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Well after much thought I'm thinking I need to carry a gun with me. I have a 5" 45ACP that is a tack driver but weighs a ton. So I was thinking of a 40 cal or maybe a 9mm in the compact frame. So is there any advice on these 2 guns in question?? thanks for the help.
 

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I think the 23 would be a great choice as I recently got one myself. I'm waiting on a holster as we speak, and it will be worked into my rotation. On the other hand a friend of mine swears by
his glock 26. I believe the trick is having a quality gun belt ,because in the cooler months I carried a full size 1911 in a m-tac holster and you are right they can feel like a ton,but when I got
my gun belt it made all the difference in the world. Good luck on your what ever you chose.
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IMO it's what feels best for you. some aren't bothered by a larger, heavier gun but some want the smallest, lightest gun they can get. I would say that the G23 is a good choice. It gives you an easily concealable gun but is still accurate and fun to shoot!
 

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well after some more reading I might be in the market for a 27. I have a snub nose .38 and my pinkie finger hangs off of it so I think I could get use to the short grip on the 27
With a 27, you do get the flexibility of being able to use the G23 or 22 Magazines. The barrel is shorter so concealing is easier. I use the standard 9 Rd magazines for the 27. It is easily manageable, accurate and fun to shoot.

I do recommend night sights for a carry weapon.

Try them both out. See what works better for you. I usually get the 23 holster which fits the 27.
 

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Go, with either or both. I think the 40 is superior to the 9mm. I worked with a University police force, and we went from unarmed, (ASP), to armed, and went thru the whole debate and settled on the 40. Of course, being a very liberal school, we were accused of unnessary use of force. But all the research pointed to the 40. I carry all my Glocks in one zippered waist holster. Not sure of the name, but you just wear around your waist, and has a loop that you yank, and pistol is there. I've had it so long, forget the name. Anyway all my pistols will fit in one or other sized holster that are secured with velcro. Just my 2 Cents.
 

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You cant go wrong with either. Altho if I was gona put anything more than a +2 on the 27 id go with the 23. As the butt of the gun is the harder end to conceal. Keep in mind that you can change out the barrels on a .40 or 357 sig to a 9mm for practice or carry. Youll needs mags for the 9mm along with the barrel.
 

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The 23/.40 cal is a great choice for carry. The only other one that I can recommend even greater is the 19/9mm. The rounds are less expensive and there are more of them in the mag. For IWB, I feel that the 19 conceals about as well as the 26. I do like the 19/23 platform better. In other words you really don't gain a lot of concealment in the smaller gun. Unless maybe you go to pocket carry or ankle carry.
 

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I would throw out one caveat on the G27: when I was trying to decide between the G26 & 27, I went to the local range where I was able to rent both.
All was well with both on various drills until I got to weak hand shooting. I have a true "weak" hand in that I suffered an injury as a kid which leaves my
left hand slightly weaker ( not normally noticeable).
Anyway, that was the deal breaker on the G27; I couldn't control recoil enough to get reasonably quick follow up shots.
For the record, I have both G19 and G23 and had no problem with them , probably because of the added grip size.
I love the G26 and carry it often in a pocket kydex holster.
 

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I would throw out one caveat on the G27: when I was trying to decide between the G26 & 27, I went to the local range where I was able to rent both.
All was well with both on various drills until I got to weak hand shooting. I have a true "weak" hand in that I suffered an injury as a kid which leaves my
left hand slightly weaker ( not normally noticeable).
Anyway, that was the deal breaker on the G27; I couldn't control recoil enough to get reasonably quick follow up shots.
For the record, I have both G19 and G23 and had no problem with them , probably because of the added grip size.
I love the G26 and carry it often in a pocket kydex holster.
Hey, I say "shoot what you brought"! At least you are shooting. As for preference, it's like a**holes, we've all got one, and that is why Glock keeps coming out with new models and generations! What ever you are comfortable with, just don't bring a knife to a gunfight!
 

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Well after much thought I'm thinking I need to carry a gun with me. I have a 5" 45ACP that is a tack driver but weighs a ton. So I was thinking of a 40 cal or maybe a 9mm in the compact frame. So is there any advice on these 2 guns in question?? thanks for the help.
I have used/carried/concealed many shapes, fashions and forms of 1911's and there isn't one that is as light as the G23 .40 cal, and honestly after firing many different types of ammo into ballistics gel the .40 gives the best cavity and damage when compared to the 9mm. It is also light enough for me to throw on a pair of cargo shorts, belt and inside or outside holster and it isn't ever pressingly prevalent like the 1911's. I can even put it into my front pants pocket when I go check the mail, but it isn't a sub compact so you feel like there is still a decently sized weapon in your hand. Having 13 rounds of .40 stopping power versus 14 for the 9mm is a pretty darn good trade off, too. It's ultimately up to you and your preferences, but coming from a fellow 1911 guru the Glock 23 is a fine weapon of choice as a carry replacement.
 

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What about the glock 30 or 30 sf in 45? They have similar grip size to the 23 (with the glock mag ext) and all the power of the 45 round that you are used to. I don't feel there is anything wrong with the 23 or 19, but the 30 is just another possibility. It's small, but not too small. Plus, you can stick with a familiar cal.
 

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Really depends on your prefernce. I carried a G23 on duty for along time and never had any issues with it at all.
 
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