Glock 19 or 17


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Bryan8605
February 25, 2013, 12:25 AM
Hi all, i'm sure you get this question about a 1000 times a day. However, let me describe my circumstances. i would like to try my hand at IDPA and am looking at a pistol for such applications as well as general range use. I currently conceal a Glock 23, and may or may not use this weapon for carry. The only reason I am considering them is because 9mm is cheaper for me to reload, and competing with one, the savings really adds up compared to the .40. Any help you guys could give me would be appreciated. Thanks.

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chaser_2332
February 25, 2013, 12:35 AM
if you already have a 23 for carry i would go to a full size 17 for a comp pistol

khegglie
February 25, 2013, 12:44 AM
Like Chaser said...

justice06rr
February 25, 2013, 01:52 AM
G17. The extra sight radius will help you in IDPA, and you can still CC it if you choose.

481
February 25, 2013, 01:53 AM
Like Chaser said...

Yep. Get the 17.

ugaarguy
February 25, 2013, 03:00 AM
Since you already carry a 23 and are looking for a range / competition gun, then I agree with the comments to get a 17 over a 19. However, I have to ask why aren't you considering a 34? It would give you even longer sight radius than the 17, more weight out front for reduced muzzle climb, better stock trigger, stock extended slide release lever, and stock extended mag release; all in a pistol that still qualifies for use in the stock and / or limited classes of most competitive shooting organizations.

biohazurd
February 25, 2013, 05:06 AM
Mhhmmmmmm! I second the 34!

okiewita40
February 25, 2013, 07:17 AM
I have carried both the 17 & 19 for work. I shoot higher scores on the range with the 17.

bannockburn
February 25, 2013, 07:20 AM
For your intended purposes I would also go with the 17 over the 19.

JDGray
February 25, 2013, 07:30 AM
a 40-9 conversion barrel for the 23 would be cheapest;)
But personally would get a 34 if I were looking to get into competition.

Soldiernurse
February 25, 2013, 11:08 AM
OP posted, "... he may or may not" keep 23 as his EDC. I voted Glock 19.:neener:

tuj
February 25, 2013, 11:09 AM
hard to go wrong with a g17

RBid
February 25, 2013, 01:29 PM
You already have holsters and such for the G19, and could compete with it and carry it, which is great. I'd go that way. If you are more into the game than the training aspect, G34.

JDGray
February 25, 2013, 10:06 PM
OP posted, "... he may or may not" keep 23 as his EDC. I voted Glock 19.

I read that part, but sounds like he may or may not carry this new weapon.

meanmrmustard
February 25, 2013, 10:07 PM
Glock 32!:)

Inebriated
February 25, 2013, 10:09 PM
Why not get a 9mm barrel and mags in your 23? Cheaper, and you get practice using your carry gun. If you are going to go with a 17, just get the 34. You get the same frame, but a longer sight radius.

And with Glocks, the question isn't "which one?" it's "which one first?"

Girodin
February 26, 2013, 02:04 AM
If I was going to carry it I'd want a G19. If I wasn't I'd want a G34.

dbro822
February 26, 2013, 02:26 AM
I vote 19, I like the 17, but I personally shoot the 19 better. I do like the 9mm conversion thought for the 23.

mrvco
February 26, 2013, 02:39 AM
Gen3, I would probably take the 19 over the 17. Gen4, definitely the 17 (or the 34).

Bobson
February 26, 2013, 02:44 AM
I wouldn't buy anything yet.

Take your G23 to a match or three. Get a feel for it, decide if you enjoy competing enough to want to focus on the sport itself, and take advantage of shooting your EDC in the meantime.

If you decide you want to play to win, pick up a G34. If you want to continue to dabble but it's not serious, a G19 is probably best.

A few matches of IDPA with the .40 shouldn't break the bank. Do yourself a favor and try your hand at it before dropping $500+ on what may end up being the wrong gun. If you wait until you know exactly what will fill your needs, odds are very low you'll regret the purchase.

Jed Carter
February 26, 2013, 06:03 AM
G17 is great pistol for IDPA, G34 even better. Many compete with their carry weapon, like a G19, me, I carry a CCO size 1911, but I compete with a G34. Besides IDPA there is USPSA, and GSSF matches. In GSSF I use a G17, G34 and shoot in two divisions.

JTQ
February 26, 2013, 09:00 AM
Bobson wrote,
I wouldn't buy anything yet.

Take your G23 to a match or three. Get a feel for it, decide if you enjoy competing enough to want to focus on the sport itself, and take advantage of shooting your EDC in the meantime.

If you decide you want to play to win, pick up a G34. If you want to continue to dabble but it's not serious, a G19 is probably best.

A few matches of IDPA with the .40 shouldn't break the bank. Do yourself a favor and try your hand at it before dropping $500+ on what may end up being the wrong gun. If you wait until you know exactly what will fill your needs, odds are very low you'll regret the purchase.
I think this is excellent advice.

Now is a bad time to be in market for a pistol. Just about everything is way over priced. If you can shoot your G23 for a year, you can check out what the other guys are shooting, maybe get a chance to try their guns, and you'll get a better idea as to what you'd like/need for competition. Hopefully, after a year, prices will have dropped back to a reasonable range and you'll have more knowledge and money by then.

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