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glock 20 vs glock 40
« on: September 21, 2017, 08:28:58 PM »
with the 10mm being a good woods defense option im wondering what are your opinions  on the g20 and g40 as far as woods defense. will the longer barrel of the g40 give you more noticable penetetration and velocity that would make a difference in a situation where you may have to shoot a large animal such as a grizzly? using the same ammo in the g20 as the g40 what are your opinions?
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2017, 08:40:50 PM »
The longer barrel will probably add about 65 to 80 fps over the shorter barrel.  Some JHP bullets will expand more at the higher velocity and not penetrate as deep...Hard cast bullet will drive much deeper but reliable feeding could become an issue...
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2017, 07:59:10 AM »
Have owned the Glock 20SF for a few years along with the G29 and both are great.  Bought a KKM 6" barrel for the 20 that gives the G40 velocity.  I do like the ability to carry the shorter stock barrel of the G20 something the G40 cannot do.  While I would like to have the MOS system that I would use mainly for load accuracy development or hunting I accomplished that with the UM Tactical mount and Burris FF III that goes on/off at will.  Having already owned a nice Redhawk Hunter in .44mag its kind of a stretch to talk about needing a G40 as a hunting handgun.  There are probably some states like Wyoming where the COAL needs to be 1.5" or longer for big game eliminating the 10mm.

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2017, 08:38:16 AM »
Griz eh?  12 ga slugs come to mind first (in a full auto shotgun!). 

But back to the real world...  The G29 is far easier to carry for long periods than a G20.  The G20 is far easier to carry for long periods than a G40... all things being equal (I have all 3).  But in the reverse, under stress the G40 is the easiest to shoot well and the G29 the hardest.  Longer barrels mean better velocity as usual. 

I keep reading of how the G20 seems to do pretty well against big bears but, at best, I think it should be looked at as "barely enough this one time".  My 5.5" Ruger Redhawk in 45 Colt will drive a 405gr WFN hard cast bullet at 1,150 fps.  That gives me much more confidence than "barely enough".  But to be fair....  unless I sensed the threat, I would probably carry my G20 on a daily basis in the field (and there is a lot more out there than bears). 

So the best I can offer you is a circular argument that is full of maybe's and sorta's.  But for me I'd carry the G20 knowing full well it is far from the best choice overall.  The G40 is better but harder to carry. The Redhawk is way better but much harder to carry. YMMV.

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2017, 10:13:56 PM »
I'll take the 40 and the advantages of the longer barrel over the 20 any day. Sold the 20 SF after buying both a 29, and a 40. The 29 is in the carry rotation, and the 40 is the woods gun. With the Kenai chest holster, carrying all day is no problem.

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2017, 10:43:14 PM »
thanks for the replys. i think ill buy a g40 for my woods gun and just keep the 20 as my edc.

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2017, 08:12:50 AM »
Twilight Zone - this is exactly the question I was going to post myself.......kinda spooky.

I do a lot of backpacking/hiking/backcountry skiing (no worries, Lads, nobody would call me a candidate for the Sierra Club)
and I carried a Glock 20 3rd Gen in an M12 issue holster, with the M12 mag pouch modified for those fatass 15-round mags. My rounds were handloads, 200g Hornady FMJFP & VV N105 for an average vel of 1150.

The truth is that my odds of crossing paths with a grizz in northern Minnesota were exactly ZERO, but there was always a chance I'd be fortunate enough to do some true wilderness stuff in Alaska, so I chose the sledgehammer 10mm for a sidearm.

A rifle would have been a more practical weapon, but I'm one of those Loons that take everything but the kitchen sink in my pack (or sled), and I'm already loaded down with enough gear...... ;D

I've been away from shooting for the last 5 years or so, and I had no idea there was such a beast as a G40. Gorgeous gun!......must have!

Going to have to modify an M12 for the longer slide. Pity I don't know of any shop capable of working with this kind of nylon stuff  :(

Likely I'll be checking in here a lot. Best forum for 10mm I've yet seen! 
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2017, 09:01:44 AM »
One of the advantages of the G-40 is the longer barrel, but they did make longer barrels for the G-20s before the 40 came about.
So the real difference is the sighting options that the milled slide provides with current sights and future sights being made.
As newer technologies allow for better clearer sharper sight pictures to place shots on target! ;D
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #8 on: September 26, 2017, 10:14:38 AM »
Longer barrels with the G20 always looked awkward and ugly to me. The G40, though, is a gorgeous gun, like a thoroughbred race horse.

I'm one of those Old School Geezers that had Jeff Cooper as a Mentor, so I never much cared for scopes on any pistol. Or "new-fangled" sights like Trijicon, Red Dot or whatnot. And I never used handguns for hunting. Just my gun philosophy; doesn't apply to anybody but me and a handful of my Generation or older.

Looking through the latest Brownells offerings, I can't find the sights I used to use on my G20, which I really loved. They were Millet, with a white outline adjustable rear, and a recessed white line for the front........guess I'll have to keep searching! Whatever I use has got to work with an issue M12 holster; I found a way to lengthen the nylon shell to cover the open muzzle. Sharp sights will definitely catch and rip that nylon for sure!

Thanks for the reply! I'm pretty much a Noobian on this forum  ;D
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2017, 12:15:04 PM »
One of the nice things about this forum is shown in this thread. It shows a very intelligent thoughtful look at the possibilities.   It's not about changing minds (nearly impossible anyway) but in sharing what works for each of us.  Well done.

BTW... I have never had a chest rig.  A good one just might make the G40 more main line for me. 

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2017, 01:32:40 PM »
Kenai chest holster & Glock G40........right hand only, of course  >:D

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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2017, 01:39:51 PM »
Diamond D Leather....

Quieter and better looking than kydex (my opinion on the looks)

Wearing mine right now, used the G40 this morning to deter an inquisitive bear while deer hunting.

Didn't shoot the bear, just scared the shit out of him with a few rounds between his front legs from about 50 feet.



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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2017, 01:52:44 PM »
Beautiful leatherwork!

Haven't seen anything yet for Southpaws, though. Only the Bianchi M12/UM84 will work for me, after I modify it a bit for the longer slide.



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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2017, 02:06:10 PM »
Diamond D makes them in left hand...

Go to their website and order it direct.

Cabela's and such don't carry the left hand, but you can order them everyday straight from Diamond D.

https://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/products/guides-choice-chest-holster
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Re: glock 20 vs glock 40
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2017, 02:08:43 PM »
Is that a 7" barrel on the G40 Ridgerunner?? I'm contemplating an aftermarket bbl for mine, for shooting heavy hardcast. The thought has crossed my mind to go a bit longer, if for no other reason than to be able to tell at a glance which one is in the gun.

Back to the topic at hand, I got the G40 for solo hiking in black bear country. 5-1/2" is minimum barrel length legal for hunting where I live, so it only made sense. While I might hunt with it just because, I have handguns that are better suited to that task....
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