The .40 caliber sucks – James Yeager from Tactical Response

James Yeager from Tactical Response talks about why he thinks the .40 caliber sucks, and why the only defensive handguns that you should own, should be chambered in 9mm or .45 acp. Personally, I’ve never liked the .40 and don’t see any need for it, same thing with the .357sig.

If you can’t kill it with a Glock 19 and 16 rounds of 9mm 115-grain CorBon +p then it would probably be a good idea to RUN…

Watch the video then tell me what you think in the comments below… Also here is a link to the Tactical Response webpage.

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  1. Rider of Rohan says:

    This is a non-issue with me. Before my boating accident, I already had 9mm and .45acp, and didn’t want to have to add another caliber. I know most police departments use the .40, so might be a good idea to have one as a spare.

    • Look at the ammo replacement capabilities. From what I see going on is the 9mm, 40 S&W, and the 45 ACP are all readily available calipers. Not so for the 22 or 357 sig for that matter. While everybody has their own opinion and rightfully so I think when choosing a gun for SHTF or self defense one should carry what they have 1.) practiced routinely with 2.) can hit what they are aiming at and 3.) be able to find and purchase said caliber of ammo for the gun of their choice. I have seen people shot with 25 calibers. In the head with no penetration of the skull, 22 caliber LR in the arm with complete loss of the arm. I am not saying that 22 caliber and 25 calibers are good weapons for self defense but any bullet regardless of caliber can be used with the right ammo to be able to obtain another and larger caliber in the event of a WROL or SHTF SCENARIO. I for one carry a wide variety of weapons in varying calibers. The only one I ever traded off was a 38 special and not because I did not like the caliber but because I was lucky to keep all shots within the target. The fact of the matter here is the author is stating his opinion only and this should be left up to each individual person to choose which caliber they will carry.we need to stop ridiculing people if they don’t happen to carry our pet caliber and gun and get united on all fronts otherwise the anti’s will decide and conquer. This needs to be done in all shooting and hunting sports.

  2. A study was conducted of 20 years of police shootings in Ney York. The study found that size of the calibre had no bearing on stopping the suspect. It was shot placement. Everything from .38 Special to .45 ACP were used in the shootings and it didn’t matter as to the calibre.

    Learn to shoot in stressful situations. Another study showed that 80% of all shots fired by police in gunfights were missed. I strongly recommend that anyone learn point shooting.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      It’s wasn’t the ballistics of the round he complained about, but the pressure these rounds created causing abnormal wear and tear on the handguns, including Glocks.

      • t. overton says:

        Unfortunately for Mr. Yeager, the pressure of the 9mm and .40 are exactly the same , so if the .40 is a high pressure round, so is the 9mm. See the SAMMI specs.

  3. Thomas The Tinker says:

    I fell victim to the ’40’ fad and picked up a G23 first.. then a long slide. I traded the long slide for a … better … piece of Iron. I traded the G23 for another … piece of Iron. MD, this fella is repeating the facts of life and your blog is a good forum to hear them again. Thank You.

    Post the one he does on the shotgun next week? He covers the simple truth regarding that tool as well.

  4. axelsteve says:

    I was never on board with the round of the week guns. I thought it was interisting to learn that the 40 was nothing but a 10 mm on quiche. I still say a good 45 is a good thing to have. I have shot a 40 about 5 years or so and did not like it. I guess that is why I have not warmed up to Glocks is that 40 was a glock. I did not like the caliber or recoil or sights on that gun. Some folks like them and that is fine with me. I still like relvolvers.

