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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. orionengnr

    orionengnr Well-Known Member

    I think that Rexster has spoken the wisest words by far in this thread post #26)..

    I don't have (or believe in) a "car gun", a "motorcycle gun", a "boat gun", a "snowmobile gun", a "hang-glider gun"...and so on.

    I have an EDC. If I am in the car, it is with me. If I am on the motorcycle, it is with me. I'm sure you can connect the dots from there.
  2. gandog56

    gandog56 Well-Known Member

    Glock has yet to make a SINGLE model that feels good in my short fat fingered hand. I carp even about the grip angle. So the choice was very easy for me.
  3. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    I'm sure most would agree that 6 perfectly placed rounds of .357 will take care of most any situation. Unfortunately that's never really an option. 18 rounds of 9mm will be far better suited to this SD role. I'm not saying you should spray and pray, but there is a huge difference between a precise shot and tactical accuracy. I would rather have more 9mm COM than one .357 slug.

    Also as has been covered, shooting a .357 in a car is a foolish thing to do. Someone suggested loading .38's in the GP100. Why do that when a 9mm has better ballistics than the .38 and you can load 12 more.
  4. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    In the case of people that conceal carry a handgun daily, a subcompact carry gun can be difficult to draw if still kept in a pocket or IWB while seated in a car. Having a separate gun in a car mounted holster makes drawing easier and faster. Plus, a car gun can be larger than a pocket gun or IWB gun.

    Motorcycles are a different ball of wax in this situation in my opinion.
  5. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    That's a pretty good point. In my thinking in this thread I am mostly picking the autoloader for capacity for its size. Not to mention my own experience with the ear shattering .357 Magnum. So, although I am a fan of the .357 and the 9mm, my current choice in a car gun is actually a .45 ACP.
  6. Black Butte

    Black Butte Well-Known Member

    Guns should not be left in cars.
  7. iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns

    iLikeOldgunsIlikeNewGuns Well-Known Member

    In a life-threatening situation I seriously doubt I'd have the time to put them in, but I always have quality earplugs easily reachable on my person :)
  8. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    I understand that 357 is loud as hell, but note we are asking about pleasure shooting. The question is about the use in life threatening situation, rather. In such an event its foolish to think about negative collateral aspects. I seriously do believe that impact of a 357 Magnum has more potential to end a fight than a 9mm. The reason i pitched gp against Glock is because in their respective platforms they are considered most reliable by a vast majority of people as i observed that from various polls.

    Still some of the questions i posed in the previous post are unanswered.
  9. GaryP

    GaryP Well-Known Member

    I think would go with the Ruger GP100. Less rounds but much more power in .357 Mag.

    :evil: :scrutiny:
  10. Doc3402

    Doc3402 Well-Known Member

    Shooting a .357 in a car to save your own life is never a foolish thing to do if that's what you have. Both rounds exceed the hearing damage threshold by a great margin, so that's really not an issue.

    That would depend on what you have to shoot at. If you are working against a carjacker at a stoplight I would say pick a round, any round. If you are working against some road rage idiot trying to run you into the trees his car is going to be the target in order to get to him. In that case the .357 is the only logical choice of the two firearms mentioned.

    Note to all: Before this goes any further, I have already had this argument about shooting from a moving car. Please don't make me go through it again. It can be done, and it has been done, without resulting in prosecution. That does not mean you can take potshots at Bambi while driving down the carpool lane. It needs to be a self defense situation where deadly force is justified.
  11. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Well-Known Member

    I call my car-glock my "Reginald Denny" gun. That will Never happen to me. As an urban dweller, it's not a zombie fantasy, but a very real (hopefully very slight) possibility. I want capacity.
  12. chicharrones

    chicharrones Well-Known Member

    You mean the questions below?

    Price comparisons can be found on internet gun store websites like Bud's Gun Shop, Gallery of Guns, or brick and mortar stores that have their inventory (with pricing) on the internet.

    Another internet search will give some decent information. Check Ballistics by the Inch, Brass Fetcher, or even Wikipedia. With a known muzzle velocity and bullet weight you can punch in info at online ballistics calculators and get some basic numbers. Here is one. http://www.cruffler.com/BallisticCalculators/BallisticCalculator.shtml

    If a round fails to fire in a double action revolver, pull the trigger again and get a fresh round under the hammer. Many autoloaders do not have double strike capability and will require the tap-rack drill. That is not car specific though.

    Also, a contact shot can be made with a revolver where some autoloaders may get the slide pushed out of battery if a contact shot is attempted. Not car specific on that one either.
  13. earplug

    earplug Well-Known Member

    Depends on if your driving a F-250 or a Dodge Magnum.
  14. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    what does it matter which vehicle?
  15. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Probably one of each. And a sunroof for the wingman. lolz
  16. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    In retrospect do you think this poll was about the two specific guns, between two calibers or really a preference poll between revolver and an auto loader?
  17. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    Auto v. Revolver, for me.

    I would prefer a little more power for a vehicle gun (10mm, I'm thinking), but between 6-7 rounds in a revolver platform that I don't shoot as well, and 20+ in an auto platform that I shoot better than any other platform? No question.
  18. 56hawk

    56hawk Well-Known Member

    I would say it was probably the two specific guns considering how close the poll results are. This site seems to have more Ruger fans than Glock fans. If the question was revolver vs auto or 9mm vs 357 (which is pretty much the same question), I would expect a very different result.

    Or judging by some of your other polls do a Wilson Combat 1911 vs Ruger GP 100. :evil:
  19. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Good idea. It will be interesting to see results.
  20. otasan56

    otasan56 Well-Known Member

    The GP100 for sure. The .357 magnum is a far better car penetrator than any 9mm.
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