Skip to comments.(Vanity) Yet another "which firearm?" thread
Posted on 07/20/2012 9:24:49 PM PDT by ThunderSleeps
Sorry for yet another which firearm thread. Been putting in some OT the last several months, banked up a few extra $$$. Going to celebrate my right as guaranteed by 2nd Amendment. (note, not granted, the government doesn't give me this inalienable right)
So, I am literally set to "pull the trigger" on the purchase of a handgun tomorrow. I have narrowed it down to either a Beretta PX4 Storm (Compact, 9mm) or a Glock 19. This will be a concealed carry weapon.
I don't want to go any larger (full size) as I'm only an average sized guy with slightly smaller than average sized hands. (plenty of hand/arm strength from weight training) I don't want to go any smaller because I don't like the way the grips of the sub-compact weapons don't fill out even my hands.
I was leaning towards the 40S&W round but like the wider availability of 9mm, plus I can share ammo with my wife.
I was originally thinking Glock, almost went for it. Then a guy at a firearms store almost talked me into the Beretta. Now I'm leaning back towards the Glock. Lots of factors at play here, trying to sort them all out.
The Glock is simple, dirt simple to operate. The Beretta has more controls on it.
I like the looks of the Beretta slightly more.
I like the triple-dot sights of the Beretta slightly more.
Several informal polls of fellow firearms enthusiasts say the Glock may have a slight edge in reliability and accuracy. Not sure I'm a good enough shot though to make a difference.
Beretta claims their barrel line is lower, closer to your hand thus reducing felt recoil. Don't know, I've fired a S&W 9mm compact and the recoil is very manageable. (I can be fairly quick, fairly accurate)
Things that aren't factors: magazine capacity (same), accessory rail (both have one, though I don't plan on putting anything on it).
Both are in stock, the Glock comes in $20 less than the Beretta.
Glock, based on personal preference and nothing more.
I’m going for the sig.
Buy the one with which you can most frequently reproduce accurate results.
I will opine that you should go with the Glock due to the wide availability of spare parts.
I prefer the glock 26. I have a Ber FS 92. I shoot better with the Glock.
Another vote for the Glock.
Read all the other posts, good info all. Just keep in mind that the only purpose of the handgun is to fight your way to your rifle.
If you go with an auto, get one with an external safety. That omits Glock.
IMO a light trigger auto with a loaded chamber and no safety is asking for an A D.
Yes, Glock has a trigger ‘safety’. Not good enough for me.
Up to you though.
I like theS&W M&P w/ thumb safety.
I have a Beretta, a Ruger, and a Bersa for my CCs. I love them all, but the Bersa is actually my favorite. I’ve shot Glocks and will probably buy one next.
I’d go with the Glock, just because I have had a few jamming issues with my Beretta.
Before you buy go rent both at a gun range. Make sure it feels right in your hand. Dry fire it a few times to make sure you like the weight of the trigger.
Whatever you buy be sure to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE.
If you go with a gun without any safeties on it like the Glock I recommend getting a Kydex holster to keep it in. I use my holster as a safety as I can keep it loaded without worrying about something getting in between the trigger when I throw it in a suitcase or in my glove box.
Can’t go wrong with a Glock IMO (lots more aftermarket parts),
but take a look at the Sig P250 subcompact, the Springfield XD subcompact and the new M&P Shield as well.
The best thing would be to go somewhere and shoot each one to see what you like best. I would avoid the Berretta.
PX4s are too new and have yet to stand the test of time.
A good friend had to return a .40 cal PX4 because of wicked trigger snap. It was a Model C DAO with the cut down hammer. It was really a bad design.
He also had to repair a .40 cal CX 4 that came with a defective mag retention spring.
He has never had any issue with Glocks.
The first shot counts most.
Some still prefer a small revolver for reliability, safety and low-light, off-hand function.
Holstered in back behind one hip, you can reach it with either hand and it will function reliably.
It’s not what I routinely carry, but it is what works well for a lot of people. .38 +P gives you several concealable options.
Are you talking about a Beretta PX4 Storm?
I've had a PX4 Storm in 9mm as well as a Glock 19 9mm and a Glock 26 9mm.
The Beretta had nice write-ups in all of the gun mags, and was a nice-looking gun.
Mine however, was a jamming piece of crap that I sold off.
I also have had a Beretta 92FS (same as the military's M9). While fun to shoot and reliable, it was big and heavy, and I never carried it.
For your purposes, I recommend a Glock 9mm, either Model 26 or 19.
I’ve always liked the “no safeties” aspect of having a Glock.
I consider my holster to be my safety. If my gun is out then its ready to go. With a good holster that covers the trigger you won’t have to worry.
AD are caused by negligence. Someone wasn’t following the rules.
Seek uninvolved professional opinion. Glocks works every time you pull the trigger. For concealed carry consider a G26.
The guy in the store knows no more than you do.
Check with a NRA Pistol Instructor.
Seek uninvolved professional opinion.
Glocks works every time you pull the trigger.
For concealed carry consider a G26.
I would get the glock that fires the 7.92×24mm VBR round.
When I bought my pistol at the local firearms store, I asked the retired cop who was helping me my first time at the range what he carried — He had a Firestarter (with the goal post for lining up easier and external safety). I like it a lot and it didn’t cost a lot of money. I am interested in having a revolver, too, that won’t jam — I do get that on occasion with the semi-auto but think it is pretty much a user problem.
Groo has it - go with the one you, personally, can reproduce the best results with. For some, that’s a Glock. For me, it’s snubnose revolvers - the heavier caliber, the better. Pump 100 rounds through each at a shooting range that carries each or a similar model. You’ll pay a little now, but save time, hassle, and possibly a life in the long run.
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