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My Dad is looking for a compact .40 cal pistol. He looked at a Glock 27 and liked it, didn't shoot it, but wanted to know what else is out there and what to look (out) for. Any suggestions? Personal experiences?
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Ruger SR40c. Love it! I also handled and shot MP40c and Glock 23. Glock barrel snapped after 10 shots where it meets the recoil spring, that one was out, as I also didn't like the grip angle anyhow.

So much for the Glock hype. Granted it was a rental gun, but I have never seen a rental gun do that, and I certainly didn't expect it from a Glock. But just like everything else, every brand has the occasional weak piece that makes it through.
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outcast86;97336 Wrote:My Dad is looking for a compact .40 cal pistol. He looked at a Glock 27 and liked it, didn't shoot it, but wanted to know what else is out there and what to look (out) for. Any suggestions? Personal experiences?

Being unsure of your Dad's level of experience I'll just throw this out there as something to look out for, a lot of people find the subcompact 40s unpleasant to shoot. The first time I shot my 27 I honestly did not like it. It is a very unforgiving pistol if your grip is not correct. At the time I had not received any training or instruction as to what a proper gripping technique is and I was just doing things the (wrong) way I had always done. As soon as I got that sorted out I started to enjoy shooting it. With a good firm thumbs forward grip with maximum contact from both hands, I now find it no different than shooting a 23 or any other Glock.

Of the people I have let shoot it, only the more experienced shooters enjoyed shooting it. Others have handed it back saying they just didn't like it, or it was too squirrrely or too much to handle. If any of this sounds like it could present a problem, I would steer him toward a 23 or another pistol of similar size, which is still pretty compact and easily concealable.
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I had an SR40c and liked it a lot, however I had problems shooting PMC .40 FMJ ammo. Either the ammo had hard primers or the SR40c had light primer strikers (which they are known for) or both, but out of a box of 50, I had maybe 5-7 rounds that had primer strikes but didn't go bang. All the other ammo I ran through my pistol shot it flawlessly and I probably put close to 1,000 rounds before I sold it. The only reason I sold it was to focus mainly on 9mm and .45. It felt great in my hand and was very easy to conceal. I'd look at the SR40c but get a stronger striker spring installed (see Galloway Precision) or take a look at the M&P 40 compact and get a trigger job done.
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You Sr40c people with light primer strikes need to remove the striker and clean the grease out of the striker channel.

Justin
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I have a Taurus pt140 millennium pro.

Some people have had trouble with Taurus, this has gone several years without issue. Not to mention it is inexpensive.

As has been said though, small .40s tend to be a bit on the snappy side. The wife shot mine once, and hated the recoil.
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Oh, to add to the list, Hk p2000s.

Justin
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Thanks for all the replies so far everybody. Pop doesn't shoot much, so that's something I'll relay back to him when he shows up for dinner soon. He's got a big paw too. I guess a trip to the range where we can try a few would be for the best.
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