I tend to rotate what I am carrying based on where I will be, my dress, and personal preference that day. I do not take these changes lightly and train with each carry gun that I use. The Glock 17 has been part of this rotation through multiple models (Gen 3, RTF2, Gen 4) and with the release...
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So, I have a 21SF at home that I am perfectly content with being my bedside buddy. Right now, the only other pistol I have is my little LCP. I carry that thing everywhere. However, I am looking to get a bigger gun for when I go to areas that could present more a problem - a shopping mall, movie theater, etc. I am torn 50/50 between the 19 and the 26 (either Gens 3 or 4, not picky there).
My issue with the 26 is also what makes it more concealable than the 19: the grip length. Not a fan of having my pinky hanging off...and then when you add any sort of pinky extension, isn't it just as long as the 19's grip?
My friend and I have been friends for over a decade. Over the past few weeks, he'd been telling me that he wants to get a pistol for his concealed handgun license (which is now called a License to Carry in Texas). We talked a lot about his motivations, how he wants to carry, in what situations, etc, and I showed him my pistols. After discussing them at length, including their strengths and weaknesses, he decided on the Glock 19 Gen 4. He said it felt best in his hand and had all the features he was looking for.
Fast forward to today: he stopped by my house this morning at 8:30 a.m. and we continued on to pick up two of my best friends, both also former Marines like myself, and the four of us went to the gun show. This was to be my friend's first gun show. He was not sure what to expect after hearing so much negativity in the media regarding the gun show culture. We reassured him that it's not anything like what the media portrays, and...
As a former Marine Military Policeman with extensive training with civilian law enforcement agencies, I have a lot of practice with handheld firearms. I have also received a lot of training on what to look for when I enter an establishment or domicile, how to assess threats, and what to do in high-stress situations, how to handle them, how to react, etc. (I don't say this as a claim to be an expert or an authority, or for any other reason than to state my perspective.) As a civilian, I continue to try to learn as much as I can and to get as much practice as I can with my tactics and firearms. This will hopefully serve me well in the event that I have to rely on my training and skills in a situation where using my weapon is necessary. However, my wife and children do not have the benefit of my years of training and practice, and I have to consider what they would do were we to find ourselves in a situation where I have to meet a threat...
I’m one of those guys. You know, the ones who could be heard saying, “Those plastic, ugly things? I could never carry one. They have no personality and are butt-ugly!” You read right; I was literally basing my opinion of a firearm solely on its looks. I recognized the reputation of safety and reliability, but I allowed my narrow-mindedness in regards to firearm aesthetics to cloud my judgment when it came to considering Glocks for purchase. Then, one day, I decided to finally get my concealed handgun license, and while searching for good carry weapons, a friend told me to seriously consider Glock. As I respect this friend’s opinion immensely, I did so. What I found was both perception-shattering and life changing.
As you may have read in this article, my background as a U.S. Marine was with the M1911A1 and the M9. I received lengthy training with both of these...
After reading this article, it seems that Stag Arms lowers and AR's may be collector's items.
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