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40 S&W Ammo / 40 Cal Ammo

About 40 S&W Ammo

Developed in 1990 by American firearms manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Winchester, 40 S&W ammunition is a rimless pistol cartridge designed to duplicate the performance of the FBI's reduced-velocity 10mm Auto cartridge.

First intended for law enforcement personnel, the popularity of 40 S&W has continued to grow over the years. The ammunition is now utilized by civilians for home and self-defense and by police forces worldwide.

Common Names for 40 S&W Ammo

Since its initial release over 30+ years ago, 40 caliber ammunition has had many different name variations. Some of the most common include:

• 40 Cal Ammo• 40 Caliber Ammo• 40 SW
• 40 Auto• 40 Cal S&W• 40 Cal

Regardless of your preferred terminology, 40 S&W Ammo has gained massive popularity over the years and is available in the lineup of every significant American ammo manufacturer.

Popular Guns that Shoot 40 S&W Ammo?

GlockSmith & WessonSig SauerBeretta
• Glock 22• M&P 40 M2.0• Sig P224• PX4 Storm
• Glock 23• S&W SDVE 40• Sig P226• Model 96A1
• Glock 27• Sig P2290
• Glock 35

40 S&W Ammo Benefits

Due to its high popularity and low manufacturing costs, 40 S&W ammo / 40 Cal ammo is relatively inexpensive and is available in multiple quantities (including bulk) from all the top-brand manufacturers.

With a steady following among law enforcement and a growing popularity amongst gun enthusiasts, 40 S&W ammo is considered a readily available caliber in-store and online.

With countless firearm models to choose from and ammunition being
available in bulk, you'll have plenty of options for finding the type and quantity you're looking for.

40 S&W Ammo combines an energy advantage over the 9mm and the 45 ACP with less recoil than the 10mm.

Shooters typically get a muzzle velocity of around 990 fps, meaning a 180-grain bullet delivers 392 ft-lbs of energy out of the muzzle.

That’s nearly 33 percent more energy than the minimum estimate for what a self-defense round ought to achieve.

40 S&W Ammo FAQ

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