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Glock 29 Subcompact 10mm, $637

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Accuracy and power in a surprisingly controllable package makes this is a very good alternative to 40 S&W or 45 ACP.

Glock 29 Subcompact 10mm, $637

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The G23 Gen 4 utilized a three-spring plunger-style recoil system to dampen the action of 40 S&W rounds (foreground). But in our view, the two-spring system found in the stubby little G29 seemed to work just as well, if not better, regulating the more-powerful 10mm ammunition.
We found the rear sight's white outline distracting. Some shooters rely on the white outline to corral the white dot on the front blade, and others completely ignore it.
The key difference in terms of function between the 45 ACP Glock 30 SF magazine (left) and the 10mm G29 magazine was the basepad. They both held 10 rounds, but the G30 SF basepad provided space for the shooter's pinky. The G29 turned out to be an enjoyable gun to shoot, but we think it would benefit from an extended basepad for a better grip.
Smaller in overall surface area, we thought the standard magazine release was easier to find and press than the one found on the G23 Gen 4 pistol. Also, notice the difference in texture between this Gen 3 design and the Gen 4 stippling found on the model 23. The relatively mild grip surface of the 10mm is better suited for concealment, thus its popularity with LE.

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