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S&W’s Performance Center® M&P®40 M2.0™ C.O.R.E. Pro Series®Part II Live fire and handloads

01/31/2021 The M&P40 M2.0 C.O.R.E. Pro Series makes time spent on the range… easy. No loud magnum barks and bites, no subcompact reciprocating slide wrist rotating, no tiny grip clutching. The M&P40 is mild mannered in every way with the exception of the bullet leaving the barrel. The handloads that follow cost effectively cover a…

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S&W’s Performance Center® M&P®40 M2.0™ C.O.R.E. Pro Series®Part I A name that says a lot...

01/24/2021 My mind set when purchasing firearms has changed quite a bit over the past few years. Where once selection of a firearm system was driven by aesthetic appeal, uniqueness and curiosity, selections are now driven by: product reliability, applicability to self defense and home security, flexibility, and availability of ammunition. No, I’ve not becomes…

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The S&W Performance Center® M&P®40 M2.0™ 5″ Barrel Pro Series® The world is not all 45 Autos and 9mm Lugers

01/07/2020 If you have not noticed, handgun size popularity is cyclical. One year caisson worthy, long barrel magnums are popular. The next year, diminutive popguns that can be carried on a key chain are the focus of firearm theme social media. Which is interesting as intended applications remain essentially the same. Much of this phenomena…

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40 Smith & Wesson Handload Data

Warning: Bullet selections are specific, and loads are not valid with substitutions of different bullets of the same weight. Variations in bullet length will alter net case capacity,  pressure and velocity. Primer selection is specific and primer types are not interchangeable. These are maximum loads in my firearms and may be excessive in others. All…

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Smith and Wesson’s Performance Center’s M&P40 Shield… Part 2 40 S&W self-defense and trail use handloads

The six bullets pictured above are my standards for short barrel 40 S&W handloads. The soft lead core jacketed bullets do well as components of defensive handloads, fully expanding to 0.750″ or more in ballistic gel, penetrating to 12″ to 18″. The three cast bullets on the right with a Brinell hardness of 16 will…

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