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Best non-Glock?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Dionysusigma, Jun 26, 2004.

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  1. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Member

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    Everytime I see Glocks--whether they're mentioned in a thread here on THR, in a videogame, at the gunstore, wherever--my mind says "I want one of these!" My hands beg to differ. I hate the Glock grip; unnatural wouldn't begin to describe it. It's not something that one of those (Pachmeyer/Hogue?) giant rubber band thingies would correct for me.

    So what I was wondering is, what's the closest thing to a Glock that... well, isn't one? Various other auto pistols my hand likes include:

    Springfield XD (NOT the subcompact)
    FN Forty-Nine
    1911 (single and double-stack)
    Beretta 92FS
    IMI SP-21

    ... but others that might be closer to the Glock design also include the Steyr M9, Smith & Wesson Sigma, and the Walther P99.

    What, do y'all think, feel good in the grip but are equally reliable/not much less so than the Glock?
     
  2. boofus

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    Closest in the reliability department is probably Sig or H&K. The HK USPs use polygonal rifling like Glocks do, and have polymer frames too. The Sigmas might look and feel like Glocks but there are too many horror stories about poor reliability.
     
  3. 7.62FullMetalJacket

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    Get the Glock. You will adapt. Resistance is futile.
     
  4. JohnKSa

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    Ruger makes some decent polymer autopistols.
     
  5. modifiedbrowning

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    Check out the Walther P99. Excellent firearm, I have three and they are all boringly reliable. The grip fits me much better than the Glock, the Glock feels like a 2X4 in my hand.
     
  6. Zak Smith

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    After going through HK USP's, P7's, Glocks, CZ's, BHP's, revolvers, and 1911's, I keep coming back to the 1911 platform for two main reasons: trigger quality is unmatched, and they absorb recoil better than anything else.

    My favorite three pistols for carry are: 1911 (Commander), Browning Hi-Power, and the HK P7.

    CZ's are a great value at sub-$400, but otherwise pale in comparison to a good 1911 or BHP, which admittedly will be about 2x the price. (I bought 4 CZ's in my "CZ phase".)

    I suggest you find a good comfortable and reliable specimen of a 1911 and give it a try. My Dan Wesson Patriot has been a workhorse, shooting IPSC and 3Gun for the last year - over 10k rounds through it.

    -z
     
  7. telcom911

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    Steyr M9

    I have found it to be everything the Glock is X2.

    That is if you are set on plastic. If you want a real gun get a 1911. Do not believe all the crap about them being unreliable. Browning built the first one in 1898, and had it perfected by the time of the army trials. The fact that the basic final design is nearly a century old should speak for itself. If it was as bad as everyone says, why would it still be around, much less the premire platform that it is.
     
  8. nero45acp

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    Steyr M9.

    Superior ergonomics, reliable, accurate, and has a lower bore axis than a Glock. Can be had at prices considerably lower than a Glock. If the Steyr M9 had been introduced in the mid-eighties everyone would be saying "what's a Glock?"


    www.steyr-mannlicher.com


    nero
     
  9. 9mmepiphany

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    i'm thinking the XD is a product inproved glock, so that might be the closest in operation.

    if the beretta 92/96 fits your hand...mine has been the most reliable (never a FTF or FTE in k's of rounds) full sized pistol i have ever carried...much better than the glock 17/22, sig 226 or 1911

    as to "feel" and accuracy i prefer the hk p7, but judging from you "comfortable" list of guns i'm think it might be too small for your hands. the walther p99 would give you the option of tailoring the gripframe to your preference,but it's trigger takes some getting used to.
     
  10. Marshall

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    Without a doubt, the .40 S&W XD-40 with Heinie Tritium Slant Pro's!




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  11. Nightcrawler

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    I was once told that if a Glock 21 doesn't fit my hand, then I'm holding it wrong.

    Years later, I own two .45 Automatics.

