6 dead, dying or obsolete handgun cartridges. An article by Field n Stream.

BeatTheTunaUp

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I only shoot the .40 well in a full size gun, but damn does it shoot good from an xdm. 180gr also stays subsonic out of a 4.5 inch barrel so nothing fancy for suppressor rnds.

Found a video I made last summer shooting off hand while filming. Ignore the heavy breathing. It's a long walk, and hot, and carrying a backpack and rifles. Guess I'm not in shape like my cc/football/track days.

 
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Maverick44

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32acp? Nope. Its quite popular. If modern guns would chamber it, it would be more popular.
Imagine a Ruger LCP or SIG P238 in it. Additional round capacity to boot.
Look what happened to those Beretta 81’s from the Italian prison system that came in about 2 years ago. POOF! Naaaa nobody wants .32’s.

.25auto? Yeah. Its dying.

.41mag? Yeah. Its dying. Good round but ammo makers never really backed it. Few guns chambered for it around.


.32 H&R mag? Good round but then again it never really had a chance with few guns chambering it and practically zero ammo maker support. S&W should of made a seven shot j -frame in this ib the airweight line.

.40S&W is a loooong way from dead. There are bazillions of guns out there chambered for it.

.45GAP died on the launching pad. It was a dumb idea. Funny thing is I’ve recently begun to buy and shoot it in the .45acp moonclip revolvers because it was more readily available and less expensive than standard .45acp. LoL

I agree for the most part. For 41 mag though, I wouldn't say it's dying. It's in the same place it's really always been. It's a niche round with a small but fiercely loyal cult following. Unless those people completely die out, there's always going to be just enough demand for it to keep a small number of manufactures making it.
 

Maverick44

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I foresee the .357 SIG going away sooner than the .45 GAP.
But as someone once said, it ain’t over until the fat lady sings!

What makes you say that? I see WAY more guns being chambered in 357 Sig than 45 GAP. I think Glock are the only ones who have ever chambered a gun in 45 GAP for any significant amount of time.

357 Sig might be a niche round that never really caught on, but it's got way more going for it than the 45 GAP ever did.
 

TexasRedneck

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It's a niche round with a small but fiercely loyal cult following. Unless those people completely die out, there's always going to be just enough demand for it to keep a small number of manufactures making it.

I'm always amused by the "it's obsolete" round discussions. I have a Drilling in 8x57JR dating back to 1905/08....when's the last time you saw ANY gun chambered in it? Yeah - well, guess what - they STILL make factory rounds for 'em.
 

Maverick44

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I'm always amused by the "it's obsolete" round discussions. I have a Drilling in 8x57JR dating back to 1905/08....when's the last time you saw ANY gun chambered in it? Yeah - well, guess what - they STILL make factory rounds for 'em.

Yeah. Technically if ammo is still being made, it by definition cannot be obsolete. Obsolescent would probably be a more accurate term.
 
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Axxe55

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I really didn't want a niche caliber but the 38 Super is one that I really like. It is such a smooth shooter in my Colt 1911.


.357SIG is a caliber that I tried in a Glock 31 and thought it was a cool round. I wouldn't mind a Sig P226 or P229 in that caliber since I sold the Glock a long time ago.

38 Super, along with a 10mm are on my short list that I want. I'm also drooling to get a revolver in 454 Casull. Just in case that some grizzly bears decide to migrate to East Texas!
 
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