Every time I start thinking about getting a new pistol to carry, instead of my Glock, I always end up ditching the idea, because I don’t really like much else out there.Â I’m only looking at pistols with modern actions and polymer frames. Â I’ve never been too keen on regular carry of a DA/SA, DAO or SA.
I tried the S&W M&P line.Â Â Damn nice pistols, but I just didn’t like the trigger pull all that much.Â I thought the break was a little sloppier than the Glock.Â I noticed on some of the display models they had, the slide lock release was really tough to push down.Â I would take the M&P over a lot of other offerings.Â I think it’s the second best pistol I tried.
H&K P2000 LEM I didn’t really care for.Â The trigger pull with the hammer “cocked” was too light.Â I prefer a trigger to have a smooth, rather light take up, then a heavier, but clean break.Â The P2000 trigger I think broke pretty cleanly, but at too light a pull.Â The one good thing about the LEM trigger is if you fire, and nothing happens, instead of having to rack the slide, you can just fire again, only with a heavier, double action type pull. Â That is kind of nice. Â But I won’t buy any H&K stuff unless they start making civilianized versions of their cool stuff.Â Their booth only featured pistols. Â None of their cool stuff.
If I was going to ditch the Glock, the one gun I’d most prefer to do it for is the Springfield XD series. Â These felt very Glock-like to me in terms of feel, trigger pull, and overall operation.Â There wasn’t much I didn’t like about them.
The Walther P99 just wasn’t really for me either. Â I had a hard time telling where the trigger was going to break.Â Other than that, not too bad, but it’s a bulky pistol.
I think I’ll be sticking with Glocks though, to be honest. Â It’s just what I’m used to, and while there are other fine pistols on the market out there, I’m just probably too wed to Glock a this point to switch. Â I’d love to test shoot a Springfield XD series sometime, and a S&W M&P series.Â I think those are the two most solid American alternatives just based on a quick feel.