Two Guns For Plinking & Self Defense

Glock 19 Pistol
Glock 19 Pistol
AmmoLand Gun News
AmmoLand Gun News

Washington DC – -( the popularity of guns continues to soar, some gun novices may be wondering which handgun will give them the most bang for their buck.

Which handguns would allow them to target shoot somewhat economically while also serving well as self-defense/concealed carry weapons?

I have two guns in mind for such buyers — the Glock model 19 9mm or the Sig Sauer 2022 in 9mm.

Both of these weapons use ammo that's relatively cheap and both have a recoil that even early teenagers can handle (with adult supervision).

First the Glock 19.
This gun is literally unstoppable. It was one of the first polymer guns on the market and, together with its larger predecessor Glock 17, has become a law enforcement staple and a concealed carry favorite. Moreover, the model 19 specifically has become one of the most popular 9mm pistols in America because of its light-weight and durability.

The Glock comes with two detachable magazines — 15 rounds per magazine for now — and because it's a semi-auto, it shoots one bullet every time you pull the trigger. The model 19 is the kind of gun many shooters can hit a bulls-eye with right out of the box.

Ammo for this gun costs you approx. $14 a box online or at Wal-Mart at present, and that's $14 that buys you 50 rounds to shoot with your son or daughter at cans or paper targets.

With hollowpoint P ammo — which is simply a designation for ammo loaded to higher pressures for more velocity — the Glock 19 is also a perfect weapon to leave by your bed at night for home defense.

SIG SAUER SP2022 Pistol
SIG SAUER SP2022 Pistol

Now, the Sig Sauer 2022.
The 2022 is a heavier and bulkier handgun than the Glock 19. However, it is on par with the Glock on two very important points — durability and shootability. Because of this, various Sig Sauer models are used by the Secret Service and police departments around the country.

The 2022 is one of the more affordable Sig Sauer models and is perfect for family shooting and home defense. Unlike the Glock 19, the 2022 is a bit bulky for concealed carry — unless you are a person who can conceal larger guns easily.

Right now, the Glock 19 and the Sig Sauer 2022 cost you between $490 and $540 brand new. And either gun will last a lifetime. Moreover, both guns can cheaply be fitted with detachable flashlights and lasers that make them even easier to use in night time, self-defense setting.

One last point. For true gun novices, the Glock is by far the easiest of the two handguns to break down and clean after a hard day of shooting.

As for my personal taste, I own both guns. I use the smaller Glock 19 for concealed carry in the summer, when I'm wearing t-shirts, and the larger Sig Sauer 2022 in the winter, when I have a jacket on.

I would bet my life on either weapon. What is your favorite gun for plinking and self defense?

AWR Hawkins writes for all the BIG sites, for Pajamas Media, for, for and now AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.

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Johnny Nightrider

I also own a Glock 19 with multiple magazines,stainless steel storm lake barrel,Springco USA recoil, ss rod and spring ,reduction system.It's all good.It's my target shooting,gun school training handgun.For home defense I use the S&W M&P .45 auto with the 4.5 inch barrel in black.Those are my 2 handgun picks for now.A Glock 21 .45 auto or a Glock 22 or 23 in .40 smith and wesson would be good guns for home defense.Or a 1911A1 by a good company like Kimber,Colt,Nighthawk Custom and other good companies.

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James Harber
James Harber

I enjoyed reading this article and appreciate the two gun choices you have listed for the new shooter.

I wonder at your choice of words when talking about the Glock 19's magazines where you say they hold 15 rounds "FOR NOW". That is a extremely weak attitude for a man who is allowed to publish his text in a respected online gun news source.