  5. rjarena says:

    I know what I am going to say might not be popular(like my comments on the Glock vs. 1911), whatever you practice with(a lot!!!!) and are comfortable using will work just fine, as stated above placement is everything, look at all of those police shootings where several officers empty their mags and only a few rounds hit the target, this shows you what happens when you have a police culture that does not embrace firearms, you have officers that only shoot when they have to qualify, so in essence, they suck at shooting.
    My point is find a weapon that fits you, your hand, your size, your health, your age, and practice,practice, practice. after all, that is the only way you get to Carnegie Hall.
    I am reminded that the .40 was a reaction to the 10mm, the FBI was mainstreaming female agents, and the 10 was too much for some to handle. Personally I think recoil is a mind thing. when I started shooting I was afraid of recoil, I would avoid what I perceived were high-recoil firearms, and I did everything I could to minimize the recoil, then one day I just grew up, I said this is silly, I am physically capable of handling this, why not shoot it?
    Now I am addicted to big,powerful rifles and hand-cannons. .22s are boring, but necessary for training and shooting small varmints. but that is me, find what works for you and be the best shot with that weapon you can be, and if it is a.40, so be it, don’t let anyone talk you out of something you have confidence in. I know and older gal that relies on her .22 magnum revolver, due to an injury she has weak arms, but she can put 6 rounds through the same hole at 27 feet, which is the exact distance from her hallway to the front door, and she sleeps better because of that.

    • I would second that.

      I tried shooting a .454 cassul (sp?) in a S&W .460 revolver. Yea, lots of recoil, but in no way was it unmanageable.

      I think the nicest gun I’ve ever shot (the one I liked the most) was a CZ chambered in 9mm.

      Both the guys who took me through their IPSC training were using .40’s and that’s what they liked.

      Whatever works and whatever you’re most accurate with in a handgun is a good rule.

    • Capt. Matt says:

      As an IPSC shooter myself I wanted to add that many guys choose the .40 over the 9mm because of the added points benefit of staying in the higher power factor not because of a ballistic preference of the round. That being said I have seen guys walk all over 9mm with a .40 in shot placement with faster double taps and vice versa. So use what best suits you. Just shoot and shoot ALOT and you will figure out what fits you the best.

  6. tommy2rs says:

    “If you can’t kill it with a Glock 19 and 16 rounds of 9mm 115-grain CorBon +p then it would probably be a good idea to RUN…”

    or just use 1 or 2 rounds of .357

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      The .357 is good for grizzly at close range. 🙂

      • tommy2rs says:

        Especially with the 180 grain Buffalo Bore loads I prefer….lol. They might be a $1.50 apiece but definitely worth it. Only thing better is the heavy 265 grain .41 mag BB load I like for hunting, though my hands give me grief over shooting more than six of the .41 at any one session these days.

        • ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

          Please re-read the above four posts, for PROOF that the “old ways” are still the good ways, there is a REASON for it.(see above) Thanks.

          • tommy2rs says:

            I do things my way and don’t much give a damn who thinks what. Nor do I need anybody elses proof of anything.

            • ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

              Obviously, you don’t like anyone to have an opinion different than yours, which is a rather immature emotional response.
              So, to each his own, you do things “your way”, and the rational mature thinking preppers will do things THEIR way. don’t be surprised if you find yourself “on the outs” with a LOT of people in the prepping community, based on your posts here. maybe you are having a bad day, week, month, year, etc.
              But NOTHING I posted suggested you personally should change your way of thinking on THIS matter. You completely over-reacted and my post was NOT directed at you at all. I merely followed the site’s posting directions. I’ll cut you some slack this time, friend.

              • tommy2rs says:

                I think you’ve mistaken me for someone who cares. I don’t need others opinions (especially yours) to support my self esteem nor do I need your slack. Please feel free to not reply to anything I post. To me you are but an insignificant bug on the windshield of the internet, of less interest than the muck I scape off my boots after feeding my animals. Don’t go away mad, just accept this lovely parting gift of a lifetime supply of Troll-Be-Gone and go away.

                • ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

                  Your “maturity” is as lacking as your ability to communicate effectively, friend. I explained my posts, YOU and you alone chose to react so emotionally and immature. You are what you are and who you are, perhaps in time you will mature and see the youthful error of your “communication” skill sets. I certainly hope so. I am also not going away at all, so deal with it. I LIKE this website a great deal and am not impressed with your antics. They speak volumes and the prepper community needs people who are able to communicate effectively otherwise, what we get is your “attitude”, which is exactly like the knuckleheads in D.C.(there is no difference at all)

        • poorman says:

          320 grain bear loads in a 45 ruger blackhawk. Pretty much will stop anything.

