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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by csg4005, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. csg4005


    Apr 15, 2013
    Hey guys, first time poster here.

    I'm considering buying my first hand gun. I've had it narroweddown between the fnx 9, glock 17 & the.22.

    Ive talked with a couple guys at different gun shops regarding the 17 vs. 22. Guy 1 said he believed the 9 id the best option bc that's what the government and most police stations use. Guy 2 said the.40 is better because it gives you more stopping power than the 9, and if you want to practice a lot with it, you can buy a conversion barrel to have the ability to shoot 9mm. Question for you guys - After buying the kit, doors it perform just as well as having a9mm? And how much do those kiss run you? I've rag a couple pays and out send like you might have to buy a little more than just a barrel.

    Question 2 - how do the grips fools up on the gen4s? I like the rough grip, i just don't want to buy it and the griprub off in a few months/years.

    Question 3 -What do you think is the best option?

    I'm looking for a home defense/range gun. I'm a buffet got so i won't have a problem with the full size guns + i don't like floating pinkies.

    Thanks for your advice! Apologies for any typos, I'm on my phone.
  2. bentbiker

    bentbiker NRA Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    Orange County, CA
    Totally unreadable. Sorry.

  3. XshooterX


    Oct 24, 2012
  4. ChrisJn

    ChrisJn "Old Bill"

    Dec 30, 2008
    Baldwin Co, Alabama
    Yep, he's on his phone! Why do people bother.
  5. SouthpawG26


    Sep 4, 2004
    Gen 4 G17. First handgun, so 9mm is a good starting point. Modern 9mm defensive ammo holds its own when compared to the bigger calibers. Gen 4 grip texture is indeed rougher than previous gens, I like it rough as well..:upeyes:

    But if you don't carry, you'd might as well get a G34.
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2013
  6. MarkCO

    MarkCO Millennium Member CLM

    Dec 21, 1998
    I'd look for a Gen3 G17 or G34.

    The FNX does not have a lot of aftermarket support and the trigger is not great. In the FN line, the FNS is more comparable to the G17 and is a really good option.

    Personally, I would go to a local range that rents guns and shoot a G17, a XD, a FNS and a M&P, all with the same ammo and compare and contrast. One might feel better, point better, look better...hopefully those are all the same gun and you have an easy choice.

    PS. Only posts specifically about Glocks go in General Glocking, so this was moved for you.
  7. I'd go with a 9mm. I purchased a Glock 19 though, instead of a 17. It's all in what you prefer. Some people like .40, some people like 9mm, .38 spl, .357, .45... It's all about you. Personally, I wouldn't want to be standing in the way if any caliber bullet. It's all in what you like to shoot. 9mm isn't easy to find these days. Before all of this BS you could find a box or 2 of 9mm at Wal-Mart all day long for $12. $20 for Winchester WB 100rd packs. Not anymore. Maybe someday all of this crap will end.

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  8. Maine


    Sep 19, 2009
  9. tbc


    Aug 20, 2012
    Just go the range and shoot a bunch of different guns and calibers. And then buy what you like.

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  10. csg4005


    Apr 15, 2013
    Wow!! Didn't realize it was that bad. I was in my friends car sweating to death while we waited for someone to come pick us up... car problems :steamed:

    I re-read my post & here it is typed correctly with a few things added.

    Join Date: Apr 2013
    Posts: 1

    Noob needs help!
    Hey guys, first time poster here.

    A little about me - I've grown up shooting guns (experience with .22, 9, .40, .45) & feel very comfortable handling them. I'm looking to buy my first handgun (I'm 22 y/o so the guns I've shot have been relatives/friends). I've narrowed it down to either a 9 or a .40. I don't care for .22 & shooting a .45 isn't as fun as a 9/.40.

    The guns I've narrowed it down to are the fnx 9, glock 17 & the.22.

    I've spent time at a few different guns shops & have spoken with the guys working there. This is what I've found so far from speaking with them -

    1 - The first guy was a big believer in the 9mm. His reasoning was that the government uses it, most police departments use it, so the likelihood that it's put out of manufacture is small. He also told me out of the 37 pistols that he owns, the one that he keeps in his night stand to protect is family is his Glock.. That meant a lot to me.

