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Here’s Why Glocks Are Better Than All Your Other Guns

Here’s Why Glocks Are Better Than All Your Other Guns

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Nowadays, handguns from the Glock family of Safe Action pistols are among the most common you’ll see. The Austrian company makes their handguns in a variety of sizes and calibers from 380 ACP up to the awe-inspiring 10mm. If you have not considered one of these handguns in your survival strategy, you may be shortchanging yourself.

First, a Little History

The year was 1982 and a new handgun hit the market called the Glock 17. The concept was radical for its time: There was no hammer, no safety and the frames were made of plastic. The handguns even shipped in what could best be described as a black Tupperware box as opposed to the wooden or cardboard cartons more common in that day and age.

Myths surrounded the import. For example, some said it would be used by terrorists to hijack planes because it could bypass a metal detector thanks to its plastic frame. That statement, however, was flat-out ridiculous because the pistol still contains more than one pound of steel in its construction.

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There also was great interest in the Safe Action feature. External safeties had always been seen as necessities on semi-automatic pistols since their invention. But Glock eliminated them by creating what they called a Safe Action trigger. This purpose-built, two-piece trigger performs the function of a safety and prevents the pistol from being fired should it drop on the ground or be struck by another object.

Eliminating a manual safety was key in allowing Glock to take over the majority of police handgun contracts as the firing sequence resembled that of a revolver, which allowed users to draw, point, aim and shoot without having to disengage a safety switch.

Here’s Why Glocks Are Better Than All Your Other GunsPerhaps Glock’s biggest advantage at the time was releasing their first model with a 17-round magazine. It was one of the largest pistol magazines available at the time without extending beyond the grip frame. And it has remained the ideal ever since. Glock and a number of aftermarket supporters also offer 10-round magazines for those who reside in restrictive states.

Shooting the Glock

There is a bit more muscle needed and a small bit of science involved with successfully and accurately shooting a Glock. The polymer frame forces the shooter to maintain a firm and strong grip. Otherwise, the frame can exhibit too much flex when the follow-through portion of the firing sequence is committed and the heavier-style trigger is the bane of single-action, semi-automatic pistol fans everywhere.

Some shooters claim the bore axis is too high, or that “they shoot too high” when firing a Glock. This varies depending upon the shooter, as most shooters do not experience this.

Aside from that, the Glock is one of the ultimate handguns to have when a disaster strikes. Aside from its reputation for reliability in the most adverse conditions (Glocks have been dropped from helicopters, run over with HUMVEEs, buried and caked in sand and mud, and even frozen in a block of ice without suffering any negative effects) they can be completely disassembled by only using a single punch.

For those concerned with home defense and self-defense, Glocks remain a great choice.

The smallest handgun in their lineup is the Model 42, a single stack handgun chambered in 380 ACP. This is part of Glock’s Slimline, along with the slightly larger Model 43 in 9mm and even larger Model 36 in 45 ACP.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the competition frames represent their largest handguns, including the 17L, 34, 41 and 40. The latter is probably the most powerful handgun that the company produces – a 10mm with a 6-inch slide that pushes the ballistics of that cartridge toward true Magnum revolver performance. This makes for an ideal sidearm in bear country, and Norwegian Police have been using the shorter Model 20 in the same caliber for decades in areas frequented by polar bears.

Their most popular handguns tend to be in the three basic sizes: full size (represented by the Model 17 in 9mm and 22 in 40 S&W), compact (Model 19 in 9mm and 23 in 40 S&W) and subcompact (Model 26 in 9mm and 27 in 40 S&W). The larger calibers such as 45 ACP and 10mm are built on slightly larger frames, with the compact models having a length that falls between the compact and subcompact pistols.

In recent years, Glock has been incorporating other features into their latest pistols. They have added rails to attach lights and lasers, included removable plates on the top of the slides to install optical sights, and added threaded barrels for use with silencers. They even offer interchangeable back straps to fit hands of all sizes.

The aftermarket support for the company makes them a hit with customers who want to try different calibers, triggers or install a stock and convert the Glock into a short-barreled rifle. Personally, I never leave my Glocks in factory condition and have customized them. I have installed, among other add-ons, fiber optic sights on a few and find them superior to night sights for a variety of reasons.

