Glock 36 or Springfield GI Champion for CCW?

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  1. nokestar

    nokestar

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    This will be my ONLY handgun.

    I have pretty much narrowed down my ccw to a Glock 36 or a Springfield GI Champion w/ 4" barrel. For the price, I'm looking for a do it all pistol, one that shoots well, conceals well and is dependable/reliable. I'm not one to believe I need 13+ rounds for a possible gun fight so the ability to conceal what I carry is a much bigger concern for me.

    Both are obviously proven pistols but which one should I go with and why???
     
  2. SauerChoi

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    I'm a 1911 fan so I vote the GI. G36 is an awesome gun too but just doesn't fit my hand very well. the gap between the frame and the mag always pinches my finger.
     

  3. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    I have owned and carried both, but now only the GLOCK 36 remains........

    The Champion was a great gun, never had a bobble, but the parkerized finish got rough rather swiftly in a leather holster. The main thing, though........ I just could not see those tiny G.I. sights!
     
  4. byf43

    byf43 NRA Patron Life Member

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    Between your two choices. . . . G36.

    IF you had G36 vs. Colt Combat Commander or Commander - take/choose the Colt Combat Commander or Commander.

    The G36 is approximately the same size/weight as the G19.
    With good ammo, the G19 can and will serve you very well.
     
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  5. GLOCK17DB9

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    without a doubt the G36.:supergrin:
     
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    G36

    A GI has way too many snag points and a thumb safety against it.
     
  7. Dawolf

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    Shoot them both, but if it was me the 36 hands down.
     
  8. Bob Hafler

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    If it's going to be your only pistol and you want it to be a comfortable carry I wouldn't either. I buy the XD Slim45.
     
  9. collim1

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    I have a GI Springfield and it is exactly that, a GI. Its a less than slick 1911 made to replicate the military issue guns. Dont get me wrong its a great gun, mine is reliable and accurateish, but IMO is more of a collectors/range toy gun that a CCW gun. Or a base model for customization. I would recommend atleast the Mil-Spec version for CCW if not a loaded.

    The G36 is a good CCW gun. I dont currently own a Glock but if I was gonna carry one the G36 would probably be it.
     
  10. mrsurfboard

    mrsurfboard The Anti-Glock

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    The Loaded Champion would be a better choice then the GI. That said I alternate between my G36 and my commander size S&W. The G36 is easier to carry simply because of weight.
     
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    glock 36 hands down.. love the spingfield as a range/hd gun over the 36 though but for cc not really.
     
  12. nokestar

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    Last night while researching I stumbled onto the new M&P Shield. Although it doesn't pack the 45cal punch, that is one slick looking ccw! The 36 would have one up for a night stand gun as well but the shield looks like it would disappear in flip flops!
     
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    nokestar:
    With due respects to the new shield, be not deceived: The Glock G36 hides about as well as any pistol can. And pistols chambered in .45ACP give the carrier a certain "coziness." Our G36 is not perfect, but plenty good. We carry ours daily. Our $.02.

    We trudge on.
     
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    i only own one of the 2 guns you mentioned in your original post. the G36 fits & conceals well in my remora IWB holster. cant use the conceal part much in MD, but in PA and VA, its great.

    i would recommend shooting a G36 to make sure it doesnt "bite" you. my fingers are large enough, but my daughter's are not and she got pinched on the pinky between the magazine & the frame.
     
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    It's my understanding the pearce +0 eliminates the possible bite, is this correct? I hate that an upgrade is necessary right out of the box but I consider it minimal considering what it prevents.
     
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    I use to carry the Kimber CDP II with a 3.5" barrel, wonderfull gun. But I recently purchased a G36 and shot 500 rounds through her and with no hickup. The lack of maintenance and profile of the G36 is why I make this my primary CCW. You won't go wrong with the G36.
     
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    With the G36 mag bite run three mags through it your pinky finger will get use to it.
     
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    If we are talking carry everyday type deal, G36 hands down. Easy to clean, tough, reliable and it will tolerate rain, sweat, etc better than the Springfield. I carry a G30 everyday and night. Awesome carry piece!
     
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    Yes it does, it also gives the pinky a solid place on the grip. Overall it just gives the gun a much better feel.
     
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    I prefer the G36 because I shoot it better than the smaller 1911 guns







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