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I've had at least one USPc 40 since about 1996, but like a fool I sold mine last year to help fund a Tavor X95. I have a P2000SK DA/SA (that's V3, right?) and a VP9. I have about a dozen mags for the USPc, mostly 12 rounders, that of course work with the P2KSK, and half a dozen mags for the VP9, which I understand fit the USPc 9. I am yearning once again for a USPc, V1, but can't decide if I'd rather have a 9 or another 40. I have some muscle loss in my right hand from ulnar nerve impingement, so the 9 is definitely more pleasant to shoot-my S&W PC Shield 9 is significantly softer shooting than my USPc 40 was, so I think the USPc 9 would be a relative pussycat. On the other hand, I have a lot more mags for the 40 for the end of the world scenario. This isn't a 9 vs 40 post, it's more of a logistics and wear and tear on my mitts question...for those with both, how much difference do you feel with respect to recoil and speed of follow up shots? There are a ton of 40s out there for sale at relatively reasonable prices, but a whole lot fewer 9s...
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When I bought my uspc9 back in 2003 it came with magazines marked for a 40. I could fit 12 9mm rounds in those .40 magazines. I think you could switch followers on your existing magazines or use them as they are if you want. Mine never had any trouble with magazines marked 40.
 

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I guess it would depend on what you were using the firearm for. Target shooting, probably 9mm............defensive purposes, .40 for sure. If there were ever a soft shooting .40, the P2SK is it. It doesn't get much softer. I think your mitts will survive no matter which you choose. About the same in recoil to me. I own a S&W M&Pc in .40, another soft shooter. I had some accuracy issues with my P2SK in the beginning, no fault of the firearm. Put different sights on, and it was like night and day. I am one who believes that I can get back on target just as fast, if not faster than with a 9mm. With .40 cal. some people call it muzzle flip, recoil, etc, I call it hop. To me, it's like a hop, and that hop actually helps me in letting the firearm naturally fall back in to position. It's like the 9mm is a bit lazy. Besides a bit of 9mm, I shoot mostly .40. I'm happy that everyone is on the 9mm bandwagon. I think which ever you choose, you'll still have to keep an eye on your health issues regardless. I just don't see that much difference in recoil myself, to be an overall issue.
 

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I guess it would depend on what you were using the firearm for. Target shooting, probably 9mm............defensive purposes, .40 for sure. If there were ever a soft shooting .40, the P2SK is it. It doesn't get much softer. I think your mitts will survive no matter which you choose. About the same in recoil to me. I own a S&W M&Pc in .40, another soft shooter. I had some accuracy issues with my P2SK in the beginning, no fault of the firearm. Put different sights on, and it was like night and day. I am one who believes that I can get back on target just as fast, if not faster than with a 9mm. With .40 cal. some people call it muzzle flip, recoil, etc, I call it hop. To me, it's like a hop, and that hop actually helps me in letting the firearm naturally fall back in to position. It's like the 9mm is a bit lazy. Besides a bit of 9mm, I shoot mostly .40. I'm happy that everyone is on the 9mm bandwagon. I think which ever you choose, you'll still have to keep an eye on your health issues regardless. I just don't see that much difference in recoil myself, to be an overall issue.
Does that ring true for shooting single handed also? Regarding recoil/followup shots...
 

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40sw in the USP Compact is interesting. I never did warm up to that caliber.
Seeing as how your strength isn't what it once was I would get into the 9mm and sell off your 40sw mags, that's what I did.
Made some changes on it to suit me more. HK45C mag release, spurred hammer, Trijicon Green night sights, converted to V9 (no decock), and DecalGrip. It's an incredible fighting pistol! 9mm Ammo has come a long way with some being very effective.

I love mine!
 

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I'm a fan of the .40, but I usually move base my decision on the gun. Some guns are just better as 9mms, and some guns give more capacity advantage in 9mm. For example Beretta 17 vs. 12 round mags. In the USPc, there is only a 1 round difference.

That being said, with the hand issue, I'd opt for the 9mm as others have suggested. A gun that is unpleasant to shoot is not going to get shot, and proficiency tops caliber.
 

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If you're deciding between 9 and 40 I vote 9. I've pretty much consolidated calibers to 9 and 45 now, and have a pair of USPc's in 9mm. Love the platform and don't feel outgunned with Federal HST's. The price point of USPc's in 40 though - especially used - is pretty tempting however, but I've stayed with them in just 9.
 

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40 cal, so much recoil for nothing


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.....I am one who believes that I can get back on target just as fast, if not faster than with a 9mm. With .40 cal. some people call it muzzle flip, recoil, etc, I call it hop. To me, it's like a hop, and that hop actually helps me in letting the firearm naturally fall back in to position. It's like the 9mm is a bit lazy. Besides a bit of 9mm, I shoot mostly .40. I'm happy that everyone is on the 9mm bandwagon. I think which ever you choose, you'll still have to keep an eye on your health issues regardless. I just don't see that much difference in recoil myself, to be an overall issue.
^^Interesting commentary.....It seems to me my USP fs in .45 hops a bit[especially with .45super]....not a big flip.....I had never thought of it that way.

9mm bandwagon isn't how I would characterize it. Lets face it, 9mm ammo has come a long way in the last 20 years. Thats the reason many of the military and agencies are converting....softer shooting is an advantage. If you can get similar performance, plus practice ammo is cheap...... the 9mm is a no brainer.

Pair that with the fact you already have mags that will work [we know those aren't cheap].....9mm is the way to go IMHO.
 

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I say go 9mm. I've got both the .40 and 9mm USP Compacts, the 9mm is a lighter gun and ever so slightly faster for follow up shots than the .40. Plus, you can use all the old .40 mags in the 9mm still. I've done it before, ran perfect.
 

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I gave in to my worst impulses and just scored a 9 with 3 mags and a GG&G rail adapter for a not outrageous price on Gunbroker. I would have to say that I've always looked at my USPc as the consummate SHTF go to gun. I hope this one is all that and a bag of chips.
 
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