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Hello everyone. I have just purchased a new gen 4 Glock 22 full sized .40 s&w handgun with night sights for home defense and range practice/training. I own several rifles, assault rifles, and shotguns but this is the first handgun I've ever owned. Anyhow, for the first week I just plan on learning how to safely chamber rounds, disassemble-reassemble the weapon, cleaning, all that good stuff.
I live in Houston, TX and got the glock 22 at a local store for about $600. I decided on the gen 4 G22 because of it's longer line of sight, larger magazine capacity, ambidextrous mag release, and ability to convert into a 9mm and .357 sig! I decided I liked the G22 better than the compact sized G23 for several reasons. I'm a new handgun shooter so I figured my aim will most likely be better with the longer line of sight on the gun. I will test this later on after possibly purchasing a compact size G19 or G23 in the summer for concealed carry. The second reason being that the G22 has a standard 15 round magazine in .40 s&w. I feel that in case of an emergency the extra 2 rounds might make a difference. This is the main reason why my first choice when window shopping was the G17 9mm with 17 + 1 round standard mags. Round capacity concerns me mainly because I've been watching the news a lot and almost every day there's a home invasion taking place involving several armed criminals. I don't know about you guys but the thought of 4 + armed criminals breaking into my home putting my family at risk makes me question, "how much ammo do I really need ready to go?" Either way it's awesome that glock owners can buy several types of extended magazines.
The next reason is the ambidextrous mag release since I plan on also training left handed with it. And finally the last reason is the ability to convert into a 9mm and .357 sig by changing out the barrel. With the 9mm conversion I'll need to buy 9mm magazines but that's not a big deal considering the money I will save practicing with 9mm instead of .40 s&w. The .357 sig conversion is just an awesome addition to have as well. Three different glocks in one glock frame. Your basically getting the G17, G22, and G31 for a whole lot less than buying all 3 separately. Pretty cool!!!
Anyways, this pistol will be my home defense gun, range gun, and my personal protection gun going to and from my place of business. I don't have a concealed license but read that it's legal for me to have it on me in my home, to my vehicle (extension of my home), to my business, back to my vehicle, and then back home. I may be wrong? Not sure about all the details which is why I'm joining this forum for help. I will most likely get my concealed license next summer when buying a more suitable carry weapon but until then I trust this full sized G22 will do the job. With that said I honestly don't plan on carrying a lot until I feel more confident in my skills and knowledge of being a first time handgun owner.
Mainly, I want to learn how and when to use this weapon to keep myself, my family, and anyone else in danger from threats SAFE! LEGALLY!!!
Well anyways thanks for reading. Hope to learn some good info from some of you experienced concealed handgun owners.
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Welcome to the forum, and the world of hand gunning. You'll quickly find that it's addictive (both the forum and handguns) LOL. I too have a .40S&W GLOCK Model 22, though mine is Gen 1, purchased directly from GLOCK in the 90's. I previously owned the GLOCK 27 as well, and regret selling that little weapon. The model 22/27 makes for a really nice package, for many reasons. You could have done lots worse with your first handgun purchase. I have a .357 Sig barrel for mine as well, and like that it uses same magazines etc... Didn't realize the 9mm possibility, but it doesn't really matter, as I wouldn't buy a 9mm barrel for it, and the extra magazines, just to carry a lesser caliber. :) If I were you I'd practice with the .40 and maybe the .357Sig instead.
Sounds like some training, on the range and the classroom (re the laws in Texas) are in order. Enjoy it, and be safe.
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