I WANT to buy a Glock, BUT...


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TC-TX
September 26, 2005, 06:32 PM
I am looking for suggestions here - I own several 9mm Autos (BHP, Kahr P9, Kel-Tec P11, S&W Sigma, Bersa, etc...) and WANT to warm up to the Glock Family. I have a smaller hand than some and I find the GIRTH of the Glock series waepons a Bit Too Large for my hand...

Any suggestions for Custom or Specialized Gunsmithing that can be applied to these weapons that will aid in accomodation?

Any help is Greatly Appreciated!

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Lou22
September 26, 2005, 06:39 PM
You might look at one of the single stack Glocks like the 36 in 45 auto. I understand they have thinner grips. I'm considering a 36 for concealed carry.

Lou

Rob1035
September 26, 2005, 06:41 PM
if you can grip the S&W, you should be ok with a glock. I dont think there is much you can do about the actual girth of the grip, you can make it narrower in the front to back dimension though...

www.bowietacticalconcepts.com (appears to be down though...)
http://www.robarguns.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=5&tabindex=3

I'm sure there are others.

BamBam-31
September 26, 2005, 06:49 PM
9mm Glocks aren't that bad. Try a G19 on for size, it shouldn't be too wide a grip for you. The double stack .45's, OTOH, are big.

fastbolt
September 26, 2005, 07:31 PM
You might try a G26.

The subcompact 26/27/33/39 frame seems to offer me a better 'fit' than the compact & full-size 9/.40 pistols, and better than any of the .45ACP's with the exception of the G36 (which I happen to dislike for other reasons).

The G26 actually feels about the same in over all girth as my CS9, and a bit better than my CS45.

Also, the shorter height of the G26 seems to place the arch of the rear of the grip profile in a better location in my hand than the G19 & G17. Maybe it's just that the lower part of the palm of my hand fits it differently than the 19/17. Dunno ... but it works for my hands, and I really dislike the overall dimensions of the 17/19/22/23's ...

The grip angle is a bit different than many other newer pistols, though.

Got a local range where you can try one out?

The G26 is my favorite of the Glock series when it comes to personally owning one, with the G27 being second. (The G26 offers an advantage in overall perceived recoil, recoil management and controllability, in my opinion.)

Braden
September 26, 2005, 07:33 PM
If the 9mm grip on the Glock is too big for you, I have seen people grind/cut/whatever the back part of the Glock grip off to make it smaller.

There are probably several places that do it, but one place that I KNOW does it is Lone Wolf Distributors. Below is a link to cost and a picture of the final product verses a stock grip.

www.lonewolfdist.com/stockdetail.asp?item=DUR-GR

http://www.lonewolfdist.com/photos/DUR-GR.jpg

SpookyPistolero
September 26, 2005, 08:48 PM
I didn't see anyone else mention it but Robar (http://www.robarguns.com/DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=5&tabindex=3) also does a grip size reduction. I've only seen the results on one pistol before but it looked quite good. Give them a call.

HSMITH
September 26, 2005, 10:20 PM
Go down to your local home improvement store and get a roll of stair tread tape. Cut some small strips and place them where your fingers land on the grip. It makes a HUGE difference. It takes the slick feeling away from the grip, that slick feeling is what makes the 9 and 40's seem big. They really aren't big, and once you get some traction on the grip it is apparent.

Braden
September 26, 2005, 11:13 PM
Or, if the slick surface IS the problem, you could do what I did and cut a short strip of bicycle inner tube and slip it over the grip. This gives it a good grip but without the bulkiness that Hogue and some of the other rubber grips bring to the table.

TC-TX
September 27, 2005, 09:10 AM
1) I have taken the time to read about the Grip reduction services you offer up here - thank you for the information - this MAY be the right way to go...

2) I am of the information that Glock does not make a single-stack version of any of their weapons - all of the research I have done leads me to beieve that this is the case... that all Glock magazines are - in fact - Double Stack mags. Please Correct Me On This Point if I am wrong...


Thx - PJ

The Drew
September 27, 2005, 09:34 AM
I think the 36 is the only one that is single stack... It is meant for concealed carry to be as slim as possible with the glock design.

Rob1035
September 27, 2005, 11:19 AM
The Drew is correct, the only single stack glock is the 36

Shipwreck
September 27, 2005, 11:53 AM
If you have to alter the gun and/or pay additional money for grip reduction, then I think you need to look at a different gun.

Tried the Walther/Smith & Wesson 99?

Tim3256
September 27, 2005, 12:41 PM
Posted by HSMITH
Go down to your local home improvement store and get a roll of stair tread tape. Cut some small strips and place them where your fingers land on the grip. It makes a HUGE difference. It takes the slick feeling away from the grip, that slick feeling is what makes the 9 and 40's seem big. They really aren't big, and once you get some traction on the grip it is apparent.

