Really debating buying a G36

Really debating buying a G36

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    Really debating buying a G36

    This is a direct solicitation for opinions. All brain dumps welcome.

    I've been in the market for a single stack hard hitting pistol for awhile now. .45 ACP variety. I've owned a Taurus Milpro and the XDS at one point. Both got sold because of reliability issues. So this category of gun is a thorn in my side. I want a gun like the XDS/Milpro/G36.

    But the G36 is somewhat of an oddball. It's larger and thicker than the XDS which I consider the packaging benchmark for sub compact .45 pocket rockets. So it's not a really small sub compact like the Springer is.

    The issue is the G36 slots in between my G19 and G26 in size and weight. It sacrifices round count for a harder hitting round. I'm not 100% convinced that the 36's thinner handle helps comfort or concealment compared to the 26.

    I'm afraid the 36 will compete too much or be outright pushed aside from my 19/26 combo.

    Anyway I appreciate input from everyone especially those who own the G26 and 36 together.

    My G36 is on layaway and I have two months to decide if I should keep it or eat the $25 fee. Thanks!


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    It sounds to me like the G36 is exactly what you are looking for.
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    Have you looked at the G30S in Gen 4? It is basically a G36 slide mounted onto a G30 frame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GhostMaker View Post
    Have you looked at the G30S in Gen 4? It is basically a G36 slide mounted onto a G30 frame.
    Double stack? One of the nice things (and not so nice in terms of round count) is the G36 slim handle. I like how single stacks carry.
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    I have carried a G36 off and on for years. Great gun. A few years ago, I went to the hybrid combo of the 36 slide over the 30/29 frame. For me, that was a great combination of size (like a G19) with 9 or 10 rounds in a magazine. We (the hybrid folks) took quite a beating from Glockophiles for some time. Validation came this year when Glock introduced the G30S, probably the best fighting 45 ACP on the market!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    Double stack? One of the nice things (and not so nice in terms of round count) is the G36 slim handle. I like how single stacks carry.
    Yeah, its a double stack. You get a thinner slide but the extra rounds of the G30. The trade off is the increased grip size. With the thinner slide it might carry just was well as the G36, if you are willing to have the grip a little bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    This is a direct solicitation for opinions. All brain dumps welcome.

    I've been in the market for a single stack hard hitting pistol for awhile now. .45 ACP variety. I've owned a Taurus Milpro and the XDS at one point. Both got sold because of reliability issues. So this category of gun is a thorn in my side. I want a gun like the XDS/Milpro/G36.

    But the G36 is somewhat of an oddball. It's larger and thicker than the XDS which I consider the packaging benchmark for sub compact .45 pocket rockets. So it's not a really small sub compact like the Springer is.

    The issue is the G36 slots in between my G19 and G26 in size and weight. It sacrifices round count for a harder hitting round. I'm not 100% convinced that the 36's thinner handle helps comfort or concealment compared to the 26.

    I'm afraid the 36 will compete too much or be outright pushed aside from my 19/26 combo.

    Anyway I appreciate input from everyone especially those who own the G26 and 36 together.

    My G36 is on layaway and I have two months to decide if I should keep it or eat the $25 fee. Thanks!
    I bought a G-36 several years ago and it never, never hiccuped. I semi retired it last summer after I bought a Springfield XDs. The XDs also was a fine carry gun with no problems being experienced. Recently sold the XDs to a dealer at his cost for a new one and renewed my love affair with the G36 Glock.

    My old department is strictly Sig Sauer (which I have many samples of). However, when I qualify for my nation wide carry permit (LEOSA) annually, I use a Glock 19 and usually ace the course.

    Buy the G-36 and you will not be disappointed.

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    I have a G36 and think the G26 makes more sense, with the higher round count.
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    I am a fan of both the G19 and the G36. I do not like any of the GLOCK sub-compacts as I prefer a full grip on a fighting gun.

