Despite some pretty stiff competition, the .40 S&W has clawed its way to the top of the pile in terms of Law Enforcement sales, and is wildly popular with private individuals for personal defense application. It has beaten out a number of much older, highly distinguished calibers to get to the top of the mountain and it doesn’t look like it wants to let go.
The .40 S&W is still an adolescent by the standards of common handgun calibers. The .45 ACP has been around since 1905, the 9mm Parabellum since 1902. The .38 S&W Special, commonly called the .38 Special, was designed in 1898, and the .357 Magnum is the pup of this list coming from 1934. By contrast, the .40 has only been in production since its debut in 1990, yet since it was designed to be a complete LE caliber it spread like wildfire.
For the hoards and masses the benefit of the .40 S&W go without saying. Since hundreds (or thousands) of departments have adopted the caliber, it is easy to get. Spare parts and accessories for the most ubiquitous pistols in this caliber are everywhere, but more importantly ammo is cheap and plentiful. And this 180-grain metal case (MC) is inexpensive, shoots fine, and there is plenty of it.
If you are one of the scads of folks who have put a .40 pistol in your car, truck, nightstand, or on your hip, get on out to the range and ring some serious steels with these guys. Remington UMC burns cleans, shoots straight, and is good for loading up ammo cans in preparation for the riders of the apocalypse if your into that sort of thing. Grab up a passel of it now before that white horse thunders in from the heavens.
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