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The Glock,Sig, & HK Debate

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by tacstar, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. tacstar

    tacstar New Member

    Nov 17, 2007
    I'm relatively new to firearms & I'm in the market for a sidearm. I would like an unbiased opinion as to the quality of the following firearms:

    Glock 21 & 22
    HK UP .40 S&W & .45 ACP
    Sig P220R & P229( with the DAK trigger)

    I went to my local gun dealer to take a look @ the above pistols. I have a rather large hand & the 3rd generatin Glocks did not feel quite right due to the intergrated finger grooves. The HK & Sig's felt perfect. However HK & Sig are priced significantly higher than Glock.

    The salesman was pushing me towards Sig. However I am aware of the fact that Glock has the contract for several LE agencies throught out the country.

    Gentlemen how do these fire arms stack up against each other?

    1BLINDREF Senior Member

    Jan 10, 2007
    SE Pennsylvania
    All three are quality guns, but they are very different from each other.
    Sigs and Hks are generally more accurate than Glocks.
    If you are comparing the three trigger systems, you are comparing apples to oranges to grapes.
    Only you can decide which one is best for you.
    You'll get alot of different opinions on which is better. The best thing you can do is to try the three and see which one you like / shoot best.
  3. Old Dog

    Old Dog Senior Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    somewhere on Puget Sound
    Regrettably, it seems rare to find a truly unbiased opinion in the handgun world. Or, especially, on an internet gun forum. And if you'd thrown in the 1911, you'd have filled the inside straight when it comes to debating which pistols are the best ...

    That said, I'm in total agreement with 1Blindref. Try shooting them all yourself. You've already noted what many folks find -- that SIGs and H&Ks feel better in the hand than Glocks. Glocks are phenomenal pistols in terms of reliability, durability and provide more than adequate accuracy. However, for many of us, that particular "feel" of a handgun is what makes us loyal to one maker's pistols over another's.

    I'm issued an H&K USP by my employer. Off-duty, if I'm not carrying a 1911, I pack a SIG. I'm a former Glock owner, and in particular, appreciated my 19 and 23, but just couldn't learn to love 'em.

    H&K is an exceptionally well-engineered piece. A SIG is ... a SIG. I suspect more folks gravitate to the Glocks when they first discover autoloaders, but those who've been around a while really appreciate the H&K and the SIG ...

    Price should be no object if one is searching for the handgun one will be the most proficient with when defending one's self and one's family.

    Due almost entirely to the trade-in policies and price-point that LE agencies are provided by Glock --and the Glock's service-life (for the bean-counters) ...
  4. atblis

    atblis Senior Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Neither here nor there
    Here's an unbiased opinion

    I own exactly none of those pistols you mentioned. I personally like none of them. All three have police contracts.

    However, they are all decent pistols. None are markedly better than the others. Buy what you like and ignore everybody.

    A $100 price difference won't seem like much after you've spent thousands on ammo.
  5. BamBam-31

    BamBam-31 Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    See if you can shoot examples of all three. Maybe stop by a local range with rentals, just to see how they feel when shot. Hand fit in the store is a good indicator but no substitute for actually shooting the aforementioned pistols.

    I, for one, have been shooting for quite some time and have owned or own all three brands. All three are truly fine producers of firearms, and I doubt you'll be disappointed by any one of them. That said, I'm a longtime shooter that gravitates towards Glocks. A common myth is that HK's and Sigs are more accurate than Glocks (which are considered only "combat accurate"). Unless you're talking X5's or Experts, Glocks are every bit as accurate as their more expensive brethren. All three are certainly more accurate than most people can hold. Really, you have to shoot them to see how they perform in your hands.

    And welcome to THR, btw. :)

    (PS--There are endless threads comparing the three. Do a quick search for hours of reading on the matter.)
  6. bwavec

    bwavec Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    You really can't go wrong with a Sig or HK. They work great, are accurate and are the epitome of quality off the shelf fire arms. Hold a few models in your hands...and see what works best for you.
  7. Ammo First

    Ammo First New Member

    Mar 5, 2003
    Buy a pistol made in America
  8. Autolycus

    Autolycus Senior Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    In the land of make believe.
    I prefer HK and Sig myself. I own both and I believe that once you buy one you will eventually buy the other. I would look at the HK USPc or P2000. I also like the Sig P226 and P229.

    What exactly do you plan on doing with the gun is the question? Is it a carry gun, a range gun, a bedside gun, etc.? I would look at an HK P2000 if you plan on carrying. Get it with the LEM trigger if you want a double action only pistol.
  9. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Senior Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    In this order, I prefer HK, then Glock & then SIG. Ask someone else & that order will be different. Get the one you can commit the time & effort necessary to master...all 3 manufacturers will provide you with a quality piece that will do the job you ask it to do...if you do your part too ;)
  10. Rexster

    Rexster Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    I have own, or have owned, 3 SIGs, 2 HKs, and about half a dozen Glocks. The HKs ran perfectly; both were early P7s, but both went away during a post-divorce financial squeeze in the 80's. The Glocks were not perfect, but were good weapons. My advice with Glocks: 9mm Glocks are really, really good, ditto with the 10mm. Every problem with Glocks seems to be in the .45 and .40 chamberings. As for SIG, well, I have had perfect luck with a P220 I owned the 1990's and the P226R DAK that is now my duty pistol. The third is a P229 I just purchased as a spare duty pistol, and I have yet to fire it. Perhaps tomorrow. If I had to pick up an unfired or untested pistol, and use it to defend my life, I would reach for a SIG.
  11. Rexster

