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Posted: 6/18/2007 2:05:39 PM EDT
How would you compare a +p 9mm/+p+ 9mm vs. 40 S&W in terms of muzzle flip and recoil ?

I cut my teeth with my dad's 1911 and Browning High Power. I foolishly went away from 9mm years ago, .45 ACP has always been my favorite. In part I left 9mm because of the 94 ban and also the fact the police were by and large ditching the caliber in favor of the .40. I am now rethinking my choice, the .40 S&W in a full sized handgun the recoil isn't as bad as in a compact such as the Glock 27. Currently the only 9mm I own is an older Browning High Power. With the Glock 27, I found it uncomfortable to shoot so I tried to compensate by changing recoil springs and shooting heavier grained bullets(180.)

At the local range with rentals, they have a "our guns,our ammo" policy, so no testing of +p/+p+ 9mm. (I could sneak it in I know, but I have good relationship with them I wouldn't want to ruin.) I am reluctant to shoot +p out of my heirloom Browning High Power.I want to shoot the premium 9mm self-defense loads and take advantage of cheaper ammo for practice. However I don't want to ditch the Glock 27, and then have the same issue with a 9mm +p/+p+. I plan on looking at another Glock 19(sold), 26, and CZ 75B which should all be capable of handling the hotter loads.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 3:17:05 PM EDT
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 3:23:41 PM EDT
Love the 9mm...
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 5:30:09 PM EDT
My favorite bar none is the .45, I own 3 .45's, HK USP, Springfield XD Compact and Glock 36.  The .40 S&W is a great compromise between the capacity of a 9mm and the .45. I feel recently the .45 has really evolved with the newer products, as has the 9mm with newer ammo choices. I ended up seldom using the .40 S&W at all. There is no question the .40 can be combat effective. With handguns in particular it comes down to personal preference, I can do faster follow ups, am more accurate and more comfortable with an 30+ year old High Power than a late 90's Glock .40 S&W. There are other .40 on the market such as the CZ and HK USP Compact which I haven't shot. That being said because I want only 2 primary SD handguns I am pretty sure I am going to ditch the .40 S&W altogether for 9mm pistols. I intend to take advantage of the more modern pistols,cheaper practice ammo and newer performance ammo choices while keeping an eye on the maturation of the .357 SIG.
Link Posted: 6/18/2007 5:57:07 PM EDT
Own two 45's, six 9's, five 38's, one 357, two 22's, and NO 40's.  I've always found the 40 to have a very snappy and not terribly pleasant recoil.  Never been convinced the ballistics are that much better then a 9 (and no you not going to convince me here).  If I feel the need for something more than a 9 I go 45.
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