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    HK USP or Glock 17/19

    i have been looking at glocks, sigs, rugers, HKs, and berettas but now i think i have my choice down to eather a glock 17 or 19 or HK usp or compact

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    Well if I had the bucks and the last four was what I had to choose from. I would go with the HK compact if I was going to carry it. I would go with the USP if I was just going to use it at the range and home protection. Your choice? Good luck.

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    Between the Glock and HK the HK wins hands down!!! Of course they cost quite a bit more too.

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    latter i want to eather get a .45 or 10mm so im not sure what to get ifi want a 10mm i might stay with glock but .45 then HK i was wanting to get a set of eather glock or hk

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    I would get HK any day over Glock (especially for .45)

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    I love Glock and HK kick butt. But for the price: Glocks.

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    i like the fact that HK as a External safety but is it worth $200 more

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    I just sold my Glock 34 - I hated the trigger. The USPc trigger is much nicer

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    Quote Originally Posted by viper101 View Post
    i like the fact that HK as a External safety but is it worth $200 more
    No...but the better construction, sites, trigger, and ergonomics are

    It is only $140 more if you look around.

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    I sold my HK USP and got a Glock 19. I did not like the harsh grip on the HK and it's slightly heavier than a Glock, which was another factor for me. Plus, it seemed parts and accessories were more expensive and less numerous than for Glocks. Both are great weapons though.

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    Shoot both if you can then get the HK

    Did you consider the HK P2000?

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    Thumbs up HK

    It will be well worth the wait to save up for the HK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by viper101 View Post
    latter i want to eather get a .45 or 10mm so im not sure what to get ifi want a 10mm i might stay with glock but .45 then HK i was wanting to get a set of eather glock or hk

    I'd recommend against a 10MM. Ammo is getting expensive and hard to find for the 10MM. Many local stores carry a very limited variety of 10MM. I'd go with the USP in .45 or if you went with the Compact, maybe even a 9MM.

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    I was considering the HK USP for carry but I discovered the last time I held one that it was a bit too large for carry for my tastes. The Glock 19 is perfect carry size in my view since I would want something with a 4 inch barrel or very close to that dimension. I like the looks of the HK USP C but I worry about having enough accuracy shooting a gun with such a short barrel to qualify for the Iowa permit. I like the Sig 229 but the cost and weight are giving me second thoughts. I'll make my decision in a couple of months when I move back to Iowa after wintering in NC but right now, I'm leaning toward the G 10 in OD green with night sights.

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    Correction, that should be the G 19. Sorry

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    My USPc out shoots any Glock I've encountered.

    Its all personal preference, either weapon will serve you well. Buy what YOU like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martial_field View Post
    I like the looks of the HK USP C but I worry about having enough accuracy shooting a gun with such a short barrel to qualify for the Iowa permit.
    The bbl on the compact is 3.8" and I find it very accurate! At 12 yards un-supported I can get 2" groups with it.

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    Given the choices of Glock or HK, I would choose the HK. The USP compact to be specific.

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    I'd buy the Glock.

    Glocks are prolific, they are easy to get parts / accessories / holsters / magazines for, and they are boringly reliable. They have great capacity for their size and they are 'Tonka-tough'. The trigger is fine as long as you know how to shoot. I much prefer the Glock trigger to the crazy-heavy double action first shot from an H&K USP-- I thought I was shooting a PA63 or something.

    H&K customer service isn't very good unless you're a really big time customer, such as the government of a medium- to- large- sized country. You'll pay through the nose for additional magazines and any other kind of accessories. Glocks have fewer moving parts, less to go wrong with, same trigger pull first to last. I've not been impressed with USP pistols at all. The mags feel like junk, and so do their polymer frames. Glock frames are pretty substantial feeling, and they're slim and concealable.

    Especially in 10mm, I don't think there's any pistol I'd buy besides a Glock.

    Unless you're just a rabid Jack Bauer fan (and who isn't?) I'd choose Glock every time. And if the television show 24 is the deciding factor in your choice of defensive pistol, get a two-tone Sig Sauer like Jack had in the first season. It's classier than a USP, better-made and with a better trigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjihara View Post
    I'd buy the Glock.

    Glocks are prolific, they are easy to get parts / accessories / holsters / magazines for, and they are boringly reliable. They have great capacity for their size and they are 'Tonka-tough'. The trigger is fine as long as you know how to shoot. I much prefer the Glock trigger to the crazy-heavy double action first shot from an H&K USP-- I thought I was shooting a PA63 or something.

    H&K customer service isn't very good unless you're a really big time customer, such as the government of a medium- to- large- sized country. You'll pay through the nose for additional magazines and any other kind of accessories. Glocks have fewer moving parts, less to go wrong with, same trigger pull first to last. I've not been impressed with USP pistols at all. The mags feel like junk, and so do their polymer frames. Glock frames are pretty substantial feeling, and they're slim and concealable.