    The 36 is going to ride and feel just like the 19, with one huge exception. That fraction of an inch difference in thickness is like night and day to me. Don't get me wrong, both are very easily carried. It's just that the 36 is the easiest.

    I considered the G30/G30SF but the double stack .45ACP does not fit my hand very well. This is why the G30S or the "Hybrid" never appealed to me.

    Different strokes for different folks!
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    I guess my concern would be whether a .45 really IS harder-hitting, from a subcompact. From the data I've seen, .45 defensive ammo is generally in the same range of muzzle energy as 9mm defensive ammo when both are fired from a 3.5 inch barrel, whereas .45 can be substantially more powerful from a full-length 5" barrel. Of course a wider bullet helps, especially with so-so ammo, but comparing good hollowpoint 9mm to good hollowpoint .45, there may not be much difference.

    Just a point to consider. I'm no ballistics expert, nor do I want to start a caliber skirmish.
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    I have the G36 and really do enjoy carrying and shooting it.....but......IMO, my G33 .357SIG with 11+1 or G27 .40SW with 11+1 (Glock factory mag extensions) makes more
    sense for carry if hard-hitting fire power is your goal.

    ...The G36 carries very similar to a Glock 19 and actually fits most holsters for the G19.

    ....today, my carry is a Glock 36 and a Glock 33 as a BUG....best of both worlds.
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    I would also look at a Walther PPS in 9mm/40 or a 1911 Commander. Anything less than 4" of barrel and the 45 loses velocity fast, and it starts out slow.
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    I considered the G36 and G30, and went with the latter. The G36 was too close in size to my G19, yet held so much less ammo.

    The only reason I got the G30 was because I was an Auxiliary Officer at the time. We did a lot of traffic control details, so we dealt with people in and around vehicles a whole lot. From the testing I have seen, the heavier .45 hits to point of aim better than the lighter rounds do, after first going through windshield glass. I do NOT subscribe to the idea that any common handgun caliber (.38/.380 and up) is all that much "better" in terminal performance than any other.

    There was a recent post here of an officer who hit a BG 14 times with .45 (from a G21). The only hits that finally stopped the BG were the last three...to the head.

    Get a .45 if you want, but do not believe it is a magic one-shot stopper.

    Oh...the officer in the above story switched to 9mm, and goes on patrol now with over 100 rounds on his person ("happy sticks" stuck in his vest). So there you go...
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    Get the G 36 you won't regret it! I have had one for 10+ years and I love mine. BTW, I had a G 26 when I got the G 36 and the 36 is easier to shoot and carry IMHO. Good luck!
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    I considered buying a Springfield XDs prior to buying my Glock 36.

    Three reasons I went with the Glock:
    -the oversize magazine base provides a place for pinky / full grip
    -one more round than the XDs
    -I can (did) install night sights myself on the Glock (Glockmeister sight tool)

    The Glock 36 can pinch your pinky between the frame and the oversize magazine base; I solved this problem by putting a small plumbing "o-ring" on the magazine which fills the pinky pinching gap.

    Glock 36 vs Glock 26 (or 27)
    The 36 does compete with the 27 as my carry options, both are either carried "appendix" IWB or Smartcarry.
    The 36 is just short enough in slide length for me to appexdix carry it; I've tried with a model 23 and the extra 1/4'' is just intolerable.
    Overall height is similar to my 27 because I use Pearce +0 magazine bases on the 27 which provide a place for my pinky.

    I typically favor larger bullets than greater capacity, so my Glock 26 doesn't get carried.
    With the 27 and the 40 S&W it's a closer call versus the 36; I'm pretty happy with the 27 and 9 + 1 of 180 gr. Federal HST.

    So what have I been carrying? I favor the 36 and larger bullets.
    Without a crystal ball, no way of knowing what one might encounter; but, I figure if I ever am in a SD situation it would likely be vs one or two attackers just a few feet away (like in a parking lot).
    IMO one or two well placed rounds of 45 acp 230 gr. Ranger T is likely to end hostility against me as quick or quicker than a round or two of a similar well placed but smaller bullet.

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