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Which is better car gun: Glock 17 or Ruger GP 100?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by el Godfather, Oct 9, 2012.


Which is a better car gun?

  1. Glock 17

    128 vote(s)
  2. Ruger GP 100

    111 vote(s)
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  1. smalls

    smalls Well-Known Member

    Define "car gun".

    Because when I think of car gun, I think of people leaving a gun in their center console, glovebox or under their seat. All of which are dumb ideas, in my opinion. So choice of gun isn't important
  2. mavracer

    mavracer Well-Known Member

    For others I'd say what kind of car? and where are you going?
    For me I don't prefer Glocks.
  3. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    That's actually a pretty valid point in favor of the revolver. I never thought about that. :uhoh:
  4. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Have you thought about how you're going to quickly reload a revolver while driving defensively?
  5. Doc3402

    Doc3402 Well-Known Member

    Defensively? If they're shooting at me? I don't think so. Not having all that loose brass rolling around near the brake and gas pedal is a definite advantage in the type of driving I'm going to be doing.
  6. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    BMV is the single most-committed property crime, involving loss of property, in most parts of the USA. This makes me very hesitant to reply to "car gun" posts, unless I know precisiely what the OP means by that term. I do NOT believe in running a gun-giveaway program, no matter how inexpensive the gun. I think of a "car gun" as a powerful weapon that might be better than a pocket pistol for fighting opponents who may be using vehicles, or parts of vehicles, as cover, and/or sights that facilitate longer-range shooting. A car gun may be in a bag or other container, or on a specialized holster, rather than a typical concealment rig, in order to facilitate access while seat-belted.

    OK, regarding the two handguns under discussion, both of which I actually own; the GP100's original factory grip, before the Hogue monstrosity beame standard, is a beautiful fit it my hand, as if designed by a twin from whom I was separated at birth. This is a beautiful grip for a handgun. I am sure this grip contributes to the practical accuracy of the GP100, for me.

    A Glock, however, with its massive double-column magazine, is more of a hands-gun for me, as I cannot realize its full accuracy potential unless I have two hands on it, and use the modern thumb-forward grasp with the support hand. I know, from training, including force-on-force "sim gun" training with my employer, a big-city PD, that I can shoot a Glock amazingly well (for me) under some hairy conditions, but not quite as well as a GP100 or K/L S&W sixgun. The Glock, however, does hold more rounds.

    Really, I like to have both a GP100 and a serious autoloader with me on a long road trip that might go through what I will euphemistically term "bad" areas. The GP100 gives me accuracy that rivals some carbines I have fired, whereas the auto provides sustained firepower. As the GP100 might be carried in a place other than holstered on my hip, I reckon that makes the GP100 my "car gun" choice, by default.

    Regarding guns left in cars, I have used a bicycle U-lock to secure a revolver, through the cylinder window, to a much larger metal object, such a roll bar. If I just had to leave a weapon inside an unattended vehicle, this might tilt me toward a revolver, all else being equal.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  7. shotgunjoel

    shotgunjoel Well-Known Member

    Sound/pressure wise I think that I'd prefer to shoot a 9mm in a car instead of a 357.
  8. 481

    481 Well-Known Member

    I'd go with the Glock 17.
  9. EVIL

    EVIL Well-Known Member

    I could go either way - both are excellent, accurate reliable firearms that shoot well for me. If I was mostly traveling to and from urban/suburban areas I guess I would lean towards G17, as a "get me home gun." If I was country dweller then I would probably take the GP100, which could be pressed into service for defense, hunting or survival.

