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Old 03-25-2015, 05:59 PM   #1
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Question Kimber 40 s&w

I have a Kimber 40 s&w which has probably had maybe 50 rounds through it. I have 12 Kimber pistols and rifles, but I have noticed that the 40 is not made any more. Have they appreciated in value? Is there any interest in them? I have not heard any talk of the 40 in a long,long time. I love the pistol. Just wondering if I need to put it in the safe?
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:04 PM   #2
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I have three .40 s&w pistols, all polymer guns. For a while I thought I would want a 1911 in .40 but have since decided the .45 is a more enjoyable shooter. I can't recall any significant demand/interest in a 1911 .40 on any of the forums. Perhaps is may be a collectable and worth a few bucks down the road. Maybe not.
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:17 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by barrelburner View Post
I have a Kimber 40 s&w which has probably had maybe 50 rounds through it. I have 12 Kimber pistols and rifles, but I have noticed that the 40 is not made any more. Have they appreciated in value? Is there any interest in them? I have not heard any talk of the 40 in a long,long time. I love the pistol. Just wondering if I need to put it in the safe?

What model is it and in what year was it made?
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Old 03-25-2015, 09:14 PM   #4
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Kimber may not make them anymore, but Para, Springfield, and STI do, in different sizes and configurations from ultracompact to 6" barrels with extended double stack 22 round mags.

I don't think you're going to be able to save it away and get a premium for it in 10 or 20 years.
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Old 03-26-2015, 02:45 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Chuck43 View Post

What model is it and in what year was it made?
+1 on this. I am a fan of the .40 S&W round, I sometimes kick around the idea of picking up a .40 1911(have many of the plastic .40's)
Tried a 1911 in 9mm and did not care for it, sold it. But feel the power of the .40 might work better in a 1911.
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Old 03-29-2015, 05:55 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by LinckG View Post
Kimber may not make them anymore, but Para, Springfield, and STI do, in different sizes and configurations from ultracompact to 6" barrels with extended double stack 22 round mags.

I don't think you're going to be able to save it away and get a premium for it in 10 or 20 years.
Armscor/Rock Island Armory also has 1911s in .40 S&W (Government and Commander size). Here's mine. BTW, the only striker fired pistol I still own is an SA XD-40.
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:44 PM   #7
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Springfield quit the 40 1911 a while back. I have one. They are popular in the single stack division of USPSA as it can be loaded to make major PF. Kimber no longer makes them either.
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Old 04-03-2015, 11:55 PM   #8
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Wink Oh Yeah!!!

I could go for a Kimber 1911 in .40 S&W!! I like 1911's and am very fond of the .40 S&W cartridge. If I could find a .40 Kimber 1911 in good condition, I just might jump on that.

I'm also considering adding a .40 S&W, a .45 ACP or a 10mm upper for my DPMS Oracle, to go along with the 5.56mm and 6.8 Remington SPC uppers that I have now. Any of those sounds like it would be fun to shoot. Just for the giggles and grins!!
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I had several .40 SW pistols when they first came out, even a Colt Double Eagle in their Commander size. I think the 4013 was the best one, but I found the Glock 23 simply "vanilla."

I had all of the reloading stuff and casting blocks because I had been into the 10mm Auto. I even bought the Square Deal tool-head, and experimented with numerous loads and bullet weights. Ultimately, I sold off all of those pistols.

I found that if I wanted power in a pistol, I shot my 10mm examples. If I wanted to plink I used my .45 ACP Colts with a cast round nose bullet. The Double Eagle was a jammamatic, and we had no CCW provision which made the 4013 a toy.

Now, even with a CCW, I find alloy J-frame Smith revolvers more useful for this middle weight grouping. That, and I think modern loadings of 9x19 combat ammunition to be just as effect as any .40 SW.

Old timers always said that the 38-40 was a man-stopper, and a respected caliber. But in my lifetime, the .41 Magnum, the 10mm and the .40 SW just don't seem to perform better than numerous other readily available--and proven--loads.
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