40 Smith & Wesson

40 Smith & Wesson .40 S&W40 Smith & Wesson

The famous 1986 FBI Miami shootout which involved two suspects and eight FBI agents circuitously led to the birth of the 40 Smith & Wesson. The incident lasted under five minutes yet approximately 145 shots were exchanged. The two suspects were shot respectively six and twelve times and two agents died and all but one was wounded. The question posed by the FBI, was why had it taken six and twelve gunshots to finally incapacitate the felons. Was it time to upgrade Police officers to semi automatic pistols and lay the 38 Special revolver to rest? Was the 9mm standard issue cartridge lacking in stopping power?

Based on ideal terminal ballistic performance in ordnance gelatine during lab testing in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the .40 S&W earned status as “the ideal cartridge for personal defence and law enforcement”.

The 40 S&W shares similar accuracy, bullet drift and drop as the 9mm Parabellum but does have a substantial energy advantage making it popular with law enforcement

If you are interested in firing a Glock chambered in the hard hitting 40 S&W and in fact comparing it to 9 x 19mm and 45 ACP models sign up for a Glock Experience Event, tailor made to suit your requirements.


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