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Which Could Handle A Steady Diet of +Ps Longer?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Texasred, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    I have a Glock 30 that I am using to carry. But it is too thick to carry all the time and I really need to pick up a Hi-cap 9mm.

    I want something that I can Practice with on a heavy weekly basis. I want 9mm because I know overall the ammo is cheaper and I reload anyways. So here the selection is:

    1. Beretta 92
    2. Beretta 90-Two
    3. Glock 17
    4. Glock 19
    5. Sig 226
    6. HK USP
    7. HK P2000

    Which gun would theoritcally last longer and handle the +Ps and even +P+s.
    I have another Glock in 10mm but this choice will be my new carry and shoot very often.

    In all honest I will get a Glock 17 eventually, but will it still beat the others in handling extra pressures?

    But I think the truth is I would like to try a new platform. Can the alloy frames of the Sig or the Beretta handle steady diet of heavy duty use. From what I have heard the Sig can but the Beretta can't.

    Don't know a single thing about HKs, so can you guys help me out?
  2. 357wheelgunner

    357wheelgunner Well-Known Member

    I'd vote for the G17 and the P226. They're both tried and true designs, and have been abused for many decades now with much success.

    HKs are basically Glocks, made out of nicer plastic and with inconsistent triggers and a high bore axis. I would never pay that much for a plastic gun.

    If you want the Glock 17, get one. I have fond memories of carrying a Glock 31 (same size as G17, in .357sig) daily. They make great carry guns in a Blade-Tech IWB holster...
  3. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    Per the owner's manual -- go w/ the HK's if you're shooting a steady diet of +Ps ;)
  4. bwavec

    bwavec Well-Known Member

    The HK USP is one of the few pistols designed to handle regular use of +P and +P+ ammo. You will accelerate the wear and tear on the pistol, but it is designed to handle the extra abuse safely.
  5. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    All of them.

    You'll run out of money before you shake a gun to death with commercial "+P" ammo.
  6. memphisjim

    memphisjim Well-Known Member

    yeah i think any will take more than you will shoot
    the glock will shoot longest without cleaning though
  7. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member


    Can the alloy frame of the Sig reach into the 100,000s of rounds?
  8. skywarp_

    skywarp_ Well-Known Member

    The european guns are proofed to the higher pressures of european 9mm ammo.

    you wont make these things flinch with our lame +p
  9. seeker_two

    seeker_two Well-Known Member

    All of the above....but I don't see any advantage to using +P+ ammo....stick with +p or standard pressure and feel comfortable with your choice....

    ...btw, most of the choices you've listed will have frames as thick as your Glock 30. Ever consider a single-stack 9mm or .45ACP as your alternative carry gun?....
  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    If you need +P+ 9mm, you just need a bigger gun then a 9mm.

  11. mr.trooper

    mr.trooper Well-Known Member

    +P sure, but i believe the obscenely expensive MK 23 is the only one that is factory rated for +P+ ammo.
  12. Deer Hunter

    Deer Hunter Well-Known Member

    Now when we are talking about +P+, we're talking about submachinegun ammo, right?

    Because "+P" is mostly a marketing term. Squeezing more power out of traditional rounds is simply logical from a self-defense standpoint.

    +P+ is a term I would give submachinegun ammo. I've heard of ammo to be used for the UZI submachinegun blowing up glocks. But then again, on the internet you hear of a lot of things blowing up glocks.
  13. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    +P is an actual SAAMI rating.

    +P+ exceeds SAAMI specs and can be 10 psi/cup over or 2,000 over.

    Higher pressure does not necessarily mean more velocity. Pressure also occurs over a span of time. Some rounds/powders have a quick spike of high pressure while others draw that pressure out longer.

    As to the original question... have you considered a CZ-75 variant, either from CZ, Magnum Research, or Armalite? What about a S&W 5900-series pistol? All steel is an enticing choice.

    Given your choices, I'd go with the Beretta 92 or Glock 17. The Glock is a good choice due to the amount of aftermarket support for the gun.
  14. tblt

    tblt member

    Sig or HK
  15. Clean97GTI

    Clean97GTI Well-Known Member

    The USP is rated for it from the factory.

    The next one I'd go with would be the Beretta for its steel frame followed by the Sig with its aluminum alloy frame.

    coming in last would be the Glocks which I'd be perfectly happy to shoot with some +p ammo. ;)
    then again the Berettas did start breaking after only a few thousands rounds with some very high pressure US Army ball ammo but IIRC, that ammo was wildly over pressure compared to the NATO spec ammo intended for the Berettas.
  16. jocko

    jocko Well-Known Member

    who can afford to shoot +P+ ammo other than to check for reliability and then for carry purposes. Makes no sense to me to shoot that ammo for paper punching purposes
  17. VegasOPM

    VegasOPM Well-Known Member

    I've shot the Hirtenberger sub gun ammo out of my Glock 17- that stuff is pushing over 40K on the SAAMI scale. The base of the brass was bulged a bit, but the gun didn't seem to mind.

    It wasn't on purpose, as my buddy mixed up my ammo with the stuff for his MP-5.:what:
  18. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    Well I have REALLY considered the CZ SP 01.
    Man this things looks and sounds really good.
    But my problem is that I have this Perception that only polymer guns can handle serious use.

    I'm sorry oldtimers and traditionalists, but these torture test have really convinced me lately.

    I don't even trust ALLOY frames. I have this feeling that the alluminum will give out over the other metal that it is mixed with!
  19. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    Yes I love my Glock 30, but I would really like something that is a little slimmer and more affordable on ammunition.
  20. Texasred

    Texasred Well-Known Member

    That is why I pick the 9mm.

    Now I am off to the box o truth!

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