Glocks in Different calibers, colors, questions

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    Glocks in Different calibers, colors, questions

    I have a 22, 23, 27 (all 40SW) all black. I am going to get my wife a 19 (9 mm) looks exactly like the 23. It will be hers and mostly a bedside gun and a ccw (i can only hope!).

    So I am trying to think of someway to easily visually discern the 40 from the 9mm. I'd hate to have my wife or me put the wrong ammo in the gun.

    I was thinking about
    (1) get the 19 in OD green and paint the mag bottoms od green.
    (2) get the 19 in black and have the barrel and mag bottoms painted a matching color.
    (3..) open for suggestions.

    I am looking for the cheapest way to have a visual cue for my wife to not mix magazines and put a 9 in a 40 or a 40 in a 9. I am looking for: the least intrusive way, the cheapest way, the way that will not affect reliability and the way that will not make the gun have a "pimp daddy" look to it or a look of a training gun.

    Has anyone run into the issue I am having? If so, any recommendations?

    Thanks!

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    Very interesting point, similar sized Glocks in different calibers are hard to differentiate in the heat of the moment.

    You have good ideas already with the OD option and the marked mags.

    My only addition is to either store them (guns and mags) very separately, even if that is only opposite sides of the bed. Or put a laser/light on one and not the other.

    Good question, I like it when someone thinks ahead...

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    One idea for the magazines is to get some of the coloured glock mag floor plates like this.

    http://lonewolfdist.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=4654


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    I saw the orange ones. I am a little leary about orange or red or blue, to me that screams training gun. I do not know how easy it is to have the floor plates painted to match the color of a barrel finishing.

    Thanks for the link.

    I do think I have to color match the magazine (which holds the bullets) to either the slide or barrel (which sends the bullets on their merry way).

    Pete - my wife is very crafty and smart. She is a very quick thinker. Separating the guns might not be enough. I want something that will overrider her innate ability to adapt and overcome (when adapting would mean mis-matching magazine and gun).

    Thanks.

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    Sell one, get a matching model, case closed. Spouses who play together, stay together...Think that was a saying from some divorce lawyer...Seriously, would solve your dilemma, keeps things simple.
    I know, I know, you are smarter than me..just ask you..

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    Huh? I'd have to sell 3 of them (22, 23 and 27) to get the 9mm equivalents. That would be buy 4 guns and sell 3 guns versus buy 1 gun and have some color painted on it. All to have the same ammo as a gun that my wife will only shoot 1 -3x/year at my cajoling.

    I fail to see how that will keep thing simple.

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    As to keeping the pistols themselves seperate, no ideas except for, like you said, color-coding the barrels and mags. The Durakote starter kits are fairly cheap, and it would probably stay 'pretty' alot longer than spraypaint

    I have a 22 and a 19. I have stock length mags for both, plus some 17 mags for the 19. I tell the difference in them all by writing the model number each mag is for on both sides of each mag with a liquid Wite Out pen. As it gets worn down, just take it off with rubbing alcohol (I think it was alcohol I tried that worked) and re-do it. Cheap, easy, and very obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jualdeaux View Post
    One idea for the magazines is to get some of the coloured glock mag floor plates like this.

    http://lonewolfdist.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=4654

    That's not a bad idea, I might get a few of those myself to use on dedicated range only mags (I like to keep my carry mags separate). They also sell colored rear slide covers for about $12.50 ... problem solved cheaply!
    http://lonewolfdist.com/Detail.aspx?PROD=4500



    FWIW, Lone Wolf has an excellent reputation on GT and a lot of those folks are strict Glockophiles (the kind that make 1911 zealots seem tame! )
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    THe rear slide cover and mag bumper seem the cheapest way to go.

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    Lone Wolf has always been very responsive to me. There have been a couple of things I've ordered that have been out of stock but they always get them to me pretty fast and let me know what's going on.

    Perhaps if you get the OD green handgun you can try and Duracoat the mags the same color. I've never tried it but folks here say that Duracoat isn't that hard to do. Try it on one mag and see.
    http://www.duracoat-firearm-finishes.com/
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    No sarcasm intended, but what happens if the lights go out? Besides visual cues maybe a Hogue Handall grip for hers/yours only. Glock Plus 2 floor plates on the magazines for hers/yours only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhh3rd View Post
    No sarcasm intended, but what happens if the lights go out? Besides visual cues maybe a Hogue Handall grip for hers/yours only. Glock Plus 2 floor plates on the magazines for hers/yours only.
    That's part of the reason I recommended a laser or laser/light combo.

    Installed on one differentiates it, and also increases it's usefulness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sojourner View Post
    I So I am trying to think of someway to easily visually discern the 40 from the 9mm. I'd hate to have my wife or me put the wrong ammo in the gun.
    I don't own a 9mm, so I can't say whether .40 could fit into a 9mm magazine or whether a 9mm would even stay in a .40 magazine.

    I have .40 and .45 Glocks, and I know a .40 won't stay in a .45 mag. At an IDPA match where I was using the G21 for the regular stages and a G27 for the BUG stage, I loaded a round into a .45 mag and it popped out instantly when I reached for the next round. I had grabbed a .40 by mistake.

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    get OD frame, get colored floor plates for her mags, the rear slide cover, and get night sights or a big dot sight...whichever is different from yours

    will it be beautiful with different colors, etc? No, but you said it wouldn't be out much, go with whatever will help your wife not whatever makes it a looker
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    jhh3rd - regarding lights out, I thought of that, but I think that is out of my control. Thought about the grips as a differentiator.

    I want her to be able to easily and without thought, match the caliber mag to the handgun. Lights out, she should have her streamlight I have given her.

    anibus - I was assuming, since the 9mm and 40 are same size, that the magazines would fit. I shall find this out for sure when I pick up a 19 this weekend.

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