close

Privacy guaranteed - Your email is not shared with anyone.

Which .45 for my son

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by pspez, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. pspez

    pspez

    Messages:
    1,185
    Likes Received:
    444
    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Location:
    Coconut Creek, Fl
    My kid is in the academy and graduates in May. He wants a .45 for off duty. What do you recommend?
     
  2. JBUS

    JBUS I'mHellaJelly!

    Messages:
    263
    Likes Received:
    4
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Location:
    NorCal
    36. Carry mine off duty all the time.
     

  3. WarEagle 1

    WarEagle 1 Taco Tuesday

    Messages:
    1,179
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2012
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    G30 great carry weapon!!
     
  4. Smokin45

    Smokin45

    Messages:
    500
    Likes Received:
    68
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2012
    Location:
    Dirty Duval, FL
    Gen3 G30.. One of the sweetest shooting .45's Ive ever shot
     
  5. SgtRich

    SgtRich

    Messages:
    156
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2006
    Get him a G30 or a G30 SF. I guarantee he will love it. I have both and like them equally for daily carry.
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2012
  6. JBnTX

    JBnTX

    Messages:
    22,847
    Likes Received:
    9,171
    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2008
    Glock 30, generation 3.
     
  7. bac1023

    bac1023

    Messages:
    109,367
    Likes Received:
    8,187
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    Location:
    PA
    Obviously, you already decided on Glock. If not, post this in General Firearms for some different opinions.
     
  8. MedicineBow

    MedicineBow Formerly TFLWYO

    Messages:
    710
    Likes Received:
    338
    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2002
    Location:
    Wyoming
    Tell him you're buying but let him pick it. I like the 30SF and the 36.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  9. Bruce M

    Bruce M

    Messages:
    49,828
    Likes Received:
    27,384
    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Location:
    S FL
    Maybe just me but before I chose I would start by finding out which ones are allowed and which, if any, are prohibited. Then I might also ask if the range people have any specific recommendations as they may have noticed that some do consistently much better qualifying with some guns than others.
     
  10. SD Handgunner

    SD Handgunner

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2007
    Location:
    NE South Dakota
    Just yesterday I ordered a G30SF for plain clothes and off duty carry. Pondered long and hard and my dealers distributor made the choice for me easy, They had the G30SF in stock but not the G36.

    Larry
     
  11. bac1023

    bac1023

    Messages:
    109,367
    Likes Received:
    8,187
    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2004
    Location:
    PA
    Good point
     
  12. BuzznRose

    BuzznRose

    Messages:
    339
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2011
    Location:
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    What is he going to carry on duty? Seems like that plus the obvious "what does he want?" Would be the best questions to ask him.




    Outdoor Hub mobile, the outdoor information engine
     
  13. ADK_40GLKr

    ADK_40GLKr Adirondacker with a Glock

    Messages:
    2,462
    Likes Received:
    53
    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2010
    Location:
    RFD NY Adks
    If he lives in FL and State Police still use the .45GAP, I'd recommend the same caliber: G38 or G39 depending on which size frame he's more comfortable with. Then he could use issued ammo to practice with. (Uh, what agency is he in? State?)

    I really enjoy shooting my (Compact) G38, and it cycles my weak reloads perfectly. (Also enjoy reloading. .45 GAP ammo is fairly expensive around here)

    If he likes the subcompact frame, the G39 would feel just like a 26, 27, or 33, but with a slightly thicker slide. With my smaller hands, I can get a good grasp on my 27's grip, with pinkie AROUND the OEM baseplate.

    Ed: Also, ballistics are supposed to be the same as .45ACP, but it uses the same frames as 9mm, .40s&w, and .357sig.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2012
  14. Uncle Don

    Uncle Don Wood butcher

    Messages:
    1,832
    Likes Received:
    457
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Location:
    Midwest
    Yep - needs to be a weapon he (as opposed to you) has complete confidence in. He'll make the choice based on that and what is on the dept approval list.

    As an example - My G36 has been on my hip behind the shooting line for years, but some have no time at all for them.
     
  15. BassBait

    BassBait

    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2011
    Location:
    Venezuela
    Hk 45 or HK 45C :cool:

    [​IMG]
     
  16. ashecht

    ashecht

    Messages:
    1,812
    Likes Received:
    134
    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2010
    Location:
    Charlotte NC
    This. I have one and it is a smooth shooter!
     
  17. SiGlockBoy

    SiGlockBoy

    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2009
    I have a G30, G30sf and 2 G36. If you want a fat 10rd smooth shooting 45, than go with the G30 or 30sf depending on hand size. I prefer the G30sf and both have been flawless.

    If you want something which is much nicer to carry IWB and don't mind a few less rounds, go for the G36. Grip is much nicer. Gun is much lighter and you don't feel it in the waistband as much. I'm not recoil sensitive but I will say the G36 tends to hit a little harder on your hand.

    Or go for the G30/36 hybrid and get the best of both worlds.

    I personally have carried all 3 versions and the 30 and 36 for about 2 year each. I wouldn't think twice about carrying the G36 daily and do so.
     
  18. tercel89

    tercel89

    Messages:
    3,433
    Likes Received:
    143
    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2005
    Location:
    Tn
    EXACTLY ! The Generation 3 Glock 30 is one sweet gun. I'm an officer and that is what I carry on my own time. I wish we carried the G21 on duty .
    But the Gen 3 G30 is really a sweet gun. Just stay away from the "SF" G30 . At first the "SF" models had problems and so did the G36. That is why I say get the regular G30 . Get the regular G30 , your son will thank you.
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2012
  19. F106 Fan

    F106 Fan

    Messages:
    8,203
    Likes Received:
    366
    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2011
    It was mentioned above but might bear repeating: Many agencies have a list of officially approved off-duty weapons. It would be helpful to have the list before going shopping.

    I certainly agree with the choice of .45, whether GAP or ACP, but, personally, I wouldn't lock myself in to Glock unless the agency approves. Around here, the PD and SO use Sigs (P226 for patrol, P229 for plainclothes, both in .40 S&W) so it would seem reasonable to get something with an identical manual of arms. I would probably pick the Sig P220 as a match for the P226 and the P220 Compact or P220 Carry as a match to the P229. The Compact is 0.5" shorter than the Carry but the mag only carries 6 versus 8 for the Carry and full size.

    Some agencies are more flexible than others. It might be possible to get an exception to the approved list or it might even be possible to get the list expanded.

    It would seem to me that there would be a strong incentive to use the same magazine and ammo as the agency.

    Richard
     
  20. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster G17 carrier since 1989 Millennium Member

    Messages:
    20,441
    Likes Received:
    1,531
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 1999
    Location:
    Hartford, Vermont
    G36 - thinner, more concealable.