40 Cal (S&W) Ammo
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History of .40 Cal (S&W) Ammunition
Smith & Wesson and Winchester introduced the .40 S&W in 1990 to replace the 10mm cartridge which had been used for a short time by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The 10mm had proven to be too difficult for many agents to control when firing due to the combination of harsh recoil and large grip size. In response, the FBI searched for a cartridge with less recoil that fit in existing 9mm frames and could deliver the amount of penetration required by the FBI. The .40 S&W met these requirements, was adopted by the FBI, and enthusiastically embraced by the law enforcement community. Civilians soon followed and offered their own endorsement of the caliber.
A strong feature of this ammunition is that it is a "middle ground cartridge," yet it avoids being a compromise. The .40 S&W has more muzzle energy and down range energy than a 9mm, although the same sized pistol in 9mm will be able to hold more rounds since the 9mm cartridge is smaller. A pistol chambered in .40 can hold more rounds than it could of .45 ACP, but the muzzle energy of the .45 is considerably higher than that of a .40. The .40 strikes the right balance between muzzle energies and magazine capacity, and has been approved by exhaustive testing on the part of the FBI and many other agencies. The result has been wide-spread adoption of the .40 among the police community. It is also worth noting that the .40 S&W has been adopted by the US Coast Guard as its primary issue sidearm.
The .40 is popular with civilians for many reasons. A wide variety of options exists for bullet weight and bullet design, and if a manufacturer produces a new line of self-defense firearms, they are sure to offer it in .40 caliber. Civilians appreciate the same benefits of the caliber that made it so popular with law enforcement: magazine capacity, muzzle energy and limited recoil. The cartridge is popular for home defense and concealed carry, as seen in the number of pistols chambered in .40 S&W of compact and sub-compact size. Defensive ammunition in .40 S&W is offered by several manufacturers including Federal, Hornady, and Magtech, just to name a few.
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- Steve said:
"Went to the range and shot over 250 rounds from my Walther PPQ40. Not a single jam or misfire. Will definitely buy more! "
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- knox86 said:
"I got 500 rounds about 6 months ago and so far haven't had a single jam or malfunction at the range out of my XDm. could be a little cleaner but i've worse out of new non reman ammo so not much to complain about there. I would shoot this over any blazer/tula any day. "
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- gasman said:
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- Vorbdad said:
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- kwaddell said:
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- Scott said:
"Bought 500 rounds and have gone through approx. 200 and haven't had any issues. The one thing that bothered me slightly was 1 out of every 20 or so rounds was steel cased. It's not enough for me to knock it down a point in the review but it was advertised as "Brass" and it wasn't all brass."
- Jas said:
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- Ross said:
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"Top shelf ammo for the price. 125 rounds without a hiccup. Might want to consider a lighter round in a compact...kicked too much for my wife in my sr40c (usp handled it like a champ) but I wouldn't hesitate to buy again. Maybe 165gr so we can both use it :)"
- Donnie said:
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- Davedee said:
"I use CCI as my preferred ammo. Have a fussy SIG 22 semi-auto that can only use CCI products. I have no issues with CCI in my other 40 and 9 mm cal. weapons and recommend to others. Also, I share with others when I purchase in bulk so they have an opportunity to try you out. "
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- Gene said:
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- scot said:
"after about 250 rounds no problems at all, will be getting some more soon."
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"See summary. Good quality overall."
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- Joe said:
"What a mess, jams, powder build up.... this ammo did everything it could to foul my weapon. I blew threw cheaper Russian AMMO in my Ruger SR40C no issues, cleaning was average. As I closed in on 80 rounds of this Remington ammo you could tell it was going to be a long afternoon, powder all over the muzzle, then the jams started and cleaning took forever! Would not recommend. "
- Mac said:
"I have shot this brand of ammo before, it has always performed well in my semi-auto without jaming, and is very accurate in my particular weapon."
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- joker said:
"Very happy with my new ammo. "
- Dave said:
"Have used 200 of the 250 rounds purchased with NO problems at all in a Taurus or in my Hi-Point. I will be back for more as it is a great practice round!"
- iolhippie said:
"Shot ammo in a Glock 27 Gen 4 with very little problem. Ammo jammed a couple of times, but I don't think the ammo was the problem. I will buy more Prvi Partizan ( PPU) ammo when possible in .40 cal, 9mm, and 357 sig. Great stuff. Shoots cleaner than most other I have found."
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- maur800 said:
"no fail to feed no misfires, no nothing very enjoyable to shoot when there no HICCUPS"
- Bob said:
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- Paperbanger said:
" Looking for some .40 cal you can feed your pistol with total confidence? Fill your magazines with the HST JHP from Federal! My Sig and I spent an afternoon punching holes with these, along with three other brands. We know there are some brands okay for range practice, because a misfeed or misfire doesn't matter much. But it was clear from the outset that if you carry, these are the guys you want to take with you. Never a misfeed or misfire, and accurate to a gnat's eyelash. I figure if it's my life and perhaps the lives of my loved ones on the line, I'll have enough to worry about without fighting the bad guys and my ammo problems at the same time. "
- scot said:
"ive put 1000 rounds thru my gun, I have yet to have any jams or misfires. if you want a good cheap round for target practice, this is the round for you."
- springfield emp said:
"just what i ordered, no problems, speedy delivery, easy site to use & great customer sevice."
- Thom said:
"I ordered before noon on Thursday and had my shipment on Saturday. I've put approx. 200 rounds through my S&W with no misfires or jams. Your customer service has been phenomenal. Thank you ammo.com!"
- bigman1938 said:
"I receive the ammo very quickly and went to the gun range. shot 150 rounds at 25 yards to my target an the grouping was very tight. I HAD NO BAD ROUNDS GREAT AMMO."
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- Gomar cools said:
"Good round and a value at the price point. Rounds ramp well in all makes of gun we use."
- Kushlover said:
"This round almost has to much powder. Looking at a spent cartridge the primer firing pin mark is almost pushed back out."
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- MICHAEL said:
"Very good round for the money my gun loves a hotter round I shoot a hi point 40 s/w it just runs better with a hot load other than that its a sweet round for any 40 out there I'll buy more but a hotter load."
- JCas said:
"Did not have any problems with Blazer Brass ammo. The ammo's quality is good. First time I have tried them and I am pleased I tried them. Would not hesitate to purchase again.."
- Scott said:
"I purchased 300 rounds of this ammo to break in my Kahr mk40, I put 80 rounds thru it fresh out of the box and never fired, even though this ammo was reloads w/ mixed brass I had no problems what so ever, no stove pipes, FTF or FTE and accuracy was good as long as I did my part. Would purchase again."
- rickygwv said:
"I have only shot 200 rnds but, no malfuctions and the accuracy is par with any other I have used. Thanks a bunch."
- Steve said:
"Ammo seemed to work well . It was shipped on time and we are very happy with it. We will order again along with some .45acp when you have it available"
- Dude said:
"Overall good shell but had two that did not fire. Guess that's not bad for 250 shells. "