Handgun Cartridge Detail

Cartridge Specifications for Caliber: .40 S&W
.40 Smith & Wesson
.40 Smith & Wesson
Case Type: Rimless, straight
Introduced: 1990 Made For:Semi-Auto
Cart Len:1.135-in Case Len:0.850-in
Case Dia:0.424-in Bul Dia:0.401-in
Ballistics measured with:
4-inch pistol barrel
Cartridge Variants
From:135 gr1325 ft/sec526 ft-lbs
To200 gr1000 ft/sec444 ft-lbs
Cartridge Used in Database
180 gr1000 ft/sec400 ft-lbs
Rankings for
Cartridge Used in Database
PF: 180000 TKO: 10.299

This cartridge was developed as a joint venture between Winchester and Smith & Wesson. It was an effort to to create a cartridge with the same power as the 10mm Norma round that the FBI had just started using, but in a shorter case. The shorter cartridge would facilitate accuracy and allow use of a smaller, more comfortable grip frame. The .40 S&W has become the cartridge of choice for many law enforcement agencies in the United States.