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Old 07-24-2010, 03:28 AM   #11
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I'm a big Glock fan, but you need to get whatever fits you best.

I had a Walther P99 in .40 and was very happy with it (the Walther holds up better than the S&W99 due to a slight difference on the inside).

But if you decide on the Glock22, go with a Gen4. The Glock .40's have always been under sprung (using the same recoil spring as the 9mm) which has lead to problems. The new Gen 4 is sprung correctly.

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I love my Glocks. But since you're looking around, you might check out the M&P from Smith & Wesson in addition to the guns other posters have mentioned. They are similar to the Glocks and XDs — polymer frame, striker-fired.

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I would say Springfield XD sub compact which is what i switched to after having a Glock for many years, unless you have monster hands or bigger hands it can be a pain to get a good grip on a Glock as they are very wide.

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Of course, if you aren't sold on the Glock, you could always check out a 1911... Rock Island Armory starts around 400 for a .45 and about 10 bucks more for a 9mm...

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You should hold and shoot as many different hand guns you can before you make the choice it can save you some money down the road by doing so. When you do make you choice shoot as much as you can to become familiar and safe with the new gun. Good luck.

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If you like the way it feels, get a Glock.

The Gen 4's have the same type of interchangeable backstrap grips that XD's do, so they fit a lot more folks now.

I've got a Gen 2 Glock 20 (10mm) which fits just right & is moderately concealable.

My wife carries a Taurus 24/7 C (Compact 9mm) which is easier for her to hide.


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Like some of the good folks here already told you, try to handle and shoot a few different pistols before making a choice. Sometimes the gun you find aesthetically appealing just doesn't fit your hand well or you find some other caliber more comfortable than your first choice.

If I were you I'd head down to a range that had some guns for rent and try out a few in 9mm, .40 and .45. Either of those three, with the right defensive ammo, will work.

If polymer framed striker fired pistols are what you like, then try out a few Glocks, Springfield XDs, S&W M&Ps (the XD has a grip safety and the M&P can be had with a manual safety as well) and Ruger SR9.

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As many have mentioned, go shoot as many weapons as you can before you decide. You are trying to fit the weapon to you and no one else.
I personally can't shoot a Glock worth crap. The grip angle messes me up. I also don't care for the only safety being on the trigger. I like the XD in the world of polyer handguns but that's my choice.

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I also don't care for the only safety being on the trigger.
The only external safety is the drop safety on the trigger.

Internally, the firing pin block works similar to the way it does on most modern pistols. It blocks the entire striker channel until the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear.

Plus, the sear plate is wedged into a notch that will not allow the striker (firing pin) forward unless the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear (where it drops out of the way of the striker).

The only reliable safety on any firearm is the trigger finger.
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The only external safety is the drop safety on the trigger.

Internally, the firing pin block works similar to the way it does on most modern pistols. It blocks the entire striker channel until the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear.

Plus, the sear plate is wedged into a notch that will not allow the striker (firing pin) forward unless the trigger is pulled all the way to the rear (where it drops out of the way of the striker).

The only reliable safety on any firearm is the trigger finger.
I believe spittinfire was referring to the grip safety that the XD has in addition to the drop safety on the trigger.
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