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Saturday is the big day! I get my first Glock. I've been back and forth between the G23 and the G19. I would really like to have the 23 but I'm starting to lean towards the 19 due to ammo prices.

What would your first Glock be?
 

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For a little bit more money, and if it was me, I would get the G23 plus an aftermarket barrel conversion to 9mm. That way, you have a .40SW stock, and are able to shoot cheaper 9mm rounds through it.

FWIW, my first Glock was a G26, not because I wanted it specifically but because I could not resist the price (it was marked wrong on the display shelf at a local outfitters, brand new in box, marked $275...we have a price tag law, so they had to sell it to me at that price! :D)
 

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Holy Christ you got a steal on that Sniper! I also agree with getting the G23 and pick up the Lone wolf 40-9 barrel conversion for $100 and some G19 mags for about $20ea. If you dont really care if you have a 9mm or .40S&W then get either one both are effective rounds. I personally will stick with my .40S&W rounds because for me it is much easier to find ammo over 9mm ammo. If any store has a deal on 9mm you have to wait at the door like its black Friday to get any, if you don't you will be SOL for about 2 weeks. That is unless you don't mind going to Gander mountain and paying twice the price for the same ammo.
 

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Holy Christ you got a steal on that Sniper! I also agree with getting the G23 and pick up the Lone wolf 40-9 barrel conversion for $100 and some G19 mags for about $20ea. If you dont really care if you have a 9mm or .40S&W then get either one both are effective rounds. I personally will stick with my .40S&W rounds because for me it is much easier to find ammo over 9mm ammo. If any store has a deal on 9mm you have to wait at the door like its black Friday to get any, if you don't you will be SOL for about 2 weeks. That is unless you don't mind going to Gander mountain and paying twice the price for the same ammo.
The ammo situation is exactly the opposite here. It's difficult to find .40 ammo around here but there's plenty of 9mm. Plus there's the downside that .40 ammo is about $5 more than 9mm on a box of 50.
 

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I have given thought to the conversion kit before. I am open to that idea. It's like 2 guns in one.

There are no stores that sell handguns anywhere near me. So I am going to be making about a 90 minute trip (one way) to get my gun. I get a law enforcement discount and the store only keeps a select amount of LE guns so since I'm open to either gun, the choice may be made for me if they only have one or the other.
 

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From what I've seen of the 30, I have 2 issues with it:
1. It's a .45 and this is not just my first Glock, it's my first gun. Part of my reason for considering the 19 over the 23 is ammo prices. I want to be able to afford to go shoot it.
2. From what I can tell from pics I've seen, it appears to have the same grip as the 26 (correct me if I'm wrong) which I am not a fan of. I want a regular size grip. Maybe as a second gun I'd be more open to a compact gun but right now I'm looking for something that can do it all.

I mean no disrespect to any of you who chose the 30, this is just my opinion.
 

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I say, why choose get both! :D I am partial to 9mm, but .40 is so popular now adays it is hard to avoid it! The conversion barrel is the way to go, if you can't get both guns. Never hurts to have spares! ;)
 

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My first was the 19. By far my favorite is the 30 with the +1 magazine. Now let it not be said that I wont carry my 26 or 27 at times. I guess its kind of the flavor of the day...LOL Good luck.
 

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The G19 is about as good as it gets for all-around guns plus 9MM is going to be the most affordable, easiest to get ammo just about anywhere in the world you might be. Eventually I like to get a G21 just to have a 45 ACP handgun but for now I am sticking to the 9MM line of Glocks with my next purchase likely to be a Gen 4 G17.
 

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My plan right now is to get the 19 or if it's not available I'll settle for the 23. I like both so that's not a big issue. Later down the road I may get a 26 or 27, but that just depends on how comfortable I am cc the 19/23. I've heard a lot of guys say the can cc either just fine. I'd also like to get a Ruger SR22 sometime just for cheap fun at the range.
 

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Keep in mind the 19 is NOT a full size grip. Its a compact. That being said it was my first Glock and I don't regret it and I love it so. Also the 23 is going to have a hell of a kick in comparison. I also own a 30 and I think the 19 will serve you just right as your first pistol. Either way, 19 or 23, you aren't making a bad choice :D
 

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It is a subcompact though right? I've fired the 23 before and i really like the grip on it. The 19 and 23 are the same gun outside of caliber right? I was assuming they were the same because their dimensions were very similar (if not identical) on Glock's website.
 

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Ya both are the same frame and size, but they are compacts. Glock's tend to have a different sizing then what Ive seen. Full > Compact > Subcompact. What most people call compact Glock calls a sub compact. the 17 and 22 are the full sized versions. If you aren't looking to conceal carry look at 4 guns, 17/19 and 22/23 that way you can figure out which feels best for you. This is just my opinion though. Like I said the 19/23 are both amazing weapons. I conceal carry my 19 and don't have any issues with it.
 

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I don't really want a full compact like the 26 (not as a first gun I mean). I think i could cc a 19/23 without too much trouble.
 

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It is a subcompact though right? I've fired the 23 before and i really like the grip on it. The 19 and 23 are the same gun outside of caliber right? I was assuming they were the same because their dimensions were very similar (if not identical) on Glock's website.
9mm
Full size 17
Compact 19
Subcompact 26

.40S&W
Full size 22
Compact 23
Subcompact 27

My best suggestion I can offer, "Purchase the gun YOU like." Nobody here can tell what your style is. They can only offer their experience.

I'm not bustin on any of that but like when we train women to shoot for the first time, this just seems to work best! You buy what you feel you will be comfortable with and guess what? YEA you'll shoot it!:D

I want you out ther having a safe, trouble free, and happy experience everyday, all day long. Otherwise the gun ends up in a drawer (much like a bad fitting holster) never being used.

I would suggest you get as much ammo as you can afford and pace yourself at the range, say maybe 200 rounds per session. Shoot the dickens out of it, you can't hurt it as long as you read and follow the Owners Manual.

Enjoy! Wally world sells 9mm (100rds ea.) resonably enough. Thake two boxes and call me in the morning, hehe:p
 
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