Good .40 wanted opinions?

Discussion in 'Centerfire Pistols & Revolvers' started by wookie810, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. wookie810

    wookie810 New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    I am looking for a new .40 and was interested in what people thought the best combination of quality and price would be. I already have owned a .40 410 S&W which proved problematic. I liked the feel and look of the gun and was very happy with it until it jammed badly and I took it to the gunsmith who said they have lots of problems with the guide rods and suggested getting the stock plastic one replaced with a metal one offered by S&W. After the replacement it never shot right again. I love the browning hi-power but they are rare and I would really like a new out of the box gun. I don't want a plastic gun and want one with a hammer, prefer d/a but can deal with the s/a browning my brother has so it isn't all that important. Price range 600 to 800. Not a CCW either so size isn't much of a factor. The S&W was my first pistol so I don't know a great deal about pistols. Would really enjoy people's input.
  2. LDBennett

    LDBennett Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2003
    Hesperia, CA
    My opinion is to stay away from plastic guns because they are not forever. Aluminum and steel are, well almost.

    My favorite is a CZ75B. In fact I have one in 40S&W. It is all steel, made with European quality, is an accurate guns, and the price is pretty good but going up every day as anything else is with the decreasing value of the dollar in the world market place.

    For more money you can have a SIG but don't get the plastic one. They are top drawer guns and priced to match.

    I am not fond of S&W semi-autos as they have tended to be problematical through the ages. Maybe they got them all fixed by now???? I think the Rugers to be too clunky. There of course are a bunch of 1911 clones and I think several are available in 40S&W. Most of the ones in your price catagory are nice guns: Ones like Springfields, Kimbers, even Sig makes one but all 1911 clones are single action.

    You are just going to have go out and visit a few gun shops and kick a few tires, so to speak. We all have different tastes and you will have to find out what you like and what fits you. On that last note, some guns just feel right when you handle them and for me the CZ75B fits like a glove.


  3. Mosin_Nagant_Fan

    Mosin_Nagant_Fan Active Member

    Jan 18, 2007
    Montgomery, AL
    You know what they say about opinions. :p

    Glocks and such are not bad guns, and it's not plastic, it's polymer. As for a .40 pistol, CZ makes great .40 pistols, as goes Taurus. Glock and Springfield Armory makes great polymer guns. Sometimes you can find 1911 style .40 handguns, but tend to be a bit pricey, depending on the manufacturer. I'd suggest keeping an eye out for gun shows or just walk into a gun store and get a handling with a few guns.
  4. meatguy

    meatguy New Member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I personallylike the ruger , but I am going to wait for the just right deal on a used one.
  5. right winger

    right winger New Member

    Aug 16, 2008
    I personally own a Glock Model 22. It is a great weapon.
    If you get to Indiana. Go to Plainfield Shooting Supplies in Plainfield,Indiana.
    They have the best prices I have seen.
  6. wookie810

    wookie810 New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    Well I was kind of thinking maybe of one of a few kinds

    Two stand outs last time I went to the gun store were the Browning Mark III and the Beretta 90-two. I was kind of leaning towards a gun like one of those. I like the Browning my brother has and kind of want something that won't be as unreliable as the S&W was.
  7. h2oking

