The FBI has put out a PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE of a proposed requirement for various commercial "OFF THE SHELF" semi-automatic pistols chambered to fire a 9mm Luger cartridge as defined by SAAMI.
WHY would they do that? Perhaps it is because they are moving to the 9mm Luger platform.
In anticipation of someone whining "What would Buford say about this?", I'd like to make it publicly known that it has my FULL SUPPORT. Yes, I think it is the right thing to do.
Without getting into the weeds, a full power .40 is a great cartridge. Unfortunately, most shooters and many pistols can't actually handle a full power .40. Put a problematic pistol in the hands of a problematic shooter and you've got guaranteed catastrophe.
The .40 can be downloaded so that it is easier to shoot. This has been done more than once. As data showed, the downloaded .40 was no better (in some cases worse) than some 9mm Luger loadings. Remember, these ain't your Grandaddy's 9s.
Don't believe it? To quote John Adams: "Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence."
There is no good reason to issue a cartridge that, in the same size pistol, gives equal terminal performance but less bullets.
Then there is the overwhelming amount of problems of .40 caliber systems. They've been hashed out here and elsewhere.
This switch simply makes sense.
No, I'm not a .40 hater. I carry one almost every day, loaded with full power ammo. I'd happily switch to a 9 and drive on.
So far as the more powerful cartridges go, my personal opinion is that nobody should even be allowed to carry them unless they are able to consistently max out the qualification course. I'd far rather go to work with a 98-100% Agent carrying a 9 than an 80% Agent carrying a .40 or .45. I once (OK, more than once) told people that carried the cool guns: "You know, carrying that but not consistently shooting 98-100 is kind of like driving your Daddy's Corvette but stalling at the traffic light cause you really don't know how to work a clutch".
A good shooter can shoot anything. Unfortunately, the ranks of LE are not necessarily filled with "good" shooters.