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      New to GLock, need round advice

      Alright i've decided I'm going to get a Glock handgun sometime in the future. The reason I want it is in case I ever need it for an emergency or need to defend my home. I have heard Glocks are very reliable handguns and are easy to use. One thing I noticed is that they have alot of different round choices for them. What would you suggest I get? 9mm? 10mm? .40cal? Any opinions would be helpful.

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      If you're new to handgun shooting, select the 9mm. It has lighter recoil (easier for a new shooter to control) and is less expensive to shoot (leading to more practice and increased skill).
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      I'm in the same boat.

      I found the G30 (.45) to be a pretty soft shooter, and I'm no brick wall. It's also accurate as hell for a compact. True, the larger rounds are more expensive so you're faced with the 'more bullet vs. more practice' dilemma. Considering that you want it for defense/emergencies at close range (inside your home or inside your personal space), you probably won't need the little bit of extra practice you can afford with a cheaper bullet.

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      I disagree with that statement.

      Shot placement is the most important factor in an HD encounter, more important than caliber. If the primary purpose of the weapon is self defense than I can't think of anything more important than practice, especially under the high stress encounter of a gunfight with an intruder in your home.

      Secondly, if cost is an object as it is with most people to some extent, than the cost difference between the 9MM and .45 is more than a "little bit". Since the .45 round is about double the cost of the 9mm in most places, you are talking about double the practice. That's more than a little bit.

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      Your choicews will further be affected depending on what model you select in any particular model, full size, compact, or sub-compact. Get the largest caliber you can control and use effectively. Otherwise, just stick with 9mm and don't worry about any of that.

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      9mm recoils much less than .45ACP. This allows fast, accurate shooting. My general experience - and this is not directed at anyone in particular - is that folks who shoot at static ranges don't really know what good defensive shooting looks like.

      As a simple test, place an IPSC target at five yards. From Low Ready, on signal raise the pistol and make five A-zone hits. If it takes longer than 1.5 seconds total, you need to practice more. Most people I see at ranges - public and private - can't even come close to this and could use a lot more practice.

      9mm is better for this, for a new shooter, since it is cheaper for practice and kicks less.
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      i vote 9mm. it is a versatile round and ammo is cheap enough you can practice a lot and master your gun. i recommend a glock 19. it will suit all of your needs, range, home defense and concealed carry.

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      Quote Originally Posted by bluehandgun View Post
      i vote 9mm. it is a versatile round and ammo is cheap enough you can practice a lot and master your gun. i recommend a glock 19. it will suit all of your needs, range, home defense and concealed carry.
      I agree. Glock 19 is a perfect balance between portability, capacity, and usability. The 9mm will do everything you can reasonably expect a pistol round to do. Low ammo cost is also a huge bonus.

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      if it's purely for home defense, get yourself a short barrel 12 ga. pump shot gun, take it to the range with a box of shells (20) and shoot it to get used to it. it is cheaper than any Glock.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dovehunter View Post
      if it's purely for home defense, get yourself a short barrel 12 ga. pump shot gun, take it to the range with a box of shells (20) and shoot it to get used to it. it is cheaper than any Glock.
      I disagree. A shotgun is not an all-service HD weapon. Unless one is well-trained in weapon retention, it is best used from a static position, as in defending a safe room. If one needs to move about (checking a suspicious noise, answering an unexpected knock at the door, etc.), one is generally better off with a pistol.

      It is also more difficult to multi-task when using a shotgun. Maybe you have to open a household door. Maybe you have to operate a flashlight. Maybe you have to hold someone at gunpoint while calling the police. Tasks like this are much easier with the one-hand gun versus a bulky shotgun. Home defense often involves more than simple shooting. In fact, statistically, it is very likely to require actions other than shooting.

      A pistol functions fine for static defense, while a shotgun doesn't work for mobile defense. The pistol is more versatile and easier to use when multi-tasking. If you only have one HD gun, it should be a handgun.
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      Get a 9mm, you won't regret it and for home defense pick up a box of some high quality JHP rounds. You probably won't regret a larger caliber either until you become addicted to shooting and then you'll realize how expensive it can be. I see guys at the range with their .45 being very conservative with their ammo while I'm in there having a blast shooting hundreds of 9mm rounds like there's no tomorrow. Don't get me wrong though, I take shooting very serious and shot placement is most important but I enjoy shooting in general.

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      I was considering getting the G17, would the g19 be better? It just seems to be smaller overall.

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      Avoid .40 cal Glocks. Unsupported chamber prone to catastrophic failure.

      G19 easier to conceal than G17 if CCW is your ultimate goal.

      Avoid compensated models... Basically turns your gun into an omnidirectional flash bang at night.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Moeror View Post
      I was considering getting the G17, would the g19 be better? It just seems to be smaller overall.
      It is smaller, the G19 is a compact and the G17 is a full size, it basically comes down to personal preference, if you plan to conceal carry then you want the G19.

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      if you are only going to buy one
      then glock 17 in 9mm - it has a large capacity magazine

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      Quote Originally Posted by submoa View Post
      Avoid .40 cal Glocks. Unsupported chamber prone to catastrophic failure.

      G19 easier to conceal than G17 if CCW is your ultimate goal.

      Avoid compensated models... Basically turns your gun into an omnidirectional flash bang at night.
      I'm curious to know why you would recommend the G19 rather thatn the G26 for concealment? Not challenging your judgment just trying to learn.

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      Quote Originally Posted by RevDerb View Post
      I'm curious to know why you would recommend the G19 rather thatn the G26 for concealment? Not challenging your judgment just trying to learn.
      Per the quote: G19 is easier to conceal than G17. Never said anything about G26.

      But since you asked, the primary requirement of the original post is home defense with the possiblity to later CCW. Having all your fingers on the grip gives you better control of a handgun. Unless the primary requirement is CCW, why compromise your shooting unnecessarily? Mag grip extensions on a G26 gives you the size of the G19 w/o ammo capacity.

      Further, the G26 is a doublestack mag. If concealment is enough of a concern to go subcompact, thin guns are less prone to printing than thick.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Mike Barham View Post
      9mm recoils much less than .45ACP. This allows fast, accurate shooting. My general experience - and this is not directed at anyone in particular - is that folks who shoot at static ranges don't really know what good defensive shooting looks like.

      As a simple test, place an IPSC target at five yards. From Low Ready, on signal raise the pistol and make five A-zone hits. If it takes longer than 1.5 seconds total, you need to practice more. Most people I see at ranges - public and private - can't even come close to this and could use a lot more practice.

      9mm is better for this, for a new shooter, since it is cheaper for practice and kicks less.
      i've quickly found that mike is not a "mess around" kinda guy and tends to know what he's talking about. heed his advice.

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      wow I JUST learned from this thread that the glock 26 is double stack...I wonder if it will be too thick for my hand. can i ask you guys something about ccw in 9mm for a glock...


      I tend like to carry right in front, iwb usually. I like holsters that hold the gun up high so i can sit without smashing anything... which would be recommended for me ? I would not want anything longer then a 4" barrel

      also, in ct they only allow up to a 10 round magazine, so any of the glocks with a larger magazine wouldn't do me any good

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      You'll find that all Glock 9mm models are double stack-10rd mags for 9mm are the same physical size as the "hi caps". Glocks lone single stack pistol is the G36 in 45ACP. Have handled but not shot one- felt very good in hand and I don't have big mitts. I shoot the 9mm Glocks and carry them when it isn't a J frame day.

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