Here ya go, glock guys


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halfded
March 5, 2009, 08:39 AM
Well, I'm not sure how this happened, but last night I took ownership of a LNIB glock 19. Never liked them before, never even handled one, but I looked at one on a whim at the pawn shop last week (overpriced) and it felt pretty good. Got to looking around and found this one in the for sale section here on THR. Long story short, here it is.

For those that might have been following along, I started out looking at a RIA 1911. After deciding that I wanted to stick with 9mm for price reasons (I'm regularly broke) I started looking at the taurus 92/99 platform. Actually, I saw the glock while I was there looking at a 92. While I was looking at the glock I realized that I don't like all the bells and whistles on most pistols. In particular DA/SA was a dislike. having to compensate for 2 different trigger weights and lengths on hammered pairs was a little weird for me, even though I've done it for a couple years now. Just never got used to it I guess, learned to live with it. That got me thinking about my current carry, a .38 snubby. No manual safety, constant trigger pull everytime, reliable. Glock: no manual safety (don't give me junk about the built in trigger safety either, I don't buy it, but then again I don't really need it), constant trigger pull, and they're reliable.

Went home and looked around online and found that there's a plethora of parts (say that 5 times fast) available. Another plus considering that I wanted the 1911 in the first place as a platform to tinker with and build on. And the parts are cheap, another plus. No shortage of holsters or magazines either. I decided it was time to go to the dark side. But which one?

I wanted a full size pistol for target shooting and competition (if I can find any around here), as well as a bedside gun to be carried once in a while when necessity warrants. And it had to be 9mm. Checked out glock's website and the g19 fit the bill. I was on the hunt.

Fast forward back to present. I haven't gotten out to shoot it yet, hopefully today. We got a pretty good snowstorm the other day and I come from more of a tropical lineage (hate being cold). All in all though, I'm impressed with the quality and overall function of the pistol. Seems very well built.

Oh, I guess I should list the details. Glock 19 with 3 15 rd mags (one full), night sights, hard case, all paperwork, no paper trail :D 200 rounds through the pipe. $500 total cost. Not a bad price right?

Just thought I'd share another convert story for the benefit of the glock fans out there.

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3pairs12
March 5, 2009, 08:56 AM
Welcome to the darkside. What generation is it?

halfded
March 5, 2009, 11:35 AM
uhhhh... I don't know, how do you tell? What's the difference between the generations? Improvements, aesthetics?

Just checked around online and it appears that I have a 3rd gen. Fingergrooves with light rail. I read something about 4th gen, something about a loaded chamber indicator, but not too sure on that. I have a loaded chamber indicator, but I thought most modern semi-autos had them.

Snarlingiron
March 5, 2009, 04:59 PM
You just can't beat the Glock 19. Actually, you can, but it won't care. It'll work anyway.

3pairs12
March 5, 2009, 05:08 PM
Some Glocks came with loaded chaber indicators. I put one in mine took like 5 minutes. This could be the case with yours.

Magnus1959
March 5, 2009, 08:27 PM
I wanted a full size pistol for target shooting and competition (if I can find any around here), as well as a bedside gun to be carried once in a while when necessity warrants. And it had to be 9mm. Checked out glock's website and the g19 fit the bill. I was on the hunt.
The 19 is a compact. A 17 would be a full size 9mm Glock.

halfded
March 5, 2009, 09:17 PM
I know the 19 is a compact. The 17 was a little too big for my taste. Wanted to retain the option to CC it without too much trouble. Compared to my snubby and the beretta 9000s I carried before, this is full size to me. Guess I should have added in the original post that I decided on the 19 as a compromise between full size handling and compact concealability. Took it out and shot it today, I like it, but unfortunately am shooting the "low, left" I hear everyone talking about when new to the glock's trigger. Gonna have to work on that some, maybe try more of a revolver style of shooting.

glocks rock
March 5, 2009, 09:23 PM
You picked the right one. I have a 17 and carry it all the time but most people like the 19 better. I have a 23 which is the same as a 19 and it does carry good. Have fun with the 19 and when you are ready to move up get a 30 or 21.

mgkdrgn
March 7, 2009, 10:57 AM
Pricewise you did just fine, esp with the extra mags.

When you go to fire it, you'll likely find yourself shooting low and to the left.

Trigger control is the key, and can be "dry practiced"*.

Center of the last section of the trigger finger on the trigger, pull -straight- back from the -2nd- joint. That takes some practice.

Pull back to take up the slack, then steady increase in pressure (still pulling straight back from the 2nd joint) until it fires.

* Dry Fire Practice:
1) no round in the chamber
2) no mag in the gun or in the room
3) no round in the chamber
4) no ammo in the room
5) no round in the chamber
6) "target" with a good backstop sufficient to stop a round ("target" can
be anything you can focus on)
7) no round in the chamber

Pops 1
March 7, 2009, 12:00 PM
You got a good deal on your G19.

CAP1
March 7, 2009, 11:19 PM
Good price for night sights and 3 15 rd mags if it is in good shape.

halfded
March 7, 2009, 11:26 PM
Alas, it's not meant to be. I can't stand the grip, and the trigger isn't on my top list either. Got a buyer lined up for tomorrow. I always said I didn't like glocks, having never tried one. Now, I've owned one, tried to like it, didn't, and can knowledgeably say I don't like Glock.

Flame away boys. :evil:

Dan Crocker
March 8, 2009, 01:37 AM
Halfded: At least you gave it an honest shot and decided not to like it! I started out with a 1911 (I'll always like them,) bought an XD 45 compact (love it) and recently a Glock 19 (love it too!)

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