Just about every holster manufacturer offers leather or Kydex rigs to carry the Glock and in many ways, this Austrian-made pistol is more of an American handgun than the ones actually made here.

Do you agree about Glocks? What is your favorite Glock? Share your gun advice in the section below:  

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19 comments

  1. My wife owns a Glock 19 and swears by it. When I was in LE, I was required to shoot an issued Glock .40 S&W and due to my small hands had a hard time qualifying. it is indeed a good weapon, but to be frank, my two favorite defensive handguns are a CZ-75 and the Canik TP9SA. The Canik is undoubtedly the best ‘bang for the buck’ since it comes with all the stuff a Glock does PLUS its own molded holster – and all for around $350 verses the heftier price tag of the Glock. The argument of getting what you pay for doesn’t apply here, since the Canik is a quality built weapon on a similar par as the Glock – just easier on your wallet, and it boasts an 18 rd mag to boot. You can get Korean Glock mags for easy money, but Magpul makes additional magazines for the Canik for about $25 or so. I’ve already used it in defensive situations and it works fine. After holding it once, even my wife was impressed, but she still likes her Glock, too.
    For those on a budget, I recommend the Canik to anyone who is looking for a viable 9 mm. Sadly, Caniks only come in 9mm, but with its design, weight, and ergonomics, it’s a fine shooter. Just to let you know what you get for your momey, a standard gun case includes:
    1 handgun
    2 18 rd magazines,
    2 backstraps for hand size adjustment
    1 gun tool for changing backsteaps
    1 bore brush
    1 barrel rod
    1 trigger lock
    1 case lock
    1 mag loader
    1 molded holster with 2 attachment options
    1 owners manual

    Not a bad bargain for your hard earned cash at all – and it shoots well!!

  2. Did I miss something? I read more negatives and reasons why not to own a ” plastic pretender pistol ” than reasons to own one. Unbelievable. Let’s also add- bulky, clumsy, and for the superficial, just down right ugly to the list.. The best pistol ever? Not hardly. Take into consideration that in a very high stress situation that a perfect grip may not happen, do you really want a frame that will flex, even if it is only a small fraction on that first critical shot? And if it’s got over a pound of steel in it what’s the real advantage of all that plastic? Why not use aluminum like the CZ or a lightweight 1911. Metal always makes a more stable platform than plastic, and stability is the foundation of good shooting. The fact is that most first time buyers buy a Glock because they get bogus advice from some self proclaimed gun expert friend that does not understand that a weapon should be tailored to accommodate for a person’s shortcomings, weather it’s size, or that person’s shooting ability. Or they just want to say ” I OWN A GLOCK”.

  3. I think after having shot a number of the glock variations that they are a heap of badly engineered junk.
    There’s to much wrong with them to put down but here are my main three, they point poorly, the grip is at the wrong angle, and they just feel cheap.
    If you’re in a situation where you have to defend yourself then use a 1911, they’ve been around since 1906 and are still being used around the world to defend life and limb!

    • 1912s suck, every company copies them, they sell the most n they work,, and wasnt made 1000 years ago, sigs r overrated too n both of em hold what like 7 lol ok gotcha. Hk is good, but glock n a 33 round mag n u good to go. 1911 hold 7 jam on the 4th or 5th one. Junk. Jmb was a moron, gaston a genius, firepower.

  4. 2 accidental deaths locally, one I knew personally, involving GLOCKS, gave me sec thoughts.

  5. I am constantly asked in Concealed Carry classes about the Glocks. My response? They are good guns but I don’t like them. Why not? Because I don’t like them, thought I said that already? A lot of what makes the perfect gun has to do with what you like, what you are used to, what you have trained on, and for lack of a better term, what you like. I have a Taurus PT92 I have carried since 1986, to me it is better than all other guns. I love it. It is familiar, reliable, and is pretty much just an extension of me at this point. I’ve tried other guns, but this one is “Mine”!

    I have a 17 year old daughter that loves the 1911 pattern, don’t ask me why. Given her age she should love Glocks! I don’t discourage her, although i remind her constantly that it is a weapon that requires a high degree of familiarity to carry safely and employ effectively when things get real. But, she loves it, and that is “Her Gun” She uses it well, and I pity the fool that ever tries it on her!

    So, keep your Glocks. I’m not knocking them in the least, but I don’t like them. A gun that you don’t like is a poor choice, while a gun that you like and use well is a winner every time!

