Which Glock to teach son with ?


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tercel89
February 24, 2012, 04:35 PM
I am going to teach my teenage son on how to shoot a centerfire pistol. I want him to learn on the Glock since it is so reliable , easy to shoot , and so easy to take apart , it has so few parts and it's easy to detail strip it . I just cant figure out which one . I have narrowed it down to the 17,19, and the 26 .
The 17 being the first Glock pistol would be great and it is a nice full size for his bog hands. The 19 is a nice midsize and can use the mags from the 17 . The 26 is nice because it is small and can accept the mags from the 17 and 19 .
Which would you choose?

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dogtown tom
February 24, 2012, 07:19 PM
tercel89 I am going to teach my teenage son on how to shoot a centerfire pistol. I want him to learn on the Glock since it is so reliable , easy to shoot , and so easy to take apart , it has so few parts and it's easy to detail strip it . I just cant figure out which one . I have narrowed it down to the 17,19, and the 26 .
The 17 being the first Glock pistol would be great and it is a nice full size for his bog hands. The 19 is a nice midsize and can use the mags from the 17 . The 26 is nice because it is small and can accept the mags from the 17 and 19 .
Which would you choose?
Don't ask us.....ask your son.

Take him to a gun store and let HIM make the decision.

2wheels
February 24, 2012, 07:21 PM
19 or 17, whichever he likes better. There's no need for the 26 unless you or your son plan on carrying with it.

BCRider
February 24, 2012, 07:26 PM
Are you going to disown him if it turns out he prefers a CZ or Sig or some other brand? :D

Seriously, a fella's first handgun is much like his first car or buying that special snowboard or anything else which has to fit and work with one particular person. Why not let him make the choice? Take him to some rental range place where he can try a few different brands and models. Then both of you go out together as a father/son outing to buy the final winner.

Zerodefect
February 24, 2012, 07:31 PM
Glock 34

9mm, Longslide, Low recoil.

tercel89
February 24, 2012, 07:33 PM
Oh he and me are both CZ fans. We both just want it to be a Glock because of the ease of disassembly and detail strip and the rust resistance.
I got a 17 and a 26 so tongiht he will check them out. I have an X-Grip for my G26 to have a flush fitting G19 mag so that will give him the grip like a G19 . So we will see tonight or tomarrow. He is excited.

tercel89
February 24, 2012, 07:36 PM
At first I was just gonna get him a 17 but now I am wondering about the other 2 .

tercel89
February 24, 2012, 08:30 PM
Well my son just tried them all out by holding them , not shooting them, and he likes the full size G17 :) . I was surprised that he didnt choose the 26 .
I tell you what though, I am going to still look for some good deals and if I catch a good deal on a 19 or a 26 before I find a good used 17 then I'll get one of them. Any which way I want to get it used and prefer a Gen 3 or 2 or even 1;) . Heck if I find a Gen 1 then he can have my new 17 and I'll take the Gen 1:neener:
But keep you thoughts and information comming , this is interesting to me .

Brian Williams
February 24, 2012, 10:32 PM
My son with long skinny hands liked the G19.

Girodin
February 25, 2012, 12:17 AM
I've shot all three a fair amount. I don't find the recoil harsh on the G26 by an means but it has more snap than the other two. In fact shooting one after another I found it snappier than a G35 .40 S&W. If it is just a range gun I'd probably get a 17 or a 34. A 19 is my favorite all round glock.

GCBurner
February 25, 2012, 12:20 AM
I'd recommend getting the .22 conversion unit for it, too, if you can. You can get a lot more trigger time in with the cheaper ammo.

JShirley
February 25, 2012, 12:46 AM
It's harder to limp-wrist a compact Glock. I shot a G23 for years, and then went and played infantry for a couple of years.

The first handgun shooting I did after 2 years of shooting a M4 frequently, was with a Glock 17. I couldn't get through half a mag, at first, without a malf induced by limp-wristing. Of course, if you're trying to teach him to hold the pistol firmly, it could be a useful teaching tool. :confused:

John

el Godfather
February 25, 2012, 01:13 AM
It is best to teach with the full size. Once he has mastered the shooting, he can pick whatever he wants. If he knows how to shoot a gun to begin with then like someone said above, take him to store have him pick whatever he likes. Don't ask us to make decision for him. We don't even know him, let alone you.

allaroundhunter
February 25, 2012, 02:37 AM
Here is this 12 y/o's first time shooting a handgun. Glock 19. It is the perfect size for the smaller hands.

