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Which Glock Would You Recommend?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by gqpolo, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. gqpolo

    gqpolo Member

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    I am starting the Police Academy soon and have fired rifles, and a shotgun a few times but I have never fired a handgun. I have somewhat smaller hands and am leaning towards a Glock23 for it's versatility and small grip. Please post thoughts.
     
  2. jahwarrior

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    i would find out what your local PD issues to its officers; when you make it through the academy, and get your first assignment, you'll already be handy with what they issue. also, think about getting a compact version of your duty weapon, as a BUG.

    to the forum. look around, read, and learn.
     
  3. wow6599

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    Even though I 'm not a fan of the 40S&W, I would guess that there's a good chance your issue gun will be a Glock 22 or S&W M&P40 - JMHO.
     
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    ...and don't learn any bad habits they'll have to break once you start the Academy...congratulations by the way...the GLOCK .40S&W, 357SiG and 9MM are all the same sized frames within the GLOCK sphere of influence...the .45ACP and 10MM are their own frame and the .45GLOCK is closer to the 9MM/357SiG/.40S&W/pistols...

    Bill
     
  5. Quiet

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    What he said.
     
  6. gqpolo

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    Silversport, can you elaborate on the bad habits comment? My class starts in March and I am taking a class at one of the local ranges here and want to get as much knowledge as I can going in. Jahwarrior, I don't have a rapport with any local law enforcement how do you recommend I find out what weapon is issued? Call? Also am I able to carry my own personal weapon rather than an issued one? I appreciate all of the responses.
     
  7. Taurus 617 CCW

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    I have shot plenty of Glock 17/22's, used to own a Glock 27, and currently own a Glock 19. I have medium sized hands and find the Glock 19/23 frame size to be just about perfect in comfort, concealment size, handling, shootability and capacity. You won't be disappointed. As jahwarrior previously stated, you may want to find out what the department carries and line up with that caliber.
     
  8. wow6599

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    But........if you can carry what you want I would go with a SF G20, but I am a 10mm nut :D
     
  9. LeontheProfessional

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    If I was going to get a 9mm I would get the 19 if I was going to get a .40s&w I would get the 22 or 23. The glock 17 is too big for a 9mm IMO. +1 on the BUG. You will be issued a gun in the PD. You may want to consider going with that caliber in a subcompact frame.
     
  10. NMGonzo

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    glock 35 if you open carry
     
  11. rcmodel

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    You surely had to talk to somebody to gain admittance to the police academy didn't you?
    Ask them those questions yourself.

    We can't answer them, because we have no idea where in the world you are living, or what police dept you plan to work for.

    I must say however that most medium to large departments will tell you what gun you can carry, and then either issue you one, or make you buy your own of that make & model.

    It's a little premature to buy a gun until you find out what the rules are.
    In other words, don't buy a Glock if they use SIGS or S&W's.

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    also, you might want to find out what your state police and sheriff's department use. i don't know how your academy operates and recruits out; here, both the municipal police and sheriff's office recruit from the academy, the state troopers require an additional 6 weeks in their own boot camp.
     
  13. gqpolo

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    Thanks for all of the responses I appreciate it.
     
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    to address bad habits - i've seen, in LEO training, the greatest variation in trigger finger placement on the trigger, grip and presentation from the holster.

    almost forgot: if they are a Glock department, the overwhelming choice by departments seem to be the G22. i don't think it's a very good choice, but then i don't make those decisions...it's more about price and politics.

    my personal favorite is the G19 for all around use. for a duty gun, the G34/G35 were designed specifically for LE use...it's funny, because almost no departments spec them for general issue.
     
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    if they allow 9mm, i say go with the glock 19. i have a 23 and it is nice and all, but 9mm is cheaper to shoot, and will allow you to get more training value out of your hard earned dollar.
     
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    most importantly: don't rely on police handgun training. most PDs only require officers to qualify once or twice a year; many officers only get out their guns and practice when they need to. this isn't conjecture; i've asked LEOs i'm friendly with, and they're also troubled that their fellow officers are such terrrible shots. once you decide on your firearm, GET OUT THERE AND PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. you'll probably need to qualify with a shotgun, as well, so if you have one, go skeet shooting when you can.
     
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    ...if you are taking a class somewhere you will probably not learn many if any bad habits...I was taught some things by an old range officer prior to going to the Academy...seems Academies like to change from Weaver, Modified Weaver, Isosceles, whatever the style of the day is now and I was taught different than what they were teaching at that time in the Academy...I had to unlearn what the Range Officer at home taught me and re learn the "new" style...it's not a deal breaker but made me a bit slower at first and I had to catch up...

    I see a lot of excellent advice here...good luck...

    Bill
     
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    yeeeah I want to get a 29 for ccw.
     
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    Regardless of what you are issued if you have the money I would look hard at the G23. You can shoot 3 of the popular police rounds with fairly simple barrle changes (probably the extractor if going to 9mm).
    I doubt that you will be working for the same department for life and even if the Glock is not authorized for duty the 23 is a nice size for CC.
     
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    Glock 19 with +P HP
     
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    Glock 23 is my favorite gun. But I'm not an officer, I ccw.

    I'd imagine it would be more comfortable in a car than a full size. And you can still use full size magazines as reloads. And you can't really put a light on one, at least I wouldn't risk it.

    Allthough I'd never CCW one due to its size, for open carry a G21 sure would be nice, if it fits you.
     
  22. Kingofthehill

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    Glock 23 Hands Down!

    Big enough to be a fun shooter for any occasion, small enough to be comfortable for CCW.

    Love my Glock 23
     
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    You need to find answers to those firearms questions before you go out and buy.

    If it's authorized I'd get a Glock 19, best all around sized Glock 9mm.
     
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    Which Glock?

    If you are only going to have one Glock pistol I recommend the 23 40 S&W. The reason is it fits a wide use for a practical pistol. Most ballistics are figured on the 4" barrel and the gun shoots as easily as the larger 22 with no loss of accuracy as far as I can tell. Also is easy to conceal if that is important.
     
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    Glock 35 +1

    Fireman
     
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