Originally Posted by 97cobra
I guys I'm new to the forum and this is my first post. I'm turning 21 here in december and I'm looking for a good pistol. I'm in school to be a police officer and will be required to provide my own service gun. I've been thinking about a glock 20 or 29 in 10mm. I'd like to use the gun as a service gun and for hunting and home defense at least until I get some more cash and can get separate guns. What do y'all think?
If you're planning to become a police officer and are looking for a duty gun, I say don't make it a multipurpose gun. Your life, and possibly the lives of others, could depend on your ability with that gun and, IMHO, that gun should not be a compromise.
How long until you anticipate becoming a police officer? And I don't know about your area, but around here, people go through one academy but may get hired in one of a number of city and county departments, or even college campuses.
If it's going to be a while before you get hired, and if you think you'll have time to purchase another gun, look toward your current needs. If you want a practice gun, look at a .22. If you want a more full-size gun, get a 9mm. These are cheap to shoot.
If you will graduate soon, look at the approved gun lists for the department(s) where you hope to be hired and get one that's on ALL the lists — that way you're covered wherever you go.
I don't know how long hunting season runs in PA, but you will have lost at least some of this season if you can't get the gun until December. So if you want to hunt with a handgun, you might think about making this a separate purchase for next year. And if you were thinking about hunting with a handgun as a way of not buying a second gun, you might want to rethink it. You can get a decent rifle for less than most big-bore revolvers suitable for hunting.