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S&W Pistol SW40 Good or Bad??

cookiescookies Member Posts: 74 ✭✭
edited June 2003 in Ask the Experts
Another question for you experienced fellows out there. I came across and opportunity to get a SW40 at a seemingly reasonable price and was wondering if any of you had good or bad things to say about it. Your opinions are appreciated! Thanks

I guess I should clarify. I agree with you that like the cartridge as I have a Glock 22 now. My question was if the Smith & Wesson SW40 pistol was a good or bad one based on your experiences with it. Thanks again!

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  • trstonetrstone Member Posts: 833 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    If it's a GUN you're referring to, I can't say anything; but as far as the CARTRIDGE goes---it's not very good for target-shooting. I bought a .40 S&W Beretta---shot like crap. Bought a .40 S&W Ruger---shot like crap too. I had a 9mm Beretta and a 9mm Ruger, and both shot well, especially the Ruger---amazing out-of-the-box accuracy. And I've read in one of the gun magazines---it might have been Gun Digest, can't remember specifically---that the .40 S&W is an "inherently inaccurate cartridge".

    Me, personally, I wouldn't own a .40 S&W handgun of ANY sort after having two guns shoot so poorly that I could THROW the bullet more accurately....
  • cookiescookies Member Posts: 74 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    quote:Originally posted by cookies
    Another question for you experienced fellows out there. I came across and opportunity to get a SW40 pistol at a seemingly reasonable price and was wondering if any of you had good or bad things to say about it. Your opinions are appreciated! Thanks
  • richbugrichbug Member Posts: 3,650
    edited November -1
    I guess tr stoned has got a couple lemons when it comes to 40's. The two I have will keep them all in a 12" group at 100 yards. I don't own one personally, but The SW40's seem to be a decent gun for the money. Not a CZ, beretta or sig, but certainly along ways from being a POS highpoint or jennings.

    rich

    Why does everyone feel the need to burn that much powder?
  • erictheredericthered Member Posts: 244 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I've got a Kahr covert 40 and its darn accurate, dependable, and a great shooting gun. When I have shot from rest and making sure of an ideal shot, they all go right where they are supposed to. Maybe it would not please a real expert, but its a lot more accurate than I am. I can do about 3 inches at 15 yds on a good day from standing, and not giving myself much aim time. I've never done much better than that with a 9 mm, and I have owned a bunch of those.

    I reload my own and shoot lead, basic reloads. There was one problem. The pistol needed the cartridges to have a factory crimp to cycle right. It means an additional step, but is not a big deal. I am going to get an MK 40 for the smaller carry size soon.

    40 s&w is a fairly powerful bullet. It is designed to bridge the gap between 9mm and 45. Based on the numbers, I'd say I would be happier to trust a 40 against an attacker than a 9.

    I guess everybody has their own experiences.

    Eric

    thats'me
  • SUBMARINERSUBMARINER Member Posts: 1,362 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a sig p-226, in .40.it is the most accurate pistol i own other than my wilson.yoou absolutely cannot go wrong with a sig

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  • AlpineAlpine Member Posts: 14,446 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I have a Smith Sigma in 40 cal. I have had it for several years and have had not a single problem with it. I carry it for personal protection, and in that role I do not need accuracy out to 100 yards. I can hit what I need to at personal defense ranges. So it depends on what role you want the pistol to fill. An accurate target shooter it is not. A reliable self defense (and with the 15 round mags) pistol with firepower and ( Hydro-shock rounds) stopping power,it is.

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  • rusty1rusty1 Member Posts: 292 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    the smith sigma throws the shell casings back at you. not good for the range.

    rusty1
  • dustyholdustyhol Member Posts: 282 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    Check out a Glock 35 in 40 SW. Great shooting gun! By far the most accurate 40 I have ever shot.

    "Practice is the best of all instructors."

    Publilius Syrus
  • NighthawkNighthawk Member Posts: 13,100
    edited November -1
    Is it the SW40V or VE?I have a S&W .40 V that I like very much.IMHO I think its a very good gun for the money.Mine has never failed to fire,feed ot eject.

    Rugster


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  • DR_URBAN_COWBOY2002DR_URBAN_COWBOY2002 Member Posts: 10 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    I am going to be joining the I.D.P.A. OR I.S.P.C.. I just shot my first match in I.D.P.A USING A FRIEND 1911 .45 AND DID PRETTY GOOD..

    MY OTHER FRIEND HAS A S&W SIGMA 40F WITH 4 HIGH CAP MAGS LIKE BRAND NEW ASKING 400.00$$$$

    ANY SUGGESTION FOR BUYING YOUR FIRST HAND GUN AND AS TO SHOOTING IN THE I.D.P.A ??????

    DR_URBAN_COWBOY2002
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