Getting in a bit late on the discussion but this is something near and dear to me. Not only constitutional carry and self preservation, but glock striker fired pistols.
I have a small number of CCW specific firearms and I find out of all of them, the ones most carried are generally due to the frame and slide width and the comfort level of carrying. The other things that make my purpose for selection is my ability to operate the platform without thinking about it.
I've been a glock guy for a number of years. In fact, I've been a glock guy since the gen 2 first came out. I was a teen at the time, but I can remember the conversation that peaked my interest. My uncle was a federal officer whom had just gotten a replacement for his beretta 92 and it was a glock 17. He was angry and couldn't stand the fact that he had this piece of Tupperware he now had to get a new holster for.
In any case, striker fired firearms have come a long way since they first came out and Glock is one of the bell ringers who has put all focus on that system.
My carry guns are Glock 42, Glock 26 gen4, p64 9x18 mak, Walther ppk circa 1980s, a few j frame .38s from s+w and Taurus, CZ p-01, colt officers ACP, kimber pro tle/RL II, Sphinx SDP compact duty, and there's a bunch more that I have carried but they were not very comfortable and therefore I retired their carry use.
When it comes to the compact glocks, they are on my belt more times than anything else. And the reason is simple, the glock 42 is only a .380. It is the smallest, most accurate, most reliable pistol I can fit in the waistband of my swimming trunks and under a tank top without anyone being able to tell I have a firearm.
I've tested a bunch of clothing types and I can hide a g42 in just about anything I could imagine I'd wear here in sunny Florida.
Capacity 7+1 in the chamber, +1 pierce pinky extensions which you need when shooting a small framed pistol like this anyway. A spare magazine holstered weak side or even in a pocket gives another 7 rds. Tru glo tfo sights, see them at night, during the day, and even covered in dirt. Agency flatface trigger with polished bar and cruciform, polished striker contacts and hook face, ghost PRO connector ultra polished, adjusted for just the perfect amount of take up and crispy break, polished safety plunger and reduced rate plunger spring, 1# lighter striker spring, aquatic striker spring cups, and of course, fixing the grip angle and undercutting the trigger guard, with a stipple job including index points. Magazine release and slide catch also replaced with more suitable forms I prefer.
This gun has shot any type of .380 I've fired out of it. Reliably, it will fire covered in dirt and sand, soot from not cleaning it for a week of daily carry, even will be on target at 15yds offhand with sun in my eyes. If you find .380 is too anemic for you get the g43 9mm. Basically the same gun.
Ammo types available today have some .380 jhp rounds with similar performance and muzzle velocity as base factory 9mm ammo and therefore, you will stop a bad guy with a grouping of a couple rounds at center mass. I know everyone hates .380, but when you compare that to the weight of a .45 acp and the corresponding 1911 that comes with it, capacity is null and comfort is out the window.
I love my 1911s, but I don't love to carry the 4" or larger 5" mil standard govt models.
I will never carry something because it is 'cool' or its caliber will stop a grizzly bear at full tilt(Although hunting I will carry a heavier caliber sidearm)
I've been inside just about every glock that's been produced. I like the simplicity, and easy ability to make it suit your shooting style and carry requirements.
ROIKYOU, I can help you love your glock instead of just having to deal with it. If you want some support just let me know. I've done 12 glocks this week. I could add one more before the weekend if you want a walk through of what to do to fix it to suit your needs.
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