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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    I have been picking everybody's brain that I can and after checking with a few cop friends as well, they have all unanimously said the Glock 27 .40 is the way to go. It has the stopping power and does not kick anymore then the 9mm.
    They .40 kicks more, regardless of what they say. Especially in a sub-compact frame. It's a different kind of kick too. The 9mm is good for self-defense loaded with modern hollow-points and is easier to control. My advice if you want a Glock is to go with the G26. This would be a lot easier if any of the ranges rented in your area. You're sure none of them rent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    I was wondering if any of you have seen the OD Green model up close and is it a little more attractive then the black?
    I like the OD frame on the Glocks, but it's personal preference. If both were available at the same price, I would go with what I'm feeling like that day, but that's just me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    I see there are some terrific prices on the Internet for these guns, but you have to go through your local dealer for the paper work and transfer.
    It this a hassle and are the local gun dealers a little hesitant because you are buying from another dealer?
    Does the local dealer charge a lot for this service?
    Do you have to set it up with the local dealer before you buy on the internet?
    I've purchased two XDs online and the transaction went smooth. This all depends on how much your local shop is willing to help. I paid $25 per gun for the FFL Transfer fee. Shops that I've checked charge anywhere from $15 to $40 for a transfer, and some aren't even willing to do it. You need to call your local shops and see how much they charge (if they are willing). Your local shop will need to usually fax their FFL to the person/shop you are purchasing the firearm from online (sometimes a copy can be mailed with payment if a MO is used). When looking at the prices online, be sure to calculate in shipping and the FFL transfer charge when comparing to your local prices. Good luck with your search.

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    Well, I'm just about ready to plunk down the bucks for the Glock.
    Beefybeefo, I'm glad you mentioned the difference in kick between the 9mm and the .40.
    I figured the .40 had a bigger kick so the 26 is the one I will probably concentrate on.
    However, I have one little concern that is keeping me from immediately reaching for my wallet. Its the guns safety. I understand that the safety is in the trigger and if you should happen to snag that puppy on your clothing or something while putting it in your pocket or moving it around then there is going to be a loud bang and everybody is going to be ducking including me. I understand that there is a company that retrofits an external safety for about $100.00. That being the case then that puts the Glock into a price range that becomes unattractive.
    It also surprises me that Glock has this strange setup.
    Maybe the Beretta PX4 or the Ruger P95 would be better. I just don't know.
    I did check on a few gun ranges and one does rent guns. I will pay them a visit and go from there.
    Some of the guns you guys have mentioned like the Springfield XD and the Kahr are beauties, but pricy. I'm kind of on a budget so its "Best Bang for the Buck" at this point......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    However, I have one little concern that is keeping me from immediately reaching for my wallet. Its the guns safety. I understand that the safety is in the trigger and if you should happen to snag that puppy on your clothing or something while putting it in your pocket or moving it around then there is going to be a loud bang and everybody is going to be ducking including me.
    There a tons of people that own and carry Glocks without anything like this ever happening (including myself). The trigger has a safety, but the best safety a Glock or any firearm could ever have is you. If you follow proper handling techniques then this type of scenario would never occur. Get a good holster and belt to go with that Glock and be done with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    I understand that there is a company that retrofits an external safety for about $100.00.
    There is no way that I would ever even think about doing that. If you are that concerned about not having a manual safety, then your best bet would be to go with a firearm that comes from the factory with one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    Maybe the Beretta PX4 or the Ruger P95 would be better. I just don't know.
    That's totally up to you, but I wouldn't base it solely on the safety. If you can shoot these all before you make your purchase, then that's how you should decide. Pick the one that feels best in your hands, and the one that you shoot the best. A G26 would be much easier to conceal than both the full-size PX4 or the P95.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    I did check on a few gun ranges and one does rent guns. I will pay them a visit and go from there.
    I'm glad you found one that rents. This will definitely help you in making the right decision.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    Some of the guns you guys have mentioned like the Springfield XD and the Kahr are beauties, but pricy. I'm kind of on a budget so its "Best Bang for the Buck" at this point......
    XDs are generally cheaper than Glocks. I like the XD as well (own one, used to own two). The triggers on the Glocks are better but again, shoot one and compare it to your other options to see what you think. Maybe the added grip safety will make you feel more comfortable. If you wouldn't feel comfortable carrying something, then odds are you won't carry it. A gun left at home does you no good.

