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Suggestions Wanted: Carry Gun in 40 S&W
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I'm in the market for a new/used pistol in 40 S&W and I need a few suggestions. It will be carried frequently but not necessarily on my belt. I've listed some requirements below, but feel free to make a suggestion even if it's not an exact fit.

1) Weight is a major concern, I want to keep it to a minimum so I'm thinking polymer frame.
2) Size is also an issue so compact or even sub-compact style.
3) Caliber should be 40 S&W but I'd consider 10mm or 357 Sig too.
4) Capacity should be 8+1 or better
5) I'd like to keep the price down to around $400-500. This should be a good value gun.
6) I have a preference for hammers, but it's not a requirement.
7) I like Double/Single actions, but again, it's not a requirement.
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#2
I was going to recommend the H&K P2000SK, but that blows #5 away..., otherwise it checks all the boxes including the hammer.

With that in mind, the only .40 with a hammer in that price range, that I can think of, is the Beretta PX4 storm.

Without a hammer, I'd recommend the Ruger SR40C.

Justin
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#3
All of my hammer guns are heavy so I can't really offer up much help there. Weight is the biggest factor in why I carry the guns that I do. I just can't find anything that beats my trusty Glock 23. It's light, it conceals well, and it goes bang every time.

I recently purchased an M&P Shield 40 that I have been pocket carrying in gym shorts. It doesn't quite meet the capacity requirements and admittedly I feel short on ammo when I do carry it, but I like it a lot.
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#4
I highly recommend a Ruger SR40c.

1) Weight is a major concern, I want to keep it to a minimum so I'm thinking polymer frame.
23.4 oz
2) Size is also an issue so compact or even sub-compact style
Grip Frame: Black, High Performance, Glass-Filled Nylon
Length: 6.85"
Height: 4.61"
Width: 1.27"
Barrel Length: 3.50"

3) Caliber should be 40 S&W but I'd consider 10mm or 357 Sig too.
40 S&W
4) Capacity should be 8+1 or better
9+1 with the option of 15+1 w/ extended mag
5) I'd like to keep the price down to around $400-500. This should be a good value gun.
I paid $440
6) I have a preference for hammers, but it's not a requirement.
No hammer, it's striker-fired
7) I like Double/Single actions, but again, it's not a requirement.
SR40c is neither single or double by definition, when cocked, the striker is half back, pulling the trigger covers the rest of the distance.

Also, I have 1500+ rounds through mine, never failed once.
Shot it side-by-side with the Glock 23 and would choose this one for many reasons over one of those.
Hope this helps...
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#5
G27, CW40 (smaller capacity) Shrug

BTW don't you know that everyone is going back to 9mm?Tongue
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God's Country;151144 Wrote:BTW don't you know that everyone is going back to 9mm?Tongue

Too true. I'll keep my 40 and be the odd man out.
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God's Country;151144 Wrote:BTW don't you know that everyone is going back to 9mm?Tongue

Glad to hear it. That should make finding a used one easier.
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#8
I like my glock 27.
I never would've thought i'd buy a plastic gun but you can't beat the weight for cc. glock is a proven weapon even though i'm not a fan tools have a purpose and glock fits the bill for my ccw..

with a ccw i'm not looking for something to take into battle i'm looking for something to get me out of a jam..

My recomendation is a g27 a gen3 get you a gun that doesn't have snap in parts..just my 2¢'s
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JustinHEMI;151120 Wrote:I was going to recommend the H&K P2000SK, but that blows #5 away..., otherwise it checks all the boxes including the hammer.

With that in mind, the only .40 with a hammer in that price range, that I can think of, is the Beretta PX4 storm.

Without a hammer, I'd recommend the Ruger SR40C.

Justin

HK USPc is also nice, other than the fact that it's still fairly big for it's size. But the P2000SK was a good decision too. The budget requirement eliminates both though.

Glock is also a good choice. It kills the hammer requirement, but checks all the other boxes, and hammer is not a necessity on your list. Smile
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#10
Thanks to everyone who's offered a suggestions so far. I stopped off at Delco Shooting Supply (Prospect Park, Pa) on my way home and I was able to handle a Ruger SR40c, Glock 23 & 27, Beretta Px4 (compact) and the Khar CW40. I also looked at a Springfield XD 4" Service and a Walther PPQ.

What I found out was that there were things I liked about all of them so it was really hard to whittle the choices down.

The triggers on the SR40c and the XD were my least favorite of the bunch and they were also among the heaviest so I ruled the XD out. The price on the SR40 makes it hard to disqualify since it's a nice value.

The trigger on the Glocks seemed OK but the grip on the 27 is just too short. I hate having my pinky curled up under the mag. I didn't think to ask while I was there, but do they make mag extensions so I can get a better grip on it? I would seriously consider it if there was such a thing.

The CW40 was by far the lightest of the group and I really liked the price (another good value) but it's a single stack so capacity suffers.

That leaves the Beretta Px4 and the Walther PPQ which were the ones that impressed me the most. Unfortunately they were also the most expensive. The rotating barrel on the Px4 was cool as hell and I'm guessing that it is very accurate considering how that thing locks up. The trigger on the PPQ was very nice. Best one of the bunch in my estimation. I don't have any striker fired pistols so I'm kind of leaning towards the Walther at the moment.

I haven't made any commitment yet so if anyone has any other suggestions I'd love to hear them.
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