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How much more powerful is the .40 S&W than a 9mm?

How much more powerful is the .40 S&W than a 9mm?

40 S&W has more stopping power than the 9mm. This stopping power conclusion is further supported by a 1992 Ohio police study which found that the 9mm bullet required 2.45 rounds fired to incapacitate an assailant. The . 40 S&W, on the other hand, required only 2.36 rounds on average to achieve incapacitation.

Which gun is better 9mm or 40 caliber?

40 S&W has more energy, delivering superior ballistics to the target which results in larger, more lethal wounds to a threat. (This is not at all to say that the 9mm is a weak cartridge.) For this reason, many people who want more power prefer the . 40 S&W over the 9mm Luger.

Is there a big difference between 9mm and 40?

40 caliber has a bigger and heavier bullet than the 9mm. The . 40 caliber has better stopping power than the 9mm. The 9mm is better suited for beginners than the .

Is 40 S&W more effective than 9mm?

40 S&W vs. 9mm. The 9mm and the 0.40 S&W provide nearly identical accuracy, drift and drop, but the 0.40 S&W has an energy advantage.

What’s the difference between 9mm and 40 S&W?

The 9mm cartridge has about 25% less recoil than the 40 S&W, which allows for faster follow-up shots and better shot placement. The 40 S&W fires a larger bullet (124 gr vs 180 gr) that will theoretically create a larger permanent wound cavity and incapacitate a bad guy faster.

Should I own a 9mm or 45?

All things being equal, there is no difference in accuracy between the 9mm and 45 ACP. However, there is one caveat and that would be muzzle velocity. As the 9mm round fires a lighter bullet at a higher velocity, it will have less bullet drop over distance making it the better choice for long range shots.

Why does the FBI use 40 S&W?

The . 40 S&W was developed from the ground up as a law enforcement cartridge designed to duplicate performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) reduced-velocity 10mm Auto cartridge which could be retrofitted into medium-frame (9mm size) semi-automatic handguns.

Is a .40 or a .45 better?

All things being equal, the 40 and 45 are very accurate cartridges and there should be little to no difference between them. However, many shooters report better accuracy with the 45 ACP, which is likely due to softer felt recoil.

Is 40 S&W good for self-defense?

40 S&W is a perfectly viable self-defense round. If you have a . 40 pistol that you’ve trained extensively with, switching calibers isn’t an urgent need. It takes training time and money to change your gun.

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