Which handgun do you recommend for EDC?

Foxhound5366

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There really seem to be two parts to this question: which are the best handguns for EDC, and which are the best handguns one can actually get in South Africa.

What do you recommend and is it because you have good experiences with it or on what grounds are you recommending it? Ideally if you could recommend where to get it from, that'd also be helpful.

I can see the default internationally is the Glock 19 Gen 5, but there seem to be constant stock shortages in South Africa.
 

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For EDC my vote is for the Glock 19.
Affordable, reliable, no external safeties/protrusions to snag on clothing and parts/mags are freely available.

A gen5 is nice but there are loads of gen2/3/4 G19 for sale at very affordable prices.

Nb. Training training training - more unimportant than the choice of firearm!
 

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There really seem to be two parts to this question: which are the best handguns for EDC, and which are the best handguns one can actually get in South Africa.

What do you recommend and is it because you have good experiences with it or on what grounds are you recommending it? Ideally if you could recommend where to get it from, that'd also be helpful.

I can see the default internationally is the Glock 19 Gen 5, but there seem to be constant stock shortages in South Africa.
What is EDC supposed to mean?
 

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For EDC my vote is for the Glock 19.
Affordable, reliable, no external safeties/protrusions to snag on clothing and parts/mags are freely available.

A gen5 is nice but there are loads of gen2/3/4 G19 for sale at very affordable prices.

Nb. Training training training - more unimportant than the choice of firearm!
Yeah I know, do we have any trainers in Gauteng with dynamic outdoor courses? Everyone agrees that indoor shooting ranges are bad, but it's all I've seen casually.
 

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Some other suggestions
Glock 43x with the 15 round Shield magazine
Sig 365 and the later slightly larger model, can't remember what it's called.
43X grip is just a bit too short for comfort for me. Sig 365 ... why recommend a gun you haven't tried?
 

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This is like asking is the Ocean is full of water...

This depends on you nature.

How active are you regarding firearm usage and maintenance?
EDC is fine. Can you use said firearm when necessary? Will it function when you need it too? Will you service it correctly and frequently?

High stress situational use, Get a Revolver. if it jams just pull trigger again.
Pistol is, Mag out. clear the stored round. Mag in, Chamber. squeeze and bang. I'm lucky Georg made a cycle whereby I can clear the chamber without removing the mag.
 

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Get something in 9mmP and with good support in South Africa.
That typically means Glock or CZ. S&W has upped their game, so you should be fine there.
The rest is much of muchness. Whether you choose a Glock 26 or S&W Shield, doesn't really matter. As long as you can properly carry it concealed, and practice with it often.
The good support is related to spares and accessory availability. H&K is nice, until you have to pay R3k for a spare mag, or have to wait 6 months+ for a recoil spring.
 

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What is wrong with indoor shooting ranges?
Indoor shooting is the Same as your Hallway. If people are that FOS on where they shoot they should rather not handle firearms. Remeber in real life you will not be wearing any hearing protection...
 

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Indoor shooting is the Same as your Hallway. If people are that FOS on where they shoot they should rather not handle firearms. Remeber in real life you will not be wearing any hearing protection...
The problem with indoor shooting ranges is they don't teach movement while firing from concealment. In real life the bad guys won't be standing still in front of you, and you won't be standing planted to the ground (not if you want to live anyway). I think the best videos to demonstrate dynamic movement on a firing range are by TRex Arms on YouTube. Damn. That got me inspired.
 

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The problem with indoor shooting ranges is they don't teach movement while firing from concealment. In real life the bad guys won't be standing still in front of you, and you won't be standing planted to the ground (not if you want to live anyway). I think the best videos to demonstrate dynamic movement on a firing range are by TRex Arms on YouTube. Damn. That got me inspired.
Ok here's an example of what I'm talking about ... you can't do this on an indoor shooting range, but I'd say there's a lot of practical reasons why this sort of training would be good, yes?

 
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