First, this is not about which has the best terminal ballistics, which is most effective, recoil, etc. It is about practicality - LOL, well sort of.
I have to start here: I'm on the edge of dropping the bucks on a project gun, not a carry gun per se, but yet still easily revertible to carry, which is why this is not in the Defensive Carry Guns forum.
I got my longevity check last month and since money seems to be worth less and less these days, and I have fewer and fewer days to spend it, I thought a gun project would be in order.
Hereís the saga as it unfolds before your very eyes:
What I have/had in mind is converting my G21 SF with the pic rail and ambi safety (I dearly love the configuration) into one of those ultimate, ready-for-anything, SHTF, defend the home, bugout, etc. guns.
Hereís my first cut at the plan:
Replace the stock slide and barrel on my G21SF with a Lone Wolf Distributors, tactical length barrel, and slide. That would add about a half inch over the stock barrel. Hereís the rationale for a longer slide; and as you'll see, it's not much rationale. Iím gonna put an Insight MRDS (reflex sight) on the slide for the ONLY sight. I want to directly mount the sight to the slide which I believe involves drilling and tapping the slide and maybe some minor machining. I donít want to do that on my stock slide, sooo, I need a slide to play with. Well, if Iím going to get a slide, why not get a tactical length? Of course thatís more expensive since I have to buy a tactical length barrel to match, but stillÖÖ
I'm gonna clamp an Insight WL1 Series Tactical Light/Laser on the frame, and I already have a Taylor Freelance +4 mag extension on a mag for evaluation. That'd bring the .45 ACP round count, in the gun, to 17 + 1.
Of course that wouldn't be for carry in that configuration but I'd have no problem carrying the G21 SF with the MRDS sans the light/laser and extended mag. I know, I've carried the G21SF a lot lately without a problem.
So, sounds like a plan, right? I mean, whatís not to like? Well hereís what not to like:
I picked up a 1000 rounds of .45ACP in one of those military cans with the clamping lid and it was all I could do to carry it from one end of the house to the other. So now I'm thinking what good is it to have the ultimate what-if gun if you can't carry ammo for it because the ammo is so heavy. I think this is one of the issues that influenced the militaryís move from the .308 to the .223 round.
So now, I'm having to rethink this a bit. Maybe the 9mm is the way to go. Ammo is half the weight, gun capacity would be 17+5 (5 round extension) + 1 for a total of 24 rounds in the gun.
So I'm not sure what I'm gonna do; the G21 SF has the appeal for this setup - the G17 is kind of ho-hum.
So ok guys, help me out here!!! What do I do?