With the gun enthusiast mainstream wholesale transitioning to 9mm for self defense use, we hear cries that any other cartridges are unsuitable. Most don’t bother to consider the context behind this. Right now, we’re seeing Gen 3 Glock 22 police trade in guns. They tend to be very affordable. Many may be tempted to pass them up in favor of a Glock 17 or 19. Or maybe even some other manufacturers offering. The question is, are the former worth considering for self defense?
For the hobbyist level shooter who actually shoots regularly, it may not make much sense unless they convert the gun to a 9mm with a barrel swap. That may or may not make sense economically.
The reality is that most gun owners aren’t hobbyists or shooters. They want a handgun that they can defend themselves or their home with. A .40 S&W isn’t a bad option for those folks. Ammunition cost differences are negligible when only firing a couple hundred rounds per year. Consider that if we look at Lucky Gunner today we find that Blazer Brass 180gr .40 S&W for $245.00 per case of 1000. In contrast, Blazer Brass 115gr 9mm for $215.00 for a case of 1000. In essence, there’s about a $1.50 per box difference. By the way, prices are as of the time I wrote this on July 17 2017.
While .40 S&W may not be as controllable as 9mm in general, it is still a viable self defense cartridge. It also makes major in USPSA, if you’re concerned about such things.
By my math, assuming the current deal of $309.95 for an LEO trade Gen 3 Glock 22 and a Gen 4 Glock 19 for $539.00, you would need to go through about 7600 rounds before you started to see the economic edge go to the Glock 19. Just food for thought. It’s not bad to be frugal when necessary.