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            The only times I’ve worn a hand cannon was when I knew I would not get a second shot. Grizzlies scare the beegeez out of me. I open carry whenever in the woods even down south but like to think I carry appropriate ensemble for my activity. Guess I’m a bit of a snob but a girl cannot own too many pairs of shoes or weapons! 🙂

            • poorman says:

              LOL G-ma I am sure my wife would agree. As for me I don’t have Grizzlies to worry about just black bears and mountain lions and maybe an occasional pot grower just wouldn’t want to disappoint by not having enough gun to do the job. I know I know it’s a guy thing LOL.

  7. JP in MT says:

    I have had a G23, G31, and a G22. The 357 Sig is, on paper, a better setup than a 357 Mag snubby; mostly because of the # of rounds, 13 vs. 5. But it, like the little 357 Mag, is LOUD!

    I didn’t care for the G23 but my sister, Fed LEO, and her husband, state LEO, both carry them. Her issue is a G21, and the smaller G23 is authorized and fits her better.

    I like having a G22 around, as it is so prevalent as an LEO sidearm up here. So, it is a better possibility of picking up ammo, mags, and parts.

    All that being said, you will usually find me with a 9mm or a 45 ACP. 9mm is less expensive to shoot, 45 ACP because it fits and I trust it.

  8. Rider of Rohan says:

    Maybe some folks haven’t watched the video, or maybe I misunderstood him, but he wasn’t so much concerned with the ballistics of the .40 S&W as he was with the high pressures this round generates. He mentioned the .357 Sig and other high pressure rounds as well. His main concern was the effects these high pressures were having on the service life of the pistols chambered in these rounds.

  9. not sure about this guy,,, aside from being a former leo i wonder what his background is,, the 40 does a good job . accurate- large capacity per se- and good at incapacitation

  10. ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

    I carried a 9mm while 23 years in law enforcement before retiring. We were not “allowed” to carry a .45ACP, while our sister agency (literally right next door did), both rounds work efficiently and well in terminating predatory violent suspects, IF, (like in ALL calibers) bullet placement is the key.
    There are NO “magic” calibers that instantly incapacitate felons. Not a damn one, including the 12 gauge, or 5.56mm rifles. Shot placement IS the key.
    I’ve personally witnessed a non-drugged out suspect take two 12 gauge rounds from 20 feet, one was buckshot, the other a slug,(to the torso) and he lopped off like a scalded rabbit for a block and half before expiring. I’ve seen suspects take a round or two of .22LR to a leg, arm and immediately fall down whimpering, and they were cracked up. The .40S&W is a “solution” to a non-existent problem that came from the “wisdom” of the FanBeltInstallers after the infamous Miami shootout with suspects who had the mindset, that they were going to fight to the death. THAT mindset, makes a huge difference in how we engage violent suspects who attack we civilians-and for LEOs as well. The ,40S&W is very hard to train someone to get consistent hits with(and is expensive to train with-which is one of the reasons so many agencies are transitioning BACK to either the 9mm or the .45ACP round. Some agencies still issue the .357 magnum revolver with duty Magnum loads, they were/are far more enlightened than those agencies who succumbed to the caliber fad.
    Just don’t be surprised when your suspect doesn’t instantly become incapacitated folks, they rarely do in real life. Hope this helps.

    • poorman says:

      while i agree with the no magic caliber statement I have to believe the instance of people taking 2 12 gauge shots in the chest then running away have to be minimal as opposed to people taking the same shot from any other caliber.

      • ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

        I agree, that it probably IS minimal, but it sure shocked to daylights out of me at the time! I also think you dance with who/what you bring to the dance until the dance is over. As long as you BRING something to the dance, you will turn out far better than those who don’t.

  11. Harrison Bergeron says:

    Best gun to have is the one you got on you. 🙂

    • But what’s the best one to have on you?

