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Old 09-09-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
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Current Best 9x19 Pistol?

In your fact-based opinion: What is the best, in terms of capability and reliability, 9x19 chambered full-size pistol presently on the market?
 
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In your fact-based opinion: What is the best, in terms of capability and reliability, 9x19 chambered full-size pistol presently on the market?
I’d say glock; and since you're asking for opinions on 'full-size pistols' I'd have to say G17 or G19.

But my personal candidate for ‘best’ (or at least 'most versatile') goes to the 26, which is probably very different from most people’s opinion – I assume most folks would say G17 or G19 as their top pick.

Only reason I say G26 is that it offers better concealability when that’s important, but gives up nothing substantial when concealability isn’t a concern. Being able to take the magazines from any 9mm glock pistol add to its versatility. I have a few G19 magazines set up with A&G Grip Adapters for use in the 26’s, and am a big fan of them. Even with the same 15-round magazine in place, the 26 with A&G adapter still conceals slightly better than the 19 since the A&G gives the gun more of a round-butt profile rather than the square-butt profile that the 19 has.

Both of these guns are using the same 15-round magazines, but the 26 on the left doesn’t have the hard, sharp hump on the back end that the 19 does, so it conceals slightly better. (Which is why I've taken to carrying G26's only for concealment anymore, and relegate the 19 to duty carry only.)


The only thing the 26 gives up is about 3/8” of barrel, which means a slightly shorter sight radius and 20-30 fps less velocity, depending on load. To me, the loss of 30 fps is a minor thing to sacrifice in order to gain slightly-improved concealability with the same-capacity magazines, and the option of MUCH-better concealability with standard 10-round mags.

If concealability is never going to be a concern, I’d say go with the G19 or G17. But if deeper concealability might ever be a factor, the G26 gives options that the others don’t.
 
Old 09-10-2008, 01:41 PM   #3
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I like glocks ( own and carry an old model 17);but CZ's have always had a special place in my heart.Priced to sell ,and built to last!.
Any here like the current Taurus line up ,the 5 inch 24/7's and the OSS???
 
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My experience is with the CZ75B and the Browning HiPower. For me, both are ergonomic, accurate, quality pistols built to last a lifetime. I like them both but am partial to the HiPower. Both are little large for small framed me to carry concealed but both carry well in an open hip holster. I've tried Glocks and can hit well with them but they just aren't comfortable in my hand. Maybe a slimmed down grip or different angle would help.

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I tend to concur with RIKA, being partial to the Browning P-35 and the CZ 75. Since the CZ is more robust than the Browning, my vote is for the CZ 75.
 
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The only thing good about "Tactical Tupperware" is its ability to be cleaned in the dishwasher, but then this question's response is a very personal decision. Whats good for the goose, is not always the choice of the gander. I'll take wood & steel everytime.


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Not trying to sound obnoxious, but I was referring more to the pistol itself and not as much as to why we like a certain one for ourselves.

First, very Nice brace John!

Now on to the discussion:

Glocks really aren't the pinnacle of engineering success. Releasing the slide release doesn't always generate enough energy to fully chamber a round, they are not modular or adaptable in terms of user interface, with exception of gen3 frames some larger illumination or laser combo devices on the rail will prohibit reliable functioning, and the rails are only capable of dealing with specifically linear motion. This is not saying Glocks are bad boo-hiss/whine, its just saying that on the quest for the best 9x19 pistol that is where they stand on the shortcomings of perfection.

The BHP/P-35 comes up short primarily in its comparatively (to Sig and HK) weaker lock up and most of the newer 15 round magazines not working with more than the original 13, giving it a capacity issue (you can fit 12 .45s in a USP, and one of the qualities of the vunder-nine is that you can fit a bunch of rounds into them, many other wondernines have functional 17 round mags on top of their 15 round well-proven factory mags). The 9mm 1911 is extremely deficient in the capacity category. Also lacking on the BHP is a 1913 rail. FWIW, I think the BHP is the single most shootable 9mm pistol ever put into mass production, as its big uncle the 1911 is to .45.

I really don't know all that much about the CZ75s insides. Arebindixie and Rika, could you enlighten me?
 
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Not trying to sound obnoxious, but I was referring more to the pistol itself and not as much as to why we like a certain one for ourselves.

First, very Nice brace John!

