Any reason not to get a 2nd Glock 19?

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    Any reason not to get a 2nd Glock 19?

    I currently have a Glock 19. I purchased it after compiling a list of all the features I wanted in a handgun, creating a list of all the guns that had those features, then (at least) holding, if not shooting as many of the guns as I could find on that list. It fits my hand very well and I am very accurate with it. My wife likes it very much as well.

    I will probably only be able to afford 1 more handgun before Inauguration Day, 2009 ( ), and I am looking to get another one from my original list to be both a backup to the G19, and my wife's 'house gun'. (Actually, my wife has pretty much already claimed the G19 - I need to replace it for myself...) Here's my question:

    Given that the G19 was the one I felt best fit my needs & hands, and this 2nd gun is designed to be a backup to the G19, is there any reason to get anything other than another G19?

    I can't come up with any logical reasons to choose anything different, but something in my mind keeps saying that I should pick up something different, just to have something different. Anyone else have this problem? Can anyone give me any pros or cons regarding getting a duplicate gun?

    Let me add as well, that these two guns are mainly designed as my SHTF guns, with the two highest-priority parameters being reliability and the availability of ammo. I fully intend to purchase more handguns after this 2nd one that will fit other needs / desires, so it's not like these are the only two I'll ever have - far from it!

    Also, I don't need a bunch of names of other guns you think I should get. I have my list, and if I get something different it will be from it. Maybe I'll ask for advice on which gun to pick later if I choose to get something other than another G19. Please just stick with the question of "G19 vs something very similar". Thanks!
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    If your main concern is getting a SHTF gun BEFORE the election, why not get an AR or AK type of weapon. If the election effects gun buying it will be on the "scary rifles". I would also load up on Hi-Cap mags for your g-19 since these could be effected also. I will be purchasing a g-19 soon and once I complete my move to Florida on June 1 I will stock up on hi-caps for the glock and my AR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lopadrino79 View Post
    If your main concern is getting a SHTF gun BEFORE the election, why not get an AR or AK type of weapon. If the election effects gun buying it will be on the "scary rifles". I would also load up on Hi-Cap mags for your g-19 since these could be effected also. I will be purchasing a g-19 soon and once I complete my move to Florida on June 1 I will stock up on hi-caps for the glock and my AR.
    My other gun & mag needs are already budgeted - hence the reason I'll only be able to afford one more handgun!

    Any reason to get something other than a 2nd G19?
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    I have a 2nd gen G19. I actually prefer it to the 3rd due to lack of finger grooves. The only potential con I can think of is some have 2 pin frames (like mine) and therefore will not hold up if you want to place a g23 (40cal) slide on the frame.

    The second generation G19 frames (without finger grooves/light rail) had only two pins and so did earlier third generation frames. The extra pin above the trigger serves to reinforce the locking block when subjected to the heavier recoil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dang.45 View Post
    Any reason to get something other than a 2nd G19?
    No. Having a second redundant gun is an excellent strategy. You get platform familiarity, mag/holster/accessory synergy. If SHTF planning is your agenda, then you should be forming an arsenal, not a collection.

    In fact, I have multiples of my carry guns as well: G19/G17. One of each is for carry, hence kept pristine and low round count. The second of each is for training, the range, etc.

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    I would not buy a second G19. Why? I would buy a G23 plus a 9mm conversion barrel and some more 9mm magazines. I have done this and it gives you two calibers for more shooting fun. I admit I have gone one step further and also purchased a 357 Sig barrel. All calibers work perfectly. Regards, Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardoldfield View Post
    I would not buy a second G19. Why? I would buy a G23 plus a 9mm conversion barrel and some more 9mm magazines. I have done this and it gives you two calibers for more shooting fun. I admit I have gone one step further and also purchased a 357 Sig barrel. All calibers work perfectly. Regards, Richard
    Sure...if "fun" is the motivation. If SHTF preparedness is the motivation, then a different set of priorities emerge: caliber and platform commonality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dang.45 View Post
    Any reason to get something other than a 2nd G19?
    None. You can feed, practice with, and maintain it more economically than any other option. I have two, had three but had to sell one, looking at getting it replaced.
    If TEOWAWEKI comes and you're someplace where 9mm ammo is scarce, don't worry, you'll reach Earth again soon enough.

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    dgg9, did I miss something? Isn't a G23 using the 9mm conversion barrel the same pistol as a G19? If not, I sure can't tell the difference when I shoot/carry my G23. Regards, Richard

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    I have multiple G19's for the very reason you state. Wife has one, I have one and I have an extra. I am moving from 40 to 9 and Soon I will have 2 glock 17's.

    SHTF, reliability, ammo, interexchange of parts and mags, and wife usage. Double up on the G19. For fun, get what you want.

    What is more important to you? SHTF readiness or fun?? Answer that and you will have the answer to your question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richardoldfield View Post
    dgg9, did I miss something? Isn't a G23 using the 9mm conversion barrel the same pistol as a G19? If not, I sure can't tell the difference when I shoot/carry my G23. Regards, Richard
    If one is planning for SHTF considerations, one practical implication is to avoid having stockpiles of multiple calibers, hence the motivation to consolidate upon 9mm only.

    That aside, what's the rationale for getting .40 as well? It's expensive to buy, and doesn't really provide any terminal ballistics value-add over 9mm.

    In fact, from a pure SHTF POV, getting an AA .22 conversion kit for one's G19 is more germane than getting a .40 with a 9mm barrel.

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    Get the other G19. I purchased a G23 awhile back and loved it. It's a good, quality sidearm (just like your G19). I went ahead and got another G23 for:
    1) same caliber (.40)
    2) interchangable magazines
    3) fits holsters already purchased
    4) have the same firearm as a house gun as my EDC.( complements my shotgun)

    I'm looking for a 1911 style sidearm right now and those same critera apply. May not necessarly want the SAME sidearm, but future 1911's will have to accept the same magizines, caliber, holsters, etc. I like to have backups.
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    Lots of good tactical reasons to double up on a reliable gun that you already own.

    Having said that, personally, there are just too many great guns that I'd like to own that will have to come long before I get another one that I already have......

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    i think buying another G19 is a very smart thing to do. especially if you like it as much as you do. the accessories are the same the mags interchange. your wife is comfortable with it. ammo the same...
    IF SHTF, you want something you are comfortable with, and have trust in...that sounds like the G19 for you.
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