    Rexster Senior Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    SE Texas
    Secondly, based on a recent conversation with an experienced employee of a local range/retailer, parts breakage among customers' guns is found to be most common in HK, Beretta, and in the Glock G36. His personal G36 has broken multiple parts. He is not anti-Glock, but definitely indicated that .45 may not be the best chambering for Glocks. The theory is that the longer pressure curve of the .45 ACP tears Glocks apart, in spite of the lower maximum chamber pressure. Then, the recall bulletins and agency reports I have seen at work involve .45 Glocks.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2007
  12. S&W620

    S&W620 Member

    Nov 22, 2005
    If you want a truly unbiased opinion, you must shoot them all for yourself.

    I can give you my opinion though. Do with it what you like

    Sigs: Never shot one, never owned one. Can't say much about them other than I have heard from many folks that the finish is less than spectacular. Other than that they are about as rock solid of a gun as you will find.

    Glock: Simple to use, boring reliability. These things are true "working guns". What many Glock owners consider "use" is what many other gun owners consider "abuse". These things take a lickin and keep on tickin so to speak. I've owned 2 different models (17/19) and both were fine pistols, especially the 19. Trigger is not great, but consistent. I would absolutely recommend a Glock to anyone who was interested.

    HK: This gun is my absolute favorite right now. I have a USP in .40 and I personally think this is the perfect gun. I much prefer the DA/SA to the DAO of the Glock. The first time I shot this gun my groups tightened as opposed to my Glocks. I could really go on for hours about how much I like this gun, but I think you get the idea.

    In the end, any one of these three manufacturers is going to provide you with one hell of a weapon. It's like chocolate ice cream vs. vanilla vs. strawberry. All three are great, but it just depends which flavor you prefer.
  13. glockman19

    glockman19 Senior Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    All great guns, for me the order of choice is based on caliber. Whom ever says one gun is more accurate than another is way off base. Most all guns ara only as accurate as the person shooting them. That said I prefer a Glock in 9mm and a Sig or HK in .40. The heavier Sig & HK's reduce the felt recoil making follow-up shots easier to make. The Glock .40 is so light that I find it to be a little too snappy for me.
  14. ccmdfd

    ccmdfd Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    Eastern Carolina
    All I will say is just don't go by feel. Many a gun has felt nice to me at the store, only to find I can't shoot it worth a darn at the range.

    Depending on what you're looking for, you may also want to have someone time you, and score your hits at the range. I've also found that while many a gun will shoot nice when just plinking at a stationary target, when I do an IDPA style timed drill that gun will score less than another that shoots worse when just doing still shots.

  15. Silvanus

    Silvanus Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    That's absolutely not true. If you can shoot a Glock well, they are extremely accurate. Everybody who says otherwise simply hasn't owned a Glock long enough to get proficient with it.

    As far as quality goes, all three are pretty much the same. If the grip of the Glock doesn't fit you though, I'd not buy one just because they are less expensive.

    Of the other two I prefer the Sigs. I like their trigger better than H&K's and the ergonomics feel better for me. You could also try to find a second generation Glock that hasn't got the finger grooves. It's your choice. You won't go wrong with any of these 3.
  16. distortion9

    distortion9 Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    Look at it this way...

    Eventually you will own more than one handgun....it's just a matter of figuring out which you want first. :)
  17. D-Man

    D-Man Member

    Jan 31, 2006
    It's not going to be an easy decision, but all listed in that group are quality handguns.

    To help you decide, think about the following:

    1) What caliber do you really want - .40 or .45? I personally think you'll be perfectly fine with either, but do you have a preference? Be sure to check ammo pricing here too.

    2) What kind of trigger action do you want and would be comfortable with? You have Glock's 'safe action', H&K's USP which can come in multiple configurations (DA/SA, LEM, etc.), and Sig (not sure if you want DAK with both or just DAK w/ the P229).

    3) Is this for home/range use, or do you plan to carry them? Most of them are pretty large and may pose problems with concealment.

    I know sometimes it's a pain when you ask specific questions about guns on a list, and people throw in other brands / models. But take a look at the M&P45 report I posted - I think the M&P would be worthy of consideration especially now with a $50 rebate and 2 free magazine offer.
  18. hksw

    hksw Senior Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    IMO (don't have a Glock in .40Sw or .45 ACP but will extend my results with a G34 to those calibers, have samples of the other two),

    Build quality,
    1. SIG
    2. HK, Glock (tie)

    1. SIG, HK, Glock (tie)

    1. SIG
    2. HK (close to #1)
    3. Glock (far from #2)

    This is only my assessment from the samples I have. Others will, of course be different.
  19. Creature

    Creature Senior Member

    Jun 22, 2007
    Virginia Beach
    Impossible to get...try them for yourself.
  20. emann

    emann Member

    Dec 29, 2002
    Lexington County, SC
    tacstar wrote: However HK & Sig are priced significantly higher than Glock.

    This shoudn't have been the case unless you were looking at aluminum framed Sigs. The Sig Pro's (which have a polymer frame like a Glock) are no more expensive then a Glock. HK's are sometimes a little more then both, but even then it depends on which Sig and which H&K you're comparing.

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