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Old 12-18-2012, 16:08   #21
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You can't go wrong with any of the compacts.
New to hanguns-a 19 is a good start and cheaper to practice.
I carry a 23 which is easy to convert to 9mm or 357sig.
Tough choice but it's a WIN/WIN either way.
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:13   #22
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Yes. I realize that both the 19 and the 23 are good choices. But which one is best for a first time handgun buyer who also wants to be a last time handgun buyer?
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:20   #23
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Congrats, that should be a sweet pistol.

And FWIW, we have two Gen4 G31's that are running fine - except the mags run out of ammo and have to be refilled...
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:34   #24
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Buy a G23 and learn to shoot it. Then you will be able to shoot a G19 with no problem if you ever get one. If you start with a G19 you will always think the recoil of a G23 is too much. I started shooting 16 ga and 12 ga shotguns as a young kid. When I got older and started shooting high powered rifles others said they had too much recoil but to me they were nothing.
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:51   #25
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If you are going to shoot alot get the 19k(cheaper ammo) if not get the 23
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:55   #26
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Originally Posted by Willfulone View Post
Well... you will get a bunch of answers

What is the guns primary purpose?

Is is a home based gun or a carry weapon?

A .40 is kind of down the middle. kicks more, not as easy
to get off accurate repeat shots.

Personally I like to carry a 9mm
Keep a .45 for home

Same here, carry 9mm and G21 with a light for home defense.
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Old 12-18-2012, 16:57   #27
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Originally Posted by Castello Dunhill View Post
First gun, and last gun, all in one.

Only because many have come before you with this thought. Then they get a Glock. Then another, and another, well, you get the idea.

If you REALLY are committed only one gun, the compact frame is a great choice. You truly cannot go wrong. That is, until you expand your collection. Then,you'll want a more specialized carry gun like the 26/27 or max capacity full size or maybe a .45 just for fun, and so it goes.

I don't have a 19 (glad to have the 26 and 17) but I allowed myself only one .40 so got the Gen4 23 and I love it. Definitely get a Gen4' better grip (both in texture and size options). The dual RSA makes a big difference in the .40. The fact is, you can't go wrong. So.......heck.......get the 23.

Oh and cost-wise,if you buy cases of 1000 via the Internet, it's about $.05/round so NBD.
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Old 12-18-2012, 18:58   #28
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The 9mm G19 will be easier to control, less expensive to shoot, and will probably, in the long-term overall scheme of things, be more durable. Due to modern increases in bullet/cartridge technology, I currently see no reason to choose a .40 over a 9mm-unless you just want something in that caliber, or have access to a lot of it to shoot for free (and/or if that's what your duty gun/caliber is).

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Old 12-18-2012, 19:20   #29
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I have said several times if I could only have one handgun the Glock 19 would be about at the top of that list.
I never talked to anyone who had to fire their gun who said "I wished I had the smaller gun and fewer rounds with me" Just because you find a hundred people who agree with you on the internet does not mean you're right.
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Old 12-18-2012, 19:28   #30
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19 then a 26 for concealed carry.
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Old 12-18-2012, 19:53   #31
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Find a range, rent some, and shoot some to see how you feel.

I tried my friend's 19, liked it, so bought G19 at a gun shop.
When I went to pick it up, I saw a G30 which followed me home with G19.

After a while, I did not like G19 any more, and I traded in G19 for G29.

I am keeping G30. I really like it.

Things may change along the way but I strongly suggest trying some before you buy.

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Old 12-18-2012, 19:54   #32
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19 then a 26 for concealed carry.
Great combo. My wife and I both have 19's, and I carry the 26 IWB daily.
G'day and G'lock.

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Old 12-18-2012, 21:20   #33
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either gun you choose to go with you will not be dissapointed, i have both & love them equally.
the best part is you'll get your $ back out of them if & when you decide to go a different route, or if it's able just keep the 1 you choose & add to your family.
as for ammo your talking a couple of bucks per 100rd box.
the big diff between the gen 4 vs gen 3 is the grips that you can change size on the gen 4, if the gen 3 fits your hand good then stick with the gen 3 it'll save you $ on the purchase.
the feel of the gun in your hand is the most important thing to consider, it keeps you comfortable & that in return makes you a better shot along with practice.
you will always have diff views on a question like this 9vs40.
the 9mm gives you 2 more rds (15) & more velocity, the .40 gives you more stopping power & (13) rds.
so if it's mainly for home defense & plinking around at the range, keep in mind when for home defense your usually talking within 20ft of the bad guy.
with that being said 13rds you will hit the body sooner or later.
good luck with the new gun enjoy & be safe.
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Old 12-18-2012, 22:21   #34
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Glock 19... 9mm
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Old 12-18-2012, 22:36   #35
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9mm > all
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Old 12-18-2012, 23:09   #36
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I personally own a G19 and load it with Winchester ranger +p. I like the 9mm, it's cheap, easy recoil, accurate and will do it's job.

The .40 is a snappy round that I don't mind (I love my .44mag), but prefer a day shooting with 9mm instead.

It's going to be a personal preference in the end.
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Old 12-18-2012, 23:13   #37
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Old 12-18-2012, 23:14   #38
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g19. No question. The essential Glock.
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Old 12-18-2012, 23:19   #39
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Get the 19. 9mm is enough, probably easier to shoot, and you are more likely to practice with it since the ammo is cheaper.

If you were to have one handgun the glock 19 is the one. (in my opinion, i'm no expert but I think many experts would agree.)
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Old 12-18-2012, 23:21   #40
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I vote G19.

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