So, as much as I beat up on the .40, I do have a few of them, and ammo. I have always thought they were a solution for a problem that did not exist.
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 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!
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.
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.