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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2017 9:50 p.m. PST

…than Sig Sauer and Beretta)

"In the intervening thirty-five years, the Glock has become the dominant handgun in a crowded field of competitors. Despite stiff competition from countries emulating his polymer design, Glock 17 handguns serve with such diverse forces as the British Armed Forces, the Swedish Armed Forces, Indian special forces, the Iraqi military, the Israeli Defense Forces and the Yemeni military. The Glock 17 outfits dozens of armies and hundreds of police forces worldwide. U.S. Army Rangers and Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command use the compact version, the Glock 19, and U.S. Special Forces—including the shadowy Delta Force—carry the .40 Smith & Wesson–caliber Glock 22.

For much of the mid-twentieth century, handgun development was in a period of stagnation. The development of the semiautomatic pistol had ushered in a new weapon that, although more complex than a revolver, had a higher ammunition capacity. Quickly adopted by armies around the world, the steel-framed semiautomatic reigned for decades. Then, in the 1980s, something came along that disrupted the firearms industry: the Glock handgun. Today it's carried by armies worldwide, from the U.S. Army Rangers to the British Armed Forces…"
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Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 2:41 a.m. PST

I'll be damned if the Glock isn't an attempt to square the circle, yes the latest gen Glocks have considerably improved the once horrible square grips where you will always find a great spot for two knuckles, but that third knuckle will always find itself uncomfortably holding an edge.

The Glock is a pure carry gun, designed to be put into action without having to fiddle with safeties or making sure your weapon is on half-cock or some other feature. For that purpose a Glock is light and has that awful mushy trigger and if carrying a gun at the ready all day is a moot point it's not a great range gun, yet everyone thinks it is the best gun ever made because it looks futuristic and is made of exotic plastic. So it must be super-high tech and better than a regular old gun …

Glock is a great duty gun, but it has some shortcomings, like I said it's not a terribly good range gun. It's accurate enough but in the heavier calibers you can tell when enough is enough when your hand starts to sting.

I remember when people noticed there was a gap between the magazine well and the backstrap, some were tempted to fill it with lead to give a bit more heft, the problem was that it was the gas escape in case of failure. In a few cases it either caused the gun to blow up or sent the lead weight shooting through the floor or possibly even a foot …

The Glock was an amazing weapon for its time, its direct competitor the Steyr GB, the pinnacle of metal-frame gun technology at that time was made completely obsolete overnight.

And the early copies were pretty bad, S&W Sigma ? At best you got a Glock with a Sig Sauer or CZ flavour.

Fast forward a few decades and Glock hasn't really improved, they fixed the ergonomics, added a rail and there is a steady stream of new models every so often for a wide range of calibers going from the successful (.357 Sig) to the "Is that a Caliber ?" versions (.45 GAP)

The industry is catching up and starting to take over Glock. Better triggers, better ergonomics, improvements to the handling and shooting comfort and new features such as modularity, meaning that you can much more easily swap out parts and configure your gun to your liking. It's not perfect, but offers an incredible range of options once the aftermarket unleashes its creative muscle …

There are far worse choices than a 9mm Glock, but it's not the perfect gun some claim it to be.

jfleisher Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 4:43 a.m. PST

I'll stick with my 1911's…

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 6:06 a.m. PST

Never could take the feel of a Glock in mu hand. Uncomfortable and edgy. My SIG, though, feels great.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 6:30 a.m. PST

I'm with jfleisher. I never cared for Glocks. 1911's for me (4), and a Walther PPQ 9mm for sh**s and giggles.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 7:12 a.m. PST

Glock has Hollywood's backing. Product placement is everything.

They hate private gun ownership but love making money promoting gun use.

Dentatus Fezian07 Dec 2017 7:13 a.m. PST

I've shot Glocks but prefer my Sig.

CorroPredo07 Dec 2017 8:08 a.m. PST

Glock is an excellent gun at a good price.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 9:17 a.m. PST

Agreed, have 3: 17, 19 and 26.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 9:53 a.m. PST

Never cared for Glocks. For CC I and SWMBO love our Rugers.


14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 10:51 a.m. PST

Glock 19 on my list to acquire. Friend has one, shot it a bunch, liked it.

General Kirchner Inactive Member07 Dec 2017 11:21 a.m. PST

prefer the 1911 style pistols. Kimber, Wilson, and springfield armory make ones i have liked to shoot.

never cared for the glock, my brother, on the other hand, owns 4 of them.

I can't understand how two genetically close people could have such differing tastes.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 12:09 p.m. PST

"I can't understand how two genetically close people could have such differing tastes."

Are you sure he is your brother? Maybe he was switched at birth. grin

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP07 Dec 2017 9:59 p.m. PST

The Glock is an excellent law enforcement duty weapon, the agency I worked for carried them for many years with few problems. I was a rangemaster and armorer for them.
Still, it's not the only gun in the world, I also like the M1911 series and new guns are being put on the market every day that are very good.
Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2017 7:49 a.m. PST

I love my Glocks, my standard carry weapon for work is a Glock 26. As for a cool range weapon I bought a Glock 35 and tricked it out! Other than that I have a Glock 17, 22 and 27. They are wonderful, reliable firearms and I would recommend them.

(Although i admit I shoot a half inch better group with a Sig)

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