Primarily defense; home, and probably concealed. Right now, I'm leaning towards the .45, either an XD or a 1911. before I make a decision, I want to try both. There's a range near here that rents them.MikeC said:I had a HK USP in .40 and I have three .45's, two Colt 1911's and one Springfield XD.
The biggest difference is that the .40 is newer and in many guns, excluding the XD, you can get magazines that hold more rounds. The .40 is higher pressure then the .45, no surprise due to the age of the rounds and powder development. I would feel comfortable with either as a defensive round.
I do think the .40 has a sharper bark and kick then a .45.
What is your intended use of the gun?
That is a difficult queston Dave unless you are talking about just effectiveness. Having shot a good bit of game with both the .45 ACP and the 10mm (which is the .40s bigger brother) I can say that the .45 is noticeably more effective at close range (50 yards and under) but "noticeable" means just that, it does not mean that the .400 bore is inefective and it also does not mean that the .45 will make up for poor shot placement. The difference is certainly *not* like night and day.Dave Starr said:I'm seriously considering a handgun, and am trying to decide between the 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. Is there anyone here that has both, and can fill me in on what the differences between them are?
Dave - I shoot alot of 40 and 45 cal, and they both seem to perform well. I would shy away from 9mm for a defense load though, just my own opinion, a little too light. With 40 cal you can get more fire power. But at least in Glock, the Model 20 gets good reviews for accuracy from 25 yards and in. Dont know why, but many shooters I know seem to do better with the Glock 20 than the Glock 22.Dave Starr said:I'm seriously considering a handgun, and am trying to decide between the 40 S&W and the 45 ACP. Is there anyone here that has both, and can fill me in on what the differences between them are?