OK, so I went and drank the kool-aid. My lovely wife gave me some cash to buy myself a christmas present and I decided I wanted to get a Glock. A friend recommended the 40 caliber. I rented both the 27 and the 23. Since I have small hands for a guy I felt comfortable with the 27, but wanted to see if the 23 really was better from an accuracy stand point.
I shot the 27 first, and was amazed at my first group. There was one round at 11 oclock on the edge of the nine ring, and a hole that appeared to be the remaining 8 rounds all connected along the bottom edge of the nine ring at about 7 oclock. This group was basically a hole 1/2 tall and 1-1/4 wide. The next two mags were not quite as pretty but still plenty good.
Then I switched to the 23. The majority of the shots were in the black nine ring with one in the bull and a few very close. There of course were a few oppsies too.
So it was a tough decision, the best group of the night was the first with the 27, but the average was probably better with the 23.
I decided to get the 27 because it will be a carry gun and hopefully with a little practice with it I can get them all in the black.
Since this is my first semi-auto I do have a few questions:
1. Self defense ammo in 40 Caliber. I like the gold dots in my snubbie (Buffalo bore brand). Should I consider the 165 grain SD rounds, or the 180 grain for the Glock.
2. The magazine holds nine rounds, and according to the manual the proper loading procedure is to insert the fully loaded mag into the gun and rack the slide to chamber the first round. Is it OK to then remove the mag and add another round and re-insert? Does this jam the top round in the mag into the already loaded cartridge, possibly making it jam? Is it possible and maybe easier to load a single round into the gun, close the slide and then insert a mag with nine rounds? In essence is the 27 a nine + 1 or an eight + 1 gun?
3. The gun came with the Glock mag loader. I found this difficult to use. I have carpel tunnel so my fingers are not the strongest in the world. Could someone explain the actual use of the mag loader in detail? I was pressing down on the follower, pushing the first round in and trying to press it under the tab of the mag loader. Then I would release the pressure on the loader, press down on the loaded round and try to get another cartridge started but it seemed like there wasn't enough room to get the rear end of the next round into the narrow portion of the magazine.
When I was firing the rental guns I loaded the magazines by hand and while difficult I think it may have been easier than loading with the Glock mag loader. Perhaps the rental guns mag springs are worn in/ weakened a little? Will my new ones get easier with age?
Would one of the universal mag loaders work better?
4. Cleaning, the sales person at the shop said it isn't neccesary to clean a Glock every time you shoot it. He said a couple of times a year is all it needs. I know this depends on how much you shoot but I usually always clean a gun after every range session. I normally make one trip per month shooting a box of 50 every trip. Is cleaning twice a year better? Would cleaning every time be OK?
5. Storage, the manual says "Don't store a loaded gun!" I realize this is a legal department requirement but I assume it's OK to store it every night loaded, condition 1?
6. Holster, I would like a reasonably priced IWB leather holster. I like my High Noon tuckable (Split Decision) for my snub nose. I could order one for the Glock but thought I would like to try one with belt loops and maybe one that is easier to reholster. I don't know if I would want an OWB or not. I like the easier to conceal factor of the IWB and a lot of the time I like to tuck in a dress shirt. I'm sure I'll end up with both a tuckable and and a belt loop design eventually.
Thanks for any advice in advance.