Looking for feedback. Both pistols have great aftermarket support. But still undecided. Which platform would you go with and why? Both platforms offer a option for optics. Would you skip the option for optics all together? I am leaning towards the optics option and adding it later.
Full disclosure. I haven’t handled either platform. A trip to the range and renting both pistols is in the works.
IMO see which one you like from the range trip and go with that option. The two are honestly so close in every regard that it really doesn’t matter from a technical perspective.
Personally, I’ve never enjoyed shooting Glocks. I was debating between a P320 compact and M&P 2.0 compact, which is a very similar conundrum (the P320 won out, but the purchase is on hold while I use the funds to instead send my CZ to get worked over)
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A range rental of both for comparison is always a good idea. You may consider adding in the M&P while you're at it; the new M2.0 Compact is dimensionally similar to a G19.
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Go shoot both, but no matter which one you get the optics compatible one just in case you do want to upgrade letter. That way you're not looking at the significant cost of having to get something machined later or even buy a new slide.
I'm with the other in regards to optics, buy ammo & training. Optic later.
#1: Pursue the red dot. The dot moving around in that window will give you more feedback than the irons will, allowing you to get better faster. Trying to learn irons first (in my opinion) will just slow you down. You can always learn irons later. This applies to pistols and rifles for me.
As for the P320 vs G19, I'd lean towards the Sig. The Sig's grip module swapability means that you can do a lot of risky stuff with a maximum of $40 at risk. Want to try a stippling company? $40 to replace. Want to have an FDE grip? $40 to replace. Anything you do to a Glock's grip is permanent to that gun. The Glock has a lower bore axis, which I fully believe is a real consideration though you may not care. I would also suggest looking intot he M&P 2.0 and/or a CZ P-07, but that's because I have a personal affinity for them.
Just find out which one feels better and shoots better in your hands. Do not force yourself into a Glock if you shoot the Sig better. If you actually like and shoot the Glock better than the P320, then it is the gun you should pursue. No matter which you get, get a red dot for it.
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