Friday, March 23, 2012

Oops! I drank the wrong Kool-Aid!

Glock 17 Gen 4

I decided about a year ago that I was going to buy a 9mm pistol of some persuasion due to the costs of .45 ACP ammo.  I went back and forth between the Glock 17 and the S&W M&P9.  I made the decision to go with the Glock 17 Gen 4 based on a couple issues I had with the M&P.  

First, the Glock has the better out of the box trigger setup.*  To get what I wanted in a trigger out of the M&P would have required purchase and installation of aftermarket parts.  They're not expensive, and it's easy to do, but it adds about $50 onto the price of the pistol which is already $50 more expensive than the Glock.  Which brings us to issue number two, which was that the Glock was less expensive.  It also came with three 17-round magazines, compared to the M&P's two.  That's another $30 dollars I saved right there.  

I put those savings into a Don Hume belt holster, a BLACKHAWK! universal double stack single mag holder, and 100 rounds of ammo.  

Hopefully I'll have an On The Range post up featuring the Glock 17 in the near future.



Erin Palette said...

My newly-acquired carry gun is a Glock 26, which I got mainly because I wanted ammo and magazine compatibility with my 9mm Glock-magazine-eating Kel-Tec Sub-2000.
(Damn, that's a lot of hyphens.)

I got the S2K in 9mm because it's my primary home-defense weapon, and both and I my mother need to practice with it. Therefore, I needed cheap practice ammo. Right after the .22LR, 9mm is the most commonly issued handgun ammo, and is therefore the cheapest due to supply.

I went with Glock because magazines are also consumable, and therefore wanted a cheap and plentiful supply.

The fact that I have a great chance to make use of scrounged ammo and magazines in a zombie apocalypse or Max Max post-holocaust is entirely beside the point. ;)

Brandon said...

cdnn has glock mags on sale this weekend, if you wanted to pick up a few extras.

RobertM said...

Erin-Paying for .45 ACP ammo was killing me. I'm glad I finally made the switch. I hoping to start shooting IDPA in the future so it'll be nice to be able to practice for cheap.

And the availability and popularity certainly make it a good SHTF round.

Brandon-Thanks, I wish I had the spare cash.

Stephen said...

I certainly enjoy mine. I don't carry it each day, but its mag's are compatible with my crittergetter.

agirlandhergun said...

Kool-Aid is Kool-Aid. It's all good!