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Which Glock for Concealed Carry?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by The Viking, Dec 1, 2011.

  1. The Viking

    The Viking

    Feb 9, 2011
    The 9mm G 19 or the 45 acp G 36?
    The G -19 holds more rounds and is easier to shoot making it easier to place follow up shots on targets. Ammo and ease of fire encourages more practice.
    The G 36 has a more powerful caliber making the first shot more effective; but it is not a pleasant gun to shoot or practice with.
    Which one do you chose and why?:upeyes:
  2. Dogpatch06


    Nov 15, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I am a new shooter and a wimp, so I went with G19.

    I might get a .45 at some point in the future. Too much for me now.

  3. ksmedman


    Nov 24, 2011
    In the middle
    I'm neither a new shooter, nor a wimp.
    I've carried various 45's for years, but I recently went with a G19 for my main carry gun.
    It's a good choice regardless of background. 15 rounds of modern 9mm ammunition is nothing to sneeze at.
  4. vetmedglock30


    Jan 14, 2011
    Between the two choices listed, I would pick the G19.. However, G30sf is still king in my book.
  5. eclark53520


    Feb 12, 2007
    Why the G36?

    The G30 is easily concealable. 10+1 of .45 ACP goodness!

    During the winter I daily carry my G21.

    The G19 is a fantastic carry gun though. He's right, 15+1 of modern 9mm will do some serious damage. I'm just fond of the 45 caliber myself.
  6. ViennaGambit


    Dec 19, 2009
    I went trough the same process, rented and shot pretty much all the Glocks, and here are my points to consider:

    1. I think the .45acp is easier to shoot than the 9mm - more "push" and less "snap."

    2. The .45 Glocks have more barrel riffling so they are MUCH more accurate.

    3. A more fair comparison is the G30 in .45 to the G19 - they are both double stacked, where the 36 is a single stack and only gives 7 rounds.

    4. You get a lot less rounds in the 36 vs. 19.

    5. Can you afford to shoot .45acp as much as 9mm? There is a decent difference in price. A larger caliber means jack ***** if you cant shoot it well and practice, practice, practice.

    6. How big are you and your hands? If you have smallish hands, you may like the slim grip of the 36. I have medium hands and hated the 36. If you are fatter it may be harder to conceal a double stack as opposed to the slimmer 36.

    I would still go for the G30 over the G36 any day of the week - just feels much better and I like the added capacity with not much of a difference in concealability. In addition to the G30, I would ALSO get a 9mm - you cant go wrong with the G19, but if you are a smaller dude or have a tough time concealing or want the cargo short carry option (like me :D), you can go for the G26.

    Regardless, you need to SHOOT THEM YOURSELF and then decide - the feel is very different - and it will be worth the money you spend on rentals in the long run to make sure you got the gun that fits you best and has the type of feel you like.

    I own a G30 and G26 and feel like all of my basis are covered.
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  7. ViennaGambit


    Dec 19, 2009
    +100 - beat me to it.
  8. hddave

    hddave i want more!

    Jun 18, 2011
    Southern Ohio
    I have a G36, But choose either a G19 or G26 for capacity and ease in follow up shots. Find them much more managable than .45 .Don't mean to start a caliber war, Just personal choice.
  9. Ahmid

    Ahmid CLM

    Feb 6, 2007
    If I was starting all over again I would carry a G29...
  10. usmc4641

    usmc4641 NRA member

    Apr 4, 2007
    I daily carry the G21SF. I find it more fun to shoot than my 19. 13+1 of .45acp vs. 15+1 of 9mm is kind of a wash in my book.
  11. TX58


    Aug 23, 2005
    If you don't want or like the Glock 30(sf), then I suggest the Glock 36 however, if you're open to suggestions, I suggest you get a Glock 36 upper, put it on a Glock 30(sf) lower and NOW you have the best of both worlds - the "slim" upper of a Glock 36 that will (usually) fit any Glock 19/23/32 holster - whereas the Glock 30 will not - AND you get the 10 round magazines everybody else mentioned is handy in the Glock 30 AND you can use the 13 round Glock 21 magazines using an A&G adaptor AND you can use the nine round flush fitting Glock 30 magazine for concealment AND it's a 1/4 lighter that the Factory Glock 30 AND with the Glock 30 lower you now can use a tactical light AND it looks, feels and shoots GREAT - I've shot four hundred rounds through mine with not one failure to feed, fire or function (eject). I know you probably can't tell, but that Hybrid is now (and will remain so unless Glock makes a factory version) my carry gun. :supergrin:
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011
  12. eclark53520


    Feb 12, 2007
    I would love to see Glock start offering this as a factory weapon. It just makes perfect sense!

    I don't understand why the slides have to be sooo friggin wide on the 45 stuff anyway...just added weight.
  13. RX7Boricua


    Jan 15, 2004
    Central FL
    I've posted about this before... I carried a 36 for a year until I recently saw footage on TV of a nearby IHOP robbery with 4 bad guys (1 pistol, 3 stunguns). Once I saw that, I felt completely undergunned with 13rds of .45ACP and immediately picked up a Gen4 19. I now carry the 19 in an MTAC with a spare mag at all times. I feel MUCH better carrying 31rds of 124gr +P GDHP or HST on me. Criminals nowadays are getting bolder and are starting to work together when committing their crimes. For me, capacity, quicker followups, cheaper/more training, and the effectiveness of current 9mm offerings were enough for me to switch. And to think, I used to be one of those 9mm haters...

  14. E-2-E

    E-2-E Long Trail

    Jan 12, 2010
    Southern New England
    Of the two I'd go with the G19
  15. Taurus851


    Jul 9, 2011
    glock 30 SF is what i carry. although i'm in the market for a g19
  16. RLee3

    RLee3 Glock Krieg

    Mar 10, 2011
    I carry a G19 Gen3 and have for years and years. I use 147gr Ranger ammo for a defense round. Capacity is key. To much is never enough! Multiple threats are a concern. My extra mags are Glock 17 mags or I will use 19 mags with plus +2 ext.

    Anybody who tells you 9mm is weak is wrong.
    I laugh and always ask if they want to stand in front of my target... LOL
    Nobody ever takes me up on that...LOL (thank god!)
    I also have a G21SF and a HK USP Tactical 45acp but at 6ft 190lbs they are hard to hide...
    BTW consider a G23 because you can run conversion barrels and use 9mm or 357Sig in addition to the 40sw. I will do a G23 if or when I replace my G19
  17. RiverRat5.0


    Sep 14, 2011
    Northern U.S.A.
    Carry the G36. If you shoot someone with the 9mm you risk having the round bounce off their body or having it go through so fast that the body seals itself up after being shot! Seriously do research! :whistling::supergrin::upeyes:

    But in all reality I think both firearms will do. They are both similar in size so go with what your most comfortable shooting. Also if ammo costs impact your ability to go to the range i would buy the 9mm. Thats just me. Good luck with your choice!
  18. RLee3

    RLee3 Glock Krieg

    Mar 10, 2011
  19. JimIsland


    Aug 1, 2011
    I'm not trying to deter you from the G19 or G36 however, go to a range and rent a G30SF. That gun is so easy to shoot good ,it's amazing. My G26 has more "snap" than my sons G30. Don't get me wrong, the G30 has recoil but it's a different kind of recoil and very, very manageable. Try one for yourself and see.
  20. Climb14er


    Mar 28, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    Exactly my same thoughts!

    My bedside gun is a Sig P220 .45ACP and my CCW is a Glock 19 loaded with Speer Gold Dot 124gr +P in either Sparks or Bulman IWB or OWB holsters.

    Feel very comfortable! :thumbsup: