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For those like me that were gun owners back during the Clinton AWB, I remember how times were around the 2000 Presidential Election time frame wise and that people were seriously looking at handguns thinking that they'd be banned under Al Gore.

So I'm comparing a Gen 2 GLOCK 17 versus the original HS2000, the gun that would eventually become the Springfield Armory XD9. Since they were around back then.



The elections are right around the corner and the polling is neck and neck between Al Gore and George W. Bush and I remember honestly, things don't look good. The question was would the Republicans hold their slim majority in Congress or would Al Gore win the presidency? If he did, would that mean the Democrats sweep the Republicans out of Congress and regain control to push even more gun control?

I do recall that people were panic buying during the lead up the election. Heck, choices were slim since folks started panic buying back in December of '99 with the Y2K scare.



So, what two choices would we possibly be looking at? Well, if it were me; I'd look at two pieces of European Combat Tupperware. Yup, the police loved GLOCK 17 from Austria and a new-comer from Croatia, the IM Metal HS2000; both in 9x19mm.

First, let’s look at the established plastic fantastic.

GLOCK has been selling their gun since the mid 1980s and they’ve taken law enforcement by storm.

Agencies like my home town’s PD, City of Miami was one of their big early adopters and they’ve had nothing but success with it. I can tell you this, GLOCK works not matter where because even in Alaska, the GLOCK keeps on trucking.



This gun seriously is that tough. Back then, we all heard the talk at the gun shops and gun shows. About how you can bury a GLOCK, freeze ‘em, throw them from helicopters, etc... they just keep on working. Well, I might not be burying my GLOCK, but I sure did carry it in Florida and it went into the water with me and it didn't rust even when I carried it all day due to me sweating in our oppressive summers.

I’d have no problem recommending a GLOCK, especially a good conditioned used GLOCK 17.



I recall that 9mm was cheaper then .40 S&W and pre-ban 17rd magazines were a tiny bit easier to find since all those PDs are exchanging their older guns for those new .40 S&W chambered ones. The PDs were swapping their used pre-ban mags to GLOCK for new mags, who'd then flip the old mags on the used market to vendors.

Yeah, you could get a newer Gen 3 GLOCK 17 with the light rail. But really, why get that? It cost more money and money was tight then. Better to spend your hard-earned dollars on pre-ban magazines!

I remember when American Handgunner magazine reviewed the HS2000.



It was a "dark warrior" and the gun was a real sleeper hit. When Intrac out of Knox, TN was importing them. They’ve were selling them for under $300 new.

The coolest feature, if I could call it that is the magazines. You could use modified pre-ban Beretta M9 magazines in the gun and lucky for me. I was able to find those cheap by the Army/Navy stores near Homestead Air Force Base.

The HS2000 sights were the same size as what comes on a P226. So that means you'd be able to change the sights like you can with a GLOCK. But the factory sights are metal and good as is. Unless you want night sights, there was no need to change them.



The barrel was just a tad shorter than what you’d find on the GLOCK 17 but the grip length was pretty much the same. The texturing was even similar between the two guns.

Safety wise, the HS2000 had two of the three same safeties as a GLOCK plus a 1911 style grip safety and a little loaded chamber flag on top of the barrel hood to show you the gun is loaded. It even has a little pin that sticks out the back to let you know it is cocked. I recall that really was a big selling point to folks that were weary of carrying a loaded GLOCK.

The magazine release button was also ambidextrous and that was a big deal too.

Field Stripping for cleaning was similar between the two.





Both field stripped into four basic components. Slide, barrel, recoil spring/guide rod, and frame. The guide rod on the HS2000 was metal while the GLOCK 17 was plastic. But that’s not really an issue, but if it was. You were able to find an aftermarket metal guide rod for your GLOCK.

I do remember when Intrac said that they're releasing a new version of the HS2000 soon. One with a light rail like the new GLOCKs.





A lot of the features shown there were similar to what you see on the new GLOCKs like their “Practical Tactical” models.

While that’s all good, money was a big issue back then. I remember that Intrac didn’t tell folks if there was going to be a price increase on the new batch of guns coming in with the upgraded features.

