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pspez
11-05-2012, 23:42
My kid is in the academy and graduates in May. He wants a .45 for off duty. What do you recommend?

JBUS
11-05-2012, 23:43
36. Carry mine off duty all the time.

WarEagle 1
11-06-2012, 01:04
G30 great carry weapon!!

Smokin45
11-06-2012, 02:33
Gen3 G30.. One of the sweetest shooting .45's Ive ever shot

SgtRich
11-06-2012, 03:56
Get him a G30 or a G30 SF. I guarantee he will love it. I have both and like them equally for daily carry.

JBnTX
11-06-2012, 04:26
Glock 30, generation 3.

bac1023
11-06-2012, 05:58
Obviously, you already decided on Glock. If not, post this in General Firearms for some different opinions.

TFLWYO
11-06-2012, 06:58
Tell him you're buying but let him pick it. I like the 30SF and the 36.

Bruce M
11-06-2012, 07:13
Maybe just me but before I chose I would start by finding out which ones are allowed and which, if any, are prohibited. Then I might also ask if the range people have any specific recommendations as they may have noticed that some do consistently much better qualifying with some guns than others.

SD Handgunner
11-06-2012, 07:14
Just yesterday I ordered a G30SF for plain clothes and off duty carry. Pondered long and hard and my dealers distributor made the choice for me easy, They had the G30SF in stock but not the G36.

Larry

bac1023
11-06-2012, 07:23
Maybe just me but before I chose I would start by finding out which ones are allowed and which, if any, are prohibited. Then I might also ask if the range people have any specific recommendations as they may have noticed that some do consistently much better qualifying with some guns than others.

Good point

BuzznRose
11-06-2012, 07:26
What is he going to carry on duty? Seems like that plus the obvious "what does he want?" Would be the best questions to ask him.




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ADK_40GLKr
11-06-2012, 07:36
If he lives in FL and State Police still use the .45GAP, I'd recommend the same caliber: G38 or G39 depending on which size frame he's more comfortable with. Then he could use issued ammo to practice with. (Uh, what agency is he in? State?)

I really enjoy shooting my (Compact) G38, and it cycles my weak reloads perfectly. (Also enjoy reloading. .45 GAP ammo is fairly expensive around here)

If he likes the subcompact frame, the G39 would feel just like a 26, 27, or 33, but with a slightly thicker slide. With my smaller hands, I can get a good grasp on my 27's grip, with pinkie AROUND the OEM baseplate.

Ed: Also, ballistics are supposed to be the same as .45ACP, but it uses the same frames as 9mm, .40s&w, and .357sig.

Uncle Don
11-06-2012, 07:55
Tell him you're buying but let him pick it. I like the 30SF and the 36.

Yep - needs to be a weapon he (as opposed to you) has complete confidence in. He'll make the choice based on that and what is on the dept approval list.

As an example - My G36 has been on my hip behind the shooting line for years, but some have no time at all for them.

BassBait
11-06-2012, 08:12
Hk 45 or HK 45C :cool:

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ashecht
11-06-2012, 13:12
Gen3 G30.. One of the sweetest shooting .45's Ive ever shot

This. I have one and it is a smooth shooter!

SiGlockBoy
11-07-2012, 10:18
I have a G30, G30sf and 2 G36. If you want a fat 10rd smooth shooting 45, than go with the G30 or 30sf depending on hand size. I prefer the G30sf and both have been flawless.

If you want something which is much nicer to carry IWB and don't mind a few less rounds, go for the G36. Grip is much nicer. Gun is much lighter and you don't feel it in the waistband as much. I'm not recoil sensitive but I will say the G36 tends to hit a little harder on your hand.

Or go for the G30/36 hybrid and get the best of both worlds.

I personally have carried all 3 versions and the 30 and 36 for about 2 year each. I wouldn't think twice about carrying the G36 daily and do so.

tercel89
11-07-2012, 10:55
Gen3 G30.. One of the sweetest shooting .45's Ive ever shot

EXACTLY ! The Generation 3 Glock 30 is one sweet gun. I'm an officer and that is what I carry on my own time. I wish we carried the G21 on duty .
But the Gen 3 G30 is really a sweet gun. Just stay away from the "SF" G30 . At first the "SF" models had problems and so did the G36. That is why I say get the regular G30 . Get the regular G30 , your son will thank you.

F106 Fan
11-07-2012, 11:05
It was mentioned above but might bear repeating: Many agencies have a list of officially approved off-duty weapons. It would be helpful to have the list before going shopping.

I certainly agree with the choice of .45, whether GAP or ACP, but, personally, I wouldn't lock myself in to Glock unless the agency approves. Around here, the PD and SO use Sigs (P226 for patrol, P229 for plainclothes, both in .40 S&W) so it would seem reasonable to get something with an identical manual of arms. I would probably pick the Sig P220 as a match for the P226 and the P220 Compact or P220 Carry as a match to the P229. The Compact is 0.5" shorter than the Carry but the mag only carries 6 versus 8 for the Carry and full size.

Some agencies are more flexible than others. It might be possible to get an exception to the approved list or it might even be possible to get the list expanded.

It would seem to me that there would be a strong incentive to use the same magazine and ammo as the agency.

Richard

SCmasterblaster
11-07-2012, 18:53
G36 - thinner, more concealable.

tango44
11-07-2012, 18:59
G30 of course!

Georg of Ohio
11-08-2012, 21:18
I agreed the gun must be on the list. When I was on the job, my off duty was a 9mm Glock 26 (which was on the list). Now that I am retired, I carry a Glock 36. I like the 45ACP and as a CCW,I think it is just a better carry , than the 26.

prez1967
11-08-2012, 21:25
No love for the full size 21??? I love my 36 but my 21 is my goto SD weapon...

GlockFanWA
11-08-2012, 21:31
No love for the full size 21??? I love my 36 but my 21 is my goto SD weapon...
21 is great for duty carry, not sure I would carry one for off-duty due to the size. I have a 36 and thinking of getting a 21 for duty carry

FLAHOTROD
11-08-2012, 22:26
He doesn't graduate until May?? That is one long academy for Florida.

firstg19
11-09-2012, 10:26
G30...it holds 10. the 36 only holds 6. If I were a cop, id want at least something with 10 and a spare on me for ccw. If its not ccw, then go g21

MLittle
11-09-2012, 13:54
No love for the full size 21??? I love my 36 but my 21 is my goto SD weapon...


The 21 for ccw? I dunno.......seems a little large for off duty carry. My two favorite 45acp pistols are the Sig P220 Carry (on my hip right now) and the Glock 30sf (3rd Gen). Not sure about the earlier poster talking about reliability of the gen. 3 30sf.....WHAT! Mine has over 5,000 rounds down the pipe with only a couple of problems during the very first mag. Been 100% ever since............

greenlion
11-09-2012, 21:14
G30 > g36