  6. I have a 1st generation G17, and with the low serial number, probably manufactured in the early 80’s.
    I haven’t contacted Glock to check the manufacture date, and bought this as a LE trade in, so I can’t verify how many rounds were run through it before I got it, but I’ve run over 5000 rounds through it since buying it, and over 4000 of those were in USPSA competition, and I have NEVER had a failure related to the pistol, but a few related to poor ammunition choices, which I made sure to not purchase again, and since I reload HOT (147 grain CAST LEAD, running around 1050 fps), this “plastic” gun runs FLAWLESSLY!
    Accidental discharge? NEVER HAD ONE!
    TRAINING! Then, MORE TRAINING!
    I also have a Kimber Stainless 1911, which I also competed with for 3 years, and never had an issue with it,either.
    Each of my 5 pistols are different, and I train constantly with each, since every one is different, and some (SIG 226) are very finicky about what I feed them, so I make sure those are NOT my CCW.
    But the Glock? I just bought a G26 for my CCW, and although much smaller than the G17, it has proven, so far, to be as reliable as my old G17.

  7. I like the Glock 21. I carry it, everyday. When I don’t carry the Glock 21, I’m carrying my Kimber .45acp also full size. No, I don’t think I will get the safety of the Kimber and, no external safety of the Glock mixed up. I’m betting my life on it. Training.

  8. I hated the looks of a Glock until I got past the ugliness factor and handled one. They point very naturally for me and I shoot them well. I now carry a Glock 26 everyday. A lot of people bad mouth Glock fans. Shoot what you want to shoot. Carry what you want to carry. I don’t care. Don’t hurl insults at me because you don’t like my choices in firearms.

    • Well said Scott…I’ve ALWAYS considered that listening to the counsel of other shooters is simply wise, until it turns to rude, then I “consider the source” & forget the counsel immediately.

      One of the first lessons I learned as a youngster, and shooter, was: “Courtesy”, “Thoughtfulness”, & “calm” are three EXTREMELY significant attributes of a GOOD shooter…because all 3 DEMAND self-control, and wisdom.

      Because, in order to have them, one MUST FIRST develop WISDOM. (actually, not something we’re ALL born with; it’s USUALLY a developed trait.

      While I find MOST of the counsel here pretty decent, I agree WHOLEHEARTEDLY with Pat B., “Do what YOU like”.

      I’ve practiced with Navy SEALs, Delta Ops, Green Berets, AND Rangers, and NEVER ONCE did they denigrate my love for my little Argentine 380 Bersa. They DID teach me a lot, and helped me choose better mag sources, (I’m on a ‘fixed, TIGHT’ income), but, they always went with the “It’s what YOU FEEL BEST with, and WORKS BEST for YOU, that’ll matter in the gun fight”.

      I took their counsel as a “MASTER” to his “STUDENT”…after ALL…If THEY don’t know, I’m not sure who does.

      btw…Several admitted that they utilize SEVERAL makes & models, (all depends on the “mission profile”/”warning Order”).

      Now, THAT demonstrates “PROFESSIONAL” in my book!

      • I had a nickel 380 Bersa with wood grips and the silver plaque inlay. That thing was a joy to conceal. It did have some ejection issues. I do regret selling it now, it was a true tomadachi for years. I was going through a sort of existential period, finally my brother convinced me I can have a solid defense, and also, have my philosophy. Anyway, too much info. So I bought 98 G21SF police trade in. It has the steel Glock night sights, it eats all brands of ammo, and the recoil is easy to get used to. It’s a great range and home defense tool. Yes its new love.

  9. white lightning

    The 10mm is probably the best all around defensive round out there. If I was to do a Glock, the G20 would be the only one I would even think about owning. My last job said no 10mm allowed!!

    Duty weapons are OK, but not the best in my opinion. Keep in mind that duty weapons like the G17/G19 M&P 9mm and so on are built to help officers succeed in qualification without having to take remedial classes, the ICE course for example. They have to be “easy” to shoot from a gun belt.

    I carried a PX4 storm type C 40 caliber 17 round extended magazine that I brought myself when working for my last job at Dunbar. Combined with a Serpa holster, qualifying was a breeze. In 4 years, no one tried to rob me.