    Neither of them are Glocks. :neener:


    The Springfield XD has a nice grip shape, I think, and has gotten rave reviews. The Steyr M series has some real fans on the forum as well.
     
  12. Flashpoint

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    I have not found anything that points as natural and feels as good in my hand as a Steyr.
     
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    I have not found anything that points as natural and feels as good in my hand as a Steyr.

    I take it you have not picked a Steyr up, otherwise you wouldn't be asking this question :evil:
     
  14. Badger Arms

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    The concensus among most in the gun industry is that the Springfield XD is a revolutionary gun. Play with one, dry fire it, take the slide off and look at it, I'm sure you will love it. Don't settle for the 20-year-old design of the Glock, get an XD.
     
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    Badger thou art WISEEEEEEE!!!!


    Go with the Springy XD
     
  16. 4v50 Gary

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    If I had to have a polymer frame 40 S&W, it'd be the Springfield. Mo' beddah stuph dan da Glock. Ahem, it benefits for engineered refinements.
     
  17. Tamara

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    If I had to buy a polymer, striker-fired double-stack, it'd say "Walther" on the slide.



    Badger Arms, I'm curious what you find revolutionary about the Hrvatzki Samokres? I mean, it's a single-action, striker-fired, modified-Browning pistol, a type that is common as dirt these days, it seems. I do like the very BHP/CZ75-like contour of the grip, though.
     
  18. Badger Arms

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    First of all, it is the cheapest gun of its sort on the market. Looking at the quality of workmanship, fit, finish, materials, etc, this gun is built as good or better than a Sig though. It includes such lawyer-friendly items as ANOTHER safety (grip), loaded chamber indicator, cocked striker indicator, trigger safety, and firing pin block safety. Yet all of these features are 100% unobtrusive. You can still grab the gun like a revolver and pull the trigger.

    Oh, and the trigger isn't mushy, it's crisp. It's the best trigger on the market, IMNTBHO. Have you ever pulled the trigger on a factory Glock and liked it? I'm sorry, the P99 didn't quite measure up. Steel ambidexterous magazine release for switch shooters like myself. Oh, and that assembly is steel as well. Dual captive recoil spring assembly that protects the muzzle. Then we have REAL Sights, not some gimicky 'new and improved' system.

    Package all of this in a no-nonsense frame that is small enough for even my 11-year-old's hands and feels perfectly contoured. No cheesy plastic inserts needed, this gun feels right to most people who pick it up.

    The revolution is in the the whole package. Getting all of this in one inexpensive package counts for everything.
     
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    HK USP compact and the XD-40.
     
  20. Sactown

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    I have a Glock G34 and XD9 Tactical. For me, the XD9 is much better. Better grip angle and better trigger. I have had a few FTFs with the glock in the first 20rnds, but nothing since. The XD9 has had no problems, but I'm still breaking it in. I also have a HK USP40F as well as a Kimber Polymer. Out of all 4, the Kimber has the best trigger and ergonomics.
     
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    I'm with Grunt. The H&K USPc feels similiar to a 1911 and has extreme reliability to match. It's built like a brick out house. I have a Sig, and it doesn't feel quite right to me.
     
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    If you can't find the original HS...Go with the XD!! :cool:
     

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    Glock=:barf:

    If you can't stand to hold it, you sure as hell won't like to shoot it.

    I haven't messed with the XD much, but they seem to have a BIGGGG following.

    Of course, you can't hardly go wrong with a good 1911, Taurus PT92, or Berreta 92.
     
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    Ruger P series auto's! ' best kept secret in reliable and affordable semi auto handguns. :)
    Otherwise, my vote goes to XD Tactical or H&K USP, depending on your budget.
     
  25. Nick_90

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    I have the same problem as you... Glocks just don't seem to fit my hand. I bought a Sig Pro and a Steyr M9 (both made partially out of polymer) and they are much better. I have a slight preference for the Sig, I find its trigger smoother, but It's only my subjective opinion. Try them both and I am sure you will find one you like...
     
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