      • Harrison Bergeron says:

        Well, I think it depends on the person. I started out carrying a Springfield 40 (whether that’s a good one or bad one – just my preference at the time). After a while, I just found it too heavy and got lazy and left it in the car more often than not – not doing much good there. So I started carrying a Ruger LCP and I love it, great when you wear shorts all the time. Does it have the stopping power of the 40, no, but I do carry it at least.

        • So basically a .32 in the hand is better then a .45 in then truck?

          • ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

            In my rather subjective experience and opinion, ANY gun is better than a tough look. Just make sure you have the nest possible and quality ammo in it, you can, because you are worth it.

  12. Tactical G-Ma says:

    I have screwdrivers, hammers, saws, and more in my tool box. I have at least 6 kinds of hammers and at least twice that in saws. Each tool has a specific optimum use. Tools should be selected by their function and ones ability to use it. I no longer can drive a 10d nail manually but with my pneumatic framing nailer, I can kick but. My point…choose the right tool for a job.

  13. Would I trade a 9 mm or 45 acp for a 40 for the sake of firepower? No. I have all the 9, 40, 45 and 10mm in glock compacts or sub compacts. The reverse of the comment exists in if you can’t take it down in 13 rounds of 40 you aren’t going to with 15 of 9 mm. I got the 40 for a couple reasons. One, it was the only major caliber that I could buy factory ammo for during the shortage. Two, I could buy a 9 mm and 357 barrel and have diversity. After picking up a G27 used my intent was to convert it but after shooting it I decided to keep it in 40. In a glock the 40 don’t recoil all that much and personally I don’t see that much difference. The same gun in 9 mm only holds one more round. Shooting steel targets it hits with more authority than the standard pressure rounds in my G30 45acp or the G19 with 9 mm. Even the 10mm is only marginally better with factory ammo but handloads buts it in a different world. But, I tend to agree if I could only afford one defensive handgun it would be a sig, s&w, hk, cd or glock in double stack mag 9 mm. Personally I like the Glock best for parts and ease of maintenance and repair.

  14. Stuff like this (and especially then 1911 vs. Glock) always make me wonder if when the Henry Rifle came out there were a bunch of folks sitting around the telegraph saying, “I don’t like them fancy smancy rifles, if you can’t kill it with one shot from a muzzleloader 17 ain’t goin’a do you no good!”

  15. Amen Harrison. I have all calibers of pistols and revolvers and Hi-Point carbines in 3 pistol calibers and lever guns in .44 mag and .454 Casull along with Saiga and pump shotguns so I guess I got it covered. I love them all and see no reason to disparage the .40 S&W. Those +P rounds are not for everyone especially in ultra light hand guns but my Hi-Point (along with any other brand) carbines tame them down and are great in close quarters and even out to 100 yards but good luck on pleading self defense at that distance. WVMike: it depends on the time of the year. Summer outfits usually call for a LCR or PF-9 type whereas winter clothing allows for 40’s and 45’s.

  16. Backwoods Prepper says:

    Darn if we aint lacking some reading comprehenion today. who else besides me and Rohan understands that he is talking about the service life of your weapon and don’t give jack about the lethality of it.

    • Tactical G-Ma says:

      James said in his opinion the .40 cal and any hi-pressure round causes more wear on a weapon and is harder to shoot than a 9mm or .45 which makes absolute sense to me. Hand cannons shouldn’t be for tin can plinking. I certainly wouldn’t make it my daily carry.

    • axelsteve says:

      Or that the government created the 40 to cover up making a previous error.

  17. Backwoods Prepper says:

    Now on that note I own a .40 and have built a nice stock of ammo for it. I practice often and never had a problem with it so far. I think I will continue to practice with it but he better run when I tell my wife I need a .45 that the .40 won’t hold up.

  18. Love my M&P S&W 40 full size shoots easy, is very accurate , IF and when it wears out I would bye another one .

  19. Dublinmick says:

    In a career with the border patrol, we carried most everything. I started with a Smith and Wesson model 10, 38 caliber, went to 357 magnum smith, then Sig Sauer 9mm, then Sig 45s and finally the Beretta 40 caliber.