    Especially in 10mm, I don't think there's any pistol I'd buy besides a Glock.

    Unless you're just a rabid Jack Bauer fan (and who isn't?) I'd choose Glock every time. And if the television show 24 is the deciding factor in your choice of defensive pistol, get a two-tone Sig Sauer like Jack had in the first season. It's classier than a USP, better-made and with a better trigger.
    geez, you're so wrong.
    first of all you don't have to get DA/SA if you buy an HK.
    second, Hk's CS is fine...try to call them instead of emailing them.
    3rd; I can tell you are a die-hard glock fan since you say the HK mags and the HK frames feel like junk...really...it's the opposite; glock mags and frames feel like junk.
    4th; imho HK's conceal better then glocks...especially if you compare fullsize to fullsize & they aren't as slippery in wet weather as glocks.
    5th; HK IS the better gun! go to glocktalk...glocks break all the time...HK's break rarely & they don't come with plastic sights.

    Anyway; enjoy your glock!

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    Glock me.

    Quote Originally Posted by mw1311 View Post
    geez, you're so wrong.
    first of all you don't have to get DA/SA if you buy an HK.
    second, Hk's CS is fine...try to call them instead of emailing them.
    3rd; I can tell you are a die-hard glock fan since you say the HK mags and the HK frames feel like junk...really...it's the opposite; glock mags and frames feel like junk.
    4th; imho HK's conceal better then glocks...especially if you compare fullsize to fullsize & they aren't as slippery in wet weather as glocks.
    5th; HK IS the better gun! go to glocktalk...glocks break all the time...HK's break rarely & they don't come with plastic sights.

    Anyway; enjoy your glock!
    ...yeah, and you enjoy your H&K. My Glock carries very nicely, in part due to the fact that it's comfortably padded by the extra $300 I didn't spend on an H&K.

    Both our statements are basically opinions, so I'll just explain mine in detail rather than just saying 'no, you're so wrong!'.

    I understand that there are umpteen versions of the HK trigger system... of the ones I tried, none of them wowed me. If I was going to get a pistol with an external hammer like the USP, I'd probably go for traditional double / single. They're straightforward and shootable. If I were going to do that, though, I'd get a Sig instead, because their guns shoot so smoothly and the trigger feels right. I thought the trigger on my Bulgarian Makarov was at least as good as the trigger on some USP's I've shot, and the double action trigger was better.

    I've known a few people who had HK pistols, my impression of their customer service is based on their experiences. They don't care.

    3rdly, for those keeping track, please pick up a Glock and an HK again. I don't like the feel of the polymer that HK uses; it just feels thin in the wrong places. The HK felt clunky when I shot it; not like a Ruger, but still clunky. The controls on a USP feel like they came out of a '91 Toyota Tercel; they feel like crummy plastic.

    As for the magazines, it could be argued that the polymer mags have an advantage over the metal ones in that they're pretty much impossible to dent. I've seen the polymer mags that some of the USPs come with, and they felt like the bad aftermarket mags for Glocks you used to see ten years ago; they are whippy, thin, crummy things. Like something that would come with an Airsoft. Current Glock mags are pretty Tonka-tough; I never have problems with mine. I guess the metal HK mags I saw were fine, except that for the price you could buy two or three Glock mags, and for that price they just weren't in any way better.

    Want a holster? If you carry a Glock, everyone who makes holsters makes one or more for the Glock, in every conceivable configuration. There are lots of them, so prices are good. Same with other accessories.

    I like to carry the Glock 19 or 23. These pistols are at a pretty ideal shootability / capacity / concealability ratio, even for a smaller guy like me. The USP compact is probably fine... It's nice being able to use Glock 22 mags as a reload for my Glock 23, and Glock 17 or 18 mags for my Glock 19... As for the 'slipperiness' issue... don't know what you're talking about. Never had a problem holding onto mine.

    5th(ish)... How is HK a 'better' gun again? Why are the dovetails so deep in their frame, by the way? I've seen HK slides that cracked at the rear dovetail cut; wtf is that about? Is that due to those awesome metal sights? Why is it that metal sights are better, by the way, because I've been hitting fine with my substandard plastic ones. I've got one set of meprolight (metal) sights on one pistol and the plastic adjustable sights on the other... the adjustment feature has come in handy, is easy to use, and is no bigger than most combat sights. Pretty good for junky plastic sights, I guess. Especially on a pistol that cost me $430 out the door, brand new. The Meprolight sights were installed for me by Glock a few years ago for $55, shipped (those were the days...) Glock pistols have fewer moving parts and are just simpler machines. Mine always work.

    I've had one problem with my Glocks; the first one I bought used to stovepipe when it was new. I sent it to them, they lightly polished the feed ramp, and it never did it again. Since then, smooth sailing. There are going to be more stories about Glocks; there are just more Glocks out there than anything else.

