40 S&W Ammunition Test: We Pit Eight Self-Defense Rounds

In this head-to-head evaluation, we picked rounds from Black Hills Ammunition, Federal, SIG Sauer, Speer, and Winchester to see which selections delivered power on target with reliability and accuracy.

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The 40 Smith & Wesson retains a solid following among shooters looking for a hard-hitting cartridge in a 9mm package. Accuracy in quality handguns is more than sufficient for personal defense. We recommend against sub-compact 40 S&W pistols because they generate too much recoil for most shooters — similar to the stout recoil exhibited by […]
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