    h2oking Former Guest

    Jul 13, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    You could get as many answers to your questions on this site as there guns and while I have a suggestion I would first like to bring something to your attention in the event you haven't already thought of it. Most (not all) DA/SA guns cannot be carried cocked and locked, meaning that your first shot is double action with a 10 pound plus trigger pull and the second shot is single action with as little as a 4 pound trigger pull. When shooting at tin cans this is no big deal. In a defense situation it could be a disaster, with the first shot maybe not hitting the target and the second shot going off while the gun is still in recoil causing you to shoot over your target. I have never had a CZ in my hand so I cannot comment but the gun I like is the Daewoo. I have one in 9mm and one in 40. They have an alloy frame and steel slide and shoot my reloads without ever once jamming(thats saying something). They are DA or SA meaning they can also be carried cock and locked. If you go to Guns America or **** I am sure you can find one new or like new for less than $400.00. I think it important that you understand that these comments are coming from a guy who owns a lot of handguns including a Sig P210 in 9mm, if you are not familar it is single action only, HK squeeze cockers in both 9 and 40, an HK P2000 which is double action only. That being said in the winter I carry on my person a full size Kimber in 45 acp and in the summer even with shorts, one those I don't know the model little S&W five shot alloy framed and titanium cylinder hamerless guns with +P 125 grainers. Now because of LDBennett I have to go look at one of those CZ.
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2008
  8. wookie810

    wookie810 New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    Yes I have shot both and realize the difference in trigger pulls. Only because of someone before you telling me. I fully agree in a tense situation that that could matter significantly. I guess I would want one either single or s/a- d/a like my S&W 410 I just am looking for something more accurate and reliable. And it isn't like I would carry because of the inherent risk anyways. The only places I could think of to carry are outlawed ie banks, schools, malls, stores. Those are really the only places that I feel would bring about the chance of me needing to defend myself besides my house of course.
  9. redrick

    redrick New Member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Glock or S&W M&P, the Glock is proven, but I am hearing good talk about the S&W M&P. I just bought a Glock 23 for it's reputation. Go hold one and shoot each if you can, I did shoot the Glock and I was very accurate with it.
    Springfield has the XD, but I will not buy from them because they are a American company and have there guns made in foreign country's, if they live here they should be made here. It's a shame because I do like there pistols and they do have a good warranty. But so does S&W and Glock. Yeah I know Glock isn't made in the US, but they are not living here and enjoying the freedoms that Springfield does.
  10. h2oking

    h2oking Former Guest

    Jul 13, 2008
    Carson City Nevada
    wookie810: If you can get past the name Daewoo and the fact that they are made in Korea they are very accurate and reliable. The only thing I don't know is longevity as neither of my guns even have a thousand rounds through them yet. The reason I even chose them is that I keep them outside of my safe where I can get to them so should someone break in when I am not here they wouldn't walk off with a $1,000 or even more valuable gun.
  11. wookie810

    wookie810 New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    I have no real opinion on the guns you mentioned except that I really need a reliable gun. I like to practice with a gun as practice is the key to perfection. and 1000 rounds won't cut it I would go through that in 2 months. As for not locking it up I learned that the hard way my ex-broke into my apartment and stole my last .40 along with about 4,500 worth of power tools and appliances. In fact she used the drills and impact to get into the safe i had kept it in. Needless to say I need new neighbors and obviously a burlier safe but I still believe I also need to be as proficient as possible with my self defense gun. At least all my collectables weren't there! I will check into it though thanks, Sorry it sounds like a car or stereo name though.
  12. Shellback

    Shellback New Member

    Jul 10, 2008
    Broken Arrow Ok
    Sig Sauer P229 in 40Sw is what I shoot and thousands of rounds have gone the pipe and I have never had a problem with anything. It's a sturdy solid weapon. very easy to break down to pins and springs. It's by far my favorite auto loader. You will pay around 850-950 bux. I shoot the heck outta this gun and alls I do is keep it clean. It is not picky on ammo and is a straight shooter right otta the box.
  13. Dirtypacman

    Dirtypacman New Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Merrimac Valley, MA
    Not for nothing but my Para P14/40 is one of the smoothest shooters I got.
  14. Vladimir

    Vladimir New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Issaquah WA
    Nothing wrong with polymer weapons. I would recommend, absolutely, to take a look at both Glocks and Springfield XDs. I would also recommend you take a look at Heckler and Koch, but that doesn't get you away from polymer entirely.
  15. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    My choice would be a Browning Hi-Power Practical in .40 calibre. :)

    I sometimes regret not getting the .40 when I bought my 9mm......
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