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Smith and Wesson 40

Smith and Wesson 40

Smith and Wesson 40

The Smith & Wesson 40 is a famous firearm manufactured by Smith & Wesson. Invented by firearms inventor Smith & Wesson in the 19th century, the 40 S&W has been used in many famous incidents in American history. The 40 S&W has been around in its current form since 1985.

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A couple of weeks ago, GLOCK introduced its new Gen5 pistol models G22, G23 and G27 in .40 S&W. Yet, it was observed that during the firearms and ammunition rush that preceded the Covid lockdown in the USA, the only ammunition left sitting on gun shop shelves was the .40 Smith & Wesson. This is despite the fact that in the first half of 2020 the sale of ammo in the USA increased by 92.4%. An unhappy fate for the .40 Smith & Wesson caliber, which may need some explanation. (Source: www.all4shooters.com The .40 Smith & Wesson caliber and the first gun designed to fire it, the S&W 4006, were presented at the SHOT Show in January 1990. In its original version the cartridge, manufactured by Winchester Olin, had a JHP 180-grain bullet pushed at 950 fps, or 290 meters per second. The great interest aroused by the new cartridge, thanks to the more or less voluntary endorsement by the FBI, soon became a great commercial success. GLOCK brought to the market two models chambered in .40 Smith & Wesson, the G22 and G23, which were officially adopted by the Federal Bureau in 1997. In short, all firearms manufacturers that were interested in the huge LEO market, rushed to add .40 Smith & Wesson caliber guns to their product range. For a short period of time the US Army itself, in view of the competition for the adoption of a new service pistol to replace the Beretta M9, considered the possibility of adopting a .40 Smith & Wesson gun. (Source:www.all4shooters.com))

Ironically, the 10 mm Auto is still serving in the FBI hostage-rescue team today, chambered in a special version of the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun, even if the .40 Smith & Wesson was retired just thirty years after its birth. But who knows, the world of firearms is made up of cycles and sometimes turnarounds. Thirty years ago, striker fired guns were considered outdated, and those with polymer frames were still seen as an oddity that would not last long, yet today they are the rule both in the world of law enforcement and among civilians. Everything goes forward, but some things come back sometimes. (Source: www.all4shooters.com A chart from the NSSF showing trends in US firearms and ammo sales in the first half of 2020. Guns sales increased by 95%, ammunition sales by 139%! (Source:www.all4shooters.com))

During tests of the 9mm and .45 ACP ammunition, the FBI Firearms Training Unit's Special Agent-in-Charge John Hall decided to include tests of the 10mm cartridge, supplying his personally owned Colt Delta Elite 10mm semi-automatic, and personally handloaded ammunition. The FBI's tests revealed that a 11.0–11.7 g (170–180 gr) JHP 10mm bullet, propelled between 270–300 m/s (900–1,000 ft/s), achieved desired terminal performance without the heavy recoil associated with conventional 10mm ammunition (400–430 m/s (1,300–1,400 ft/s)). The FBI contacted Smith & Wesson and requested it to design a handgun to FBI specifications, based on the existing large-frame S&W Model 4506 .45 ACP handgun, that would reliably function with the FBI's reduced velocity 10mm ammunition. During this collaboration with the FBI, S&W realized that downsizing the 10mm full power to meet the FBI medium velocity specification meant less powder and more airspace in the case. They found that by removing the airspace they could shorten the 10 mm case enough to fit within their medium-frame 9mm handguns and load it with a 11.7 g (180 gr) JHP bullet to produce ballistic performance identical to the FBI's reduced velocity 10mm cartridge. S&W then teamed with Winchester to produce a new cartridge, the .40 S&W. It uses a small pistol primer whereas the 10mm cartridge uses a large pistol primer. (Source: military.wikia.org)

While the .40 S&W is far from being the only cartridge to suffer from case failures, it is more susceptible for a number of reasons. The .40 S&W works at relatively high pressures 230 MPa (33,000 psi) typical, but 240 MPa (35,000 psi) SAAMI max). Since the .40 S&W is a wide cartridge for its length, and is often adapted to frames designed for the equally long but narrower 9x19mm cartridge, the length of the feed ramp must be longer to provide the same angle, which causes the feed ramp to extend into the chamber. This in turn leaves more of the case head unsupported, reducing the margin of safety. When exacerbated by out of battery firing (leaving even more case head exposed) and potentially weakened brass (due to reloading) these factors appear to lead to the higher incidents of chamber failure. The number of case failures in the .40 S&W is serious enough that Accurate Arms no longer recommends reloading of .40 S&W cartridges for firearms without complete case head support. (Source: military.wikia.org)

