Caliber fan boi written articles who want to shut the door on the 40SW for good while they have the chance. These fanbois loved it when they heard that most departments are switching back to 9mm. And then you have the band wagon'ers jumping on board with what ever caliber the departments switch to, saying its their favorite caliber. Then both spouting bullet design, new powders, bla bla bla. Well sunshines don't you think that the same holds true for the 40?
Give it time, when the departments switch back to 40SW or 357SIG. Usually happens. Then you'll hear the band wagon'ers yelling "yea (insert caliber) its the best!" and the 9mm fan bois bi%^$, crying and complaining in disbelief. The 40 is going now where.
For that much neither is the 357SIG. The 357SIG is a proven round and if it was called 9mm Magnum when it first came out the 9mm fanbois would've been all over it touting how powerful the 9mm round is. Heck, most firearms get a barrel swap and magazine for the 357SIG in your 40SW firearm and you're now shooting 357SIG.
Now remember there all ready was a 9mm Magnum YEARS ago (70's if I remember right), It was a wild cat round that really didn't go now where. Don't know to much bout it just that it did exist and it was sometime round the 70's yet didn't stick round long. The 357SIG is smaller cartridge then the 9mmM and compact pistols can be carried with the 357SIG cartridge. The 9mmM was a long cartridge I believe.
If I'm not right bout the 9mmM then someone please straighten me out, thanks!
I think you are right and those are factors. The range officers I've talked to about it also site that the trend is toward carrying more ammo. Officers are carrying three or four extra mags. I guess it all adds up, weight and size.i believe the advantage of the 9 is more about less snap and better qual scores for the general ranks....whom are dismal shots as it is........
ammo costs can affect small depts to a degree......providing they can justify and budget the switch to a new handgun to go with the caliber change...............
larger depts.....they do not feel the pinch much on ammo contracts...but they do love to make announcements about how much money they are saving switching to the nine...as the justification for getting new guns....but never seem to talk much about how bad a beating they are taking trading in their 40 caliber guns for new 9mm guns.
seem to be a lot of trading in going on......and these used guns are in good shape.....far from worn out.
Bullet technology benefits all calibers, not just the 9mm. The .40 is still more powerful and thus exceeds the capabilities of the 9mm...that is just simple data speaking. Sure a lot of folks sway with the FBI, but the FBI has a habit of changing their wee minds a lot too. Some folks are already feeling the magazine capacity pinch where they live, so capacity is not a factor for them. As much as I stand against magazine capacity restrictions, they are still being imposed and the anti gun crowd is going to keep nibbling away at that, so I suspect there will be losses and gains politically, but the high capacity magazine is not a blessing to all.Every gun shop I’ve been to in a years time has said it’s a dying caliber. People are moving away from the 40 back to the 9 with recent bullet technology. There’s no reason for less capacity, snappier recoil, more expensive ammo anymore when the last few years 9mm ballistics testing is showing we have moved past the need for the 40. Those reasons don’t change the 40’s downfall so you can’t make it hotter without increasing its negatives. It’s already too snappy, you’d only make that worse You can’t change it’s size and lower capacity. While it is still in heavy use it won’t be going anywhere “tomorrow”, it is still becoming less useful and more of a burden so it is indeed dying.
I don't see your average police force switching back. Most cops are not gun nuts like us, add in smaller stature females and others, and the .40 is tough to master. Then add in lower ammo costs, higher mag capacity and IMO, the 9mm is here to stay. Now, some specialty units might go 40 or 10mm, even 45ACP, but the average cop is armed adequately with a 9mm