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Glock 357 Sig

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    Glock 357 Sig

    Anyone have any experience with the Glock 31, 32, or 33 in 357 Sig? How do you like it? I'm thinking about picking one (or two) up to add to my Glock collection.
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    I have the 32 and love it. Super accurate with about as much kick as a 40 maybe a little less.

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    I carried a G31 as a police officer, and as a concealed carry sidearm. I am a fan of the 357 Sig round, mainly because I am a HUGE fan of the 357 Magnum. From an accuracy standpoint the G31 is superbly accurate, and the 357 Sig is a very flat shooting round. Typically my groups would fall within the 1 1/2 to 2" range as long as I did my part. One of the reasons I carried the G31 on patrol was its ability to engage targets at a longer range with more accuracy and with more muzzle energy than other calibers. At what one would call combat distances the G31 is not only a tack driver, but it also provides great penetration. Of the police involved shootings I have been privy to since leaving law enforcement the G31 has proven itself to be exceptionally capable. The first shooting with the G31 after the Tennessee Highway Patrol adopted the gun and cartridge combo showed its longer range capabilities. An armed suspect was shot at approximately 60 yard through the upper shoulder area from the side profile and the bullet came to final rest in the middle of the heart. The second shooting I am aware of came during a vehicle stop in which the officer fired on another armed suspect through the vehicles door as the suspect was seated inside. The round penetrated the door and struck the suspect in the right thigh region. The suspect immediately dropped his handgun and surrendered. At the hospital the attending physician stated the suspects leg (femur) had been broken in half, but the bullet had not struck the bone. The energy transfer from the round and snapped the bone completely. In both of these shootings the 125 grain Speer Gold Dot had been used. However, Remington's 125 grain Golden Saber is gaining a good amount of support in our area and may soon share the #1 slot with Speer before long. Both of these rounds excell in penetration and energy transfer which seem to be the 357 Sig's forte'. You probably already know that a simply barrel swap allows for the use of 40 S&W's, so this just adds to the G31's flexibility.

    Hope this helps!
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    Had a Gen 4 31, a Gen 3 32, and currently have a Gen 4 32.

    I do favor the 357 SIG, and the Glock platform is excellent. Accurate and reliable. Hits like a truck.

    I have the Gen 4 32 and an M&P in 357 SIG. Outstanding guns, outstanding round. Only drawback is that the round is spendy and can be difficult to find.

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    I know Paul Howe of CSAT carries a G32 and sang it's praises throughout the course I was there for, with the one exception..COST. He would joke as he picked up a round after he'd clear his weapon for a particular demo, saying these rounds are like "Gold". This was last June so I can imagine what 357 SIG cost now!
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    yeah, I have a little experience with the .357SIG Glocks. Also have an OD Green G32 that missed this pic.
    Great round for carry.....not so much for practice due to the cost.


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    Quote Originally Posted by old grunt View Post
    I know Paul Howe of CSAT carries a G32 and sang it's praises throughout the course I was there for, with the one exception..COST. He would joke as he picked up a round after he'd clear his weapon for a particular demo, saying these rounds are like "Gold". This was last June so I can imagine what 357 SIG cost now!
    Yep....Cost has really shot up. Around here I would pay close to a $1 per round if I had to purchase any.
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    I purchased my first Glock a couple of weeks ago, a G33 .357 Sig. This is also my first experience with the .357 Sig and I'm really impressed. I've got almost 150 rounds downrange so far and she shoots great.

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    Here is some chrono data, average for 5 shots:

    Glock 19: 124 gr. Ranger T +P @ 1,212 fps / 405# KE / PF 150
    Glock 19: 127 gr. Ranger T +P+ @ 1,238 fps / 433# KE / PF 157

    Glock 32: 125 gr. Gold Dot @ 1,334 fps / 494# KE / PF 167
    Glock 32: 125 gr. Ranger T @ 1,340 fps / 499# KE / PF 168

    Glock 23: 155 gr. Gold Dot @ 1,171 fps / 472# KE / PF 182
    Glock 23: 165 gr. Ranger T @ 1,125 fps / 464# KE / PF 186

    PF = power factor, a way to compare recoil out of similar pistols.
    My comparison is as "apples to apples" as it gets, all are Glocks with 4'' barrel.
    As you can see, the .357 Sig produced the highest KE, with a PF between hot 9mm +P+ and 40 S&W.
    Subjectively, the .357 Sig recoil is closer to the 40 than the 9mm +P+

    Some people confuse blast with recoil; the .357 Sig produces plenty of blast, but does not produce a calculated recoil equal to an equivalent 40 S&W.
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    Lots of vids here for you to browse. Truly an intriguing round. Magnum type numbers = magnum performance.

    .357 MAGNUM and .357 SIG Ammo tests - YouTube

    The one of the underwood bullet is pretty amazing! 125gr bullet moving at 1511 fps (avg) out of a Glock 32, SMOKING! Would NOT want to get shot with that (or at all really).
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    My two carry loads in .357SIG. I like the Hornady 147gr at 1225 fps as the heavier bullet has a tad better penetration.
    When I want to "reach out and touch someone".....very quickly, I opt for the Corbon. As the Mask would say...."Smokin".

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    Awesome info, GhostMaker. I too am a huge fan of the 357SIG but am not privy to such information like you relayed!

    I have a G31 and G32 and briefly had a G33 (really regret selling it, but it will be replaced) and they are by far my favorite Glocks. I can't think of anything to add that GhostMaker didn't already cover.
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    I have a G22, 23 and a 27 and I have swapped the .40 barrels with .357 in all of them. Essentially making them the 31,32, and 33. I really like the .357 sig round for the reasons stated above. My carry load is the same as Zonkers. I carry the Hornady 147gr at 1225fps for penetration. Felt recoil for me between 40 and 357sig is close to equal so I practice with the cheaper .40 range ammo. But, as for carry ammo, the good stuff in .357sig and .40 is about the same price.

    I love that round and carry it everyday!
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    Now that I look, .357 sig carry ammo is cheaper than .40.
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    BTW- Did I mention that .357sig = AWESOME!
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    I had a quick question about the cartridge. What was the original load? Is most factory ammo from Speer, Hornady, etc watered down?

    The original 10mm load was a lot hotter than today's factory ammo, I'm wondering if ammo manufacturers did the same with 357SIG...

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