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im a 24 year old male, about 6ft3, and im looking for a CCW pistol.

i have my eye on a glock 23, but id like to ask the guys here for there opinions on this or other guns.

i also have huge gorilla hands.

any help is appreciated.
 

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My recomendation is shoot a fiew different brands and go with what suits you the best , nothing wrong with glocks good reliable pistols that dont fit my hand so they dont point well for me . Springfield xd points a bit better bit still thick thro the slide , 1911 with flat housing and long trigger better yet lol . I carry a Kahr because the thinness and weigh of the p series is just too dammed handy .
 

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The best thing you can do is find a buddy with a lot of guns or, better yet, a range that rents handguns. Spend some time shooting as many as you can to get the feel for them and see what fits you best.

As for suggestions, Glocks are good for big hands if you can stand the "brick" feel. Rugers are also good. The P-85/89/90/etc series if you like full size autos. If you are a revolver person, I'm partial to the SP101. Others are going to suggest Sig, HK, and various other makes where I have little experience. Goes back to try as many as you can.
 

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Glock good gun. But I would agree with the suggestion that you find a gun range that allows you to rend several weapons and test them out to see which fits you personally. Yes the FBI (and a number of other of federal, state, county and municipal agencies) issue the Glock 23, but it might not be right for you personally. Have fun.
 

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Shoot as many different guns as you can get your hands on


Its all personal preference i have carried a glock , 1911's XD's and wheelies ...As for sigs they just don't work for me
 

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Welcome to the forum Nihilist. As has been previously stated, go to a shop/range that will let you rent & shoot different types of guns. Try both revolvers and semi-autos of calibers from about 9mm through 45 acp, single and double action. Take your time looking and if you find something of interest get back to us for more discussion.
 

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look at the glock 22 (40) and the glock 30 (45). they might fit the bill. find a range that has lots of guns. try them out, then look at the colt 45 acp, it allways fits.
 

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Plenty of good advice most of which try every darned gun you can lay hands on!!

I will say tho from my experience and I have large hands - a full size double stacker might help. My 226 with CT grips is for me the cat's miaow for grip feel and fit. Plenty of choices might fit that bill.
 

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Some suggestions:
Kahr PM9
Sig 239
Para CCW745S
FNP-9 (16+1) or FNP-9M (15+1) (larger in size but great shooter
 

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How experienced are you with firearms? If you are a novice, I wouldn't suggest the Glock. Your mind and your trigger finger are your safety and Glocks can be unforgiving. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying experienced shooters and other types of pistols are not prone to negligent discharge. Just my .02 and something to think about.
 

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I recently went through the same thing. I was looking for a 9mm because I could practice often and I believe the 9mm to be perfectly adequate for seld defense. I had narrowed my choices to the GLOCK 26 (subcompact 9mm) and the SIG 239 (their single stack 9/40/357).

I chose the GLOCK 26. Here is what I like about it. It's never malfunctioned. It's light weight and accurate. Ammo capacity for the size is quite high. It's simple to operate and simple to disassemble/clean.

That being said I have decided to sell it and plan to have 2 other pistols for my carry needs. I have chosen the Kahr PM40 as my primary carry gun and here is why. I find the grip to be much more comfortable. The thinner grip means that it will be much easier to conceal and I will be more likely to carry all of the time. While I like the 9mm, I was able to fire the 3" 40 PM40 with no more difficulty than the GLOCK in 9mm. Also I can manipulate the controls without shifting my grip. Plus I want to be abble to pocket carry and with the Kahr it is quite comfortable to stuff it in my pocket. With the GLOCK it feels like there is a brick in my pocket and its way too obvious.

The other pistol I have chosen is a SIG 220, 45acp. I'll carry the SIG when dress permits. I personally believe the GLOCK is a great pisrol. Especially for beginners due to the simplicity of operation and consistent trigger pull. It is also my opinion that SIG makes a higher quality handgun that is more comfortable and fun to shoot. The SIG 220 is a fullsize, single stack 8+1, 45acp handgun. The 220 can be had in SIGs legendary DA/SA trigger. This trigger has an initial pull of 10lbs while the following pulls are 4.5lbs. There is also a silky smooth DAO trigger system named DAK. Sig also offers most of their guns in SAO, like a 1911. I personally have never seen a SAO SIG but others have said the triggers are sweet.

For concealed carry you can't go wrong with the GLOCK. But I much prefer SIG or Kahr.
 

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If you have big hands, be sure to try the Glock before you buy. I had a G23 that I got rid of because my trigger finger rubbed so hard against the trigger guard that it broke the skin. The small trigger guard just wasn't right for my hands.
 

