The G26 is okay for pocket or ankle carry, but I prefer more grip if I can get it. I carry a G32, and I prefer the full grip of a G31. Likewise, the G19 is great. A G17 feels better in the hand.
The tradeoff is concealability.
If I could have one pistol only, it would be a Glock G17.
Full sized glock for me would have to be a Gen5. The finger grooves dont work for me on the fullsize like they do on the g19. But id say the gen5 g17 - the accuracy improvements being reported in the new gen 5 barrels would negate any accuracy potential out of the 34 for me, and the longer sight radius is nearly canceled out by the longer draw IMO.
The extra 1inch of sight radius on the 34 would be worth it to me ( on a range/bedside gun).
Oh, heck, I think Fenderbender has the best idea.
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That's about as ringing an endorsement as a feller can give right there.
Concisely written too.
Here's another thought, just to keep spit-balling. With the advent of the gen 5, I have some opportunity to pick up some really good deals on older generation guns.
At what price-point/savings, would I be as well served buying a new gen3 26 and 17 over a gen 4/5 or gen 4/4 set-up? If it's $100 cheaper? $200? At some point, despite the gen 3s being a magazine down right out of the box, the dollars available for extra magazines, sights and lights starts to out-weigh having the newest iteration of a pretty standard design.
(With full realization that Glorp HQ could throw off the whole plan at any moment by dropping the gen 5 26 )
I'm not a Glock guy, but I've owned a few. G21SF, G27 and a G34. They felt like bricks to me.
Having said that, I just bought a Gen5 Model 17. What an improvement in ergonomics and trigger.
Never had a Glock 17. Never shot a Glock 34. Yet.
As far as a range gun, I did buy a Glock 21 and convert it to .38 Super with a six inch barrel. You can get almost the whole box of .38s in a Kriss Vector magazine.
Some day I'll get that 1911 in 45ACP everybody is talking about...
My other Sig is a Steyr...
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Never heard of it.
I like metal guns, and I have a particular fondness for open slide Berettas, but my defensive guns - the ones I keep on me or near me and stoked with defensive ammo - have been and will continue to be Glocks.
I have carried for the past 28 years either a Glock 17, 22 or a Sig 226 pistol off duty. When you are muddy, bloody or sweaty you want all the grip you can get. When the problems start all the BBs you can carry and then a reload. I believe that you should budget a mimimum of 3 rounds per problem if you shoot like Ernest Langdon. If you are not that good more is more better. Bigger is better in any lethal force encounter. The way to look at carrying a full size pistol is this, I have target pistol to target dangerous problems. I can attest that when things go sideways you will go through a magazine quicker that you think you will. I have tried to conceal a 34 it did not work for me like a 17 does this is just one idiot's opinion. VI
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The 17 is my vote....mainly because I have gone to all gen 5 glocks now
But I think it would still be the answer even if there was a gen 5 34
(Fwiw, I know glock has said they aren't doing the 34 or 26 in gen 5....but I think they're lying and am saving my pennies accordingly )
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I would go with the 17 also ,when I looked at the new gen 5 guns the 17/5 was a perfect fit I took it over the 19/5 but I did buy a new 19/5 with the FBI night sights later .
I'm with you. I think the Gen5's are that good.
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Glock 17. The Original, and still the Greatest!!
I got a G19 Gen 5 when they came out and love it............until I picked up a G17 Gen 5.The G17 feels better in my hands and I shoot it extremely well. I shoot the G19 G5 pretty damn good, but not near what I can do with the G17. I am putting a few more rounds through both until I decide to qualify with both for off duty carry. I think this next year's off duty carry pistols will be known as the "Year of the Glock": G43, G17 and G19 (yes, I know I need to get a G26 )
Up until Gen 5, my only viable option* (bear hands) was a G17/22/31 size. Now I can finally own a compact that I like with the G19-5. At some point I'll pick up a Gen 5 17 as well.
(* didn't want a Gen 1 or 2, and didn't want to mod a Gen 3/4 grip)
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Same here. I only carry 19's and own several. But if I had to pare it down to one, my first gen 17 would be the one to stay. It's just right.
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