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Old 01-24-2020, 05:25 AM
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Default Buy one of each if you can

All sound reasons, here's my take on it.

Both are lightweight 3-1/2" barrel .40's, single stack, TDAs, & of course have the low durability black finish in common.

4040PD -vs- 4014:
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Small frame -vs- large frame.

Al/Sc alloy -vs- Al alloy frames.

Single sided ambi -vs- dual sided.

Dual nested -vs- single recoil spring (except R4 version).

25oz -vs- 27oz.

7+1 -vs- 8+1 rounds.

Both made for only 2yrs: 2003-2005 -vs- 1991-1993

The 4040PD looses (points) on common parts availability as it has no real siblings. It's pretty much a one of a kind (for good or bad).

Unique only to the 4040PD parts (not shared with any other 3rd Gen):

- frame,
- slide,
- grips (factory Hogues)
- barrel
- guide rod assembly
- slide stop assembly (shorter arm to contact mag follower)
- magazine (body, follower, butt plate)

The 4040's mags are more restrictive.

Since the 4040's mag comes from a 9mm I find it limits COAL noticeably compared to the 4013/14's.

I've always loaded my 40S&W to 1.135" (max COAL"). These won't feed at that length in the 4040 mag.

1.120"-1.125" feeds okay with most JHPs in the 4040 mag. And bullets with round nose-flat points seem like they need to be a tad shorter.

Maybe mine's weird but grouping in the 4040 is nowhere as good as most 3rd Gens, certainly not my 4013. I'm still trying to find a load that makes it look normal.

If I had no other pistol & I just wanted something for general purpose use I'd go with the 4014.

If you just wanted unique, go with the 4040PD.

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