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    I am currently in the academy and will have firearms in Jan. We have to use a Glock 17 to qualify with. I have 3 1911's that I shoot all the time. I have never shot a glock. I would like to shoot a glock for a little while before we qualify but I don't want to buy one. Is there anyway I can get some practice in before Jan?

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    You won't need it. You get a ton of trigger time.

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      Like he said, you will get plenty of practice in the Academy. If it is really tearing you up. Find a range that rents Glocks and go burn up a few boxes of ammo. A Glock is a different animal from a 1911, but trigger time is trigger time. All the principles of marksmanship are the same.

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        The biggest difference is they index differently. You have to make sure you are aligning the sights. Other than that it's no big deal.
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          Most ranges will rent pistols for like $10 so long as you buy their ammo.

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            Wow you guys must have some nice ranges to have them rent out pistols. Here they are just fields with benches
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              Academy firearm question

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              I am currently in the academy and will have firearms in Jan. We have to use a Glock 17 to qualify with. I have 3 1911's that I shoot all the time. I have never shot a glock. I would like to shoot a glock for a little while before we qualify but I don't want to buy one. Is there anyway I can get some practice in before Jan?
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              As has already been mentioned, if you are already familiar with the basics of shooting, transitioning from the 1911 to the Glock isn't going to be too difficult for you. I did the same thing you're going to go through. I'm a die-hard 1911 man. Over 35 years experience with them. My current department doesn't allow single action weapons, and have a very short list of acceptable weapons, the Glock being on the top, so I first purchased the G23. 9MM is IMHO not an effective round when you're on your own, and I couldn't quite get the grip on the G21. Anyhow, the difference is simply in the trigger. It's definately a step back from a Wilson Custom Tuned Combat I carried, but after about 500 rounds, two things happened for me. The trigger got a little smoother (noticably so after about 200 round) and secondly, I got the feel for the reset position. Ended up qualifying top of my class.

              About 1 1/2 years ago, I transitioned to the G21SF and haven't looked back. I actually purchased the G30 as a BUG and Off-Duty carry. I tricked out my G23 and now use that in GSSF competition. It's no longer safe to carry on duty.

              I'd recommend the same, go to a range that rents them shoot a couple boxes of ammo to get the initial feel. You're going to get plenty of pratice at the academy range before you go through qualification. Good luck.

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