Glock 39 .45 GAP..Might Be Next.

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by clarkstoncz, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. clarkstoncz

    clarkstoncz

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    While I'm impressed with how my new G43 handled at the Range today.

    I'd still like to explore Glock .45 caliber options that are suitable to my hands.

    I'm not one with huge hands, but my hands are larger than Nancy's or my Mother's.

    A GEN 3 or Gen 4 (even better) Glock 19 or Glock 17 fits me quite well, as does my XDS .45 3.0
    but I remain a Glock or CZ fan at heart.

    With over 25 years of Glock or CZs in the house and holsters, I trust them much more than any other
    brands.

    Well, after shooting both my new G43 and the Springer .45 ACP.

    My wife and I talked with the Clerk, and I asked to handle a Glock 36 if they had such.

    He cleared one to make sure it was safe , and handed it over to me.

    It felt slimmer than a Glock 30 (had one years ago) or a Gen 3 Glock 20 (rented one)
    and even the G30SF, but still a bit wide and blocky to me.
    The trigger was the standard 5.5 and nothing special, and not nearly as sweet as the
    XDS.45 that was in my SHTF GEAR holster
    [​IMG] but we are still talking GLOCK .45 here and that makes a bit of a difference to me.

    So, the Glock 36 is still a tad to big for my hand(s) but I think a grip modification might be the ticket.

    However, then there is the Glock 39 that I've pondered for about a year or so.

    About the same size as my old Glock 26 GNS, but I'm told a bit wider in the slide.
    [​IMG]
    In .45 caliber, but not as readily available to me locally as .45 ACP.

    The .45 GAPs are also a bit cheaper than a comparable Glock .45 ACP pistol.

    My wife is still firmly entrenched ( and always has been) in the Glock camp and prefers a Glock 42 or a Glock 19.

    She would probably be thrilled to get a Gen 4 Glock 19 for Christmas!

    Until then, I'll have to decide if I want a Glock 36 or a Glock 39 after my PPS and LCR sell.

    Who knows, I might end up with both of them:)
     
  2. harold63

    harold63 I'm not retired

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    We just scored a G38 that someone ordered and canceled on. The GAP feels nice in that size gun...very similar to the 45 acp in my wife's Para 1911 lightweight commander. We still don't have a ton of ammo for it, but we are building it little by little. She wanted a small, but full size grip Glock in 45 and presto...the G38 was it. I've actually gotten a few grins from shooting it, myself. Both her and I carry a G36 and the G38 is a great time builder for them. I've never shot a G39.
     

  3. Ovid

    Ovid

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    Tough choice since both are excellent guns. If it were me I'd go with the one that felt best in my hands. I only have model 37s, but I'll swear by the round's performance and I'll pick up a 38 and 39 at some point. The models 21 and 30 didn't fit for me; they just didn't feel right-even the sf and gen. 4. So, if the 36 doesn't fit as you would like, why pick it up only to have to modify the grip?
     
  4. clarkstoncz

    clarkstoncz

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    Hi, I can see your point.

    Just know that there are ways to build a Glock 36 with the modified/stippled frames
    that show up on auction sites.
     
  5. sig357fan

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    I have a G37 and its the most accurate Glock I've ever shot, bar nun, if I was looking for a carry 45 and the G30/36 doesn't fit the bill I wouldn't hesitate to get the G39.

    sig357fan
     
  6. CDW4ME

    CDW4ME Enigma

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    I had a 36 and the grip has a different feel than other Glocks.
    Since the 36 magazine has an obligatory oversize base, length & height is close to a Glock 19/23/32.
    If I'm going to carry a gun that big I may as well have more capacity, including the model 38 (45 GAP)
    The 39 is shorter & length & height than the 36 and feels like the 26/27/33
    I still have the 39.
    In before GAP haters and their worn cliches, "solution in search of a problem.." ect.
     
  7. Rocky7

    Rocky7 Proud NRA Life Patron Member, Life GSSF member

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    Enjoy your search.
     
  8. AgentM79

    AgentM79 Platinum Member

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    The G39 is a niche gun, in that it makes more sense than larger guns in the GAP caliber. It is a great little .45, period. Very shootable, very reliable, and no harder to conceal than a G26/27. Plus, you get .45 caliber! I love my G39, so that is what I recommend. 200gr. Ammo and you are good2go.
     
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    I like the idea of the G38, however, 45 GAP ammo is so scarce, at least locally, that I won't give it any further consideration.
     
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    I had a G39 and liked it. It was fun to shoot. But my main complaint about the G26 is its too wide for comfortable carry and they G39 is even a tad wider! Check out a G36... about the same as a G19 when its all said and done.

    In .45 The XDS wins over both hands down in terms of size etc...
     
  12. HGxyz

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    Better size, more recoil, and a truly mushy (though smooth and light) trigger. The xds also has a grip safety and lacks Glock's simplicity if you want to work on it in detail. Mine sits in the safe while I figure out what to do with it. I would carry the G43, 26, 32, or 30 ahead of it.
     
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    The 36 does feel different with the factory mags , but if you add pearce + 0 to the mags it makes a world of difference, feels like a totally different gun love mine.
     
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    I really enjoy my 39. Very soft shooting, very accurate. Anything larger than the 9/40 frame size doesn't work for me also.

    Mine is set up so I can fire 9, 40 and the GAP. Handy.

    Ammo availability isn't an issue for me as I cast/reload.


    Cat
     
  15. JoeOU1

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    Get a G30S and enjoy. :)
     
  16. Catshooter

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    Didn't bother to read the OP did you?


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  17. clarkstoncz

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    I'm still on the fence here.

    Other than me wanting a .45 caliber Glock that fits me well.

    A Gen 4 Glock 26 would serve me better as ammo supply
    either locally or online is no problem

    The Glock 39 in .45 GAP would require some ammo hunting or
    ordering online.

    So, even though that Big Bore hole in the end of the slide is cool,
    the advantages over the Gen 4 Glock 26 are slim indeed.

    If money was no object, I'd buy both of them:)
     
  18. TN.Frank

    TN.Frank "Don't Tread On Me!"

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    Out of my 37, 38 and 39 the G38 is my favorite. The 37 is very accurate and the G39 can be a bit better for CCW if you don't use the XL Mag extensions to get the extra round but with them it's practically the same grip length as the G38 and with the 39 I get 8+1 instead of just 7+1 with the extension in the 39.
    Personally, if you want to take the GAP Plunge then look for a G38.
    As for ammo, if you handload it's no big deal. Just keep stocked up on brass and police your brass when you shoot and you can load it up for the same cost as just about anything else.
    I've been thinking about getting a G20Gen4 or maybe a G31/32 but I did notice that we (Cabela's) have a used G38 in stock and I may see what kind of price they'd give me as an employee so I may get another G38.
     
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    This ^

    Its probably the best option in a 45ACP Glock for carry.
     
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    My G39 jammed with FTF , double feeds, way to much.
    It choked on Ranger T and Federal HST 230 grain and to a lesser extent 200 grain Gold dots.

    Fed ball just fine.

    My G37 and G38 were flawless. I liked the G38 size the best.

    Ammo was just to hit and miss and I moved on from the round.

    All had nightsights and didn't pay over 400 for any of them. Was able to sell each and make my $ back.

    If the G39 had been my first Glock it might have been my last.

    Mine was a lemon.