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Difficult decision

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by clogspecialist, Feb 10, 2012.

  1. clogspecialist

    clogspecialist 10-head

    Jul 8, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    I have recently considered the thought of betraying My glock 20 and trading it for something that would fit my hands better. i bought my Generation 3 Model 20 almost exactly a year ago, but upon my first time shooting it i realized with horror that i was terribly inaccurate with it. My first trip to the range yielded (with 100rds of CCI blazer 200gr FMJ) about a 1 1/2ft group at about 17yards. Within the same session of shooting i would switch off and shoot my dads Kimber custom 2 1911 .45acp; with his handgun i was averaging 4'' groups at 25yds. I was kicking myself in the head. But i decided to keep going with it and get use to the trigger and see if i could get better. 300rds later my groups did indeed shrink, but now my best is still about a 10 to 12" at 20yds. this is because i have gotten used to the trigger. I love the firearm itself, i really do, i mean 16 rounds of a (potentially) 200 grain .40 caliber bullet traveling 1200fps, or the man-stopper 135gr going 1550fps, plus the un-worldly reliability of the firearm design, and almost indestructible-ness of the space age polymer. Well its one down side is the size of the grip. you see i am a generally small guy, 5'7" 140lbs. I wear a size medium glove, but the grip is just flat out too large for my hands to shoot accurately. so i figure there's no point in owning a handgun i can't shoot well. So i considered the possibility of trading my G20 for something of equal or lesser value. My ideal trade would be for an older, used but High quality 5" 1911, or for a new but cheap (like a Springfield Milspec/G.I 1911A1 with a great warranty) model. I shoot 1911's really well and i love the platform, history, and design; It's actually my favorite pistol. in second place would be a ruger 4" GP100, (i have heard these things are absolute tanks) preferrably stainless steel as i dont like Ruger's blueing all that much. I have only held the GP100, and like the feel of it. So now all i have to do is locate these items for sale, and work out a trade for ma ole reliable. 10mm is expensive, and thats part of the reason i have only put 400rds through it in a year, but i chose the glock 20 because of its cartridge, being ballisticly superior than any other semi-auto handgun cartridge that is fairly available. So my fellow Glock owners, i am sorry for the betrayal. But if i were to have to defend myself or family from a person or animal, having this 20 in my hand wouldnt yield good results, i would just mame the attacker with the first shot, maybe even miss totally, so i am going to trade this great firearm for something i can actually shoot well.

    I have another handgun i forgot to mention, a 1954 Mint condition Cz52 7.62x25mm, i am pretty darn accurate with it, but ammunition in that caliber is even harder to find than 10mm, but not nearly as expensive, anyways a 58 year old handgun that shoots a small light-bullet going fairly fast is not my ideal future carry/home defense handgun.
  2. stolenphot0

    stolenphot0 RTF2 Addict

    Jan 26, 2012
    Kettering, OH
    Have thought of trying to trade for a Gen4? It's the reason I went with a Gen4 22. I tried a Gen3 and couldn't find a grip that fit me best.

  3. garyjandfamily


    Dec 11, 2007
    Had exactly the same problem. Cured it with a Smith and Wesson M&P 40.
  4. AngryPanda

    AngryPanda Is he a troll?

    Sep 25, 2009
    I think the problem lies with you only shooting 400 rds through it in an entire year. No matter what you trade for, get yourself a .22 pistol, and do some shooting.
  5. Glockster17

    Glockster17 Millennium Member

    Sep 16, 1999
    Central Florida
    I have a 20 and love it... Is it big for my med. sized hands? Yes. Things I did that might help you: Added a 3.5 # connecter, added an extended slide release and a .40 Cal barrel. You can get one for under $150 from Lone Wolf Dist amoung others. Think about it as, training with .38 specials in your .357 mag. I simply change the barrel out and it is ready to shoot .40 S&W ammo. I got a stainless barrel simply so I would know what caliber barrel was in the gun with a quick glance. You can also get a .357 sig barrel if you wish as well. And if you are into odd calibers: 9x25 Dillon.

    Grip reduction from Bowie Tactical or Robar? I haven't seen one in person, but I have read a few interesting articles.

    Just my .02 . Good Luck, Rob
  6. DonD


    Dec 21, 2001
    Central TX
    I could never shoot the large framed Glocks well. I had one in .45 ACP and a G20, same issue. My G20 was flawless functionally with Blazer ammo but wouldn't work with Double Tap, the ammo I bought it with. Sent it back to Glock, nothing changed on the return, sold it. Don
  7. clogspecialist

    clogspecialist 10-head

    Jul 8, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    Do you take me for some 18 year old who wants to get into firearms? I happen to have a .22 rifle. But i have been shooting firearms (especially handguns) for quite some time. Angry Panda i took your post offensively, seemed as though you depicted some new shooter getting a first handgun and not knowing anything. I live in the city and cant get to the range much, let alone my dad's land which is an hour and forty five minutes away, so no i definently cannot shoot as much as i'd like to. However i have a good amount of large caliber handgun experience and me only shooting 400rds thought the glock is not the problem, i wish it was
  8. rbreit


    Jan 29, 2009
    I too wanted a 10mm, but the G20 didn't fit my hand. I tried the G20SF and, while it was better still wasn't 'right'. My hand fits 1911s and the 1911A1 is best. I tried the EAA Witness Match and it felt almost like a 1911A1, so that's what I bought. Good luck.
  9. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    I am guessing you are presuming the issue is the thickness of the grip and/or the Glock trigger. I would guess alot of people would shoot a 1911 better than the G20 but I would also guess that with more rounds shot most would improve.
  10. Bill Keith

    Bill Keith

    Jan 3, 2006
    Humble, TX
    Have you been able to handle a Glock 20 or 29 "SF" model? The short frame model reduces the circumference a bit of the grip so folks don't have to have giant hands. The SF frames approximates the feel of the G17 gun.
    I do believe that there are several makers of 1911 style guns made for the 10mm cartridge...Armscor comes to mind, and Colt. I wish Glock would come out with a single stack 10mm pistol, on the same platform as the G36(my current CCW). I'd jump on that :wavey:
    The GP100 is a hefty gun, the older Security Six comes in stainless and blue finish and the grips are less bulky than the GP100 (I have both, so could compare). The S&W K frame is also an excellant choice for a revolver for normal sized hands. I've found that after you buy one K frame gun, it's like eating chocolate, you can't stop with just one!:faint:
  11. AngryPanda

    AngryPanda Is he a troll?

    Sep 25, 2009
    Maybe try getting your panties out of a wad, gotta be tough to shoot with them all bunched up like that.
  12. clogspecialist

    clogspecialist 10-head

    Jul 8, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
    good one, however this is glocktalk, not glock-talk-****

    my panties have been in a bunch since i switched to hanes :tongueout:
  13. Black .45

    Black .45

    Jan 25, 2006
    Me thinks the CCI Blazer ammo sucks.

    Assuming you know Glocks and still bought a full frame G20 for your medium-sized hands, either/and/or trade back the full-frame for an SF, buy some decent ammo or wait for the Gen 4.

    One more suggestion; Kimber Eclipse for $1200.

    Blazer sucks.