Picture and gun above courtesy of our friend and yours, Stuart Palmer (www.thevintage1911.com). It’s the S&W the FBI asked for in 10MM after their unpleasantness in a certain famous shootout in Miami. A very hot ticket at the time, but not around for long. The large heavy steel frame, pitiful shooting qual scores, female agent’s small hands and requests for lighter loads led to its demise and the birth of one of the most unneeded and pointless service rounds extant. The .40 Short& Weak. Er.. I mean .40 Smith & Wesson. Something between the 9mm and the .45 ACP that does neither of the things those two rounds do well. A perfect example of government compromise for the middle ground.