Saturday, February 10, 2018

40 S&W a useless round that should go away?

Dear 40 S&W, it is time for you to retire.  I hate to break the news to you, but you were a mistake.  No child wants to hear they were a mistake.  However, since your core is lead and you are dense anyway, I am going to tell you about your family history.

Your parents, (the FBI) were thinking about adopting a child.  The 10mm, 41 Action Express, 9mm and the 45 acp were up for adoption.  Your parents, being the spoiled brats they are, decided going with something already on the market was not good enough for them.   The FBI felt they needed to split hairs.  They wanted something larger than the 9mm, but more capacity than the 45 acp.

The FBI contacted Smith & Wesson and asked them to develop a new handgun cartridge.  This new cartridge was you, the 40 S&W.

Right from the very start there were complaints about recoil.  When someone said they did not like your recoil, that person was usually criticized.  Comments were along the lines of, “You must be a sissy if you do not like the 40.”
Story here. 

I totally agree with this article but I have to add that I don't necessarily blame the FBI for trying to go this route.

They were coming off the Miami shooting (I think it was Miami) where a guy was hit several times and didn't go down, along with a pretty ugly aftermath of the drug wars, and the craziness in Waco either coming or having just passed too.

The idea of trying to get the stopping power of the 45 with the capacity of the 9mm mad sense.

It just didn't work out.

So yeah, the 40 S&W should go away.

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