    I liked the 40 caliber least of all. Now retired I hung onto my Sig 9mm. It is the best gun I have ever owned. It never jams and you can put 16 bullets in the ten ring in about 3 seconds. There is virtually no recoil in a Sig 9mm. It is easy to take apart and clean also. No recoil is not standard for a 9mm bullet either if you have ever shot say a 9mm snubby. It will jar your hand.

    In fact if facing a gunman, the weapon I would not like them to be using would be a Sig 9MM. That is just my opinion.

    Lately I am growing fond of the Smith and Wesson 317 lite, 8 shot 22 caliber. My cousin has one and when visiting it occurred to me that he was armed many times when I was not because he keeps it in his pocket. No gun does you any good if it is in the car. I plan to get me a 22 Smith. There are certain places you go where people become nervous if a fanny pack is hanging on you!

  20. Do you think Mr James Yeager from Tactical Response would care to stand in as a a target out on a range while I practice with my S&W 40 cal.? I mean how can you provide a really complete and honest analysis until you have taken a round or two directly?

  21. 40 S&W Shooter says:

    The one thing everyone is missing here including Yeager who is by no means an expert on firearms design is this one missing fact.

    Did you every think Glock or other .40 firearm’s manufacture may have thought of this already and designed the firearm with the increased pressure tolerance in mind. Thus the issue of service life is mute if they designed a firearm that would handle the increased pressure without increasing the wear. After all you would not set the pressure tolerance levels for a 30.06 the same as a .22lr.

    Just my 2cents

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Well, what he said in the video was that most of the pistols were not designed for the higher pressures of the .40 S&W cartridge. Thus, these pistols were wearing out early due to these excessive pressures. He also criticized other high pressure rounds like the .357 sig. IMO it’s highly unlikely that any normal person would shoot even one of the high pressure rounds enough in their lifetime to harm a pistol of modern design. Now, if one were a competitive shooter, I might see an issue. For the most part the guy just wanted to stir the pot.

    • axelsteve says:

      The 40 caliber pipstol is kinda like the v8 vega. Put a v8 in the vega and tear the car up with all the power that it was not designed to have.

  22. Not a great video, but….The facts don’t lie. The.40 calibre pistol was created by the government in response to a firefight. It didn’t work as a whole. Find the weapon that’s right for you. The pistols with high pressure rounds are hard to shoot and harder as well for the follow up 2nd shot. Stick to the basics…9mm and .45:)

  23. Benjammin says:

    Personally, I prefer the 44 mag in a handgun. But it is not practical in this day and age for casual carry. So I have several Glocks, 1911s, and XDs of various chamberings, to suit my whims for any given day and application.

    Since any similarly configured round coming from a full size Glock in any chambering is going to perform more or less the same, and since wear and tear are a major decision making factor for the vast majority of us, it would seem that ammo availability would be a worthy consideration. To that end, our local LEOs carry 40 S&W, especially Glock 22s. So my primary carry these days is the same as what the LEOs have, because if I have to scrounge ammo, I have a better chance of getting some for that platform than pretty much any other around here. If I can get to my stash, then I’d probably prefer my Glock 21 or maybe one of the 1911s. But the Glock 22 and the 40 S&W is just fine. I have two of them, so wearing one out shooting more than 10K rounds through one of them is not much of a factor. Both are Gen 4 and for the most part identical. The nice thing about that is in a SHTF situation, the wife has the access to the same make/model as me, so we can exchange mags, holsters, etc. Kinda makes reloading easier too, but the same could be said if I’d have settled on 2 Glock 21s or 2 Glock 17s. Since I settled on the 40 S&W, it only made sense to have more than one.

    If you shoot competition and go through more than 5,000 rounds a year, chamber selection would be something to consider. For the vast majority of us, it is simply not a significant factor. Base your decision on more important criteria.

