don't use a Glock, I'm not too concerned about the added pressure.
Reloading for selfdefense might not be the smartest thing you can do.....civil lawsuits etc.
Id carry what local law does.
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I recently got the xdm package with acs. for 299$ at the local stotre-not sure if it was a screaming deal,but I was happy with it.
I mentioned to him about the trend of people dumping them off.He hadn't noticed it that much,for everyone traded in,someone seems to be looking for one?
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I have gone to mostly 9mm as well. I have only owned 2 .40's and I still have them. One is next to my bed and one is in the safe. I made a decision a few years back to stick to 1 caliber for prepping purposes. To me the newer 9mm SD rounds are fantastic. Now that being said I do own and still purchase .45's here and there. I don't re-load so to me the .45 is too expensive to shoot as much as my 9MM's. I am constantly picking up 1K of 9MM when it is on sale and when I go shooting I can easily run through 500+ rounds.

So for me it was more of a cost issue as well as trying to keep everything the same caliber. Like I said I do have other calibers however I mostly shoot 9mm. I myself would pass on .40's at this point unless it was a killer deal. BUt that's just me and everyone has their own opinions!
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I have NOT noticed the prices of the 40's trending down
recently, but I do HOPE they do, more deals for me. I like
both the 9 & 40's but I like the 40 best and have some of each.
I consider the cost about the same because the GOOD 9mm
rounds ARE NOT THE CHEAPER ROUNDS. IMO
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Sorry you are having trouble trying to sell your 40 cal in KY. I would offer it on gun broker.

In Ozarks the 40 cal is still very popular. Same is true in the eastern Sierra area of California and Nevada.

This might have something to do with the population of larger predators in these areas. if you have a better than average chance of facing a black bear, cougar, or a wild hog, you start thinking more about bullet wt and penetration.

In fact, the only folks I hear talking about 9mm are here.


This.

While back on the Gulf Coast the trend the OP notes is happening.

I liked it, with judicious shopping I could sell a G19 and buy a G23 AND a 9mm drop in barrel and have BOTH 9mm and .40 for the same money.
Crazy.

G27's were even cheaper and almost new.
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