Not a GLOCK Fan

By Ace Luciano published on in Firearms

The most controversial phrase I have ever put in print is this: I’m not a fan of GLOCKs. I never have been. I have always liked attractive guns. For handguns, that meant things like the venerable Browning Hi-Power with wood grips, the 1911 Colt in blue with rosewood trim and even James Bond’s Walter PPK because of its unique lines. I always found GLOCKs a bit ugly.

Strip down view of the Glock 42.

Strip down view of the GLOCK 42.

When introduced back in the ’80s, the plastic gun with metal barrel and parts made quite a stir, especially among the gun-control crowd. The fear was that current metal detecting technology at airports and such would not be able to detect these new guns, however, this induced hysteria quickly proved wrong. As the GLOCK became more widely used, it proved itself as a lightweight and exceptionally reliable handgun, going on to become the number one most carried firearm by law enforcement by a significant margin.

The party I was with at the 2014 SHOT Show media day dragged me into the GLOCK shooting area with the promise of something new that might change my mind. Did it ever. You see, since I becoming a concealed weapons holder, I have come to appreciate more than ever a lightweight firearm that is exceptionally reliable. I regularly carry an easily concealable lightweight polymer .380 even if I am wearing a suit and tie. Now GLOCK makes one.

Additionally, GLOCK added a full-size .45 automatic. I shot both of handguns and would consider myself a convert. The small-framed GLOCK G42 .380 is large enough to feel comfortable and point well from my hand; it shoots exceptionally well with great accuracy and almost no recoil or muzzle jump. There are arguments everywhere about the potency of a .380, the superior stopping power of a .40 or .45 caliber, even some that are against the carry of semiautomatics at all in favor of a .38 or even .357 revolver. I take heed of all of them but respectfully decline them.

Glock 42 profile view

Small enough to carry comfortably, but large enough for proper hand purchase.

I tried carrying a medium-framed 9mm, a small .40 caliber and, on occasion, a shoulder-holstered .38-caliber Colt Diamondback revolver. None was comfortable. There were times when I felt like taking them off for a break—just for a little bit. That’s the most dangerous thing you can do, because it doesn’t matter how much stopping power you have if it’s in the truck while you’re at the ATM.

With a standard capacity of 6+1 and a loaded weight of 14.36 ounces, GLOCK’s G42 is a gun that is both potent and a pleasure to carry. I found it exceptionally accurate for such a small gun, and plan it as an addition to my collection.

Cheaper than Dirt! not only offers great prices on GLOCKs, it also provides free shipping on all firearms, and by purchasing online, I will not have to pay sales tax.

“What’s your favorite carry gun?” Have you ever taken it off for comfort/concealment issues? Tell us about your choice in the comment section.

SLRule

Ace Luciano is first a seasoned hunter, an accomplished angler and experienced outdoorsman. He is also a published outdoor author, seminar speaker, consultant and entrepreneur. Ace is involved in numerous conservation and youth-oriented projects. He spends much of his time pursuing his passion of introducing youths to the outdoors through the United Sportsman’s Youth Foundation. Over the years, Ace has traveled the globe in pursuit of both game and fish, from North America to Africa, from Europe to Australia. Ace’s highly successful booking agency, World Game Hunts, Ltd., specializes in affordable, unbelievable hunting and fishing trips. You can contact or learn more about Ace at www.AceLuciano.com.

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Comments (84)

  • Mc Ruger

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    OK ACE you have to be happy with you gun or it won’t work for you. I am sure you will be pleased with it. There’s no denying that Glock makes a great gun. The truth is, because I want to move into 10MM I will be buying a Glock 20. It’s killing me but in 10mm there are few choices. You can get 1911 platform, EAA or Glock. If Ruger made a 10MM that’s what I’d be buying but they don’t. It is a little easier now that Glock is making guns in US but I have been reading a fair amount about Glock gen4s have some problems. What’s up with that?

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  • Ace

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    WHEW!
    Well, now that some of the mayhem has died down, I will ring in again…
    I believe that a gun is a personal choice.
    I think that “fit and function” are two of the most important criteria to choose a firearm.
    There is no denying that the Glock is an excellent firearm. More people that carry a gun for their primary career choose Glock than ANY OTHER WEAPON.
    I was also a slow adopter of the iPhone.
    Stay with me here…
    I have now made the entire conversion to Apple and Mac for ONE reason…
    They just work.
    That’s what Glock does best.
    They work.
    And my Model 42 just came in.

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  • Roger

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    Okay, I know this will piss off ALL camps!
    I like spanish made Star Firestars, ever since I bought my first M43 9mm in Starvel (electroless nickel) in 1993.
    It is a solid, compact. accurate. reliable all steel, hunk of 1911 external safety, single action goodness.
    I currently have 3 M43’s (plus a M40 slide/barrel/recoil spring to convert any of them to 40 S&W)
    Plus armorer’s kit parts (they are no longer made – alas Star is out of business due to US gun import laws) .
    I recently added the Firsestar M45 (plus another slide/barrel/parts kit) to my stable.
    Besides my 1911’s and two TTC Tokarevs and two 1860 Army’s, it is the only type of pistol I have multiples of.
    I like them that much. They are underated (although the Firestar was Gun of teh Year in 1994), bad mouthed (“poor steel” – couldn’t prove it by me, several thousand rounds through the 9mm’s) and “too heavy” (eat your Wheaties)
    And they are pretty (except for the rubber grips, which can be replaced by some nice grained wood ones)
    I have shot my friend’s Glocks since the 90’s, if you GAVE me a Glock, I would sell it and buy TWO Firestars..

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    • Thomas Kling

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      Hey Roger, it is good to know that I am not the only one who likes the Star pistols. I had sold my S&W Model 39 9mm back in the mid-80’s and was looking for the ideal gun. With budget not an issue, I looked at quite a few handguns and was shown the Star Model BM 9mm in stainless steel. It was love at first sight. The gun has been described as a cross between the Browning Hi-Power and the Colt 1911 designs. Have owned it for over 20 years now and it still shoots well and looks beautiful. It is milled from a solid block of stainless steel and therefore a little heavy for a CCW at 2.2 pounds. But the weight makes it a pleasure to shoot at the range. The down side is that parts supply is limited due to Star going out of business.

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    • Roger

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      Hey Tom!
      I have heard a lot of people endorse the larger Stars like the BM, but personally have no experiene with them. The Firestars are more compact (1.88 lbs) and are really not a problem for CCW. Continued good luck with the BM!

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  • Mc Ruger

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    THANKS CARL P. NEVER REALLY CARED IF PEOPLE AGREE WITH MY POINT OF VIEW.. EVER I QUESTION IT FROM TIME TO TIME. TO BE HONEST I KIND OF LIKE TO GET PEOPLE THINKING AND SEE IF I CAN GET A DISCUSSION GOING. I HAVE BEEN KNOW TO SAY THINGS JUST START A GOOD DEBATE.. THAT IS NOT THE CASE HERE BUT IF I GET SOME REACTION I KNOW AT LEAST PEOPLE ARE THINKING.

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    • Kennedy

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      Mc Ruger.

      There are more people out there then even you might suspect. But more-over-than-not, their more likely to be Passive/ Aggressive as oppose to being less likely to be Active/Aggressive.

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