Exactly.
Very few folks I know of have hands that are truly too small for a G19.
I don't like the feel of (and can't hit anything with) a "naked" Glock grip, definitely try some kind of enhancement before you walk away from a great design. Strategically applied skateboard tape works wonders, and AGrip (http://www.brookstactical.com/index-2.html) works extremely well, also.
Keep in mind that if you do any sort of grip reduction, you will be negatively and significantly reducing the resale value of the gun. The G19 is a great "1st Glock", don't give up if you really "want to warm up". The grip angle and trigger action are "different" from what many are used to, but you might be surprised how quickly your skills transfer. Glocks are a great addition to any toybox, IMHO.

Tim3256

CougarRed
September 27, 2005, 10:13 PM
Save some frustration and get an XD.

chris in va
September 28, 2005, 03:04 AM
Cougar said it. The XD will fit your hand much better.

GotGlock
September 28, 2005, 04:28 AM
Handle the G19 and the XD, see what you like more, i did the same and came home with the glock.

Onmilo
September 28, 2005, 09:00 AM
If he has the time, Wayne Novak will thin a Glock handle down and the results will look like it was moulded that way.

NMshooter
September 28, 2005, 07:15 PM
I like the Glock.

That said, there are plenty of other perfectly good 9mm pistols out there, and you listed two that I like: the BHP and the Kahr.

I tried to like the USP, but after seven different pistols in two different calibers and two different sizes I realized that none of them were for me.

If you have to work at it to like a pistol you should consider how much you really want it.

You may find that something else fills your needs much better, possibly something you already own.

:)

3rdpig
September 28, 2005, 07:47 PM
My HiPower measures 6" around the grip where the ring finger would go.
2nd gen Glock 22 (with grip tape applied) is 6.5 inches at the same spot.
Glock 26 - 6"
Sig P220 (has a Houge slip over grip)- 6.5"
Taurus PT92 (Beretta 92) 6.5".

The Glocks really are about the same as other double stack pistols and some single stacks as well.

middy
September 29, 2005, 03:56 PM
I thought they were too big for my hands until I actually shot one, then I went ahead and bought it. :)

Don't just pick it up, you have to try it out...

pax
September 29, 2005, 04:18 PM
The best grip reductions I've seen were done by Dane Burns at Burns Custom (http://www.burnscustom.com/main.php3). Definitely worth a look-see.

pax

Texshooter
January 17, 2006, 12:20 AM
Why would anyone want to buy a new pistol (probably between $450 and $500) only to have to spend money on a grip reduction? You know the caliber you want, buy a gun that fits your hand, and points naturally for you, from the factory.

How could something be perfect and still need a grip reduction. The whole idea is idiotic.

And there are quite a few 9mm out there that will serve you just as well, if not better, than a Glock.

Yes, the LE use them. I would as well if given to my department for free.:what:

middy
January 17, 2006, 12:21 PM
Texshooter. Way to resurrect a dead thread. Are you just doing a search for "Glock" and adding negative comments to the end? :scrutiny:

Grow up.

brickboy240
January 17, 2006, 12:47 PM
You need to look at the Springfield XDs. I used to own a Glock 17 but traded for an XD and will never go back.

Seriously!

- Brickboy240

Browns Fan
January 17, 2006, 01:52 PM
I said this once before in a similar post, but, at the risk of sounding redundant, here goes...

If you want a Glock-like gun that is comfortable in small hands, get an XD.

TC-TX
January 17, 2006, 06:03 PM
Since I started this thread, an update:

I took some collective advice last year and went and Shot a 3rd Gen G23... NOT too big - it is JUST Right! I fell in love with the frame size AND the .40S&W!

I love the fit and feel and enjoyed it so much - I bought another! This time a 3rd Gen G19 (as was suggested)...

Both are Great Shooters!

My thanks to you all for your input, feedback and support!

Texshooter
January 18, 2006, 01:57 AM
Well Middy, to answer your stupid and arrogant question, No.

If you are scared that you might read something that irritates, upsets, is contrary to your viewpoint, makes you feel insecure, or whatever problem it is you are having, then go live in a hole, turn out the lights, ignore other peoples posts or seek some other sort of help.

People have many different views than, surprise, you might have.

Now take your own advice.

tlend
January 18, 2006, 02:38 AM
Glock recently released the model 37 chambered in .45GAP. Ballistics are same as 45ACP in 185, 200 and 230gr loads but the grip is the same size as the 17/22. You get the .45 in the size of a 9mm. Been looking at one myself but I don't know if I want to buy a gun in a unique caliber like that..

middy
January 18, 2006, 06:11 PM
Why would anyone want to buy a new pistol (probably between $450 and $500) only to have to spend money on a grip reduction? You know the caliber you want, buy a gun that fits your hand, and points naturally for you, from the factory.

How could something be perfect and still need a grip reduction. The whole idea is idiotic.
People have many different views than, surprise, you might have.
:rolleyes:

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