Glock 17 s&w 9

Discussion in 'Semi-Auto Handguns' started by iowan85, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. iowan85

    iowan85 New Member

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    Have narrowed down my search to these two guns. The primary use will be target shooting. I will never conceal carry, just not for me. ( not a judgement, do what you need to, it's just not for ME ). I have handled both of these, but have yet to shoot either. I will before making a final decision. 2 questions- 1) which would you choose and why 2) what have people been recently paying for these? ( please remember to say if it was new or used, what gen glock, and where you purchased from. A price on the coast may differ from here in ia. ) thank you in advance.
     
  2. Staestc

    Staestc New Member

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    Can't speak to the S&W, but my first semi auto was the G17. I just love it. Got it new at a gun show in Dallas for $475. 9mm is fantastic and affordable for range shooting. I have now put a Ghost Rocket on it, and I love it even more.

    Rent both at a range and shoot them before you buy though. Try an XD or XDM in 9mm too. Everybody is different and trying before you buy is money well spent, IMO.
     

  3. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    I recently purchased my first pistol and went with a used Smith & Wesson model 59. It is the first of the wonder nines ( high-cap 15 rounds) it's very similar to the 1911 design. Has aluminum frame and nickel plated slide. I can't speak on how glocks shoot because I have never had the chance to shoot one, but the smith is very safe, thumb safety/decocker, mag safety, which can be good or bad I suppose. But it's 37 years old and shoots great. I paid 450 for it with just minor scratches. Kinda want to try out an m&p sometime now. Good luck with your search.
     
  4. UrbanNinja

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    Have you fire that 59 yet? If so, how do you like it?

    I was searching for a 5906. But at the last gun show I was at, I found a 3913. Pretty similar to the 59 except it is a lighter,slimmer,single stack 8 round. Shoots excellent, very accurate. So far no issues after 200 rounds through it.
     
  5. apowers1214

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    I personally just bought my gen 4 17 for plate and target shooting and I love it. I joined GSSF (glock shooting sports foundation) for two years and was able to buy it new with 3 mags for law enforcement pricing of $425 in Ohio. I have shot the S&W M&P 9 with the competition trigger and liked it. I went with glock because it fits better in my hand.
     
  6. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Yea I've put about 400-500 rounds through it so far, I love it and I would hope to give it to my children someday.
     
  7. UrbanNinja

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    I will still continue to look for one. In my neck of the woods, they sell for around $350-400. I paid $350 for the 3913. It was a LEO trade in. Light scuffs from holster wear on the slide stop... other then that, beautiful weapon. I will he customizing it soon anyway.. duracoat should be here any day now. :)
     
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  8. yamaharyder369

    yamaharyder369 New Member

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    Yea I wish I could customize my 59 but all they make that I have found is grips, mags and recoil springs, no sights, triggers or aftermarket hammers.
     
  9. BuellerXB

    BuellerXB New Member

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    The wife and I got into shooting last year. Before buying anything we went to three ranges and shot multiple handguns. Glocks, FNH, M&P , Ruger, XD, etc. On paper I was sure we would end up liking the XD. Turns out, both of us liked the Glock the best...until we shot an M&P. It just felt...natural. We've since bought two M&P -- a full size 9 and a compact 9. Added some APEX pieces to the compact and we both shoot it better then most full size. :)

    I would recommend taking a good look at the full size M&P. Good online prices will be about $450 chambered in 9mm.

    My point though is you should consider spending a little time and a few dollars up front to go out and shoot them at a rental range. What is a great feeling handgun for one person may not be for the next.

    My $.02
     
  10. Magnum27

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    I have narrowed my decision to the same 2. I have shot the SW and loved it. Going to be shooting the 17 today if no one at the range has rented them out yet.
     
  11. Magnum27

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    Shot the 17 today and I hate to say I really dont like the rough texture grip. I also shot the Springfield XD and liked it better than the Glock as well.

    I am going to be shooting in a couple weeks with someone doing a head to head with the 17 and SWMP 9 and will make a final decision but I am 75% set on the SW.
     
  12. apowers1214

    apowers1214 New Member

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    I hated the gen 4 grips as well spent $10 on new grips that are similar to the M&P version. It is all about what fits you as a shooter hence why everyone doesn't carry just one manufacturers pistol.
     
  13. Magnum27

    Magnum27 New Member

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    What kind of grips did you get? Is it easy to install yourself - I assume it would be.
     
  14. apowers1214

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    I got the decal sticky grips. Real easy to install just sticks right over the stock grips. I only used them on the backstrap. I also looked a hogue grips both were $10 at my local shop. I went with the glock cause it felt better if you like the M&P cause of grips and feel go for it. One of my best friends has one with the competition trigger and we both like it.
     
  15. Magnum27

    Magnum27 New Member

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    Thanks for the info!