    Personally, I don't like to keep too much value of guns in my car due to the slight risk of car theft. I prefer to keep them on my person at all times if possible.
  10. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    Hey, I saw that movie too!!
  11. easyg

    easyg Well-Known Member

    If you had to shoot through the glass or through the door of the vehicle, the .357 would probably perform better, especially with 158g .357 rounds.
  12. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    I carry my firearm on my hip. I don't need a different, special gun just for in the car. It's dangerous and STUPID to leave a firearm in a car unattended, especially for extended periods of time. I'm aware that sometimes it's unavoidable (such as when going into the post office or various other prohibited places), however anyone that leaves a firearm in a car for an extended period of time (such as overnight) is grossly negligent.

    The above is MY OWN opinion. Take from it what you will.

    As to the question, I'd go with the GP100 over the Glock. It fits my hand better.
  13. IllinoisGun

    IllinoisGun Member

    Got to go with a pistol. Revolvers are so 1980's.
  14. Old Shooter

    Old Shooter Well-Known Member

    I think that is the way I'd go also. I'm not a fanboy of the Glocks but if the case arose that I needed to use a weapon in a hurry and from the scenario of only having available the gun in the car...I think I'd prefer having 17 rounds on tap rather than 6 and a couple of reloads that I may or may not fumble during stress.

    Also, most likely in that situation each shot will be taken with the double action method of the Ruger rather than the consistent "safe, single" action of the glock.

    For the record my "car gun" is a stainless Colt Commander in 45.
  15. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    A Glock isn't single action. It's striker fired, which is closer to a double action trigger than it is to a single action. Think of the difference between your Colt and a Glock - The Colt is single action. The Ruger won't have an inconsistent trigger unless it's been damaged or neglected. They're quality firearms.
  16. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    Loose brass in the car being a problem is just plane dumb. It's not going to cause a problem. What could a 9mm brass casing do? Stack up end for end in a tower and jamb the break peddle? Come on, it's not even remotely an issue.

    I would go for the Glock with 17 rounds. When driving with one hand any shots fired are going to be in an attempt to provide cover. More rounds the better. Also one hand firing is easier to do with a DAO than a heavy DA revolver. No you won't be able to shoot it SA when you are driving for your life.
    I think FMJ's would be in order since barriers of glass and metal are very likely. Also roadways are often wider and longer than most SD locations so over penetration may not be as much of an issue.

    During deer season I would put my GP100 in the car. Never know when you run across that "Turdy Point Buck"

    Carrying a gun in the car is not always negligent and careless. Where I live it wouldn't be a problem at all. If you live in an area where I could be stolen a simple safe bolted to the floor would serve as a deterrent.
  17. Rail Driver

    Rail Driver Well-Known Member

    I didn't say carrying a gun in the car is always negligent and careless - I said LEAVING A GUN UNATTENDED in a car is careless and negligent. What good does a safe do you if your car gets stolen from your driveway or from the parking lot of a prohibited place? Sure it prevents your firearm from actually being used in a crime, but that is only part of the point.

    We ALL live in an area where a vehicle could be broken into and/or stolen (at least those of us that don't have a 30 foot wall surrounding our property, topped with electrified razor wire and a pack of guard dogs running loose inside the wall), and we all have occasion to take our vehicle to public places where any safeguards that are in place at home won't be effective.

    The safe in the vehicle does negate the negligence factor, but it doesn't eliminate the risk of loss, just lessens it slightly.

    I stand by my statement.
  18. Kahr33556

    Kahr33556 Well-Known Member

    I have a gp100 but voted glock because of more firepower.
  19. silicosys4

    silicosys4 Well-Known Member

    Glock 17 here.
    BYW, if you are shooting and driving at the same time in a "self defense" situation, you are likely going to be charged with a serious crime. In the eyes of the law, If you are in control of a car you have more than enough opportunity and ability to evade or escape a "situation" before opening fire on a public roadway while operating a motor vehicle.
  20. Doc3402

    Doc3402 Well-Known Member

    That would depend on where you live and what your state laws are. Blanket statements like that can be very misleading, and could even cost someone their life. In Florida self defense is self defense, and it doesn't matter what you are doing as long as you aren't committing a crime when you defend yourself.
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