by Sam Hoober
Alien Gear Holsters' Sam Hoober lays out the case to buy a .40 caliber handgun despite 9mm being so much more popular these days.
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- Ever thought about getting a .40-caliber pistol?
It's one of the popular calibers for concealed carry and for service pistols, so there's plenty of reason to do so. Almost every major manufacturer offers a pistol in this chambering and all the major ammunition manufacturers do as well. Ballistic testing over the years and performance in service with police agencies has shown .40 S&W to be a very capable self-defense round.
Right now is probably the best time to buy one.
It's not so much that .40 S&W is having some sort of renaissance. Actually, if anything the opposite is the case….which is exactly why there has never been a better time to get one.
Why a 40 Caliber when 9mm Is Just More Popular?
There's no question that 9mm is the most popular round for home defense and concealed carry. In the past few decades, the ammunition available for the 9mm round has improved by leaps and bounds, to the point where there isn't much advantage to carrying a larger round short of the magnum revolver calibers.
This was part of why the FBI announced they would be switching from .40 S&W for their standard-issue duty guns to 9mm.
Also, when you look at so many new pistols that are announced by major manufacturers in the past couple years, they seem to be slower to make one in .40 than in 9mm. Since small pistols for CCW are more popular, the 9mm round is far more suited to the application given that .40 S&W is harder recoiling and can be tougher on pistols that aren't designed to take it – as some manufacturers have been guilty of just slapping a slightly larger barrel in a 9mm pistol rather than taking the time to do it right.
Since 9mm is the Goldilocks cartridge for a lot of guns – just small enough to be fired in small, medium or big pistols, just mild enough for most shooters and performs well enough to be relied upon – some think it's the perfect CCW caliber. As a result, the bad news for the .40 cal is more pistols are coming out that are only offered in 9mm, whereas they used to be offered in both.
That Means You Should Pounce On A .40 S&W Now
As a result, there are a whole lot of .40 S&W guns sitting on gun store shelves and on gun auction site listings that aren't being bought. There they sit, taking up space and not selling, not being shot and not being carried in a concealed carry holster.
If you're comfortable with shooting the .40 S&W, that makes right now a good time to act.
This is just the personal, anecdotal experience of the guy writing this article, but if you look at gun auction and gun retailer websites there's a good chance you'll see a popular gun in .40 going for less than the 9mm version.
Sometimes the difference is marginal (a few bucks) but sometimes it's a difference of $50 to $100 or more.
That could mean the difference putting the gun you want in the safe (or in your gun holster) sooner rather than later, if you're the “save up until the purchase makes no difference” type.
Gun stores may also be willing to cut a deal on a .40 that's just taking up cabinet space.
It's also not like ammunition makers are going to drop the .40 S&W anytime soon.
Given the popularity of the cartridge, while not a Miss Congeniality of rounds to be sure, it's not like the .40 S&W is going anywhere.
About Sam Hoober
Sam Hoober is a contributing editor at aliengearholsters.com, as well as for Bigfoot Gun Belts. He also writes weekly columns for Daily Caller and USA Carry.