.40 or .45 in a subcompact/compact handgun

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  1. glockguy

    glockguy Well-Known Member

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    So i have become a TRAITOR to the .40 world and got myself a .45.......a Glock 30..:) but still have yet to shoot it lol.... But my question is... Is it better to get a smaller handgun in a .45 or .40? after reading around and Following ApronAmy on her decision on getting the SnW M&P i went to my gun shop tonight and handled one... and the trigger is amazing on that thing... the only thing i cant decide is either to get a .40 or .45 the .40 has a little shorter barrel then the .45 but they both feel good in my hand.... But which would be a getter caliber to get?

    I own a G27 and personally I dont like shooting it much, but I like the fact that its so compact and small that it makes up for the snappiness of it
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    I went from from 40 to full sized 45 for my carry gun and my 40's have almost beome safe queens.
    Both are good for but there is just "THAT FEELING" when I feel the 45 at my waist.

    And for those that own Glock's - it is TRATIOR not trader. I know the fumes outgassing from those plastic frames affect your minds and make you use wrong words.
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    You are both a couple of knuckle-heads, it's "Traitor". So MarkAd what fumes have you been inhaling? Or should that be MarkADD? :poke:
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    I have .45s and I love my 1911s, but I EDC Glock .40.

    I have a 23 for normal days, and a 27 if I need something smaller.
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    I keep buying and selling .40's :cool: To me there is nothing better than the feel of a .45ACP. So my vote would be .45 all the way
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    Are you referring to 1911s or anything in 45ACP? :confused:
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    Well I shot the 1911 pretty well.My best off hand is a 1ft group at 40 yards.Just seeing what I could do.

    I had my glock 36 on me also.A 3 1/2" barrel.
    Shot just over a 1ft group at the same distance

    I do have large hands and the grip and caliber isn't a problem for me.Some it may be

    If you can handle the size of the 45 gun,the recoil shouldn't be a problem.

    40 is a good caliber too.9mm,I'm not a fan
  9. ltwtcmdr

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    I have both glocks and 1911's...
    I use the 1911's in my right hand, while hold the glock's in my left...
    (all in .45)
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    I have fairly big hands as well... and my glock 30 fits my hand great..
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    I'm just a traditionalist, that's why I choose .45 ACP. Also, if not mistaken, I believe that even FMJ ammo is effective out of a .45.

    But I like the ammo prices on 9MM better.
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    I think its supposed to be "MarkADHD".... but he lost concentration and forgot the rest.:laugh:

    Im teasing, but being a Glock guy I had no choice.:thumbup:
    To the OP.... I too have strayed... or is that straid?... nonetheless I know exactly what you mean about the G27. I traded mine out for the G23 and LOVE it..... but I also have the G30. Man that thing is a little sweetheart to shoot.

    I still prefer to carry the G23 because its so thin... comparatively, and carries 13.
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    :thumbup::thumbup: Actually I am dsylexic. So you are in violation on the ADA picking on me.:bluelaugh::bluelaugh:
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    I will admit to loving the .40S&W round. It is my favorite. Of course I also love the .45acp, the 10mm, the .357sig, and the 9mm. I am kind of a caliber whore. :D

    I will have to say that I much prefer the snappy feel of the .40S&W in a compact and subcompact platform. I just love it. Nothing beats 150gr. Cor-Bons from a small pistol in my book.

    I have the SIG P250 compact in .40S&W, the SIG P229 in .40S&W,the Kahr PM40, the Kahr MK40, the Kahr K40, the H&K USPc in .40S&W, Springfield XD-40SC, and a Glock 27.
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    for years, my primary carry was a Colt 1911, then a SIG in 40 S&W for about 5
    yrs. compared to many others, I eschewed the Glocks and it wasn't until some
    years later, when I missed the 45 acp, did I happen to try the G30. holy mother
    of mary, that pistol was accurate and a soft shooter. the grip angle was much
    more compatible with my natural grip. I can shoot one ragged hole all day at
    15 yds. try it and see how well it works for you. It has been my daily carry
    for the past half dozen yrs now.
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    Todays more advanced 9mm rounds are extremely close in ballistics to a .40, so if it is recoil that is the problem I would opt for a 9 over a 40. I love my .45s and recoil, especially in Glocks is more tame with a .45. .40s are just to snappy for my taste, but if you can put 'em in the breadbox any of these calibers are more than adequate....for 2 legged critters anyway.
  17. glockguy

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    Stop showing off:bluelaugh: how do you like that P250 compact? i picked one up the other day and the trigger pull was insanely long...
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    So far I have only dry fired it. I love the trigger but I am not sure yet if I like the gun.
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    I played with a Kahr the other day for the first time... Is it just me or are the triggers craphorribltastic??


    On that note I have XD .40 Sub Compact and a XD 45 Compact. I like them both very much (I have pearce extensions on both short mags).


    I wants me one of the lil SIG 1911 380s LOL.
  20. glockguy

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    Those lil Sig P238's are nice...:) i just got done cleaning mine lol... But Its sad cause i have only shot 40 rounds through it and never carry it... buts its just SOOO PRETTY!