10mm glock 29 or Sig 239 .40


January 6, 2003, 01:51 AM
Im on the verge of another pistol purchace. Im looking for a carry gun so small and light are the wish. Ive been thinking about the 10mm for a while and like the size of the glock 29, but I hear the barrels are better off replaced????something about not enough support???How much money do I have to dump into a glock 29 to get a safe and reliable pistol? This makes me look towards the Sig 239 .40S&W, sure its no 10mm but its already cheaper to own and shoot and about the same size.

Are my worries about a kaboom in 10mm unfounded? Should I go ahead and spring for the 10mm and never look back? Seems awful tempting.

But then again I like the idea of being able to drop the hammer on a 239. Why cant they make a 10mm 239?

Crap, as I write this I find myself even more indecisive.

Any pro or con stories for either the 29 or the 239 would be greatly appreciated.

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January 6, 2003, 04:11 AM
I would go with the 29. What I did was get an aftermarket conversion barrel in .40S&W and now I have two guns for the price of one!! The barrels can be had from: TOPGLOCK (http://www.topglock.com/) . :D

Kahr carrier
January 6, 2003, 05:23 AM
I like the Sig p239 myself its a pretty small package and 40 is pretty managably round.:)

January 6, 2003, 06:03 AM
You will not have a problem with the 29 as far as barrel support. It has plenty of support. The 10mm cartridge has thicker brass in the web area than the .40 cal does. The .40 brass I see at the range from some Glocks is pretty scary sometimes. Nasty bulges in new brass, thats another story though. I shoot full and reduced power through my 29 and have never seen a sign of any support problems. I know several friends with similar experiance. We shoot some fairly hot loads on occasion too. You better get one quick you are missing out on the fun!

Waste of Money
January 6, 2003, 09:51 AM
Since the energy of the 10mm attracts you, why not try the next best thing and try out the p239/357SIG. Don't let the ammo cost rumors scare you away. The 357SIG round is now as cheap as the .40S&W. Recoil should not a big concern either, it's snappier but has less push than the .40. Heck, you're thinking of 10mm so recoil is not one of your concerns.

You can also get a BAR-Sto barrel in 9mm for the 239 in 357/40 and practice even cheaper.

Any of the Glock 357SIG variants are excellent choices too.

Check out Georgia Arms (http://www.georgia-arms.com) for excellent practice AND carry ammo prices.

January 6, 2003, 10:15 AM
Get the 29. If you want to shoot .40 or .357 sig then rebarrel it for those calibers. Frankly .357 sig is a step down from 10mm in many ways. Go for flexibility with the 10mm.

January 6, 2003, 11:13 AM
Got both the G20 and G29. It is a great gun. Did the barrel replacement on the G20 and it's brass comes out "smaller" than the G29 brass. No actual bulging from the G29, just a looser chamber. I doubt if the G29 will ever trouble you with non lead factory loads. I even reload it with my plated lead reloads, hottest always in new brass. Never a problem.

Sean Smith
January 6, 2003, 11:36 AM
Almost all those rumored Glock case failures are with .40 S&W, not 10mm. The biggest reason to get a Glock is because they ARE reliable out-of-the-box.

January 6, 2003, 12:31 PM
Yep, all the unsupported barrel/KABOOM! claims I seen involved the Glock 40s. I've not seen one yet involving either of the Glock 10mms. Typically the KABOOM!s resulted from some idiot reloader trying to hotrod his .40 into 10mm territory, when he should have just bought a 10mm in the first place. :rolleyes:

Go with the G-29.

Besides buying a compact, concealable powerhouse chambered for the world's most versatile autoloading caliber, you're actually getting 3-guns-in-1.

You need only buy 2 aftermarket barrels in .40S&W and .357Sig (from KKM or Federal Arms) to shoot these additional calibers from the same gun. The 29's stock 10mm mags and recoil assembly will work fine w/ these other cartridges.

HTH. :)

January 6, 2003, 12:48 PM
G29 bigger, more powerful, more rounds, chunky spare mags.

P-239 smaller, less powerful, less rounds, slim spare mags.

Ease of carry? More powerful caliber? Lots of bullets? Flat spare mags?

Either one is a fine CCW piece, you just gotta decide what is more important to you.

January 6, 2003, 01:03 PM
I've not shot the 239, but my 29 has been my carry gun for a couple years now. My only complaint is that the gun (IWB) and the mags are a little blocky/bulky for my tastes. With a good belt and a good holster, it disappears, but it's a little bit of a trick. I'm 6'2" and 215 lbs. I find myself not bothering with the spare mag more and more often, when I'd really rather have it on me. The longer I carry, the more I want to go to a single stack rig.

The 29 is definitely comforting, if not comfortable. :) The thing just hums like a generator. It's high on the potential energy scale. It's powerful, reliable, just the right size for me (the 26/27's are a little small for my hands) and I can shoot it pretty well. I've added grip extenders to the mags to get my pinky finger on the gun and some new sights and that's about it.

- Gabe

January 6, 2003, 02:49 PM
Go w/ the 29 because bigger is better! :scrutiny:

January 6, 2003, 09:26 PM
I have a G29 and love it! Same size as the G30, but barks like a cannon! I got a Federal Arms .40 for it so I can practice with cheap .40 range loads but reload my 10mm's to, um, respectable levels. Respectable means everyone wants to know why such a little pistol has a 2 foot flame coming out of the front with the concussion of a .357 magnum snubbie. I have had complete reliability with all loads, whether they be factory Silvertips, .40's out of the FA barrel, or my reloads (assuming I do my part.)

It is my CCW pistol and I have been very happy with it.

January 7, 2003, 03:57 AM
OK, looks like my interest in a 10mm has been validated.

But Im still not sure if Im ok with not being able to drop the hammer on a chambered round.

Ive packed a Colt 1911 and a S&W 4506 both way to big and heavy for my taste, but I was able to decock both and thats what Im familiar with. I suppose a cocked carry gun in a good holster is as safe as can be. I shouldnt have to worry about something that SHOULD only come out of the holster (where its safe) when it is really needed. The more I think about it the more it looks like im on the road to getting both...

Thank you all for your information.

January 7, 2003, 11:31 AM
Getting them all is the point. Justifying it is the creative part. Lean on your friends here, we can help.:D

January 7, 2003, 12:10 PM
If you're already familiar with a manual decocker, as on the Smith 4506, and especially if you like single-stack stainless autoloaders, you might keep an eye out for a nearly NIB 10mm 1006 (5" barrel) or the "Commander"-sized 1066 (4.25" barrel).

These pop up from time to time at gunshows, gunshops and on-line auctions.

But if you can afford both of the guns that originally piqued your interest, get both. :)

November 12, 2006, 11:33 PM
But Im still not sure if Im ok with not being able to drop the hammer on a chambered round.
In a glock, the striker is already "down" on the chambered round, so you can think of it as aready decocked all the time.

I carry a Glock 29 daily, and I love it. As the others have said, it's very versital and (with the finger extentions on the magazine) just the right size for me.

November 13, 2006, 02:53 AM
Why did you bump a 4 year old thread? I think its too late to help him. :evil:

November 13, 2006, 05:28 PM
Why did you bump a 4 year old thread? I think its too late to help him.

wow, i don't know how that happened. I must have inverted my sort or something.
my appologies to everyone who's time I wasted.

November 13, 2006, 09:45 PM
G29, grab a new 10mm and a .40 conversion barrel and never look back!

Sry guys didnt read the last few. Bump err

October 19, 2009, 08:05 PM
do you still like the G29?

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