Absolutely no reason to teach him with a G26, it is just too snappy due to the size. A 19 or 17 would be great.

Girodin
February 25, 2012, 04:00 PM
If he knows how to shoot a gun to begin with then like someone said above, take him to store have him pick whatever he likes. Don't ask us to make decision for him. We don't even know him, let alone you.

Yeah because picking up a gun in store will tell you things like relative felt recoil of each or a number of other things. I agree generally with letting someone pick their own gun but to act like there is no value in asking about various guns from those with experience with them is silly.

Zach S
February 25, 2012, 07:31 PM
Here's what I would do: put all three in the range bag, let him choose.

tercel89
March 5, 2012, 06:45 PM
Well I went to get him a G17 and I saw a nice new G34 . I thought Wow what a nice pistol and a nice sight length. So.......I got him the G34 !
What a a proud papa I am :D The only thing I would change would be is I wish it had the cut-out portion of the bottom of the grip(for pulling out stuck mags) and I wish it had the 3.5lb trigger pull. other than that I am fine ! This was the LEO "blue label" G34 so it has the regular sights and teh regular 5lb trigger pull.
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NG VI
March 5, 2012, 06:57 PM
Well the connector rating doesn't exactly equal the pull weight, because of the springs and all, but that's an awesome first gun!

And since you've already got a 26, you two can shoot both ends of the spectrum. Well, not counting the 17L anyway.

tercel89
March 6, 2012, 12:48 PM
I didnt want to pass up a deal like this. If I run across a G17 slide I may buy it and he can have the G17 and G34 ;).

Nordeste
March 6, 2012, 01:55 PM
Depending on his hands' size, the one he likes better. That almost gets the 26 out of the equation. Whether he has large or small hands, he won't be able to get a proper grip, simply because no one can.

I have medium to large hands. Not too wide but long enough. I personally prefer the 19 over the 17, and not just for the grip size. I have the personal feeling that the 17 has a "heavy nose", whereas the 19 seems, to me, to have her mass more evenly distributed.

ku4hx
March 6, 2012, 02:32 PM
I would imagine your teenager has a mind of his own and opinions of his own whether he expresses them openly to you or not. How cool would a dad be to allow his son serious input into what he starts with. He just may surprise you and disagree completely with you.

My son wanted to start with a .357 Magnum so I created some mid range loads that still had plenty of roar. He worked his way up to full power loads and then wanted to try my BHP and then the G22. I later sold him the G22 on his 21st birthday. We did a bill of sale and all that and he paid a phenomenally low price but in the end, he is the legal owner. And it was all done with his input ... I'm glad I listened.

dcarch
March 6, 2012, 03:19 PM
Nice buy! The G34 is an excellent handgun. I am sure he will be well served by it. Great going!

mgmorden
March 6, 2012, 03:33 PM
With the sole exception of concealed carry duty, I'm not a fan of little guns (physical size, not cartridge fired). As such for any type of ranged use I'd say to go with a Glock 17 or even a Glock 34.

ralph76
March 6, 2012, 04:46 PM
What size is his hand? Fit the gun to his hand. I learned that late at a NRA basic pistol course.

NG VI
March 6, 2012, 05:00 PM
There are some companies that sell aftermarket Glock slides, like Lone Wolf, I think they sell their own and other maker's slides. Might be able to find a 17 or 22 slide from them too. I really like OEM for Glock.

jackpinesavages
March 6, 2012, 06:03 PM
None, I choose a .357 revolver for simplicity, and show them the difference between .357 and .38 from the same pistol. ( a whole nuther thread...) :D

Autolycus
March 8, 2012, 06:38 AM
Which ever one he decides. Don't decide for him. I would argue that a .22 LR might be a better choice for him rather than the Glock since he is new to shooting. I would also look at a revolver as well.

bannockburn
March 8, 2012, 11:40 AM
Just about everyone, male and female, who have asked my advice on what centerfire auto loader to look at have favored the Glock 19 over just about everything else. The grip size and angle, along with the ease of operation, seem to be just right for most people who have handled it, as well as having a very good weight, balance, and overall feel to it.

tercel89
March 8, 2012, 11:42 AM
Thanks to all with all the great information . I'm sure he will love the G34 since it's only an inch longer in the slide than the 17. Thanks everyone !

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