This is a discussion on Making changes for 2011 within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by glockman10mm No BUG. Since I left active patrol, I have not felt the need for one. To be honest, I am so ...
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I thought you were a heavy bullet for caliber kind of guy?
Good luck with the G17 and like the many before you, I won't be surprised with the "well I thought I would carry the G17, but the G26 is just smaller and lighter thread" here in a few months. It's nice to have choices though.
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Good to see someone who is willing to try different things.
Given your stated preferences, I was a bit surprised to read this. I think you are making a good choice.
I would also suggest a spare mag, for malfunction clearance - just in case.
Good luck with the holster search...
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I have always been a heavy for caliber guy, especially for when the cartridge is lacking velocity. I like the 147 grain in the g26, but the 4.5 inch g17 tube allows 1310 fps for the 124 grain load, which makes up the difference. With that Brass Jacketed bullet, it should be a tough bullet with good penetrating qualities. Combine that with 357 mag like velocities, and I feel pretty good about it. I might go out and try to find an animal of sufficient size and weight to try it out on.
Im sure you know that wirth proper attire and holster/belt that 17 will do fine.
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I think you will be happy with your choice. Both of us being somewhat inclined to full size weapons, I don't think the weight or size will prove to be a problem for you. Something that I think that you will find, as did I, is the superior speed with which accurate shots can be delivered, without concern that the weapon is, or near, empty. While you are probably more skilled not to mention younger than myself, I found that not being a JM there is no way that I can deliver shots from a revolver with the speed that I can from my 92's. This supports my feelings that rapid, multiple shots (4-6, 4 minimuim) with reasonable accuracy, provide the greatest odds of a satisfactory solution to lethal problems.
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Congrats I hope you are pleased with your choice. I myself have changed it up a little, always been a .45 guy. I just bought a new G30 and ordered a Gen 3 G19, I really liked the way the 19 felt. Good Luck.
I carried a G22 for about 6 years. When you find the right holsters, it packs pretty easy. I've been toting the 19 for a while now and I think I carry it more than my 17 just because I'm used to it. That and I have a lot more holster options for the 19. Sounds like you've made a well thought out decision there.
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