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I have 2 Glocks, a 19 and a 26. Since Vegas summers are hou, the 26 has become my carry gun, as it will fit in my front pocket. Glocks are good guns, and I consider then to be fun to shoot. Another choice to consider, especially due to your hand size, is the Springfield Armory XD line. You can get 9mm,40, or 45 ACP. I bought the 45 a few weeks ago, and I've fallen in love. It's a polymer gun, has a similar trigger safety to the Glock, plus a grip safety. And the 45 gives you 13+1 capacity. So, after reading all of these suggestions, you're probably totally confused. That will teach you to ask us for advice! :urla9ub:
 

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I have 2 Glocks, a 19 and a 26. Since Vegas summers are hou, the 26 has become my carry gun, as it will fit in my front pocket. Glocks are good guns, and I consider then to be fun to shoot. Another choice to consider, especially due to your hand size, is the Springfield Armory XD line. You can get 9mm,40, or 45 ACP. I bought the 45 a few weeks ago, and I've fallen in love. It's a polymer gun, has a similar trigger safety to the Glock, plus a grip safety. And the 45 gives you 13+1 capacity. So, after reading all of these suggestions, you're probably totally confused. That will teach you to ask us for advice! :urla9ub:
first off, thanks everyone for all the advice, its exactly what i was looking for. this is the gun im going to be trusting my life with for the next 4+ years, so id rather have too much info than not enough any day.

im going to be heading down to the range before i buy for sure. my buddy just told me that the glock 23 was too small for him [his pinky dangled off the edge] and hes a much smaller guy than i am. however, thats why they have extensions :) .

ive been looking around at the other glock suggestions, and it looks like itll be an all day trip haha. i always disliked glock because of the gangsta image it has from rap music, i might be a convert though.

ill research that springfield right now. cant argue with 14 .45s.
 

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If you are looking for a little gun that fits big hands fine I suggest the XD-9 Subcompact (with the Pearce magazine plate added). Very accurate and reliable.
 

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If youre dead set onthe GLOCK, try flipping the #'s (32) and you'll be set....
 

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I carry a Kahr P9...was attracted to the slim design and light weight. I had a G23...nice gun but to "blocky" for me to carry. All depends on the person on what you are comfortable "lugging around".
 

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I have a Glock 23c, I put a 32c barrell in it.:image035: But I carry one or more of my 1911's most of the time. They are flat and thin profile and easy to conceal. I was in a gun shop and shoot the bull when a cuy makes a statement about how a 1911 was too big and too hard to conceal. So, all I could say was "You mean like these", he was surprised that no one sees them. Another nice choice is a CZ75 series. Here's my RIA's.
 

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Tradeoffs and Personal Preference

Finding the carry gun that is just right for you involves tradeoffs and compromises of one factor vs. another, and comes down to personal preference and values. I am about the same size as you are, and have gone through several cycles with different guns, including the Glock 23.

I tend to prefer the .40 or .45 calibers for defense, and still have my Glock 23, but don't carry it any more. Originally I liked its light weight, reliability, smooth contours and having the same trigger pull on all shots. The gun was adequately accurate for me, but not quite as accurate as some other guns that I own. The thing that finally discouraged me about the G23 was ergonomics - I found the grip shape and trigger uncomfortable in my hand. The grip seemed too blocky and rectangular, and the trigger became a little painful after 50 rounds or so.

So I tried the Sig P229 in .40, and much preferred the grip and trigger feel. I could shoot it better than the Glock, and it was just as reliable as the Glock. The Sig did have the disadvantage of being rather heavy for easy carry, weighing about 8 ounces more than the G23. And it took some practice to get used to the double action/single action transition.

The last .40 I bought was the H&K USP 40 compact, and that seemed better than both the G23 and the Sig. It was as lightweight as the Glock and as comfortable in my hand as the Sig, equally reliable, and I could shoot it quite accurately. I decided that if I wanted a double stack compact .40 for carry, the USP was the best.

But the one that I finally settled on as my favorite, after going through the above, was a Kimber CDP Pro, the aluminum framed compact 1911 with 4 inch barrel. I had always liked 1911s in .45, and shot full size versions at the range for many years. But the full size 1911s are pretty big and heavy for carry. I got the Kimber and tried it out, and it seemed to combine the best of the others for me. The ergonomics were about perfect, the trigger was the best of the lot, and had the same pull on every shot, and the gun was extremely thin for easy concealment. I put the thinline grip panels on it and replaced the ambi safety with a single sided safety, and it carries very close to the body with a minimal "bump". So that is what I've settled on, at least for now.
 

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How experienced are you with firearms? If you are a novice, I wouldn't suggest the Glock. Your mind and your trigger finger are your safety and Glocks can be unforgiving. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying experienced shooters and other types of pistols are not prone to negligent discharge. Just my .02 and something to think about.
I agree. Especially the pull trigger /take down. seems like a disaster in the making. glock makes a reliable gun, but it isn't right for everyone.
 
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