GSF, you gotta check out hickok45 on youtube, see his range, he keeps an 18" gong at 80 yard and a 8 inch red steel plate at 70 yards and can nail it with a 22lr pistol 90% of the time. But he fires everything, he has I'd say near 80 targets from steel sheep, pigs, cowboys, trees anything, but the most fun he gets is shooting 2 liter bottles of soda, especially 9mm and up - they either spin and fall in a whirl and spray that is very cool to watch or they just disappear in a cola mist - lol.
YESTERDAY NOW (Wednesday that is) I went to my local gunshop, handed him my ID and drivers license and he handed me a bunch of handguns - yeehaa!! bout time I say!
Sad he didn't have a Glock 19, something I want to get my hands on, but I got to handle the Glock 17 Gen 4, and without any of the 4 backstraps (just the stock grip) it felt like it was custom fit. I have small hands and any backstrap made the grip to large, where 1) it felt like the gun could turn in my hand - swivel a bit and 2) it put my trigger finger short of the trigger guard - which I know to keep my finger straight and above the trigger area, but I didn't like I couldn't reach the guard barely with my finger tip.
I'm sure the ladies of the forum can understand more than you big handed manly men - lol. But out of the case, put in my hand that G17 grip was natural and I liked it.
SO HERE COMES THE QUESTION OF THE DAY FRIENDS
In NJ we have a 15 round limit to mag capacity, I was surprised he even had the G17 cause of the 17 round capacity. But he modified the three mags PERMANENTLY with resin and other stuff to limit them to 15 and includes a letter stating such. Now I'm not thinking of buying this gun, although I really liked a full size gun and that I found interesting.
I then got to load a few snap caps and found the chink in the armor - the mag spring was not modified, plus it is new and even loading a few rounds was challenging. Mind you he had no problem, I did and I'll chalk that up partially to inexperience. But I'm not too keen on the idea of a spring made for 17 round squeezed to load 15, three mags of those.
BTW, I ordered an Uplula speed loader, something I have admired for many many months, I caught it on Amazon for $22 for the 9mm and up one. The 22mm Uplula seems like something I will have to evaluate if the need arises.
Either way, I know (again hypothetically speaking) that using the Uplula I could easily pack the mags, but in this case how hard are the cartridges slamming into the slide, ramp and chamber? Just educationally I am asking, part of my Reading Rainbow of handgun knowledge.
SO TO CONTINUE
I expect to later today go to the really nice gunshop/shooting range and get my hands on the G19 to see how the feel is, do all the things you do when handling it and I would seriously bet they have one (maybe not a Gen 4) in the case to rent - their fees are $15 rental, plus $20 range fees and of course I'll need to buy their ammo - I'm sure that's another $50. Not a cheap day and I expect after looking around to test drive at least another handgun.
Oh, I also handled a S&W M&P sub compact today, I did NOT like the length of the grip what so ever. If I were looking for a CCW that would be a different story, but I'm looking for a home defense gun that has a good feel and ergonomic for me.
BEING A LEFTY
Chalked off a Ruger right away, It was full ambidextrous BUT all that stuff just got in the way - when I went to operate the slide catch, my thumb kicked the safety to the on position and I could not avoid it every time - again small hands and short fingers can't reach around stuff as well as bigger hands. This I'm learning very quickly. So I go back to the belief that the best safety is between your ears and it's handling the gun, not having all the bells and whistles that can get in the way.
I even got to handle the Sig P2022 and sadly (although it is different from the P228/M11-A1) it did have a decocker and a long slide catch which I found both ugly and annoying. Shame they didn't have some other Sig there, but I'll rectify that tomorrow - when I visted the larger gunshop they had an incredible selection, that is where I saw the Sig P238 (380) and P938 9mm and realized how small they really are. BEAUTIFUL and worthy of the Sig name, but tiny. For folks with a love for pretty guns and a need or want to CC very small guns, all you need is a pocketful of cash and either are yours.
SO OFF TO BED
and more tales to tell tomorrow, hopefully much more exciting ones.
to comment on the G17 with the blocked mags to me my state requirements and how you think the spring may be affected. Thanks.