Haters Gonna Hate, but GLOCKs Live On

By CTD Rob published on in Firearms, General, Glock, Handguns

I love guns made of steel. Whether it is a 1911, CZ 75, or a Beretta 92, steel framed handguns feel great in my hand. However, I’m not going to say there is no place for plastic guns. For all day duty carry, saving even one extra pound hanging off your hip makes a huge difference. GLOCKs, being one of the most prevalent plastic polymer handguns on the market, have plenty of detractors. After thumbing through the comments some shooters have about GLOCKs, I concluded that the sensible arguments are not necessarily wrong, but most of them are not 100 percent correct either.

That’s One Ugly Gun

Glock 19 9mm

Glock 19 9mm

This is the most common argument I see with these guns. They all look-alike, and they’re all ugly. I’m not going to pretend that a firearm’s aesthetics mean nothing when I’m shopping for a new gun, in fact the aesthetics is what draws many buyers toward certain guns in the first place. I’ve even seen my wife buy a gun based solely on the fact it was pretty. However, I consider GLOCKs to be like a chainsaw or a power drill. They are a utilitarian piece of hardware that fills an intended role. Given the fact that it will be used for daily carry and probably see a fair amount of wear and tear, I don’t care if it happens to look like a 1970s AMC Gremlin with hail damage.

This Thing Feels Weird in My Hand

This particular argument is one I used to have myself. I grew up shooting 1911s and I was more accustomed to a flatter back and higher trigger. However, after a few boxes of shells and a little patience, I quit crying and adjusted just fine. There is a noticeable amount of tilting forward you have to do to get used to it, but it isn’t that big of a deal. Every gun is a little different—firing an AR is not like firing an AK. For novice shooters who don’t have years of bad habits ingrained into their shooting routine, the infamous GLOCK grip angle is a non-issue. Like most things, it just takes practice.

 

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I Just Don’t Like the Trigger

This argument is not necessarily wrong, but this is by design. The factory trigger on a GLOCK is long and heavy, especially when compared to a single action trigger. That long trigger is actually a safety mechanism. GLOCK explains this in a flyer:

Glock incorporated the trigger safety into the trigger in the form of a lever and when in the forward position, blocks the trigger from moving rearward. To fire the pistol, you must deliberately depress the trigger safety and the trigger itself at the same time. If the trigger safety is not depressed, the trigger will not move rearward and allow the pistol to fire.

You might be saying that just because it is a safety feature doesn’t mean the trigger should creak like a rusty gate. To be honest, it really doesn’t. Factory GLOCK triggers seem to vary between 4.5 and 5.5 pounds. While there is some noticeable creak, the triggers are lighter than most double action pulls on revolvers as well as the majority of double action only semi-autos. After a decent break-in period, I developed a trusting relationship with this type of trigger design—I learned exactly where it breaks. If all that seems like too much trouble, after market triggers are great and yield much lighter trigger pulls.

Don’t GLOCKs Explode?

Glock 19 Right Side

Glock 19

No, not really. However, there have been instances where GLOCKs have failed to contain cartridge ignitions. This was usually with Gen 1 and Gen 2 GLOCKs in .40 caliber chamberings. These models lacked full case support and thus were poor choices for hand-loaded cartridges. This would normally not be a problem but the standard .40 Smith & Wesson is inherently a higher pressure round. The vast majority of the failures are from home or factory reloaded .40 caliber cartridges. In other words, someone loaded the cartridge with an excessive amount of powder and the gun exploded. Can most other firearms suffer from catastrophic failure when loaded with non-factory over-pressured ammunition? Absolutely. While GLOCK does say that occasionally firing hotter rounds through their handguns is fine, a steady diet of handloaded or factory +P or +P+ ammunition will put too much wear and tear on the internal functions. Generally speaking, GLOCKs like eating regular factory ammo.

There is no denying that GLOCKs have their outspoken haters. It is my opinion that most of these folks are simply inexperienced, misguided, or have not given them a chance. I’m not saying that they are the perfect gun for everyone, but they certainly do a fine job for most. When novice shooters ask me what type of handgun they should buy, I usually respond with the same answer. Just get a GLOCK and be done with it.

Do you have a GLOCK? Share your experiences with us in the comment section.

