- 30 Oct 2009 10:31
A compact Glock 19C, if you value concealability, fitted with either the standard 15 or an extended 17 round magazine, and extended slide release. The standard slide release is not user friendly and is cheap to replace, as are trigger connectors. I have 3.5lbs 'target' connectors in both my Glocks.
If size isn't an issue my choice would be the full size Glock 34, with the extended 19 round magazine, and standard magazine release. I find the larger magazine gives a better balanced pistol, but that is only my preference. The extended magazine release on the other hand, as it comes out of the box, just gets in the way, so change that as it costs next to nothing.
Both are chambered for 9mm, and both are easy to strip and maintain, reliable, and accurate. They come in fetching shades of "desert sand", olive, or black, and are mid priced.
I own a 34 and a 17C and have never experienced a stoppage using quality factory ammunition. I had nothing but stoppages when using cheap 'soft' aluminium cased rounds some cheapskate had recommended, so only use quality brass.
The CZ75 SP-O1 at around $500 is a fine weapon, if you prefer all steel construction, but it is not as easy to field strip as the Glock. The release needs to be pulled out when removing the slide, and it doesn't pop out, it needs a little pursuasion. The trigger at 6lbs is also a bit heavy for my liking, 11lbs in double action, compared to the 3.5lb pull of my Glocks.
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