Additionally, no word on parts and accessories. If Al Gore won, folks believed that he very well could order ATF or the State Department to make importation of guns or gun parts harder or impossible. Many thought that since GLOCK already had an established presence in the US with the law enforcement market being a big part of their business. ATF won’t bar them from bringing in guns and parts since they supplied agencies across the country.

Back then, I was all about GLOCK. But I can say that I really like the HS2000 and it is a great pistol for the original price they sold at, especially since you can used modified pre-ban Beretta M9 magazines in it. But since no one had a crystal ball that said the elections would go with George W. Bush and the Republicans keep control of Congress. I’d ultimately with the used GLOCK 17 due to parts and magazines.



Luckily, George W. Bush won and the renewal for the AWB never reached his desk so I get to own both guns today. But back then, if I were in that position of trying to get my first gun, it'd be a GLOCK.
 

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Looking back I wish I had bought one of the HS 9's when they first came out. Remember them at $249 from a local, what used to be a major international dealer. Now I do have an early SA XD stainless and a couple more XD's. One of which is an original "lettered" 45 acp. If I could only find that darn letter, after the household move. Still I have to say I like my gen1 G17 better.
 

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The HS2000 was my first gun, but I bought it at full price of $420 about a month before Intrac dropped the price to $270.

The grip angle is more like the 1911, the trigger was a little better than a Glock trigger, the striker indicator was a big deal, Ambi mag release was a big selling point for this southpaw, and being able to modify both Beretta 92f mags and Sig P226 mags was a big benefit. I even sent mine off to get a NP3 finish.


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The HS2000 was my first gun, but I bought it at full price of $420 about a month before Intrac dropped the price to $270.

The grip angle is more like the 1911, the trigger was a little better than a Glock trigger, the striker indicator was a big deal, Ambi mag release was a big selling point for this southpaw, and being able to modify both Beretta 92f mags and Sig P226 mags was a big benefit. I even sent mine off to get a NP3 finish.


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Looks slick with that NP3. Hell, I think that’s not even done anymore. I think ROBAR closed up shop.
 

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Looks slick with that NP3. Hell, I think that’s not even done anymore. I think ROBAR closed up shop.
No, they just quit taking individual jobs and operate more like Cerakote now, with certified applicators.

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Small world. I also have a very early stainless XD and I had one of those lettered first edition 45acp pistols as well.
Wait, XD-45s aren't marked ".45 ACP"?





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Back then (c. Y2K) I was still more than 10 yrs away from calling an end to my self imposed moratorium(s) on plastic, strikers, and 9mm. I was either packing a Colt 1911 Series 80 (feh) or an EAA Witness compact in .40. After becoming enamored w the CZ platform, the Colt went away in favor of a full sized .40 Witness. I don't think the CZ75 was available in anything but 9x19 back then and the Wondernine craze left me unimpressed, so neither of these heaters (Glock, HS2000) made it onto my radar as potential posessions until 2010 or so. I've still never owned a Glock, but I'm considering it...
 

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In 2002 I purchased a used G19, gen 2, to use as a range gun and HD.
At the time I lived in NJ, where the gubmint doesn't trust it's constituents to be responsible enough to carry.
I never warmed up up to the grip angle, so I sold it and purchased an XD in 9mm. It had everything I was looking for in a plastic fantastic at the time, and functioned as well as the 19 at the range. I installed a set of [at the time] Ashley Outdoors [now XS Sights] [big dot] sights and it was very accurate. The pistol was produced September 2003.
While it was cleaned and lubed after every range session, it developed rust and bloom. I called Springfield about it, and they said theat they would take the slide back, and refinish it, but it would take several months to correct.
Unsatisfied with that answer, I sent the slide off to STI, and Shari Tripp personally took charge of having the slide hard chromed, as it was then, the first XD they had worked on. They hardchromed all of the internals within the slide, and the slide itself. I think it cost me, at the time, $75 dollars.

I traded it to a good friend somewhere in the mid 2000's for a revolver, and forgot all about it.

Last weekend, it a random conversation with my friend, the topic of the XD came up, and honestly, I figgered that he'd sold it off. Nope, he still had it, and wanted to sell it. Long story short, I got it back for $300 bucks.
A good cleaning and lube, and she's ready to go again.
I'm gonna get it to the range today for function and accuracy testing, and I'm thinking that they'll be zero issues, as was my experiences way back in the early 2000's.

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