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Thread: The 40cal on its way out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed L View Post
    It was quite some revisions since it was an older gun.

    I took the gun out of the safe and handled it and wonder if I should consider selling it along with the magazines and ammo, since it is superfluous to my needs and I have other pistols that I like better that fall into a similar niche: HK45, HK P30L, VP9. Then I looked at the relatively low prices that used ones were selling for, and also wondered after reading this who would even be interested. If I had any thoughts on selling it I probably should not have posted about the issues that it had. I also wonder if there might not be an advantage to holding onto a 40 S&W that I already owned since in the past the ammo was more available in an ammo crunch.
    Considering where .40SW "seems" to be heading in popularity, do you think it will remain as available as in years gone by when many PD's were using it? If the answer is yes, I'd probably keep it. I've been looking for a good deal on a used G26 and notice in my area, the G27 are much cheaper.

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    You all know they make .40-9mm conversion barrels for a lot of pistols?

    Finding an inexpensive .40 and dropping in a 9mm conversion barrel allows for a pretty nice practice/training firearm which can use two sources of ammo depending on what is available....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DocGKR View Post
    You all know they make .40-9mm conversion barrels for a lot of pistols?

    Finding an inexpensive .40 and dropping in a 9mm conversion barrel allows for a pretty nice practice/training firearm which can use two sources of ammo depending on what is available....
    Is there a source for a 40->9x19 conversion barrel for M&P40 1.0s?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DocGKR View Post
    You all know they make .40-9mm conversion barrels for a lot of pistols?

    Finding an inexpensive .40 and dropping in a 9mm conversion barrel allows for a pretty nice practice/training firearm which can use two sources of ammo depending on what is available....
    Why do you describe it s a practice/training option...not good enough for CCW or Duty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redhat View Post
    Why do you describe it s a practice/training option...not good enough for CCW or Duty?
    Different guns probably respond differently. IIRC, Glocks can be swapped with a barrel, RSA, and extractor. Our range staff tested it but said Glock doesn't recommend it. If that's because they want to sell another 9mm or there's an actual issue is beyond my knowledge to offer a sound opinion on. Sig sells complete slides as caliber conversion kits and you're same-same as factory at that point, although the slides are more pricey then just a conversion barrel. Some manufacturers have different sight heights for .40 and 9mm offerings in the same pistol, and I'm not sure if the various conversion barrels take that into consideration for POA vs POI.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revchuck38 View Post
    Is there a source for a 40->9x19 conversion barrel for M&P40 1.0s?
    I have Storm Lake conversion barrels for my M&P40 and 40c. They’ve run well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobM View Post
    I have Storm Lake conversion barrels for my M&P40 and 40c. They’ve run well.
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redhat View Post
    Why do you describe it s a practice/training option...not good enough for CCW or Duty?
    Im curious if theres overall long use reliability info on barrel converted guns compared to factory original configuration.

    My guess would be that not recommended for duty or defensive use has something to do with the breech face in the slide being sized for 40, the 9 doesnt fit as well. The base of the shell isnt going to have the same guidance and extractor tension as one made specifically for the cartridge being used. Anybody know more about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malamute View Post
    Im curious if theres overall long use reliability info on barrel converted guns compared to factory original configuration.

    My guess would be that not recommended for duty or defensive use has something to do with the breech face in the slide being sized for 40, the 9 doesnt fit as well. The base of the shell isnt going to have the same guidance and extractor tension as one made specifically for the cartridge being used. Anybody know more about it?
    Very curious myself. I've got an M&P40L and I'd like to have one of the Apex gunsmith fit conversion barrels put in one of these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by revchuck38 View Post
    Is there a source for a 40->9x19 conversion barrel for M&P40 1.0s?
    I use a STORMLAKE 40-9 in my S&W M&P PRO 5 inch Gen 1. Many, many rounds - it was my primary range pistol until I moved to the 2.0 FDE 5 inch. Never shot a round through the 40 barrel - always 9mm. Use 9mm mags but the 40 S&W RSA. That is the S&W 40 barrel in the STORMLAKE box - the SL barrel is SS.

    I ran thousands of rounds with the 40-9 barrel with no issues. Almost exclusively reloads with 124 Bayous or 115 FMJs over WSF in range pickup brass and whatever primer on hand.

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