Trying to decide first handgun purchase

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    Trying to decide first handgun purchase

    I am trying to decide my first handgun purchase. First off, I am a LEO who was issued the Glock 21 as a duty weapon. I only have that as an off-duty weapon(I carry that around 98% of the time off-duty in a Desantis OWB/IWB holster). I'm pretty much stuck between the G30, the para-ord LDA weapons, or a .38 or .357 revolver. (My dept. kind of discourages SAO weapons or I would get a "true" 1911) Anyone have experience with those weapons listed? Any opinion is appreciated.
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    What's wrong with a Slimline G36 if you stay w/the .45?
    Otherwise maybe a Glock compact or subcompact in a either a 9 or 40?
    I have a .38 S&W 642, which I've been told by a NYC policewoman, is their BUG. I wouldn't be entirely happy if it was my main CCW. Only 5 shots and more recoil than the semis.
    Although the G36 is 6+1 you can always carry an extra mag. Plus you are with the larger cal.
    Just my .02 cents.

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    I have pretty big hands so the G36 isn't comfortable in my hands. (tried it). As far as 9mm or .40 cal goes, I would rather choose my caliber than have it forced on me. OMO.
    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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    mulle46, considering your line of work, it makes perfect sense to me to get the Glock 30. It has the exact same controls, feel, trigger, and for that matter caliber. You are already familiar with the manual of arms for that style of pistol.

    If your dept. allows back up gun carry, you could fill that role with the 30 as well. I can definitely see the benefit in carrying a back up gun that can utilize your primary's duty mags. If for some reason your duty pistol went out of commission, you can employ the back up and still have available reloads without having to pack more magazines.

    I like the LDA trigger in the Paras and I think that snubbies are excellent concealed carry weapons, but the Glock seems to be the overwhelming choice for the above reasons (not to mention the increase in capacity). Still, the decision is your so you have to go with what makes the most sense to you. Good luck!
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    Since you're already used to the .45, the Glock 30 would be a good choice. Otherwise, I'd go with a Glock 19 (slightly slimmer, cheaper ammo, and higher capacity).
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    No question in my mind, go with the Glock.
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    No shortage of guys that like the Glock

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    Sounds like a good idea to stay with a Glock... I would think the Glock 36 would be a great addition since you can stick to the .45 and you have know the Glock's safety and trigger pull.
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    I love Glock's, but I'm kind of partial to the Para-Ord LDA.
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    +1 on the Glock 23.
    Nice compact firearm, good capacity and your already use to Glocks. I also think the Glock23 allow you to change the barrel from .40 to 9mm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
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    Just tell me how to conceal it and I'm there.
    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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    Thanks for all the replies. I think my first purchase will be the Glock 30. Another plus I considered is that I can use the same holster for both as long as its open muzzle. It wont be my last purchase, as someone's signature says, "my wife says a man only needs two guns, a long one and a short one: boy is she wrong" LOL. Plus, I think my wife is getting close to applying for her CCW. Gotta have more options then so I have something to carry.
    You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

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