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Model Z40
Colt Pistol Z40 .40 S&W Variant-1
Scale To:
Gun Dimensions Width:1.4-in
Length:8.1-in Height:5.55-in
Barrel:4.25-in Weight:32-oz
1 Variant
Gun Rankings
  • Power Factor (180 grain bullet)182520
  • Recoil Factor (180 grain bullet)7.2 ft-lb
  • Total Capacity11 rounds
  • ConcealabilityFair
  • Defense Factor82%
Gun Specifications
Produced:1998 - 1999
Caliber:.40 S&W
Action:recoil operated semi-automatic
Trigger:double-action only (DAO)
Safety:no manual safety
Frame:aluminum alloy
Grip:black checkered rubber
Sights:fixed white 3-dot
Colt's Manufacturing Company, LLC
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Gun Value
MSRP:$500.00Used Est:$950.00
Last Update:5/17/2023
About the Gun

Colt was looking to include a .40 S&W pistol variant in their lineup that had a 1911-style profile. They contracted CZ to produce this model, which Colt branded as the Z40. Only about 800 of these branded models were produced before Colt cancelled the contract, making those 800 Colt Z40 models somewhat rare.

Cartridge Specifications
Cartridge: .40 Smith & Wesson
Alias: N/A
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Ballistics for This Gun
Selected Bullet Mass:180 grains
MV:1014 ft/sec ME:411 ft-lbs
About the Cartridge

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.

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