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Old 11-06-2007, 05:31 AM
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Alright Guys and Girls,


I'm in the market for a new handgun. I've got a Ruger 9mm and really enjoy shooting it, but would like to add another to the list. I have always wanted a Glock, so I've almost decided that this is what I will buy.

I'm looking hard at the Glock 23 (40 cal)

What are the Pro's/Con's on this particular gun or on Glock in general?

Do you have any other suggestions for similar weapons in this price range?

A little more information on what I like.

Size matters. The P89 I have is a great size overall.
I like the compact Glocks like the 23. (Not the sub-compact)

I want a larger caliber than 9mm, so I think the 40 is a good fit.


And Lastly and most importantly I'm Left handed , so I need a lefty friendly gun.

Shoot me straight fellas.




It's kinda funny that I'm coming to a boating site for gun advice, but I like you guys.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:40 AM
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I like my H&K P2000. I'm not a lefty but it has ambidextrous mag release and slide release. 12 in the mag for the .40
Sigs are really nice too.........
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:49 AM
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I'm a huge fan of full size Colts in both 45 and 10mm but you certainly cannot go wrong with a G23. 40 cal is basically a shortened version of the 10mm and ammo is relatively inexpensive and you have a ton of factory loads to choose from. Check Gunbroker.com as there is always a bunch of these for sale. Good luck and buy up some guns before Hillary has her kankles running around the Oval Office.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:52 AM
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Forgot to add that Glocks are prety much indestructible and should last a couple lifetimes. The safety takes a little getting used to and most of the compacts and subcompacts will not hold as tight a group as a longer slide but they work for their intended purpose. I'm in the market for a G29 or G30 myself.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:16 AM
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This has been well covered.

What's your budget? What do you want it to do? The used market is loaded and you may be able to pick something up that you otherwise would not be able to afford.

I'm partial to my Sig 239 for carry. Currently looking for a H&K for fun. Love my custom .45 Colt. Winter league is here and I'm shooting a Pardini weekly. Didn't care for my Glock but have friends who carry for a living and they swear by them. IMO the .40 S&W is a great all around cartridge.

S&W has a deal going on right now on their Sigma. 2 free mags and a 50 dollar rebate. Was bringing the cost down to 300.00. I've never held one and I'm not a fan of the DAO trigger.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:18 AM
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http://www.springfield-armory.com/xd.php
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:25 AM
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Mist-Rest - 11/6/2007 6:16 AM

This has been well covered.

What's your budget? What do you want it to do? The used market is loaded and you may be able to pick something up that you otherwise would not be able to afford.

I'm partial to my Sig 239 for carry. Currently looking for a H&K for fun. Love my custom .45 Colt. Winter league is here and I'm shooting a Pardini weekly. Didn't care for my Glock but have friends who carry for a living and they swear by them. IMO the .40 S&W is a great all around cartridge.

S&W has a deal going on right now on their Sigma. 2 free mags and a 50 dollar rebate. Was bringing the cost down to 300.00. I've never held one and I'm not a fan of the DAO trigger.
Budget is around $500.00 - $600.00

Looking for something to target shoot with and carry in the woods when I walk or hunt, in case I encounter a hog or a coyote. I like the .45 colts, but they are on the high side of my budget and are kinda big.

I've never bought a used gun before, there are just so many unknowns.

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Old 11-06-2007, 06:28 AM
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I currently have a G 19, 9mm and a G 27 .40 (subcompact)and a HK USP Compact .45

The G 27 is a very nice piece but you have to get the magazine extension for large hands.

The GLOCKS's are weapons not show pieces !
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:37 AM
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Get the Glock 23. You will never regret it.

If hunting hogs is part of the primary mission I think I would get a magnum revolver, .357 minimum.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:48 AM
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If you have any inkling of hunting with it, get the 10mm and probably the full size, You can jack up a 10mm round to equal the velocity and energy of a 41 magnum. I've shot a bunch of hogs with my Delta Elite and it hits like thor.
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:05 AM
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I might have put out the wrong message.

I will not be intentionally hunting hogs with this gun.

I'll just carry it as a side arm when I'm messing around in the woods.

And as mentioned by a previous poster, I'm not looking for a show piece.

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:07 AM
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Another vote for a full size 1911. Springfield has some in your price range. Like Mist said, the used market is rather abundant right now.
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Take a look at the new PPS from Walther. It's coming in 9mm & 40cal.
I have 3 for sale now: 1-Colt Combat Elite .45--$700, 1-Colt Defender .45--$600, and 1-Ruger SuperRedhawk .44--$500(includes scope and 2-holtsers).
I have to sell at least one to buy the PPS-9mm
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:32 PM
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I have the ruger superRedhawk .44( will kill anything you hit) A springfield SS 1911 Milspec(awesome gun), next on my list is what thinblueline stated, the XD .45 13+1.... Have a lot of friends with this gun.... everyone loves it... Narrow down what you want to do a little more then decide....
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Old 11-06-2007, 04:42 PM
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I like the High cap mags too, but here in NY they are BANNED!! So getting a gun with the capability of carrying 13 rounds is a waste for me. I usually carry the Defender. It's a real nice gun, but I was looking for something a little smaller. The Walther looks real nice, just haven't held one yet. I don't think they were shipped yet. How about the Glock 39? It's a .45 GAP--also compact.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:35 PM
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I think you'll enjoy the G23.

You'll find the recoil a bit snappier than your 9MM, but this should go without saying.

You'll also find the G23 to be durable and reliable. This is not to say the other suggestions made here are not. A GLOCK will field strip into 4 parts, each of which is easily cleaned. I use Simple Green and hot water on all of my GLOCK's.

Another plus for the G23 is you will be able to use G22 magazines.

Try to find a range/gun store that will let you fire a G23. You may find that it does not point well for you at all. The GLOCK is not for everyone; some people find the grip angle to be too severe.

Good luck.

Disclaimer: All my handguns are GLOCK. I've traded and/or sold some very expensive custom 1911's to buy them. I do not regret this.


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Old 11-06-2007, 06:27 PM
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Like 40s but don't like the Glock safety ( no safety)-- if you can LIVE with it-- they shoot Great!-- I personally like Tarus Millinlum 40-- also got Gun of the Year when came out-- Son carrys as back up to Smith 45 when on duty.
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Save yourself some money and do what I did, buy a Walther P990 .40S&W LE Police trade-in, you can buy this gun for around $299. It has a better feel than my glock and I love its fulltime double action. Do a little research on them.
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Eyehooker - 11/6/2007 5:27 PM

Like 40s but don't like the Glock safety ( no safety)-- if you can LIVE with it-- they shoot Great!-- I personally like Tarus Millinlum 40-- also got Gun of the Year when came out-- Son carrys as back up to Smith 45 when on duty.
An unfortunate misconception about the GLOCK pistol. The GLOCK pistol has three safeties. Contrary to conventional, the trigger is the only operating element. All three pistol safeties are deactivated when the trigger is pulled -and automatically activated when it is released.

Be sure to do your own extensive research. The quoted text is only an example of the misinformation you will encounter.

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Just got a HK USP Compact 40 for 650 on gunbroker.com Love it.
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