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For xmas my wife bought me a S&W SW40VE. Does anyone have any experience with this gun or round. I have been a .45 ACP fan but the 14 round capacity with more stopping power than a 9mm has me thinking.
 

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Gun Opinon: There's hardly a better value (except a couple Taurus models) in semi-auto's than that S&W Sigma.

.40 S&W Opinion: Good stopping power, less felt recoil, high-capacity, and safer round. Safer due to it's sub-sonic velocities, less likely to experience over-penetration. Perfect self-defense round, since most self-defense situations are close-contact, and the use of higher velocity rounds is not necessary.
 

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The Peddler said:
Gun Opinon: There's hardly a better value (except a couple Taurus models) in semi-auto's than that S&W Sigma.

.40 S&W Opinion: Good stopping power, less felt recoil, high-capacity, and safer round. Safer due to it's sub-sonic velocities, less likely to experience over-penetration. Perfect self-defense round, since most self-defense situations are close-contact, and the use of higher velocity rounds is not necessary.
Safer because its sub-sonic? I don't get that. The speed of sound is 1130fps,less than that and a round would be subsonic. About the only load thats not at 1130 or more for the .40 is the 180gr. Most 165s are close and the 155s and 135s are over. 155s are probably the most common weight for personal defense carry.

Bullet design and weight have more affect on how much penetration occurs. Typically,lighter, faster bullets don't penetrate as well as heavier, slower bullets. Standard (not +P ammo) .45 ACP rounds are well below sub-sonic and are known for penetration.

If I were looking for self defense loads and was worried about over-penetration,I'd get light, fast bullets. Most handgun rounds don't have a ton of velcity to spare. Hollowpoints need a certain velocity to open,if they aren't going fast enough,they won't open up and will act like FMJ. Then you get over-penetration.
 

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What Hunter Said... It all depends on what type of round you load in the chamber...But yeah .40 S&W in a compact for concealed carry is a great choice....I carry Glock 19 it is 9mm but it holds 19 rounds with a glock 17 mag..That is a lot of firepower for being compact frame with a light weight...But the ammo that I use for concealed carry you cant buy it off the shelf at Sportsmans...It is hand loaded by a freind, 1400 fps hollow points. The talons mushroom out like razor blades in this ammo and it will shred what ever gets in its way.

http://www.smith-wesson.com/webapp/...ted=tech&isFirearm=Y&parent_category_rn=15713
 

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OK, so ballistics is not my forte. I was going by what I had been told. Nevermind...
 

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For xmas my wife bought me a S&W SW40VE. Does anyone have any experience with this gun or round. I have been a .45 ACP fan but the 14 round capacity with more stopping power than a 9mm has me thinking.
No experience with the Sigma or a .40 but me thinks that any gun that your wife buys for you is an awesome gun regardless! It was tough just form me to convince my wife to allow me to have one in the house! She finally came around :mrgreen:
 

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She is a keeper thats for sure. She also got me a curado 300dsv. Now thats a lady that know how to keep a man happy.
 

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I get tired of the .45 vs .40 vs 9MM debate. How about we get a volunteer and shoot him with each, then ask which one was worse? #1 is shot placement, if you go thru 15+ rounds to stop a threat...it MAY be time to hit the RANGE before you carry. JMHO, YMMV. And the .40 will do exactly what its supposed to.
 

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I get tired of the .45 vs .40 vs 9MM debate. How about we get a volunteer and shoot him with each, then ask which one was worse? #1 is shot placement, if you go thru 15+ rounds to stop a threat...it MAY be time to hit the RANGE before you carry. JMHO, YMMV. And the .40 will do exactly what its supposed to.
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I'm staying out of the 9mm vs .40 vs .45 debate for which one is better for defensive use. With current modern day defensive ammo any of them will do just fine as long as the shooter does their part (shot placement).

I don't have experience with that specific gun. But my opinion on the .40 is it has a really snappy recoil, especially with hot defensive rounds. Thats shooting with the current polymer frame guns (Glock, XD, M&P), I have not shot .40 with a steel frame gun yet.

Recoil is very subjective. But to me a .45 feels more like a push, .40 feels really snappy, and 9mm little snap but not really much at all. Of course it all depends on the ammo too. I've shot some +P rounds that felt like IPSC bunny fart loads. :D
 

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I have a .40, Mine is a Sig 229. It is a fine round a little lighter than a .45 and as said before it also has less felt recoil. IMHO it is a fine round that will not let you down.
 

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Springfield Armory auto here. Good gun that does what its purpose is for. 40 brass is cheap and easy to come by if you reload.
 

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I too have always been a .45 fan.
If high capacity is what you're after, check out the Kimber polymer .45.............14+1, with the same grip as a standard 1911 single stack and weight.........these high cap mags are now available at a somewhat decent price.
I've got this model Kimber with 4", vs the full size...makes a great carry when you got to have extra firepower..............
 

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She made the choise for you, and did a good job. Your one lucky dude!
A .40 is a wise choise for a carry gun. High cap, and plenty of stopping power. I am not experianced with that mod of Smith, but if you don't want it you can give it to me. wink:
 
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