Skip to comments.Beyond 9mm: Concealed Carry in .40 and .45
Posted on 01/09/2013 5:37:14 AM PST by bestintxas
The 9mm is a great round, and in my last concealed carry post I covered some great concealed carry guns built around that caliber. However, there are a lot of handguns in larger calibers that are perfect for concealed carry as well -- that are also designed for concealed carry -- and these guns carry the benefit of having more knock down power, or more one-shot stopping power.
Specifically, I'm thinking about handguns chambered in .40 and .45 caliber.
To cover these rounds, I'm going to examine the Glock 27 in .40, the Smith & Wesson M&P in .45, and the Springfield XDS in .45.
Let's begin with the Glock 27.
Just as I wrote concerning the Glock 26 in an earlier post, the Glock 27 is as close to handgun perfection as mankind can witness in this world. It is compact, unbelievably durable, and it shoots any kind of factory-loaded ammo you want to put through it.
Like the Glock 26 in 9mm, the Glock 27 in .40 provides great second shot accuracy for those who take the time to practice, practice, practice. Unlike the 26, the model 27 shoots the potent .40 cal round. This round is very popular with federal agencies and police departments and is a concealed carry staple because of its raw stopping power.
For anyone unfamiliar with the .40 cal round, it is slightly more expensive to buy than 9mm, but not significantly so. And plus-P hollow points in .40 cal are simply a force to be reckoned with.
The Glock 27 comes standard with two 9 round magazines, and it's so popular that accessories galore -- holsters, lights, lasers, etc. -- are readily available for it.
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My wife has the M&P .40 cal compact - great home defense weapon - plus the multiple magazines that I purchased to go along with it...
I carried a .40 cal S&W 4006 when I was in L.E...
After multiple tours in Iraq using both the 92F and Glock in 9mm....
I came home and purchased a .40 cal S&W 410 SS and a Springfield 1911 .45cal...I carry the 1911 all the time...great weapon...
One must take into consideration that there is several hundred million .40 rounds out there in somebody elses warehouses as well.
Maybe Santa Claus will bring me one later this year.
Among these, how would the Kimber compare?
was going to do a diatribe against glocks. I don’t like them, but if you are comfortable with one go for it.
as far as caliber...depends how much weight and bulk you can carry. When I was young, I use to tote a Ruger Redhawk .44 mag on my belt all day while hunting...did not even know it was there....
now when I conceal carry, I feel weighed down by my tiny (but steel)Colt Mustang .380. My son bought himself a Ruger lightweight LCP the same caliber and it is practically weightless. now they have a similar piece in 9mm...the LC9...more power...I have fired both, and if you like DAO guns, these are hard to beat.
good luck with whatever you do...and watch out for the Gun Grabbers! it is open season on The Constitution!
Lock and Load
There’s no such thing as “knock down power”.
Most of us are not snipers and a 9mm chambered carbine (the extended barrel adds about 300fps) could be the most efficacious home defense system for Joe paycheck to paycheck Six-pac in the current race to prepare for the coming totalitarian tyranny of the Marxist Obama.
I'm not a fan of CC weapons with no external safety features, nor am I a great fan of the .40 cal round. I'd go with either a compact .45 (which is what I do, most of the time), or a 9mm - a smaller round, to be sure, but compensated for by higher muzzle velocity and extra magazine capacity (up to 16+1 in the Springfield XD). The 9mm gets a bad rap in my opinion. It's perfectly serviceable for self-defense, using good-quality JHP's. Shot placement is everything, of course; that's why we train and practice.
Says who? I've seen several people shot with a .45 and all of them died. Seems to me it knocked 'em down just fine.
I think you’ll still within the Christmas period — I would get it NOW! I’ve shot Glock alot - had to per regulation to carry that weapon hot in Iraq...but nothing compares to the old standard - tested in combat - served this nation well - than an 1911!
I’ve seen and held the XDS - but I’m kinda off of the composite lower style of weapons — but if that’s the weapon that suits you - then get it - train with it - and carry it!
It really depends on the user - scary things are happening - I went on line yesterday trying to find anyone that has 30rd magazines for AR15/M4 rifles in .223/5.56 - and all I got was, “Out of Stock” -— if some of the people were armed before Sandy Hook and Fienstein’s meddling - now ALL the people are armed with something...
Get it now before we are all buying percussion cap .44cal pistol and walking around like Blondie(Clint Eastwood)...
Good but expensive.
“Among these, how would the Kimber compare?”
Kimber may be going out of business today at 1:30 p.m. when Cuomo announces his “extreme new gun laws” for NY State.
Then you need more practice. There is no excuse for poor marksmanship skills.
Kimbers are beautifully-made weapons, especially their 1911 .45’s. Great materials, fit, and finish, But they come with a hefty price tag.
I don’t get...”and it shoots any kind of factory-loaded ammo you want to put through it”. I can literally put any kind of bullet into this gun?
I’m new to all of this and have been looking for a handgun that can stop an intruder and be fired by my 15 year old daughter without loss of control. Any suggestions?