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Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by BashCoder, May 3, 2007.
What do all you competitive shooters use and why?
Mostly a G17.....
depends on what you're shooting and how you define best. you aren't going to make major with a stock 17/19/34 so the 9mm is pretty much ruled out and a 17L/24 won't fit in "the box" so if that's a factor you don't want them.
I'm going to shoot our G17. But I guess I could shoot sub again this year in some competitions. Not sure.
We are bringing youth shooters this year and they will definitely prefer the G17.
But I have a question about my new G38.(in case I do ever use it in a match) Since it doesn't carry enough rounds for the course of fire is it used for amateur civilian? Do you just use G37 mags with it? Or is it used in major or minor sub, even though it is really a compact? Just didn't know where it fits given that it is a compact but capacity is an issue with the G38 mags.
BashCoder- Have you considered the .40 cal "version" of the 34 - the G35?
Thanks for the replies, folks - I appreciate the advice. Responses:
Butch: A friend invited me to shoot ASPSA, so I thought I'd start there. This is my first exposure to competitive shooting.
SARDG: Sure, I'd be into the G35 -- I love .40 S&W. I didn't mention that up front because every time someone mentions .40 around here someone has to start talking about chamber support, cops in Indiana, stovepipes and the like! I already own a G22 and a P229R in .40.
Ede: Would a G35 fit in the box? I assume a lot of folks go into this with finely tuned, tweaked out guns. I also assume a lot of folks shoot 1911's, but I haven't found one that I really dig yet.
35 is great because you can down load to minor power factor or up load to make major. That is, if you reload your own. Works for Production,Limited or Limited 10. I sure like mine
The 34 and 35 are the same size and both fit in the IPSC box.
A pretty good book for those beginning in competition (Glock) shooting is:
"The Glock in Competition; A Shooter's How To Guide" by Robin Taylor. Taylor talks about all the common competition Glocks but devotes an entire chapter to the G35. You can find this book online at several places for about 20 bucks.
If the competition is "best handgun ever made," you need to pick up a G19
I had the same question back in the fall, seeking to upgrade to a longer site radius. I was using a G19 but the longer shots were crippling. Anyways, I settled on the G17. Why? Well, in the event that I ever stopped shooting competively, I would still have a suitable carry pistol. In addition, the G34/35 offers only an additional inch in site radius and to me, the additional inch wasn't going to make me a Master over night so I opted for the more "practical to me" pistol, the G17.
Besides, who could ever criticize the G17?
I prefer the G20 for Limited competition using a KKM 10mm-40S&W barrel. The G20 has less felt recoil than the G35 and it works great for me since I also compete in IDPA CDP with a G21.
On the other hand, the 17/19/34 are perfect for "Production" in USPSA, where you don't have to make major, as well as for SSP in IDPA and Am. Civ. in GSSF.
If you don't reload, get the 34. If you do it doesn't matter. Don't get the 17L if you want to shoot competition. A 17 is a good choice also. I have a 34 and 35 and prefer the 34. Put a real set of sights on it and you're ready to go. Already has the 3.5# connector.
I like the 17 more than the 34. Its lighter and gives me quicker transitions.
If you're ever going to shoot IDPA, the 17C is not legal.
Definitely the G17.
If you don't want to shoot "minor" in USPSA, get the G22.
I guess "minor" is a non-issue if you are a really good shooter.
Great stuff, guys.
So far, based on your comments, I think I'm going to skip the 34/35 route for now, just because I'm not sure I'm even going to like competition at this point. If I get sucked in, I'll probably go there.
I really like Ryucasta's idea about the G20 w/40 S&W conversion. I've been wanting a 10mm anyway, and even if I don't continue competing I know I'll continue to use that gun.
But for now I already have a G22, so I'll probably do a trigger job on that and give it a try. I'll also buy a G17, since I've only heard great things and it's always been just a matter of time before I bought one of those anyway.
And thanks, Bogey, for warning me off the 17C.
Just curious why you would suggest a G22 unless you're considering it an "all round" good choice. But in competition, I take every (legal) advantage I can get, and a stock G35 out-of-the-box, would be a better competition (though perhaps not carry) choice.
Moot point I suppose as BashCoder:
a) has a G22, and
b) is going some other route...