    2 - The second guy at a different gun shop was leaning more towards the Glock 22. His reasoning was that it has more stopping power, being a .40 & that if I wanted to do a lot of practice shooting & preferred not going broke - I can buy a conversion barrel.

    Here is a list of a few questions I have after speaking with these guys -

    1. I've read on this website & a few others that all you need to switch out is the barrel on the G22 to shoot 9mm. I've also read that you need to do a little more than that.. I was curious if someone who's had experience doing this can let me know what exactly you need to purchase to have it perform flawlessly.

    2. I really like the Gen 4 grips. I'm a big fan of the rough texture & that's exactly what this is. My question is though, has anyone had any issues with the rough texture not staying tactical-like? I've read a few places where the grip doesn't have that rough texture after a while of holding it.

    Question 3 -What do you think is the best option?

    I'm looking for a home defense/range gun. I'm 6'6 & won't have a problem concealing a G17/22 + i don't like floating pinkies.

    Thanks for your advice! Apologies for any typos, I'm on my phone.
  11. hogship

    hogship It's MY Island

    If you only have one, the Glock 17, or 22 is a pretty good way to go. I feel the same as your friend about the 40sw having the edge in power, but the 9mm is also a good round too.

    Both are common and available.

    Flip a coin.

  12. davsco


    Feb 27, 2011
    i think you will find a lot more aftermarket parts, etc (mags, sights, holsters, ...) for glocks than some other brands.

    i prefer the grippy-ness of the gen 4 glocks over the gen 3.

    the 40 will be harder-hitting, but that comes with more recoil which slows your follow-up shots. find a range that rents both and give them a try.
  13. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Out of those three, I'd go with the G17.
  14. Adamz04


    Mar 28, 2012
    I agree here, but if it were me I'd buy the 40. At least you can shoot it these days.
  15. 9mm is not available around here... you can't find it anywhere.

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  16. GlockFan7


    Apr 14, 2013
    I had the same question and my final decision was not made until I stepped up to the counter and the man asked, "May I help you?". I ended up with the 17. My reason was experience for me as well as my wife, since she had never handled a gun of any kind. The recoil on the 9mm is a little more manageable. My wife could not handle my .40, but she shoots 9mm just fine. If you have experience with 9mm and .40, then it could just as well be a coin toss, as both guns are essentially identical. As it turns out, my personal favorite is the .40 Glock 23. As was mentioned in another post, 9mm is next to impossible to find right now.
  17. ratf51


    Aug 6, 2010
    NW GA
    In normal times for the first handgun I would say go with the G17. There is nothing wrong with the 9mm and it is more pleasant to shoot than the .40S&W same platform to platform (i.e. G17 and G22.) But these are not normal times-- the great draw to the 9mm has always been easy ammo availability for less money. I can't find 9mm range ammo right now. If you can find 9mm ammo where you are right now, then go with the G17. 17+1 rounds of 9mm is a good thing.

    That said...
    ...the G22 does give you the option of swapping barrels for additional calibers. BUT, for a first handgun, stay simple-- keep to one caliber. A G22 is my night-stand gun and I like the .40S&W. But I would still recommend the G17 as the better first handgun.

    Re: swapping barrels-- not only will you need the 40-9 type barrel you'll need to get different magazines for the 9mm. So, the cost for shifting to the 9mm from the .40 isn't paltry.

    Choose wisely Grasshopper...
  18. boilergonzo


    Mar 31, 2004
    I'd go with the G17 for the first gun. It is an adequate defensive firearm, and will be a good range gun.

    Having said that, the G22 is perfectly fine...

    I tend to prefer shooting 9mm for entertainment more than some more powerful rounds (I also like .22's!). I am not recoil sensitive (I routinely shoot a 10mm and can - but don't enjoy! - shooting a 340PD with powerful 357Magnums!). For fun and defense, I think the 9mm is a great choice.
  19. OldSchool64


    Sep 5, 2010
    He's on his phone, give 'im a brake. Just hope he's not driving too!
    Seriously though I'd say the G17.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
  20. WarEagle32


    Mar 15, 2011
    Glock 19 or 17, but definitely a 9mm.