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    Jeff,
    your right about the safety being in the hands of the handler.
    There is a gun shop close to where I live that I bought some ammo from a few months ago and the owner seems like a very savvy person.
    He is a Glock fancier and I will pay him a visit as well.
    He showed me a bunch of Glocks in his inventory, but I was not thinking about the Glock at that time so I didn't pay as close attention as I could have. I remember he mentioned that one of the Glocks, may have been the next one up from the G27 was $617.00. With tax I'm getting close to $700.00. Not sure I want to go that high.
    However, I know you get what you pay for, so I maybe I'll hock the TV set or something.

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    That's expensive, especially for a G27. Unless of course they're more in your area. Make sure you look or call around to the different shops and get prices from them all. Look around online and you will see about what they go for (plus shipping and FFL fees). Either way, the sub-compact Glocks are great guns. Good luck with your search. It's always fun.

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    Thanks, I will let you all know what I find out. I have a lot of gun shops in the San Diego area so it will take a little leg work. What would be a good price for the G26?

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    Thanks, I will let you all know what I find out. I have a lot of gun shops in the San Diego area so it will take a little leg work. What would be a good price for the G26?

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    I think (although I may very well be wrong) the $500-$550 range is normal for a G26. It will depend on your area though. Just check around at your various local shops and find the cheapest.

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    Check out this thread: Making a guide to choosing a new handgun

    (Jean and I will be in Lost Angles until the 11th, closing up a recently-deceased aunt's apartment, and settling her affairs. See you on the 12th, or maybe a little later.)

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    That's like 150 bucks higher than I see them around here. Might want to check around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rokky View Post
    Some of the guns you guys have mentioned like the Springfield XD and the Kahr are beauties, but pricy. I'm kind of on a budget

    A new Kahr CW9 runs $399 on average. When you consider the added cost of ammo, holsters, range fees, cleaning equipment, etc, if you can't afford to spend $400 on a pistol, then you might rethink this whole shooting hobby thing.

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    i mean, for my XD, it was my first gun. i didnt want to spend over 400 on one, but then i realized i wanted to have a great, reliable, and good looking gun for my first purchase, so i ended up spending 550 on it and i DO NOT regret it at all.

    just keep that in mind

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    Thanks to everyone for all this information. I'm waiting on my first pistol and planning for my second. Thanks for sharing what you know.

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    what do you mean by waiting? on it to arrive or to make a decision for one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hud View Post
    Thanks to everyone for all this information. I'm waiting on my first pistol and planning for my second. Thanks for sharing what you know.

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    Initially I'm waiting on it to arrive. Once I have the serial number, I can turn in the paperwork for my pistol license. Then I get to wait another 2-4 weeks before my license arrives and then I can pick up my .22 Ruger. Oh to live in a state that doesn't require any of this nonsense!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud View Post
    Initially I'm waiting on it to arrive. Once I have the serial number, I can turn in the paperwork for my pistol license. Then I get to wait another 2-4 weeks before my license arrives and then I can pick up my .22 Ruger. Oh to live in a state that doesn't require any of this nonsense!
    Move.

    Now I don't feel so bad about waiting 60-90 days for my CHP to arrive.

    Nice choice on the Ruger .22 pistol.

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    yeh i kinda sucks you have to go through all of that. let us know when everything is settles and you get a chance to go shooting with it

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    I now have the serial nunber and will turn in the finished paperwork tomorrow. The gun shop owner told me he talked to a guy from my county and it only took him 12 days to get his permit. I'm excited!

    BeefyBeefo, when I was buying the Ruger there was a guy at the end of the counter who overheard my transaction with the shop owner and he said in a very quiet voice, "That's a very good choice for a first gun." I thanked him and I thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeefyBeefo View Post
    Move.

    +1

    Now I don't feel so bad about waiting 60-90 days for my CHP to arrive.

    30 day on my CWP.

    Nice choice on the Ruger .22 pistol.

    You'll like it.

    -Jeff-

    I live in a state that you walk in. Choose your weapon. They run an instant background check. If clear or you possess a CWP, then walk to the front counter pay for gun and NO sales tax.

    Love Big Sky Country.

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    pretty similar here in GA too. fill out the paperwork, call the ATF, and if you're clear, then they hand you your gun and you pay!

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