Advice for a newb

Advice for a newb

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    Advice for a newb

    Currently I'm a Police Recruit, graduating in a month. My duty weapon is a G17, and I'm having trouble deciding what to carry off-duty. Right now I'm have two options:
    The G26

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    The G27

    My question is, do any of you have an opinion on what would be the better choice? Is there a BETTER choice that I'm not aware of? What about holsters? Keep in mind, I had never even fired a weapon until the academy started, and I am by no means a gun enthusiast. Thanks for the help!


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    I'd go with the 26 to keep everything the same caliber, thats just me. The weapons have an identical manual of arms sound you don't need to build new muscle memory up.

    There are plenty of good choices for back up weapons, Smith and Wesson J frame revolvers and Kel-tecs come to mind. Some PD's mandate what can be carried off duty/ as a back up, make sure you look into that.
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    The Glock 26 is an excellent choice... very reliable and compact... and it has the same trigger mechanics, so you will know what to expect when you pull the trigger and get ready to pull the trigger again. The Glock 26 is a very accurately shooting gun. Plus if you go with the Glock 26 you will stay with a fairly inexpensive choice in ammo, which will mean more range practice for the money spent.

    Recommendation: Find a range that rents and rent all your choices... find out how each gun shoots and make your own choice... I don't think you will go wrong if you choose a Glock.
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    and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
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    I live in VB and for some reason I thought that the duty guns were .40 and not 9mm, but obviously I'm wrong. If you can "upgrade" to a .40 it will definitely give you more stopping power.

    I do know that a lot of officers carry .380s as back-ups. I don't like Glocks, so I have zero advice there, but I agree with what buckeye says about keeping everything as similar as possible for memory/

    Good luck and stay safe!

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    If it were me I would go for the G26. There preformance is almost legendary. Holsters should be pretty ez to come by. (Topless) for instance.

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    I should have also added one very nice point about buying a 9mm over a .40S&W, even though I do own both calibers in a few different guns including the Glock 19 and 23c... shot placement means more to most then stopping power, but again you may want to try both at a range that rents both.
    Be Observant and Be Safe.

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    and SIG P226-40 TT, and Ruger GP-100, and Beretta 92FS
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    If your Duty Gun is the Glock 17 I'd go with a Glock 26 as a BUG/Off Duty weapon.

    Ammo "interchangeability" is an important consideration IMNSHO. I myself carry three weapons off duty, but they are usually Revolvers because I'm old-school.

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    I frequently carry a 17 concealed with no problems but it is sometimes nice to have a smaller weapon in the same caliber that can use the same mags in a pinch. Go with the 26.
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    There shouldn't be any discussion about it, stick with the 26.
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    I'd stick with a G26 (or maybe even a G19). The G17 mags can be carried as a spare to give even more capacity.

    I had a G27 and didn't like to shoot it that much. Too small/light a gun for the 40 S&W IMO.

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    My only advice is to become proficient with whatever weapons you use. You never know when you may have to defend yourself, especially in the line of duty. Shooting can actually be a fun hobby, so you may as well try to enjoy it while you're practicing.

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    Go with the 26- all of your G17 mags will work in the smaller 26! That adds some versatility for a BUG as well.

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    Glock 26. Carry a G17 mag as backup and share ammo as well.

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    I'd opt for the G26.
    Then you might want to take a look at these holster offerings by El
    Paso saddlery. They have been looking real nice these days.
    All are available in brown or black and if you order soon you might even have it by graduation. CLICK HERE.
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    Thanks for all the input, I really appreciate it.

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