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Need help choosing a couple semi-autos

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by wombat13, May 21, 2010.

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  1. wombat13

    wombat13 Member

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    I could really use advice, so thanks in advance for taking the time to read this and respond.

    So the microstamping bill has passed the NY assembly and since the Dems recently took control of the Senate I'm concerned it will become law. I'd like to buy a couple semi-autos before they become much more expensive here (maybe get ahead of the buying frenzy).

    Here's what I'm thinking and I'd like to get opinions and recommendations. I'd like to get one high-capacity handgun and one easily concealed handgun. High-capacity magazines manufactured after September 1994 are illegal, so the high-capacity handgun would have to be one that was in wide use prior to 9/94 so that pre-ban hi-cap mags would be readily available. I would prefer to minimize how many calibers I need to stock, so I'd like the two new guns to be the same caliber or at least one of them to be a .45acp (I already one an XD45). My wife has difficulty racking the slide on my XD45 but had no problem racking the slide on a Glock 9mm (not sure which one; it belonged to her shooting instructor). I'm also not looking to drop a lot of cash, but want quality. I'd like to keep the total cost under $1k.

    Given all of this, I'm thinking two 9mm Glocks would probably be my best bet. One full size that would accept pre-ban mags and one of the smallest. Pre-ban mags for Glocks should be the easiest to find; my wife should be able to rack the slides; cost should be under $1k; and there is little doubt that they will be reliable and last for the long haul.

    So here are my questions:

    1. Which Glocks should I be looking at? Are there two models that fit the bill above and could share lower capacity mags?
    2. What other handguns should I consider?
    3. Is my reasoning way off?
    4. Anything else I should be thinking about?

    Thanks again for your time.
     
  2. wombat13

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    Wow, looks like I came to the right place for advice.
     
  3. Wishoot

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    Give it more than a couple of hours. It's Friday and some people are working.
     
  4. Old Shooter

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    Wow, an hour and a half and you think you might not have come to the right place?

    #1: Forget the Glocks. I'm the first poster so why not?

    #2 Get a 1911. If 8 rounds of 45 acp won't fix the problem you probably need a lawer or an undertaker.

    #3: Yes. Guns won't dissapear in NY after this microstamping law goes into effect, thank you for voting.

    #4: Yes, move to a more gun friendly state, my preference is Virginia, your's may be different.

    Have a nice day.
     
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  5. searcher451

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    Lots of folks love their Glocks. Lots of other fine firearms should be considered as well. Were I you, I'd take a good, long look at the Walther P99 or the Walther P99C. It's rugged, reliable, dependable, accurate, available in either 9mm or .40 S&W, has interchangable backstraps to better fit your hand, etc. I've owned a couple of them for five-plus years now, have put thousands of rounds through them, and have never experienced a single hiccup of any sort. It's the real deal, IMO.

    Happy hunting.
     
  6. wombat13

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  7. wombat13

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    I hate when work gets in the way of more important things.
     
  8. David E

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    If you go with Glocks, consider the 17 or 34 for the fullsize and the 26 for the sub-compact.

    I would buy sooner rather than later and that includes hicap magazines.
     
  9. lions

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    1. Look at the glock 17 (full-size 9mm) and 26 (sub-compact 9mm).
    2. I'd go the glock route but there are plenty of other options.
    3. About more guns? No. I don't know much about the microstamping thing though.
    4. Lots of practice ammo, as always.
     
  10. wombat13

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    Well another forum that has only 25% of the viewers has already produced several responses.

    1. Thanks for your opinions in items #1 and #2, not much I can do with that though.
    2. Regardings #3, yes, semi-autos will still exist in NY, but they will be more expensive.
    3. I'd love to move to get away from the taxes and anti-gun laws, but I'll deal with this so my kids can know their grandparents.

    Thanks for your input.
     
  11. wombat13

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    I'm doing my research this morning and it appears that a magazine from a G17 will fit a G26 by adding a spacer, but that a magazine for the G26 will not fit a G17, is that right? If so, maybe two G26s might be the way to go.
     
  12. lions

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    You are correct about the magazines. You don't need a spacer but your grip would be a little funny if you didn't have one.

    Just a thought, you have a full size gun in your xd45, why not get a glock 26 for you to conceal and take the wife to a gun shop to find the gun she likes best to conceal and/or whatever other types of usage you anticipate.
     
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    Buy a Glock 19, you will love it.
     
  14. wombat13

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    Why the G19 instead of the G17 or G26? It seems that the tradeoff in these three is capacity, grip length and barrel length. So far, I'm leaning toward a G26 and getting a spacer if/when I find a pre-ban G19 or G17 mag.
     
  15. wombat13

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    I'd love to take my wife to the gun shop and have her pick out a handgun. She has her CCW permit and she has enjoyed shooting her Hi-standard .22lr. She's just not that into shooting right now - or more accurately she has so many other things to do that shooting just doesn't make it to the top of the list. I'm trying to plan ahead and get something that will work for me and will likely be acceptable for her. It's not ideal, I know.
     
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    Newww Yorrrkers.....Patience! :what:

    How about a water pistol? :cool:
     
  17. Fastcast

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    We all like hi-cap....but amen to that! :)
     
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    I would suggest looking into the Beretta 92FS for your full size and either the S&W M&P 9mm or the Walther P99C AS for the compact.
     
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    The 19 is a dimensional compromise but many view it as the ideal size to be acceptable for both CCW and HD/range purposes. I'm capable of CCWing a pistol that size but I find smaller guns (such as the 26) much more comfortable and easier to conceal, to the point that IMO, it is worth the trade off in capacity and shootability.

    No worries, you know your situation better than any of us, I was just throwing a possibility out there.
     
  20. wombat13

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    Okay, I suppose I deserved that.
     
  21. wombat13

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    I guess I quoted the wrong post. I completely understand why one would recommend the G26 over the other choices as you did. I meant to quote Haifisch's post in which he recommended the G19 rather than a G17. I was wondering just wondering why the G19 instead of a G17.
     
  22. Fastcast

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    Because the G19 is a very nice compromise between full size/compact and many Glockies seem to think it's the best of the Glock line-up.
     
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    I agree. But somehow you have to make some dough to buy more guns.
     
  24. IMTHDUKE

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    Want high cap. in a compact gun....here's 14 9mm rds in a sub compact.
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    Or want a larger cal. with 13 rd count of 357sig or 40cal...go with this and add the large mag.
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  25. jhallrv4

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    There's more than one way to rack a slide. Have her try holding the slide, and shoving the gun frame forward. Have her hold the slide with the palm of the hand against the near side, and the fingers cupped over the slide and gripping the far side. Amazing how much easier it is. Worked for my trophy wife.

    Jeff
     
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