    • Benjammin says:

      That should read as “wear and tear aren’t a major decision making factor…” Sorry for the confusion.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      Agreed. The .40 S&W is not my favorite cartridge, but the facts are these:
      1. The ballistics are comparable to the 9mm or .45acp
      2. Most police officers in this country use this round
      3. The pistols that chamber this round are high capacity
      4. Wear and tear will not be an issue with 99% of people
      5. Additional recoil is not enough to be a factor with most people

      If I had one of these pistols I wouldn’t run out and trade or sell it based on this guy’s opinion. If I did a LOT of shooting, I would probably do a little real research and find out how much shooting it took to have any effect on the service life of .40 cal pistols.

      Any pistol will wear out if it is shot excessively. I’ve never heard a complaint about wear issues in any .40 S&W pistol, and I know a number of folks who have them, including one of my sons. This video was just intended to get people fussing. Some people just like a good fuss, especially over the best firearms and calibers. LOL.

    • axelsteve says:

      I never have and never will buy a gun cause it is the same caliber as military or llaw enforcment uses.I am niether and that kinda seperates me from them. Now if a gun company wants to come out with a nice tacticle 30/06 or 45 auto or 357 magnum that is another story.

  24. Chuck Findlay says:

    Mr Yeager is very opinionated and doesn’t seem to understand (or just refuses to) that there are many ways to do something. He also doesn’t understand that abrasive behavior many times has just the opposite effect that he is trying to achieve.

    And to his being an expert, I don’t question his being knowledgeable, but he injects a lot of abrasiveness and unwillingness to look at any opinion other then his. And knowledge isn’t the same thing as wisdom, and (just my opinion) he seems to lack wisdom. It shows in his Yeager and seeming closed-mindedness.

    He looses a lot of my (and I suspect others) respect for his lack of personality and abrasiveness. I only know about him from the videos posted here, he may be a nice guy, but he doesn’t show that side in his videos and it cost him a lot in peoples opinion of him. I suspect he doesn’t really care as he is sure he’s right and that is that. I get the feeling he is looking down on all us dumb people that think different then he does.

    Any reasonably well made firearm will stop a person if you place your shots right. I have a Ruger 10/22 with several 25-round mags and I have zero question that I can stop and kill any attacker with it. Is it my first choice for home defense? No, but it would more then handle the job.

    Like someone above said a big caliber handgun at home is not much good if you don’t have it on you. I have several small 25-autos (2-Beretta, a Colt, Raven) and one of them in my pocket is better then a 40-cal Glock that is home in the safe because I did not want to carry it on a 90 deg day with shorts on.

    As far as killing I think the 357 Mag is very hard to out do, I have an L-frame S&W revolver and a Lever 357-Mag Marlin and these give me very good (all warm and fuzzy) feelings that I can handle any situation I will likely encounter.

    Would the revolver and lever gun be good for an encounter in Iraq? probably not, but then I don’t see that as realistic for someone living where I do as I live in a good area (low crime suburb) that has little problems with break-ins or even auto break-ins.

    And while running gun battles (Iraq) are not a problem, an intruder or two in the night is realistic (unlikely, but still something to plan for) and the 357 guns are well suited for this event. And also like most “gun nuts” I have a lot of other choices of rifles, revolvers, semi-auto pistols and shotguns in numerous calibers to pick from. So I can adapt to new situations as I see our domestic situation changing.

    I think people get caught up in this or that caliber of firearm when the really important thing is to have a firearm and to go shoot it enough to be able to hit what you aim at. A 22 long rifle in the head is better then a 44 Mag in the arm.

    I thing TV and the movies has also taught people to think you MUST have a 16-shot pistol as that is what all actors use on everything you see in the movies and the TV.

    But did you ever notice that all those guns fired on TV almost never hit anything? They always shoot 40 or 50 rounds to get a hit. If I take my favorite handgun type (A revolver) and fire 6 shots at 50 feet I always hit the 10-ring with all 6 rounds. I can do just as well with a 9-mm or, 357, or 45, or 32 Mag, or 22 long rifle.

    Shot placement is the most important thing, I don’t think Mr. Yeager is able and or willing to believe this.

  25. recoveringidiot says:

    Mr Video guy wins, the more we talk about him the more hits his video gets.