Smith & Wesson is a company that’s trusted by millions around the world for producing top-shelf firearms, and the M&P 40 Shield is no exception. The M&P story begins in 2005, when they debuted a new line of semi-automatic pistols which revolutionized the weapons market. The M&P Series (military and police), has become a staple in militaries and law enforcement agencies around the globe, and has since been adapted for civilian use as well. (Source: gunivore.com The M&Ps were fundamentally different than the other semi-auto handguns manufactured by S&W, and have become one of their most popular handguns. Although they make several variants within the series, I want to focus on the M&P 40 Shield specifically. Granted that the Shield was not their first compact firearm, it was nevertheless the one that established them as a premier manufacturer of CCW’s (concealed carry weapons). In fact, S&W introduced the Shield in 2012 to compete with the already established CCW powerhouses such as Glock and their model 43. Check out our review and see how well they match up. (Source:gunivore.com))

At first glance, it looks like they just shrunk the standard M&P, but in reality, the lightweight and compact Shield is much more. They phenomenally managed to do so without having to concede any power or reliability, and were able to make it a top-notch S&W-quality firearm. I guess that’s the benefit of having over 150 years of experience in weapons engineering. Shooters love having a gun that’s easy to handle, which makes the fact that there are over one million Shield owners, not a surprise at all. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s American-made and is backed by the Smith and Wesson lifetime service policy. (Source: gunivore.com)

When it comes to protection, you need a gun that you can rely on, and the M&P pistols are as reliable and durable as they come. However, the 40 shield specifically, is something special. Smith and Wesson built this semi-auto with the most durable components to ensure that, if you ever have to use it, the last thing on your mind should be its competence. Engineered with a high-strength polymer frame (with embedded stainless steel rigid chassis system) and a corrosion-resistant steel slide and barrel (made of Melonite), the Shield is an extremely resilient and dependable firearm. (Source: gunivore.com The incredible sight system on the S&W M&P 40 Shield is the highlight of this all-round remarkable firearm. The steel, white dot, dovetailed sights are low-profile and drift adjustable. It also features a square rear notch for rapid alignment and a rear locking set screw for added stability. I’m a big fan of the front sight which has built-in height adjustment capabilities for varied ammunition types. These features are underlined by the Shield’s 5.3” sight radius which enables faster tracking and smoother target acquisition. When you combine all of these first-rate elements, the result is a sight system which allows multiple rounds to be placed on target both accurately and consistently. I don’t think I could praise S&W enough for developing the 40 Shield’s sight system; it’s the cherry on top of an already extraordinary compact firearm. (Source:gunivore.com))

Due to new State regulations, any orders from the following states will be canceled if firearm accessories were included in the sale: CA, CO, CT, DC, MA, MD, NJ, NY, VA (Source: www.calranch.com The M&P line as a whole has arguably contributed more for law enforcement around the world than any other firearm. (Source:gunivore.com))

After working undercover in narcotics and liquor investigations, Scott W. Wagner settled down to be a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. He was also a SWAT team member, sniper and assistant team leader before his current position as patrol sergeant with the Village of Baltimore, Ohio, Police Department. Scott is a police firearms instructor certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic... (Source: www.usconcealedcarry.com Scott W. Wagner has been a law enforcement officer since 1980, working undercover in liquor and narcotics investigations and as a member, sniper and assistant team leader of a SWAT team. He currently works as a patrol sergeant. He is a police firearms instructor, certified to train revolver, semi-automatic pistol, shotgun, semi- and fully automatic patrol rifle, and submachine gun. Scott also works as a criminal justice professor and police academy commander. (Source:www.usconcealedcarry.com))

