FerFal,I wanted to get your opinion on choosing gun and ammo combinations. I recently switched my main pistol from a 1911 to a glock 19 for the extra capacity. I have been loading it with Federal 147gr. HST, but recently came across some Winchester 127gr +p+ T series. Do you think there is a clear advantage of either of the two?Also, do you know of any reason not to load a variety of ammo in the same mag? For example first round 127gr. +P+ HP, second round 147gr. HST HP, third round 9mm Nato (+P ball), then repeating until full. Seems like a way to have all the advantages of each type of ammo at all times.Thanks,Greg
Hi Greg, I’m just finishing an article I’ll be posting later today about realistic firearms training and it sort of covers a couple topics you may be interested in.
Yes, I think you did well in going from 1911 to Glock. A good friend of mine, die hard 1911 finally gave up and is now packing a Glock 19 as well. The advantages are numerous even for people like my friend that don’t really “like” the Glock, but simply cant deny the advantages. You have twice as much capacity before needing to change magazines. Overall capacity in general if you carry the magazine in the gun plus a spare magazine is 31 vs 17. That’s for 8- round 1911 mags and +1 in the chamber and Glock 19 Mags, but you could have a spare Glock17 magazine instead that gives you +2 rounds.
In terms of stopping power with good ammo the difference isn’t that significant. Of course 45 ACP is better at stopping humans, but with good ammo such as Gold Dot 124gr +P, you’re still talking about good stopping power.
Glocks are also plenty accurate and more reliable than 1911s. 1911s where designed around .45 Hardball and the design will always be kind of picky of the bullet’s shape.
The user’s manual is more straight forward with Glocks, since there’s no safety to even consider. Now I know how fast and second nature it gets when you’re used to the 1911. A lightly customized 1911 was my first and only gun for many years and disengaging the safety is something you do as you draw without even thinking. I know some people prefer the 1911 ergonomics, but at least for me (medium sized hands) the Glock fits better and during all day long shooting sessions the Glock just feels better too. You don’t need to “melt” a Glock like some fancy customized 1911, the sharp edges are already removed.
Then you have its mechanical simplicity, legendary toughness, and the plethora of cheap and quality made accessories, holsters, etc.
As I’ve said before, I think you really see all this when you start taking more classes or competing (not talking about race guns but standard) and seeing how your firearms choice (in spite of obvious differences between shooters) does against others. You see the guy next to you still has half a mag left while you’re struggling to slam another single stack mag into a narrow well (the Glock is more forgiving because of the wide well and double stack magazine) or you have more failures than the guy next to you, or your magazines are more delicate than the ones of the Glock, or not completely depressing the grip safety when shooting with your non dominant hand in a hurry. Even the thumb safety is just something else that could go wrong. The “oh, that will never happen to me” attitude isn’t very objective. Keep in mind that you have to expect most things that can go wrong to actually occur in a gunfight, the less variables and possible things to go wrong you have, the better, and that’s why the Glocks simplicity makes it the standard by which all other defensive guns are measured.
About the ammo question, for 9mm I prefer light & fast, 124 gr +p such as the Gold Dot or 115gr. Corbon., something that will slap with enough energy and expand quickly, creating the largest temporal (not permanent) cavity possible.
Of the two you mention, go with the Winchester 127gr +p+ , heavier bullets in 9mm don’t tend to be as effective as faster, lighter ones.
Regarding loading different ammo into a magazine, I don’t think it’s a good idea. Maybe if you want to keep some FMJ in another mag. in your vehicle for added penetration, that’ would make more sense, but don’t mix ammo in a magazine. You have to load it up for your most likely threat: An attacker at close range that isn’t wearing body armor. For that you want quality JHP such as the Gold Dots or Corbon mentioned above, and you want each and every round in your carry gun to be as effective as possible.