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4 years 36 weeks ago, 7:17 AM

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I stand a burly 5'11'' 250 lbs, I am not a small guy though i am only 20 and have very minimal experience with hand guns. The army no longer teaches side arm training in BCT and my MOS is not of that which requires a side arm. So my delimma is, being fairly new to pistols, and with all the choices and lingo surrounding them it can be somewhat overwhelming. I was personally considering a Glock 23. If i am not mistaken this is a .40 caliber weapon which i would like, but it also has a 9mm conversion kit correct?? i think this is my best bet due to the fairly low price as well as Glocks known durability.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. I am looking to buy as early as the first week of May, for anyone who is looking to sell for the right price.

Thanks much

4 years 36 weeks ago, 7:45 AM

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is this weapon going to be for CC or just general range time? That might be
a concideration, I would recomend heading to the gun store and finding a
pistol that fits your hand, feels well balanced etc. that might be a Glock 23
or something else.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 9:20 AM

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it will mostly be used for range time but also home protection/ cc. i figured the 23 would be good for the range because if im not mistaken it can convert to the 9mm.

4 years 36 weeks ago, 9:36 AM

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dawson

yep! Lone wolf dist. offers the conversion bbl.

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/GNS140-1.html

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 10:38 AM

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If you have large hands this can be an issue. On some of the smaller Glocks (and other brands, too) my pinky finger hangs loose off the bottom. A larger grip allows all three fingers to grip tightly, resulting in much greater stability. I'm really wary of the smaller guns because I'm afraid I won't have a good enough grip to fire it accurately or safely. I have a Glock 19 (9mm and compact, but not sub-compact) which fits my hand perfectly, but with no leeway whatsoever. My son, who is quite a bit smaller than I am, has a sub-compact 40 calibre which fits him just fine.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 11:00 AM

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I agree with you fully on this. If the gun doesn't fit one's hand, one will not be able to control it adequately, and it will not be comfortable.
I've only had one handgun that was both comfortable and accurate for me where I had to put my little finger underneath the grip frame, and that was a 3-screw Ruger Blackhawk. This was just a comment on my part, since Dawson is looking for a pistol, not a revolver.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 11:04 AM

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One thing to bear

in mind with regard to the pinky finger hanging loose is that most MFG's
offer higher capacity mags which extends the grip conciderably (was the
case with my Walther PPS).

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 6:20 AM

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with the G23. That's the compact (midsize) Glock 40. If 40 is what you want, the G23 is a good idea, although if you have meaty hands or grip the gun high, you'll end up with the Glock skidmark on the web of your shooting hand from slide bite (The slide catching your skin and causing an abrasion. Look at Springfield XD series also. My wife's XD is the most comfortable gun I have ever fired, and that's saying a lot.

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4 years 36 weeks ago, 7:02 AM

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I agree

My G23 fits me just fine and I'm 6'3" and 250lbs. No problems with skidmarks or hanging pinkies. Plus, I love the way it shoots. It's a little snappy, but easily controlled.

4 years 36 weeks ago, 4:00 PM

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check this gun out

heres one for you dawson that wont break the bank and i havent had a FTF even with lead rounds and i bought it to cc and as far as carrying it cocked and locked i got a leather holster thats molded to hold the thumb saftey in place with a thumb brake that covers the fireing pin in case the hammer ever drops it wont hit the pin never had a hammer drop on a 1911 yet but with my luck lol and i bought a bersa 22 loved it and i bought thier compact pro model after i shot the 22 i think they are one of the safest guns on the market 45http://www.gunblast.com/Firestorm-1911Deluxe.htm

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