Discover why more than 0 people trust the USCCA as their source for firearms education and training. (Source: www.usconcealedcarry.com to ensure you’re prepared if you ever need to use your firearm for self-defense. (Source:www.usconcealedcarry.com gDetails Model: S&W SD40™ Gray Frame Finish Caliber: 40 S&W Capacity: 14+1 Barrel Length: 4" / 10.2 cm Overall Length: 7.2" Front Sight: White Dot Rear Sight: White 2-Dot Action: Striker Fire Grip: Textured Polymer Weight: 22.3 oz / 632.2g Barrel Material: Stainless Steel Slide Material: Stainless Steel Frame Material: Polymer The Smith&Wesson SD40 pistol is a self-defense firearm. It has 3-Dot white sights, gray polymer frame, and black stainless steel slide and barrel. MPN#: 11996 UPC#: 022188871920 (Source:un.deals)))

Smith and Wesson M&P 40 M2.0 Carry and Range Kit Features: Built to be the most accurate and reliable firearms, M&P pistols are an experience you need to feel to believe. dependable and comfortable, they are capable of handling as many rounds as you are. Engineered with an attention to detail and superior ergonomics; built on high-strength polymer frame reinforced with a rigid stainless steel chassis. M&P pistols are the new standard in reliability when your job is to serve and protect and your life is on the line. (Source: gun.deals Precision built to be the most accurate and reliable firearms, M&P pistols are an experience you have to feel to believe. Durable and comfortable, they are capable of handling as many rounds as you are. Engineered with an attention to detail and superior ergonomics; built on high-strength polymer frame reinforced with a rigid stainless steel chassis. M&P pistols are the new standard in reliability when your job is to serve and protect and your life is on the line. (Source:gun.deals))

Item Number: 10034S Factory Number: 10034 SMITH & WESSON UPC Number: 022188864007 S&W Model M&P Shield No Thumb Safety .40 Smith & Wesson 3.1 Inch Barrel Matte Black Stainless Steel Slide Black Polymer Frame 7 Round Model M&P Shield - No Thumb Safety Double action only. White dot front sight. White 2-dot rear sight. Matte black stainless steel slide. Black polymer frame. Striker fired. No magazine safety. 18 degree grip angle. MCR (Maximum Corrosion Resistant) finish. Finish Matte Black Barrel Length 3.1 Capacity 7 All firearm sales are final. NO RETURNS. (Source: gun.deals The M&P Pro from Smith & Wesson is based on the based on the popular Pro Series line of competition ready firearms. It has a reinforced polymer chassis, superior ergonomics, ambidextrous controls, proven safety features. Only the M&P polymer pistol offers this combination of versatility, durability and safety. It a black Melonite finish, stainless barrel and slide, and a polymer frame with three interchangeable palmswell grip sizes. (Source:gun.deals))

S&W SD40VE SD Auto Pistol 40 S&W 4"Stainless Steel and Black 15rd This is a classic design sidearm with all the very latest design features of state of the art modern weapons. The SD40VE is a full size auto, designed to deliver a .40 S&W round and also designed as a top of the line competition weapon. This is the new design benchmark in personal firearms for ultra-portables, sleek, businesslike, and elegant. If youre looking for a high quality auto with a great design pedigree and top of the line technology, combined with high performance, the SD40VE is a natural choice. (Source: gun.deals The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Compact just got shorter, and is now equipped with a 3.6" barrel, making it an ideal everyday carry firearm choice. (Source:gun.deals))

 

3-Interchangeable Newly Enhanced Textured Palmswell Grip Sizes and Ported Barrel & Slide - To Reduce Muzzle Flip Slide cut to accept the following optics – Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Jpoint, Doctor, C-More STS, Insight MRDS Based on the popular Pro Series line of competition ready firearms, thenew M&P C.O.R.E (Competition Optics Ready Equipment) models offer consumers a specialized platform for adding accessory optics to their personal handguns. Engineered to accept six popular styles of competition based optics, the M&P C.O.R.E models are easily adapted to meet any demand. (Source: gun.deals 3-Interchangeable Newly Enhanced Textured Palmswell Grip Sizes and Ported Barrel & Slide - To Reduce Muzzle Flip Slide cut to accept the following optics – Trijicon RMR, Leupold Delta Point, Jpoint, Doctor, C-More STS, Insight MRDS Based on the popular Pro Series line of competition ready firearms, thenew M&P C.O.R.E (Competition Optics Ready Equipment) models offer consumers a specialized platform for adding accessory optics to their personal handguns. Engineered to accept six popular styles of competition based optics, the M&P C.O.R.E models are easily adapted to meet any demand. (Source:gun.deals))

 

 

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