  26. riverrider says:

    all i know is that every dept. for hundreds of miles around me are ditching the 40 cal., some going back to 9mm, some back to .45acp.

  27. ThaddeusPSondgrass says:

    When I was a lot younger, I could handle recoil far better than now. When the .40 came out, I found that it really affected a specific tendon on my dominant hand. Still does, the only pistol I’ve not had that issue with is an HK (can’t remember the model), but I’ve never seen the need for me, to convert to the .40 to keep up with law enforcment0-now that I’ve been retired for nearly a decade. I can shoot .357 in my Smith revolvers a lot better and with far less pain, same with my 1911’s , not so with the .40. Which is a good thing, there are so many other varieties and styles of semi-auto pistols out there. When I started my career, you had a choice, Colt, Ruger or Smith and Wesson. The choices now are mind-boggling.

  28. Know this guy and he has a lot of good info. However, if your a reloader ask your self one question. How does a caliber which produces less copper units of pressure (CUP) do LESS damage than one with MORE CUP. The .40 has less CUP that +P 9mm rounds but has a larger cross section and more energy dump. It also comes out of the muzzle around 100 feet per second slower (Action vs reaction) and has about 100 ft pounds more energy at the muzzle.
    The reason the .40 cal was developed was because of the Miami Shootout, straight up requested by the FBI. It evolved from the 10mm which was uncontrollable and was eating gun frames.
    I own many.40 cals and have never had an issue. However I have had +P 9mm crack the locking block on a Beretta. If their was an issue by now it would have been well advertised.
    My wife’s primary defense weapon is a glock 22, with about 7000 rnds through it and I wouldn’t have given it to her if I had even a margin of doubt.
    I carry a Fat boy with a Kimber recoil spring or glock 19 or a LCR depending on the dress of the day. So I’m not to unfamiliar with the capabilities and durability of guns in relationship to ammo.
    Nothing against the old standbys but to say anything negative about the .40 is a little stretch. After all it was the only handgun cartridge, other than the .45 acp, which was designed specifically to stop a person.
    As far as controlling the .40 …. practice some more, but don’t blame the caliber.
    Like James this is just MY experience with a little fact to back it up.

  29. 3rdgen4wars says:

    Ok, ok, hear me out.. I like james, but from time to time I must unsub from him on yt, due to his type “a” rhetoric. It is my opinion, the 40 is an excellent round. I’ve used most of them and find it to be the most all around of calibers, especially if reloading. (I would carry a hard cazt 155gr hopped to about 1200 fps in bear country). Not perfect, but suitable. 180gr round nose down to about 850fps for my kids to bust paper with). Completely adequate for all around one gun guy. Lets face it, for many, one is all they can do. So to bust on such a pra ticle/ versatile round, not wise. And as for pressures? Check out some load charts, not high by any standard.

  30. Frank Williams says:

    .45 ACP is where it’s at. John Browning got it right over a hundred years ago. Big, slow, heavy round equals knockdown power. As Yaeger says, there’s a big difference between lethality and incapacitation. Any round can kill; relatively few can incapacitate immediately. The .45’s stopping power, especially with modern hollowpoint ammo, is legend. The .40 S&W and the DAO semiauto pistol are both ingenious solutions to nonexistent problems.

  31. With all due respect, I think this guy is an ABSOLUTE moron, While I am a conservative I wish NO ill will on anyone from Liberal or any other parties,
    Gabby Gifford was shot POINT BLANK with a Glock 9mm, And Praise God survived and I hope she and her family recover and may God bless them,
    Had it been a .40 cal fired point blank….They would have been cleaning up her brain matter for weeks,
    I have spoke to my Military as well as LO friends and the ALL say this guy is a Crack head with a blog

  32. And I mean Yeager Not Mr. Creekmore, Mr. Creekmore is a man with a lot of knowledge as well as a good way of presenting it which is why I hold him in High regard, Mr. Yeager HOWEVER, seems content on causing a stir and IMHO needs to learn before he tries to teach.

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