Now on to the discussion:

Glocks really aren't the pinnacle of engineering success. Releasing the slide release doesn't always generate enough energy to fully chamber a round,(NEVER had a problem with this in 16 years of carrying glocks) they are not modular or adaptable in terms of user interface ((with all due respect, it's a flipping handgun, not an m-4. That said, take a look in the Midway Catalog, Cheaper than Dirt, or Brownelles, there are a couple of dozen different doo-dads you can put onto yout Glock), with exception of gen3 frames some larger illumination or laser combo devices on the rail will prohibit reliable functioning, and the rails are only capable of dealing with specifically linear motion. This is not saying Glocks are bad boo-hiss/whine, its just saying that on the quest for the best 9x19 pistol that is where they stand on the shortcomings of perfection.
IF i had to pick a 9mm i'd probably go with the P-35, IMO it's only deficiency is that it IS a 9mm..but that's just me, and im not going to start the usual 9mm/.45 pissing match . When it comes to sheer grunt-proofedness the Glocks win hands down. When you pull the trigger, they go "Bang"..period. in 16 years and hundreds of thousands of rounds I cant think of ANY problems that we've had with our Glocks..admittedly they are .40's (G-23) but the ONLY difference is the barrel and recoil spring, everything else is identical to the 19. We have had departments in our area that have carried Smiths, HK's, Sig's, and Rugers over time, it's come to pass that 75% of those departments carry glocks now.
 
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I'd say the Glock 17. The XD and M&P look nice, but I don't think they've quite proven themselves over time yet.

I haven't heard of the problem darkwofl mentions happening on the G17, maybe on the 26, or even the 19 with less slide mass, but from everything I've seen, the G17 is a hammer.

But then, I'm not really up on the full sized 9mms. The only reason I carry a 9 is because it's easier to conceal than a .45. My Huckleberry is the G19 for this. The G26 is too small for my gorilla hands, the 19 is smaller than I like, but it works. Plus the ability to take G17 and G18 mags puts it ahead of the competition in my book.
 
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Kpdpipes,

Recoil spring, as well as conditions of use, can make a difference. I've been consistently taught that when dealing with pistols manually recharging the slide is preferable and that it is essentially mandatory with the Glock 17. I know that thefarleft has relayed to me the failure to fully seat issue with his compact 9mm model, as has Stan with his issue G23 (but he's ran that thing into the ground and I'm not sure where he is on spring maintenance or mag replacement). It does make a little sense, Glock slides are pretty light by comparison to other pistols. Also, I'm not referring to strapping a bunch of random aftermarket doo-dads to the piece, I'm talking about the not-always optimal and not so user adjustable grip configuration. The Glock is very good at going bang, that is its extent though (still far better than the majority of handguns out there).
 
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...Nice brace John...
Just to clarify (since I made such a long-winded post about them), that’s not current. I’ve since changed the rig some, using the same holsters on an old Galco ‘Jackasss’ harness I had laying around. I also now only carry G26’s when concealed, usually with the 10-round mags in place; rarely with the 15’s. Fact is, with the better Jackass harness, the smaller guns and 10-round magazines, it conceals under a one-size-too-large shirt; no jacket required. Been using it that way for nearly a year, and just last month bought a new rig from the same maker, designed for G26’s instead of G19’s. Received it this past week, but haven’t made the harness change yet - figure to do so this weekend. With the G26-specific holsters, it should conceal even slightly better.

FWIW, the maker is www.survivalsheath.com, and he has some intriguing and even ‘out there’ shoulder-holster design options. (Need a handgun on one side and a camp axe on the other, both with pull-thru holsters? He’s your guy. )
 
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I've carried a few 9's to date, Ruger, Astra, Sig, Star, and even a Steyer GB. But for current production make mine a Glock.......19 that is. After a few rounds it feels like an old friend, one that I'll trust with my life.
I have put a few hundred rounds thru HK's and a couple of S&W's and they just don't measure up for me. What somebody said before...Glock's go bang.
 
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Kpdpipes,

Recoil spring, as well as conditions of use, can make a difference. I've been consistently taught that when dealing with pistols manually recharging the slide is preferable and that it is essentially mandatory with the Glock 17. I know that thefarleft has relayed to me the failure to fully seat issue with his compact 9mm model, as has Stan with his issue G23 (but he's ran that thing into the ground and I'm not sure where he is on spring maintenance or mag replacement). It does make a little sense, Glock slides are pretty light by comparison to other pistols. Also, I'm not referring to strapping a bunch of random aftermarket doo-dads to the piece, I'm talking about the not-always optimal and not so user adjustable grip configuration. The Glock is very good at going bang, that is its extent though (still far better than the majority of handguns out there).
The only issue i know of with the slide release, is the fact that it's small, and doesnt have too much leverage to it, it takes a LOT of "Thumb" as opposed to say a 1911. I've been carrying 23's since 1992, and as I said, i've always used the Slide release with no problems, and I shoot more than 95% of the people on my dept... Glock "Reccomends" Dropping the slide off of the Sl my manually doing it and that's the way its taught to the majority of people who carry them on a daily basis professionally. Most of the guys (and girls) I work with never carried any other Auto than the G-23 so they go with what they're taught by our range guys/Glock Armorers who parrot the mantra THEY've been taught..

