I dont believe its nonsense when gun shops HAVE hard to find manufacturers and models of 40's in stock and they cant seem to sell them.
Look online, why is the 40 ALWAYS cheaper than the 9mm?
CZ 40's are always in stock in REALLY hard to get models like the Rami or 75 tacticals, and cheaper than the same gun in a 9mm thats sold out. One LGS here has had both in the case for OVER a year. But cant even get the same models in a 9mm.
JR Carbine has 40 cals in stock on Buds GUN, , some almost $200 cheaper than the same model in a 9mm.
Thats just two examples. Its pretty much across the board.
Our local LGS's have ALOT of used 40's in all types for sale cheap. One huge LGS, one of the biggest in my state, has at least 10 used beretta 96's and one 92's. While the 96 was priced high $375 to $425, the 92fs was $475.
It is dying.
I seen the very SAME history around here with the 17 HMR. They sold like hotcakes for about 2 years, then started coming back used in droves. The used racks were stacked high and deep until they got the prices cheap enough that people started slowly buying them because they couldnt find the same model in a 22 mag. Eventually, they sold the used ones, but it took a while and they had to get really cheap to dump them. One thing that helped was 17 hmr ammo prices came back down after the initial gouge, and 17 was available during ammo crunches when 22 mag was not.
IMHO, The 40 cal is not going to go away,, but its popularity is done.
Its painfully obvious . The general public here just dont want it. Ammo is expensive and the 40 just didnt live up to all the hype.