    Currently, I’m stuck with the M&P 9mm for my current security job….. blah !! (Hate the sights on it) I, of course, brought the identical weapon to stay qualified without any issues. I removed the magazine disconnector to exactly replicate the duty weapon.

    Best news: Passed the ICE course on 3-5-2016 1st time. I had to shoot twice, scoring 207 and 206 respectively. I also scored exactly 207 in 2014 and 2015, making this the 3rd year with the same score on the first attempt at 207.

    The trigger reset on the Glock probably makes qualifying easier, but I don’t care about that. Hearing co-workers whine about that gets annoying.

    I’d say the 10mm is the best way to go. The G20 is arguably the best and most common pistol in that caliber. If you like 357 SIG, I’d look at the G31 or G32. Aftermarket grips exist and the gen 4 is thought to be more comfortable by many people.

    If you don’t like 10mm or 357 SIG, get the PX4 type C or type G. 9mm, 40, and 45 are offered. Use rifle grease on the rotating barrel nub & oil on the rest of the gun. Why? The CX4 storm is a carbine that takes the same pistol magazines in 9mm and 40 caliber. Glock doesn’t offer a carbine. The advantages of a carbine and pistol taking the same mags and ammo are legion and obvious.

  10. I have 2 glocks. I have a model 19 9mm which I have recently given to my daughter, This was purchased on 9-11, it has functioned flawlessly with over 5 thousand rounds put through it. the other is a model 23 40 s&w . this is the exact same frame as the model 19, but what makes it unique is that you can install 3 different barrels and shoot 9mm,and 357 sig and 40 s&w. I have shot all 3 and they performed without a glitch, and the accuracy is out of this world. I own 1911’s, Sigs, Rugers, single action and semi auto’s And a couple Smith and Wesson, and my Glock 23 is like my American express, I won’t leave home without it.

  11. I have owned and fired many pistols, I personally Hated glocks just going on looks and reviews. I have a ccw and also do private security for a salvage yard. I went into the local gun shop to look for something sleeker than my s&w m&p. I got to talking to the owner and he slid me a g19 and said that’s what I want, I told him how I felt about them and somehow he talked me into buying it, he said I’ll give you 30 days to wear it out and put it through stress tests. I live in the desert so dirt build up is a huge factor when I’m carrying it on my hip at the salvage yard. Anyway I took a bucket of water, dirt and mud, dipped the gun in one at a time and fired away, I think I went through 500 rounds that day. To my surprise it was the most accurate gun I’ve ever fired even with all the mud build up it stayed true. Now that’s all I carry is my little G19 on duty and off. Honestly ide say shoot one before you brand it a piece of junk, if I knew they were that great ide have owned a few along time ago.

  12. I have shot several different models of Glock’s. I just straight up don’t like them, I think they perform well, I just don’t like them. I don’t care for the trigger and I don’t like the way they feel in my hand. As far as a semi-auto pistol goes nothing beats a good old fashion 1911.

    • I have had high end kimber 1911 they cost but are not anymore accurate than clocks and I hate that grip safety and they require more cleaning about every fifty rds. They are heavy and finicky about hollow points. I carried one in Nam for two years I am glad I never had to use one in a fire fight. Of course at that time the m16 was a pos.

  13. 7 glocks we own I would like an external slide safety. Pocket carry is not safe without one. But I love glocks. I customise them as soon as I get them. They are a gas to shoot and are accurate. They are forgiving pistols in the cleaning area.

  14. purchased a 42 about a year ago for summer carry. The only problem I had was my fault I had always used leather holsters with my other 1911 platform weapons. I used one of my smaller holsters that looked like and felt like the perfect fit. a long story short my floor sustained a gunshot wound, totally my fault. I discovered Fobus holsters and a few other brands. The moral of the story is old man uses wrong holster learns a lesson fires many flawless rounds, carrys his glock every day.

  15. HOW is it more of an American handgun than most American handguns? More than Ruger? All completely 100% made in the U.S.A. I own a glock, its one of those guns that does everything OKAY but NOTHING great. There are other guns that do SOME things great but SOME things okay. Springfield Armory’s XD, XDM and XD Mod.2’s are all just as good if not better than Block (I mean glock). I think Glock’s are decent guns but definitely overrated. Now let’s bring on the Block (I mean glock) fanboy hate.

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