and it looks like I’m a latent Glock owner.
I took the ‘NRA Basic Pistol Course’ today. One of the instructors brought some (some!) of his collection, and another brought a few of his as well. After the class we were invited to try any and all we were interested in. There must’ve been 30 or 40 different handguns available to us. We were five students to three instructors. They were right behind us CLOSELY watching how we were shooting, correcting us, and offering suggestions on which handgun, grip, position, etc. they thought we should try next.
I shot full, compact, & subcompact sized pistols & revolvers; made by S&W (old style), Ruger, Colt, Glock, Walther & Sig; in .22LR during the class, and 9mm, .38, .367, .40, & .45 calibers after.
I’ve got thin arms and long skinny fingers. This what I found. YMMV:
I had been considering a small 9mm Ruger/Kahr/Keltec, but the LC9 (& CW9 & PPK I tried in a store) was hard for me to rack and hold. It jumped the most.
I didn’t like the way the any of the revolvers balanced in my hand compared to the automatics.
I didn’t like the L O N G hard first trigger pull and the short easy trigger pull on the DA/SA automatics.
I found many of the buttons, releases & catches on the larger automatics inconvenient & hard to operate.
The full size .45 1911s were also were hard for me to rack and hold, I had FTFs because of limp wristing (wrist fatigue?). There weren’t any 9mm New Agents or Defenders to try.
I found the Glocks the easiest to rack & release. The magazine was easy to release as well and I also preferred the consistent trigger operation.
All of the above would count for nothing except that my Glock groups were also the tightest.
I really don’t see the how the small difference in size between the G17 & the G19 is the difference between concealability or not. It seems to me if you can hide a G19, you should be able to hide the G17, and if you can’t conceal a G17, you won’t be able to hide a G19 either.
I liked the G17, but I’d like to try a G19 with a magazine extension to see how that feels.
The class and NRA Power Point was good and thorough. What was most beneficial however, were the instructors’ guidance and the experience of firing all those different handguns, and that wasn’t even part of the ‘official’ class!