View Full Version : 9mm or .40 S&W revolver?

10-03-2007, 10:49 AM
This may be a silly question, but I was wondering the other day, why don't you see any revolvers in 9mm or .40 S&W? Maybe there's just not much of a market for revolvers in those calibers, but it seems like with many officers using revolvers at BUGs, it might be nice to have a revolver the same caliber of your duty weapon.

10-03-2007, 11:00 AM
9mm/.40SW are not rimmed cartridges, so you would have to use moon clips which are a general PITA.

10-03-2007, 11:02 AM
Well, I wouldn't say you don't see any, they are out there, just produced in very low numbers compared to the common wheelgun cartridges. There have been one or two 10mm/.40S&W wheelguns for sale here.

10-03-2007, 11:13 AM
I think Smith made a 9mm revolver and it didn't need moon clips. I think the model was 940. The 610 is a 10mm and I think for a short time they made a 40.

10-03-2007, 11:15 AM
The Smith & Wesson 547 is a neat K-frame revolver with a unique extractor that handles the 9mm cartridge; it's on my "grail list" of S&W's, but it might take me a while as I've never seen one in person :/

Also, the S&W 610 (stainless) 10mm revolver will shoot .40 S&W's. But, you need moonclips to hold the cartridges in place.


10-03-2007, 11:26 AM
As pointed out above, there have been both 9mm and .40 S&W revolvers sold, mainly by S&W, Taurus and Ruger. But the sales were evidently small because you don't often see them on the used market. I would guess that not too many people want a revolver in those semiauto calibers.

Given the choice between a .357 magnum revolver and a .40 S&W revolver, I would probably go with the .357 because it roughly simulates the .40 ballistics (with the right load) and can handle a wider variety of ammunition. I would also rather not have to use moon clips.

10-03-2007, 11:39 AM
Makes sense. I just figured since I've seen .45 revolvers, but never 9mm or .40, it seemed odd. I've never owned a revolver, so wasn't aware of the need for moonclips on those calibers.

10-03-2007, 1:23 PM
I guess someone who owned a bunch of 9mm's or 40's could want one, but the .357 and .41 magnum are the same caliber, and pack a lot more punch. Not to mention the .44 mag to replace the .45...

10-03-2007, 1:31 PM
A while back Jerry Miculek trying to get S&W to make an 8-shot 627 in 9mm for the ICORE shooters. He was asking many of us what we thought about the idea. I though it was great and told him I'd take 2 or 3 as did many people I know. But even if every active ICORE member bought one that would only be about 15-20K at best and if they can't sell 100K or so I guess its not worth their time.

10-03-2007, 4:28 PM
I'm still waiting for the proper convergence of a 610 for sale and a pile of cash in my pocket.

10-03-2007, 4:55 PM
I think Smith made a 9mm revolver and it didn't need moon clips. I think the model was 940. The 610 is a 10mm and I think for a short time they made a 40.

What holds the case from falling thru the cylinder?

10-03-2007, 5:04 PM
The S&W 940 does use moon clips.

10-04-2007, 3:06 AM
Ruger made the SP101 in 9mm for a little while. It was marketed as a backup weapon to several eastern LE departments.
I had a buddy who worked as an armorer for an agency in the plains states in the 90's and his department issued them as backup guns.
His officers would use the moon clips as improv screw drivers and bend them up. They would straighten them back out with pliers and then couldn't figure out why their guns kept jaming...

If a 3 year old can't break it, give it to a patrol officer. We can do it for you ;)

I still want one "just because".
Seems like it was a good idea initally anyway.

10-04-2007, 9:39 AM
What holds the case from falling thru the cylinder?

The 547 has a unique star extractor that holds the case in place.