TTAG reader JP writes:
I currently own and carry a GLOCK Gen3 G19 as my EDC weapon. I have no specific complaint about this weapon; I can shoot it fairly well (I keep the targets from my training sessions on the wall in my office at work), and I regularly practice holster draw and the Mozambique drill. I have some questions about everyday carry . . .
First, my pistol is showing some wear from the holster. This is exacerbated by the fact that I carry it while jogging, so the wear spots get a fair amount of sweat on them. It gets pretty hot down here, so I have to jog at night most of the time, and some of the jogging paths that I use are a bit out of the way; hence the need for my gun. I clean it regularly, but the wear spots have rusted some. The Remington gun oil that I use cleans up the rust nicely, but the spots are still plainly visible.
I was considering getting it refinished in hard chrome. I live in Broward County, south Florida which isn’t the most gun-friendly part of the Sunshine State, but I’ve been carrying regularly for almost 8 months without an issue. So I’m not worried about anyone noticing. My understanding is that hard chrome takes holster wear better than the normal GLOCK finish, and….
Well, this goes to a subject that is sometimes covered on TTAG: juries.
I think that a chrome slide makes a firearm look a lot less menacing, which might help with the jury if the local DA decides to prosecute me in the event that I actually have to use it.
I go all over the county, and there are some bad areas. I also usually bring it out to the field for work, because our equipment is both expensive and portable, and thus is a serious target for thieves (we just had $30,000 worth of equipment stolen this past week). The equipment is insured, of course, and the company doesn’t want us to get injured trying to defend it, but we have had a couple armed robberies, and so I’d rather have it with me.
So, the first two questions are: is hard chrome a better choice overall than the original finish for IWB holster use and EDC, and do you think it would actually help with a jury?
My third question: while I have no complaints about my GLOCK G19 other than the rust issue, I have a personal affinity for the 10mm cartridge, which is why my very first gun was a GLOCK Gen3 G20. I love it to death, but it’s much too large and heavy to carry in a state that still doesn’t allow open carry – I’ve tried it (if Florida does get OC, I will get a police issue holster for it).
So I was considering using my tax return to buy a GLOCK G29. A smaller pistol than the G19 would be good for when I’m jogging, as I wouldn’t have to worry as much about printing as much. I’m a reasonably good pistol marksman (I quarter-holed 10 rounds in a row from a Sig .40 at 15 ft the very first time I ever picked up a gun, and I usually practice every 3 weeks or so), so I’m not worried about the reduced capacity. And I can always bring G20 mags with me for reloading.
I know TTAG has not reviewed the GLOCK G29 as of yet, but you gave good reviews to the G20 and 26, and as I recall the 26 has a very similar size to the 29.
So my third question is this: do you all think this is a good idea?
Just for reference, I’m 6’3″, I weigh 270lbs, and the G20 grip fits my hand just fine. The recoil from 180gr Buffalo Bore JHP rounds (the most powerful I’ve tested to date) out of my G20 was no problem. So the recoil from the 29 should be a non-issue, especially since I have really big hands.
Thank you in advance for the consideration.