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Which .45 for my son

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by pspez, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. pspez


    May 3, 2006
    Coconut Creek, Fl
    My kid is in the academy and graduates in May. He wants a .45 for off duty. What do you recommend?
  2. JBUS

    JBUS I'mHellaJelly!

    Jun 28, 2011
    36. Carry mine off duty all the time.

  3. Smokin45


    Oct 15, 2012
    Dirty Duval, FL
    Gen3 G30.. One of the sweetest shooting .45's Ive ever shot
  4. SgtRich


    Mar 14, 2006
    Get him a G30 or a G30 SF. I guarantee he will love it. I have both and like them equally for daily carry.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  5. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
  6. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Obviously, you already decided on Glock. If not, post this in General Firearms for some different opinions.


    Mar 3, 2002
    Tell him you're buying but let him pick it. I like the 30SF and the 36.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  8. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Jan 3, 2010
    S FL
    Maybe just me but before I chose I would start by finding out which ones are allowed and which, if any, are prohibited. Then I might also ask if the range people have any specific recommendations as they may have noticed that some do consistently much better qualifying with some guns than others.
  9. Just yesterday I ordered a G30SF for plain clothes and off duty carry. Pondered long and hard and my dealers distributor made the choice for me easy, They had the G30SF in stock but not the G36.

  10. bac1023


    Sep 26, 2004
    Good point
  11. What is he going to carry on duty? Seems like that plus the obvious "what does he want?" Would be the best questions to ask him.

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  12. ADK_40GLKr

    ADK_40GLKr Adirondacker with a Glock

    Nov 14, 2010
    RFD NY Adks
    If he lives in FL and State Police still use the .45GAP, I'd recommend the same caliber: G38 or G39 depending on which size frame he's more comfortable with. Then he could use issued ammo to practice with. (Uh, what agency is he in? State?)

    I really enjoy shooting my (Compact) G38, and it cycles my weak reloads perfectly. (Also enjoy reloading. .45 GAP ammo is fairly expensive around here)

    If he likes the subcompact frame, the G39 would feel just like a 26, 27, or 33, but with a slightly thicker slide. With my smaller hands, I can get a good grasp on my 27's grip, with pinkie AROUND the OEM baseplate.

    Ed: Also, ballistics are supposed to be the same as .45ACP, but it uses the same frames as 9mm, .40s&w, and .357sig.
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  13. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

    Jan 24, 2004
    Yep - needs to be a weapon he (as opposed to you) has complete confidence in. He'll make the choice based on that and what is on the dept approval list.

    As an example - My G36 has been on my hip behind the shooting line for years, but some have no time at all for them.
  14. ashecht


    Feb 10, 2010
    Charlotte NC
    This. I have one and it is a smooth shooter!
  15. SiGlockBoy


    Mar 4, 2009
    I have a G30, G30sf and 2 G36. If you want a fat 10rd smooth shooting 45, than go with the G30 or 30sf depending on hand size. I prefer the G30sf and both have been flawless.

    If you want something which is much nicer to carry IWB and don't mind a few less rounds, go for the G36. Grip is much nicer. Gun is much lighter and you don't feel it in the waistband as much. I'm not recoil sensitive but I will say the G36 tends to hit a little harder on your hand.

    Or go for the G30/36 hybrid and get the best of both worlds.

    I personally have carried all 3 versions and the 30 and 36 for about 2 year each. I wouldn't think twice about carrying the G36 daily and do so.
  16. tercel89


    Mar 28, 2005
    EXACTLY ! The Generation 3 Glock 30 is one sweet gun. I'm an officer and that is what I carry on my own time. I wish we carried the G21 on duty .
    But the Gen 3 G30 is really a sweet gun. Just stay away from the "SF" G30 . At first the "SF" models had problems and so did the G36. That is why I say get the regular G30 . Get the regular G30 , your son will thank you.
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  17. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Oct 19, 2011
    It was mentioned above but might bear repeating: Many agencies have a list of officially approved off-duty weapons. It would be helpful to have the list before going shopping.

    I certainly agree with the choice of .45, whether GAP or ACP, but, personally, I wouldn't lock myself in to Glock unless the agency approves. Around here, the PD and SO use Sigs (P226 for patrol, P229 for plainclothes, both in .40 S&W) so it would seem reasonable to get something with an identical manual of arms. I would probably pick the Sig P220 as a match for the P226 and the P220 Compact or P220 Carry as a match to the P229. The Compact is 0.5" shorter than the Carry but the mag only carries 6 versus 8 for the Carry and full size.

    Some agencies are more flexible than others. It might be possible to get an exception to the approved list or it might even be possible to get the list expanded.

    It would seem to me that there would be a strong incentive to use the same magazine and ammo as the agency.