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Having been a .45 guy for most of my life, I've never even fired a 40, nor did I ever see the reason for it. If the 10mm had been around when I first started out with 45's, I'd probably said the same thing about the .45!

That said, the latest in bullet tech applies to all calibers and I no longer feel under gunned carrying a 9mm these days, although my .45's are still my go to guns at home. I suspect that in the majority of cases, even a .380 (or .22 lr) will put wings on the feet of most black hatted types. It's those 1 in a million cases wher you might need something with some more authority..
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the 40 "Short & Weak"

I'll start with a revelation: PDs dropping the .40 S&W can result in vastly discounted sales of Duty Ammo. Federal HST for the price of American Eagle hardball.

Keep an eye out at your LGS if they do any kind of police sales. How this works:

So we're buying 10,000 rounds of 9mm HST from you, will you give us 1-for-1 trade on our remaining case-and-a-half of .40 cal?

Usually the answer is "We'll trade ball for duty ammo, as we can't sell your old inventory as-if it's new." Thus the better deal - IF you buy the case.

Second revelation: Federal has made another run of the 9BPLE +P+ 115 JHP which was the go-to ammo for LE back in the '90s... if your firearm could take it.
Others needed some spring or buffer work to 'up-armor' from SAAMI to the more ambitious and less lawyer-adverse CIP pressures.

A quick google search will lead you to the online retailer(s).

As to ammunition performance?
I've seen 4 people shot dead with a .32 ACP hardball.
Two one-shot/one-kill (separate incidents) with a .380 ACP hollowpoints.
One one-shot/one-kill with a .38 spl using the old 158 gr RNL.
A half-dozen public street mob hits with one shot .22LR suppressed with a plastic bottle and electrical tape. (Ruger MkI Bull Barrell)

ALL were headshots. The myth that "a .45 Hardball to the foot will drop 'em better than any..." is a myth.
Same for any dozen "wonder 9" hits to the arm/leg/ear/hand.

"He wouldn't go down!"
You shoot for-****, and I'd wager you half-expected this guy to just give up when you cleared leather.

As said above, any equivalent superb ammo in the 9mm offered in the .40 S&W at comparable velocities will result in superb performance and stouter recoil.
165/180 is ~ 40% more weight per bullet than 115/124, so one can anticipate Newton's Laws to apply.

First shot placement is key.
 

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I have two S&W 40 Cal. and one Taurus 40 Cal.
 

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I've never owned one, have just always been fully satisfied with my 9's. I have a friend that recently carried two into a local gun shop and traded for a SIG XCarry. The shop owner was less excited to see what he was trading in when he saw they were 40's. Not selling here very well.
 

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9 v .40

I have a Walther ccp 9 and a compact Shield with a ported barrel in a .40. Both recoil about the same but the .40 shoots inside the ccp all day long. Love it!
 

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I think the 40 is a reloaders dream cartridge. Great round.
 
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