If you follow this blog, I'm sure you know that I have been contemplating getting a hand gun. I even shot my buddies Glock G17 (9mm), to see if I how I liked it compared to a revolver. Well, we all know how that one went, I even talked about it again in a Random Ramblings post. We all know I got one, but how did I decide on a caliber or size.
When I originally posted about about shooting the 9mm I asked for everyone's opinion. I got some great opinions from Brian, LB, and Matt. It seemed that everyone only had good things to say about Glocks, this was also proved by simply shooting one. I wanted to go with a Glock, I preferred the semi automatic to the revolver, at least for my first hand gun, plus the rugged, durability of a Glock is something I was looking for. Now on to the the tricky part, what caliber? Well I shot a 9mm, I thought it had minimal kick and I could handle it fairly well, plus I thought that it would be easy enough for Cassie to handle. After a little research and a few conversations with my uncle, cousin, and a few friends I decided that I would look at a .40 S&W. After considering what I wanted this gun for, a back up weapon while bow hunting and personal protection with the ability to still conceal carry, the .40 S&W seemed to fit the bill the best. Then with wanting the ability to still conceal carry, that made my decision on size a little easier. The G27 was just a little to small for my taste, even though it was a little bit bigger I decided to go with the...
After looking at all my options, playing with them, and seeing which one felt best in my hands, I decided to go with the Glock G23, it is the compact model of the .40 S&W caliber. The specific gun I bought is a Gen 4 with Rough Textured Frame (Gen4 RTF) surface designed to enhance grip traction and is present on the frame as well as the interchangeable back straps.
Look for Part 2 once I've made it to range a few times and can give it a through work out, and you might even get a guest opinion/review on this one. Hint - Her first question wasn't how much, but when are we going to shoot? I think this means she might even be excited for this one.