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Last month's Tactical Journal, the magazine of IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) contained an equipment survey of the 300 + shooters who attended the IDPA Nationals match this year. About 90% of the shooters in SSP Divison (stock service pistol) used 9mm Glocks. Most of those were G34s with a few G17s and a few G35s.
You will find similar results published each year in Front Sight, the magazine of USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) following the Nationals Match. About 90% of all shooters in Production Division opt for the 9mm Glocks, again mostly G34, and a few G17 & G35.
The reason Glock 9mms are so popular is because they are reliable and lend themselves to shooting rapidly and accurately, frequently from awkward shooting positions. There are 4 different sizes in 9mm, depending on your intended use.
There is nothing wrong with Springfield XD/XDM, Smith & Wesson M&P, Walther P99, H&K, or CZ all are high quality weapons.
The fact remains, however that most the hard-core competitive practical shooters choose Glock and it's not because they're pretty.
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by tTito 16 months ago
I've said it on this board before. Glocks are the BMWs of the pistol world. Great products, but their owners make me never want to own one.
I have a 12 gauge shotgun for home defense. I also have a card for a contractor that will clean up the mess afterwards.
Dave Sevigny owns a Glock and made me want to own more of them.
Aw, I'm just funnin' ya. Glock fanbois are easy targets some times.
I do not care for Glocks at all. Never liked or trusted that flimsy plastic safety on the trigger.
I personally like Kimber pistols but to each their own. I'd recommend them. They can be a bit pricey but like any other gun you should check them out in person, hold it, even fire it at a range to make sure it is something you're comfortable with.
I've been shooting for years with serious competitors who prefer many different types of weapons. I am unable categorize their personalities based on the their preferred platform. I agree that your comment about Glock owners is silly and indicative of you lack of knowledge about the subject.
you wouldn't be talking so cocky if you didn't have a gun.
Can I just say here, that anyone who claims they are a handgun enthusiast and does not own a .22 pistol or two is dumb? They are fun guns to shoot and cheap.
Post as if your wife was sitting on my lap.
this is my favorite gun.
Kimbers are excellent 1911s if you prefer that platform. There are rumors that MIM (machine injection mold) parts can fail, but I have not experienced it happening at a match. I have never seen or heard of a Glock trigger safety breaking either and I have been running my G34 since SSP and Production Class came into existence about 10 years ago +/-.
$3000 + SVIs and STIs seem to break much more often.
I have two matching Ruger Single Six revolvers. They are a lot of fun.
Take a look at the Sig Sauer SP2022 9mm. It is in your price range and for home defense or shooting range you might find it has less "kick."
So many police agencies these days go with either Glocks or Sig Sauers, so that might tell you something about their perceived dependability.
That being said, Ruger makes good pistols.
This post was edited by Final Fours 16 months ago
I'll add this to my list of stereotypes about Glock fanbois I guess...
I knew I liked you. I have a 1974 Ruger Mark 1 standard. I love that sonofabitch. Shoot it all the time.
Ever notice how every Glockhead holds it sideways when they shoot? Annoying.
The beauty of the RCMB is that you can get expert advice on just about everything from everyone.
This post was edited by tTito 16 months ago
I want a second of the ruger mentioned above. double fisting 22s is so fuckin fun.
My local gun shop has one of these with a threaded barrel and a suppressor (now legal in Michigan, need $200 Federal tax stamp though).
The only person in here running their mouth about " hard-core competitive practical shooters" is you, Chachi.
I also support Sig Sauer recommendations. I grew up with one because it was my dad's service pistol. Simple, comfortable, and little kick. His also seems to have a softer trigger squeeze which is a personal preference. Solid gun though. He's been using his for 20+ years.
I would love a suppressed .22 to shoot bunnies and squirrels in my yard without alerting the neighbors of my cute critter assault.
Well then, tell me why I am wrong instead of talking out of your ass and calling me names.
You can get a supressor for a .22 for about $250.00 plus the $200.00 for the tax stamp. Then there's gun. It's a bit pricey.
A good can for 5.56 runs over $1,000.00
Who said you were wrong? I believe I even stated outright that Glocks are great products. I only suggested that the Glock fanbois are a bit tiresome. And really everything you've posted has proven both of those points.
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