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Lately, I have noticed a large number of used handguns for sale, chambered in .40 cal, in local gun stores. Glocks, Sig Sauers, Kahrs, Berettas and more are readily available. I also heard many police departments and the military are changing back to .45 cal.

I would appreciate if someone could confirm if this is a sign of issues affecting .40 cal ammo. Why are so many .40 cal users selling their handguns?

I know .40 cal ammo is not the best caliber for recoil sensitive shooters, but I think it is good for personal defense...

Any thoughts???
 

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Doesn't make sense to me but, I have no prob picking up their leftovers. .40 is some of the only ammo I can find on a consistent basis at my local gun shops. Forget about 9mm and I still prefer to save my money when it comes to .45acp. .357 sig isn't a bad idea right now though.
 

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Doesn't make sense to me but, I have no prob picking up their leftovers. .40 is some of the only ammo I can find on a consistent basis at my local gun shops. Forget about 9mm and I still prefer to save my money when it comes to .45acp. .357 sig isn't a bad idea right now though.
I bought a 9mm because I thought it would be easier to dind than the .40. But I see more .40 than anything else. I wish I had one.
 

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There's nothing wrong with the .40 caliber guns. I have a Springfield XD40 that is great.
A few tales have gone around that the .40 is just a glorified 9mm and they wear out faster.
That doesn't seem true based on the huge number of rounds people have fired through their .40 Glocks (and other brands).

I think a lot of folks may have bought a 1911 in the past year and decided to drop one caliber from their ammo needs.
If you have a 9mm and now you have a .45 you probably don't feel the need to keep the .40.

I'm also wondering if a few people got cold feet about keeping a semi-auto pistol while waiting to see what happens with the gun bans.
 

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I don't have a .40. I'll be looking for used then.

I have no idea why people would be getting rid of them.
 

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I can not speak for the masses but I can give you my insight.
I guess you can say I bought my .40SW for the wrong reasons and was not Happy with it from the beginning.

I bought a Beretta PX4 storm In .40SW because I wanted a lighter weight EDC with a higher capacity then my 1911 .45 and did not want a 9mm. I tried to like this caliber and plastic gun. I shot close to 2000 rounds through it. It was accurate and offered no problems at all. What I did notice the more I shot it was the following:
1-recoil is snappier then the .45acp taking longer for a follow up shot
2- .40 cal ammo around me is only 2 dollars a box of 50 cheaper then .45acp
3- the DA/SA trigger on the PX4 storm required a lot of practice time for me to get the hang of the long SA take up was causing me to pull my shots about 1 1/2" left of POA

Although I did not like it personally it was not a bad gun and had no issues I did not sell mine. I gifted it to my oldest son when he came home on Leave for Christmas if it would of been a bad gun I would of never put it in the hands of my oldest son.
 

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Folks at our LGS say it's the snappy recoil. When folks try it out, they decide they should have gotten the 9mm or 38 and trade them in.
 

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Just bought my first used .40 today because ammo is easy to find and the price was right.
 

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A .40S&W gun is next on my list due to my finding out that the easy availability of ammo and mags during a crisis. I know a lot of LEO's use .40's, and I heard that many of them want to switch back to 9mm due to lighter weight and more ammo capacity. That may be why you are seeing more of them in the shops.

On the other hand, I heard the Military is looking at .40S&W as a possible replacement for the 9mm so go figure. :confused:
 

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Can someone clarify what LEO stands for, please? I see this abbreviation all the time on this site, but a simple google search yields nothing relevant to the conversation.

Also, LGS?
 

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Thank you, Mglii1974. Makes sense now.
 

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I only wish that .40 ammo was available. I'd buy more in a heartbeat.
I've not seen any available on online vendors, and there's none on the shelves at local gun shops nor the big box stores.
In fact there is no ammo of any caliber, anywhere that I can access. Nothing!
 

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Folks at our LGS say it's the snappy recoil. When folks try it out, they decide they should have gotten the 9mm or 38 and trade them in.
I really don't notice that myself. I have a G19 and a G22 and don't feel that much difference between the two.
 

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I don't know, I have never shot or owned a .40 S&W. When I go to the big box gun store, the only new pistols on the wall are .40 S&Ws, .22LR, and high end 1911s. I have carried a .40 S&W magnum (Glock G20 - 10mm) with full power loads for over twenty years. Go big or stay home!
 

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.40 Cal is, and always will be, a great calibre, no doubt about it.
IMO, .45 is just more popular.
 

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I only wish that .40 ammo was available. I'd buy more in a heartbeat.
I've not seen any available on online vendors, and there's none on the shelves at local gun shops nor the big box stores.
In fact there is no ammo of any caliber, anywhere that I can access. Nothing!
It must be a regional thing. Most of the local ammo sources around here (Central MN) have plenty of .40 and .380, but 9mm and .45acp are hard to find.
 

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I moved up from 9mm to .40 S&W and like the .40 caliber better. With the snappier recoil, I pay more attention to my technique, resulting in tighter groups.
 
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