I understand the history of the .40 and that government/police contracts had nearly everything to do with the round's development and popularity, but if there's a more practical alternative, why isn't it more prominent?
Maybe it was simply a timing issue as the .40S&W was first to market and many departments had or were in the process of adopting it when the .357SIG was released. Once the .40 caught on I guess the rest is kind of history.
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