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Old August 8, 2013, 07:22 PM   #1
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Best SA/DA .40?

I have carried a small .380 in restrictive settings for a few years and based on my own shooting experience, as well as excellent insights such as these, I have decided that I'd like more punch. I have no experience with .40 but I'm attracted to the heavier bullets and having another common avenue for ammo availability. Knowing my recoil preferences in other calibers, I think .40 might be a bit more than I'd want in, say, a Shield or PPS. So I'm upgrading my deep concealment semi from .380 to 9mm and my compact carry from 9mm to .40. (I like to keep my .45acp and various wheel guns to heavier-carry situations.)

The other gap in my experience is with striker-fired guns. I just don't own any and have never actually shot any. I hear the lower barrel-seating in the hand makes shooting smoother but for peace of mind and ease of execution, I have always preferred one in the pipe with no manual safety and the first shot in double action for regular carry pieces.

I was looking at a Bersa Thunder 40 UC Pro but I'd figure I'd put it to you. What is the best compact--small but not tiny--SA/DA .40 and why?
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Old August 9, 2013, 04:09 AM   #2
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Right now I would say the HK P2000SK which can be had in .40 and DA/SA.
Why? It is perfectly reliable and has less perceived recoil than any .40 I have shot, including some much larger and heavier. It is about the same size as a baby Glock (G27). It is most concealable with a flush magazine floor plate.

I will shortly have another contender, the Walther P99C which can be had with an AS (anti stress) trigger which is DA/SA.

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Old August 9, 2013, 05:25 AM   #3
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I would say the Sig p226.
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Old August 9, 2013, 05:50 AM   #4
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Either the HK P2000SK, or the HK USP40 Compact. Both are drop dead accurate and very reliable.
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Old August 9, 2013, 07:46 AM   #5
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Beretta 96A1
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Old August 9, 2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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Old August 9, 2013, 10:11 AM   #7
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I went shopping for an HK USP last week, with the intention of making it my daily carry. But when I laid it on top of a commander size 1911, I discovered that its exactly the same size, except its even thicker in the grip. So I figured if I'm going to go that large, I may as well stick with a 1911, and bought a new Ed Brown Kobra Carry.
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Old August 9, 2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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Best SA/DA .40?

The Sig P226/P229 and the HK USP Expert are the softest shooting .40s that I have fired (not counting STI 2011s).

If you want the best, you won't be getting it for the price of a Bersa.
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Old August 9, 2013, 10:22 AM   #9
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I love my Beretta PX4 Storm, the PX4 Storm Compact is also good. I probably love the P229 better than any other .40 of any control scheme whatsoever, and the USP 40 Compact is a charmer too.
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Old August 9, 2013, 10:37 AM   #10
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I will shortly have another contender, the Walther P99C which can be had with an AS (anti stress) trigger which is DA/SA.
Excellent (if hard-to-find) choice.
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Old August 9, 2013, 06:31 PM   #11
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I have the Bersa Thunder 9 UC Pro and if its performance represents the 40 UC Pro then I would go for that....I am actually looking at the Bersa in .45 as I have a FNH FNX .40 and it is an exceptional weapon.
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Old August 9, 2013, 07:09 PM   #12
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If you are considering CCW, have smaller hands, or (like me) like the feel of a thinner grip, the SIG P239 in .40 is excellent. Recoil is not bad at all. And if you don't like the DA/SA transition, he DAK trigger is excellent.
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Old August 10, 2013, 12:43 AM   #13
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XDm in .40 is very nice. It is smooth, light weight, accurate, and I like mine a lot.
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Old August 10, 2013, 12:45 AM   #14
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Best SA/DA .40?

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XDm in .40 is very nice. It is smooth, light weight, accurate, and I like mine a lot.
Best DA/SA.... The XDm is striker fired and, technically, SAO.
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Old August 10, 2013, 06:37 AM   #15
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If .40 caliber is chosen for protection, I believe the pistol should meet certain criteria:

The pistol should be heavy enough to prevent painful recoil. It should also be reliable, accurate and easy to conceal.

I carry concealed in a front pocket a Glock 27 in summer. In colder months, I carry a FNS-40 over the belt and under a jacket at my hip.

Both of these high capacity striker fire weapons meet my criteria and have proven to be excellent pistols.
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Old August 10, 2013, 09:23 AM   #16
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Old August 10, 2013, 09:34 AM   #17
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Best .40 carry

My choice is the Kahr P40. Depending on my dress at a given time I carry the P40 or the PM40. Amazing how these pistols handle recoil and provide comfort and reliability.
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Old August 10, 2013, 01:05 PM   #18
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My choice is the Kahr P40. Depending on my dress at a given time I carry the P40 or the PM40. Amazing how these pistols handle recoil and provide comfort and reliability.
Again, DA/SA .40. The Kahr is a DAO, not what is being asked about.
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Old August 10, 2013, 01:11 PM   #19
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Most of the guns mentioned in this thread are irrelevant. He doesn't want a full size gun.
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Old August 10, 2013, 02:16 PM   #20
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Beretta storm
This. Wonderful gun. Comes in full size, compact, and subcompact
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Old August 10, 2013, 02:57 PM   #21
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I really wasn't planning on doing this but I had to stop by the local gunsmith today to pick up a repair. There was a PPS 40 sitting on the counter that one of his employees took in trade. Apparently, some lady bought it for the size but it was a little too much punch. The smith hadn't had a chance to look it over so he took it down while I was there. It was in mint condition with probably less than a box through it. I traded in my .380 and bought it on the spot. It might be a week or so before I get a chance to shoot it but today was an exciting day.
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Old August 10, 2013, 06:43 PM   #22
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Best possible choice you could make for a slender single stack. I picked up the very same gun this week and have packed it at work in a front pocket holster with a Walther TPH in a back pocket holster. If you only have 5 or 6 rounds, might as well make it a forty.

I'll take it to the range tomorrow for its maiden voyage.
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Old August 10, 2013, 07:43 PM   #23
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Indeed, this should kill two birds with one shell in terms of my carry needs. I'll post some feedback once I get a chance to shoot it. Things are unbelievably hectic right now though so it could be a week. I normally hate owning a gun I've never shot but my wife has almost convinced me to enjoy the anticipation.
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Old August 11, 2013, 07:35 PM   #24
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I tried a variety of ammo; all fed flawlessly. Recoil was manageable. I put a Limbsaver rubber sleeve on the grip I had tucked away in a drawer. Corbon 150 grain jhp was the most accurate so that's what I'll have in my pocket tomorrow.
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Old August 14, 2013, 07:19 PM   #25
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Sig all the way!!!
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