GUN 9 mm vs. .40, pros and cons?

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  1. oakback

    oakback New Member

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    I'm not talking stopping power, but I guess I'm looking for easy of ownership. As an example, if I'm looking at buying a subcompact XD9 or a subcompact XD40. Ammo price/availability? Recoil? Capacity (is the trade off worth it)? Weight (considering it would be used for CC)? In the same type of gun, would the grip sizes differ at all?

    Or if this is just stupid and absurd, and it's all completely up to individual taste, just say so. Thanks!
     
  2. Crossett

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    .40's are going to have less capacity and cost more. .40 has more recoil of course, but IMO it's easily manageable. Weight isn't going to change really. I say 9mm
     
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    just go 9mm. this has been argued over and over
     
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    Oh, didn't realize.
    :o
     
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    honestly either one is going to be just fine.
     
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    Either have their followers.

    If I wasn't persuaded to use 40 by some outside force, I'd take 9mm anyday for the logistics alone.
     
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    My main motivation is the cost and lack of availability for the .45 (currently my only pistol). I'm shopping for the wife's carry weapon now, and trying to find my shopping parameters.
     
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    I can't really see myself needing a caliber to bridge the gap between 9 and .45
     
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    I see .40 s&w on the shelves a lot more than 9mm.

    I bought some 9mm this morning at Wal-Mart and it was $11.47 a box for Winchester Q4172 and $9.47 for Federal Champion.

    Federal Champion .40 S&W is currently $13.47.
     
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    Sounds like I'll go with 9mm. Thanks for the input!

    I'm tempted to blow my Christmas Club fund on a gun for the wife, she said "but that's not very Christmas-y."
     
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    sounds like if she said that, you should get a new wife

    at least IMHO
     
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    This wife is too awesome to let go. No big deal, I'll put a red bow on it.
     
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    I bought a Glock 19 for my wife for Christmas last year. She's hard to shop for and that was the only 'big' item she mentioned wanting. Who am I to argue?

    Oh, and go with the 9mm.
     
  14. Wobistdu

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    dot

    the .40 is such a stupid fucking round. didn't they try to make it to have the median between 9mm and .45? the velocity of a smaller caliber but deliver the force of a .45?

    i always buy either 9mm or .45, unless i'm going revolver of course.
     
  15. apman0000

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    I enjoy my 9mm more than my .40s&w.

    the ammo is much easier to find for the .40 however, it's not even close, i find .40 about 1/2 the time i go to walmart and NEVER see any WWB for 9mm :(
     
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    .40 is just 10mm for weak wristed little girls.... isn't that right ATXRX7? :mamoru:
     
  17. Wobistdu

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    for me, i love the capacity you can carry in 9mm. when i carried my taurus 9mm, i used to laugh at how small it was yet it carried 12+1. hell the glock 19 is pretty small and that's 15+1.

    when capacity/compact isn't an issue, give me fucking 45 all day long. love the 45 round

    40 is like :hsugh:
     
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    this is the point i was going to make, youre talking $2 a box difference in price and walmart always has a ton of .40 when i go up there, its rare to find 9mm.

    capacity isnt a big deal for me, most altercations will be settled with one or two shots and if you need to fire more you will need to find cover. cover=time to reload.
     
  19. Wobistdu

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    not sure where u guys are shopping that has more .40 than 9mm. around here, the only thing that ever magically shows up is 9mm.
     
  20. Wobistdu

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    shit that reminds me i need to do the walmart tour again and clean them out
     
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    Seems to be the norm at Walmart :dunno:
     
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    thats right, in the same way that 9mm is just .380 for big burly men:greddy:. lol
     
  23. Wobistdu

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    haven't been in months. i bought like 1000 9mm and 500 .45. as i looked after, you'd find like some 9mm maybe and rifle rounds :rofl:
     
  24. Wobistdu

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    i remember being at the range one time checking out. this guy is telling two people new to guns that he feels the 9mm is way too weak of a round to keep for home protection. they need at least .45 :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  25. Crossett

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    Damn right, big burly men like me.... RAWR!!! :joshers:
     

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