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Old 12-30-2016, 06:03 PM
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My Dad's G35


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So....in my opening post I mentioned the Glock 35 I inherited from my father. I thought I'd share the story of what I've done with it since becoming a regular shooter. My Dad had a Trijicon RMR red dot sight on this gun, and I absolutely hated it. So much so that I was considering selling the gun, especially when I found out how much a G35 costs and how much the RMR costs. I just about had myself convinced on selling the rig, but I just couldn't do it because it was my Dad's service weapon and I felt like I would be dishonoring his memory by doing so. I guess I'm kind of a sap when it comes to that sort of thing.

Anyway, I decided that what I would do is remove the $600 sights and replace them with a $20 set of factory Glock polymer sights. Some of my friends thought I was a little nuts for doing that, but I really didn't like the RMR and I don't see what the point in having a gun is if you aren't going to shoot it. So, I got ordered the sights from Midway and paid another $20 to have them installed. I was a little surprised at what happened once I got to the range.

So, I'am the range, set the target at 15 yards, fire off the fifteen rounds, and then proceed to check out my handiwork. SHAZAM! My eyes about popped out of my head! It was the tightest grouping I had achieved up to that point. I'm talking a fist sized, nice grouping that made me fall completely in love with my dad's gun! I immediately went from "I hate this **** thing and would sell it if it weren't my Dad's" to "There's no way in H E double toothpicks I will ever sell this gun!" I mean, this thing is spot on accurate. As a new shooter, my groupings aren't always that tight, and I just do it better with this gun than my other guns. I went on to shoot 100 rounds with it that day, and do so now every time I go to the range. I also purchased a Lone Wolf 9mm conversion barrel for it, so I have two guns in one now, which I think is a nice thing considering the price of .40 cal ammo.
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Old 12-31-2016, 07:49 AM
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I switched my 40 S & W to 357 Sig and got better accuracy. I may get a 9mm barrel for my G27 and sell my G26. Then I'd have all 3 in one rig.
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Old 12-31-2016, 11:49 PM
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I switched my 40 S & W to 357 Sig and got better accuracy. I may get a 9mm barrel for my G27 and sell my G26. Then I'd have all 3 in one rig.
I'm thinking about the 357 sig also. Nothing like having three in one. Then again, getting a whole new gun is fun too. My accuracy is actually better in 40 though.
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Old 01-02-2017, 08:33 AM
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I'm thinking about the 357 sig also. Nothing like having three in one. Then again, getting a whole new gun is fun too. My accuracy is actually better in 40 though.
I ordered a 9mm barrel yesterday.
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Old 01-02-2017, 01:23 PM
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So....in my opening post I mentioned the Glock 35 I inherited from my father. I thought I'd share the story of what I've done with it since becoming a regular shooter. My Dad had a Trijicon RMR red dot sight on this gun, and I absolutely hated it. So much so that I was considering selling the gun, especially when I found out how much a G35 costs and how much the RMR costs. I just about had myself convinced on selling the rig, but I just couldn't do it because it was my Dad's service weapon and I felt like I would be dishonoring his memory by doing so. I guess I'm kind of a sap when it comes to that sort of thing.

Anyway, I decided that what I would do is remove the $600 sights and replace them with a $20 set of factory Glock polymer sights. Some of my friends thought I was a little nuts for doing that, but I really didn't like the RMR and I don't see what the point in having a gun is if you aren't going to shoot it. So, I got ordered the sights from Midway and paid another $20 to have them installed. I was a little surprised at what happened once I got to the range.

So, I'am the range, set the target at 15 yards, fire off the fifteen rounds, and then proceed to check out my handiwork. SHAZAM! My eyes about popped out of my head! It was the tightest grouping I had achieved up to that point. I'm talking a fist sized, nice grouping that made me fall completely in love with my dad's gun! I immediately went from "I hate this **** thing and would sell it if it weren't my Dad's" to "There's no way in H E double toothpicks I will ever sell this gun!" I mean, this thing is spot on accurate. As a new shooter, my groupings aren't always that tight, and I just do it better with this gun than my other guns. I went on to shoot 100 rounds with it that day, and do so now every time I go to the range. I also purchased a Lone Wolf 9mm conversion barrel for it, so I have two guns in one now, which I think is a nice thing considering the price of .40 cal ammo.
Glad to hear the factory sights made for better groups with your dad's pistol. Honoring his memory by shooting well with it is something to be proud of, for sure.