As for the rest..yeah the Grip Angle takes some getting used to, and isnt as comfortable as other designs.. On the Light Issue, I put a TLR-2 on the bottom of my Issue pistol back in Jan, since then i've run around 5K through it without a hiccup, so they've apparently fixed whatever that flex issue was with the first run of rail frames.
 
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If I had my arm twisted and HAD to grab a 9mm to carry, I would use one of my H&K P7s. If I couldn't find one in the vault quick enough, I would then look for the Kahr.
 
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I'd go with a J frame Smith, if I had to go with a 9mm. Small frame, concealable, drop dead reliable and able to be loaded with or without moonclips.

Someone needs to throw a revolver into the works!
 
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Tuna,do you recall an Israeli variant Model 10 S&W type piece that was essentially a K frame 9mm??I have not seen one in years ( or an American Eagle Mauser ,for that matter!);and was wondering if they could still be had.
 
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Tuna,do you recall an Israeli variant Model 10 S&W type piece that was essentially a K frame 9mm??I have not seen one in years ( or an American Eagle Mauser ,for that matter!);and was wondering if they could still be had.
That was the S&W 547.
 
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I know this is an old thread; I meant to reply to it some time ago and forgot about it.

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The BHP/P-35 comes up short primarily in its comparatively (to Sig and HK) weaker lock up and most of the newer 15 round magazines not working with more than the original 13, giving it a capacity issue (you can fit 12 .45s in a USP, and one of the qualities of the vunder-nine is that you can fit a bunch of rounds into them, many other wondernines have functional 17 round mags on top of their 15 round well-proven factory mags). The 9mm 1911 is extremely deficient in the capacity category. Also lacking on the BHP is a 1913 rail. FWIW, I think the BHP is the single most shootable 9mm pistol ever put into mass production, as its big uncle the 1911 is to .45.
I have used Mecgar 15 round magazines for the BHP, loaded to capacity, and I have been satisfied with them. I have heard that they may be weaker or less reliable than 13 round magazines due to a thinner follower but I have not personally experienced it.

From the standpoint of capability, I can see where capacity may be an issue but I do not think it should eclipse reliability and accuracy, better ergonomics for smaller hands (e.g. the BHP and some single stack models such as the Gov't Model), lower recoil (especially for those who are recoil sensitive or have only basic to intermediate skills), faster follow-up shots, and lower ammunition costs.

I also think capacity can be a disadvantage leading to foolish expenditures of ammo. Since the mid 80s, most major law enforcement agencies have switched to semi-autos and many have chosen high capacity 9mm's and .40 S&W's. The number of rounds expended in documented gunfights has increased, sometimes dramatically, but the miss ratio remains at around 80%. A few years back, a local agency, after having recently adopted Beretta 92 FS's, had a gunfight in which the police fired 42 rounds while the assailant fired 6 rounds. The assailant was hit twice. In this instance, the miss ratio was 95% with 40 rounds expended across a high traffic city street in the vicinity of lodging facilities.

I do not consider the 1913 rail to be a significant advantage in most circumstances when the pistol is carried on the person although lasers and weapon mounted lights can be beneficial when properly utilized. When carried attached to the weapon, the bulk of the laser/light is substantial and holster options are limited. The likelihood of employing either, if carried detached and the emergency requiring them is unforeseen, is very small. The hazard of using the weapon as a flashlight when a light is attached is obvious and the assumption of the poorly skilled that the laser is a panacea for poor marksmanship is frightful.

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I really don't know all that much about the CZ75s insides. Arebindixie and Rika, could you enlighten me?
Some consider the CZ 75 to be a double action BHP clone, which it is not. The following link provides some similarities and differences between the two: http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/B...20and%20CZ.htm.
 
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didn't see the thread to begin with but heres my $0.02 on the subject of the best 9x19 for carry or otherwise. the highpower by browning and others has no pears when it comes to a single action handgun. function, reliability, and it's 13 round magazine capacity is the only thing that keeps it above the 1911's. when it comes to double action pistols they are in a different category. as for double, single actions i have found that the tauris pt-92 is at the top of the list, with sig's and cz's close behind. looking at double action only pistols the glock is on top with the hk, sig, cz, falling behind. as for magazine capacity issue as mentioned if you can't do it in 7 to 13 rounds, then 15 to 17 rounds won't either. so magazine capacity is not an important issue. the main issue is with every weapon your life mite depend on is reliability only, caliber and magazine capacity are at best secondary considerations. shoot a perp in the forehead with a 32 browning will be just as dead as on shot with a 45 apc. all pistol calibers are at best last ditch fight stoppers. with the exception of a few that are to big to handle in a fight can't be depended on to stop a man or anything else with the first round. some are better than others but they all will work if applied properly to the target.
 
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