    And at the risk of being labelled a 'follower', I like Glocks. This isn't merely due to the fact that I think HKs are too spendy; I just didn't like them, price be damned. There are a lot of shooters who've jumped ship on Glock because 'everyone has a Glock', or because someone told them the triggers were no good. Yeah, they're different, but it's not insurmountable. It shouldn't be anything that 200 rounds and a buddy looking over your shoulder can't cure. You can buy a lot of extra practice ammo for $300.

    I like the simplicity, the straightforward manual of arms, the subtle streamlined aesthetic, and the practicality of Glock. You didn't specify, but I assume that you prefer the perceived 'shootability' and the tech appeal of HK. I like a nice light single action trigger too, but not when it comes with a ridiculous double action trigger; the HK trigger didn't do it for me. For that set-up, I prefer Sig. I've seen the LEM trigger... isn't that pretty much their equivalent of a Glock safe-action trigger? I mean, it's double action, only lighter? Like, pre-cocked lighter, right?

    So, that's why I like the Glock better, just my experiences and impressions, not trying to bag on you. Although I think HKs probably comes with a little elitist-factor on them. And yeah, they look cool. Glocks are a little bit boring for some; boringly reliable, and with a subtle, plain shape. Still, if I could only keep one pistol, it'd be one of my Glocks.

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    I stated several times on this and other forums how much more expensive my P2000 w/nite sites was compared to a glock 23 w/ nite sites... P2000 $640, G23 $530. So maybe you understand that I don't feel like I've been ripped off. Dollar for dollar, Hk is the better gun. Thank your local dealer if you can't find cheap nib HK's. As for the polymer...I guess that's in the eye of the beholder, to me the glock polymer feels cheap. Glock are decent entry-level guns.
    When was the last time gaston designed a new gun? In the 80's? that's 1 reason HK's are a bit more expensive but worth it.
    In the end I'm happy you own a glock, actually I'm happy you own a gun....doesn't matter to me which one. I'm just sick of the "glock perfection" BS. There are quite a few guns that are better then glocks. IMHO the Finish on the slide is the only thing Gaston perfected on glocks.
    It's all about what one prefers, how the person can shoot it & how reliable it is.
    So, enjoy your Glock...I'll enjoy my HK & Shipwreck enjoys his P99...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenjihara View Post
    I'd buy the Glock.

    Glocks are prolific, they are easy to get parts / accessories / holsters / magazines for, and they are boringly reliable. They have great capacity for their size and they are 'Tonka-tough'. The trigger is fine as long as you know how to shoot. I much prefer the Glock trigger to the crazy-heavy double action first shot from an H&K USP-- I thought I was shooting a PA63 or something.

    H&K customer service isn't very good unless you're a really big time customer, such as the government of a medium- to- large- sized country. You'll pay through the nose for additional magazines and any other kind of accessories. Glocks have fewer moving parts, less to go wrong with, same trigger pull first to last. I've not been impressed with USP pistols at all. The mags feel like junk, and so do their polymer frames. Glock frames are pretty substantial feeling, and they're slim and concealable.

    Especially in 10mm, I don't think there's any pistol I'd buy besides a Glock.

    Unless you're just a rabid Jack Bauer fan (and who isn't?) I'd choose Glock every time. And if the television show 24 is the deciding factor in your choice of defensive pistol, get a two-tone Sig Sauer like Jack had in the first season. It's classier than a USP, better-made and with a better trigger.

    I disagree with most of that. It is much easier to come by holsters and accessories with Glock, though there are plenty for HK if you know where to look. The HK mags are more expensive, but that is just an initial investment. They are still in the ballpark of reasonable. I prefer HK's trigger to Glock. I don't keep my guns on DA. They are on SA with safety on, C&L. So that is not an issue. I don't like Glock's mushy trigger.

    HK customer service use to suck in the past but they are very good now. Everyone that has used them on HK pro and other forums say good things about them. The part about Glock having fewer moving parts, thus less to go wrong is nice in theory. It seems Glock uses more lower quality parts that tend to break often. Just look at the Glocking section on GT. Personally I have not been impressed with all the breakages I have seen. I have found HK mags to be very reliable despite their feel. Glock's are very good as well.

    The part about the frame makes me laugh. To me the HK's frame feels much better quality then Glock. I was also told it uses a better plastic (Don't know about that.) One thing I do know is that you don't see any HK's with the end of the frame warped up towards the slide, like on many Glocks. The HK in .45 is slimmer then the Glock in .45 (though HK is taller). I can't speak for the other calibers. To add to the quality, all HK's were designed for the calibers they shoot. They were not just a chop job like on other guns.

    Another reason I choose HK is that it has a more tradition grip angle. I hate that damn hump on Glocks. There is no point to it. The HK line are also more accurate than Glock, yet just as reliable. This is why I choose HK over Glock

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