If you ever decide you'd like to learn how to reload, you can usually save between 40 and 60 per cent over the cost of good factory ammo. It's isn't that hard or expensive to get started, either. Depending on where you're at in Indiana, I'd be glad to show you the ropes, should you be interested.
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Old 01-02-2017, 07:05 PM
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Glad to hear the factory sights made for better groups with your dad's pistol. Honoring his memory by shooting well with it is something to be proud of for sure.

If you ever decide you'd like to learn how to reload, you can usually save between 40 and 60 per cent over the cost of good factory ammo. It's isn't that hard or expensive to get started, either. Depending on where you're at in Indiana, I'd be glad to show you the ropes, should you be interested.

Thanks. My son and I have been talking about learning how to reload. I just purchased what I think will be a year's supply of ammo with the intention of saving as much of the brass as I can for reloading. I've watched a few videos and talked with the good folks at a local gun shop about it. No decisions have been made on a press or any of the other equipment yet, but I'm leaning towards a Dillon Square Deal B. Of course, if I go that route I'll have to pick just one caliber. I shoot .380 more than anything else, but I've been told that it's not a good choice for beginning reloaders because length is really critical. So, I may go with .40. Then again, I'm hoping to get a .357 revolver soon, and .38 spcl would be a good choice.
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Old 01-03-2017, 01:47 AM
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Thanks. My son and I have been talking about learning how to reload. I just purchased what I think will be a year's supply of ammo with the intention of saving as much of the brass as I can for reloading. I've watched a few videos and talked with the good folks at a local gun shop about it. No decisions have been made on a press or any of the other equipment yet, but I'm leaning towards a Dillon Square Deal B. Of course, if I go that route I'll have to pick just one caliber. I shoot .380 more than anything else, but I've been told that it's not a good choice for beginning reloaders because length is really critical. So, I may go with .40. Then again, I'm hoping to get a .357 revolver soon, and .38 spcl would be a good choice.
How many rounds is a year's worth, for you? Is that 500 or 5,000?

Don't buy the Square Deal B unless you shoot a LOT of just that one cartridge. Depending on the volume of pistol ammo you shoot, the Lee Classic Turret or Dillon 550B are the presses to look at, should you make the leap.
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Old 01-03-2017, 11:48 AM
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How many rounds is a year's worth, for you? Is that 500 or 5,000?

Don't buy the Square Deal B unless you shoot a LOT of just that one cartridge. Depending on the volume of pistol ammo you shoot, the Lee Classic Turret or Dillon 550B are the presses to look at, should you make the leap.
Assuming I continue with the current pattern, 5000+. Of course, that's a mix between 22, 380, 40, and 9. I practice more with 380 because that's what I carry. I'm fixin to add 357/38 to the mix too. My guess is that I will eventually move away from carrying a 380 all the time and into a 40, but who knows what I'll end up doing? I went with 380 because of concerns with over penetration, which forced me to look into getting a better carry round because of 380s limitations. For some reason, I just can't seem to warm up to 9mm. I love 40 though.

I'm still too green to really know what will work the best for me. If I find a 40 cal that doesn't penetrate more than the 18" the FBI recommends, then I have to deal with finding a gun that's the right size for me and that won't wear me out when I practice with it. I want a bullet that expands consistently, but I also think about things like obstacles (windshields, sheet metal, bones, thick clothing, etc. I like what I've seen from Federal's HST, but I still have to do more research on it. Maybe I'm just overthinking the whole thing but I'm hoping that learning the ins and outs of reloading will be a big help because I may be able to come up with a round that will do everything I'm looking for. Maybe it simply doesn't exist. Like I said, I'm still too green to really know what to go with. I only know what I want from both the gun and the round, All the other guns will be strictly for fun, but the one I carry needs to cover a lot of bases.
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Old 01-03-2017, 12:53 PM
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If you know what you want from the gun and the round, you can almost always achieve that by reloading or buying factory ammo...it's just reloading is usually cheaper, if you're shooting a lot, which it sounds like you will be.
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