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Comments (39)

  • JiminGA

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    To SteveL #27: I understand Glock makes the parts in Austria and assembles in Smyrna, hence the dual origin stamp. I’ve been to the Glock facility in Smyrna and it’s impressive. I go every few years to have them check out my 11 year old G17 where they replace any worn parts, all for free and while I wait. After many 1,000′s of rounds nothing has needed replacement.

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  • JiminGA

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    I ran across an interesting fact recently…it seems most pistols from most makers have been produced over the years with twist rates between 1:18 & 1:20. Because of improvements in ammo and long time studies, most are changing to a 1:10 twist. Since day 1 all Glocks have had a 1:10 twist, starting with the first G17. It seems the stories are true about Gaston Glock actually starting from square one, building a gun that’s based on research, simplicity, reliability, and needed performance.

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  • GottaGlock

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    I used to be “Anti-Glock” then I bought one. There are many things I do not like about them but I will say I do have a new-found respect for this firearm. Simple, Robust, easy to maintain, easy to shoot and dependable. Right out of the box it is a gun you can bet your life on and it is priced so low almost everyone can afford to own it. Do I wish it had a safety, yes. I don’t think a safety on the trigger is a safety. Do I like steel frame guns…yes, BUT saving weight with plastic is great on a carry gun, and if you carry a gun for duty or defense having the gun hot and ready using finger control and training as your safety also has its merits. Will I sell my 1911s, SIGs, and CZs … not in this life. Will I continue to carry my GEN3 Glock26, you bet!

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  • M40

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    I own a LOT of different brands/types of guns. With that said, I don’t TRUST safeties, nor do I ever USE safeties. You will never catch me carrying a concealed pistol in ‘cocked & locked’ condition. The only ‘safe’ mode by which I carry is full mag/nothing chambered. Fact is, I can draw and rack a slide as fast (or faster) than I can draw and release a safety. The slide is simply a much bigger target which I don’t have to fumble for in the dark. When I’m at the range, I practice this draw & rack and it’s fast.

    Just my personal preference, but I don’t like having a live round pointed at my jewels. As an engineer, I don’t trust a little piece of metal to save them. Comparing the two, there’s just NO WAY to have an accident when there’s nothing in the chamber. Ask any emergency room doctor or nurse and they all have a pile of stories about guys who’ve put bullets in their leg, ass, etc while trying to holster or draw a gun.

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  • DaleC

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    I own a beautifully customized Mark IV Series 70, a Sig 226, Sig 230, numerous S&W revolvers in various calibers, a Glock 22 and a Glock 27, among others.

    When I want people to “ooh and ahhh” I show them my 1911 or my fully engraved, nickel 6″ Colt Python.

    I carry the G27 the most often and the G22 second, because they are the best choice to protect my life and those around me while being convenient to carry/conceal, while as reliable and effective as a sledgehammer. I’m 6’2″ and 230, so I don’t have a lot of trouble concealing a large handgun on my body, yet I still choose my more compact Glocks.

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  • H Currin

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    I am currently looking to add another handgun to my collection. After discussions with a number of my Law Enforcement friends, I decided on a Glock. Appearance doesn’t matter to me since its purpose is going to be for concealment. “Ugly” is fine when it helps with making it more invisible to adversaries. I have two issues with the 26 and/or 27 I am considering: 1. The safety or lack of. I don’t like the idea of have to suck a round into the tube before I fire it. I have read that there is a trigger safety that requires pressing a release at the same time applying pressure to the trigger to place in fire mode. True or False I don’t know. I have not been able to get a clear understanding of this. 2. I understand that the standard sights are plastic. I am sure that someone makes good metallic sights with contrast for target and night shooting.
    For years I have carried a Ruger GA34 (Security Six) .357 revolver as well as a Garcia .380 auto. I would trust the Ruger with my life. It shoots accuracy each time I go to the range. The Garcia .380 is a fairly concealable pocket gun which I am sure most gun enthusiast would consider junk but it shoots great for a .380 at short range (20-25 feet). I welcome any and or comments of my decision on the Glock 26 and 27 selections. I am leaning towards the 27. Recoil is not an issue for me. I also shot a .44 mag Redhawk.

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  • Scott

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    I’m not a Glock hater, but I haven’t decided to buy one….yet. I keep kicking myself for selling an HK P9S. It was the smoothest and most accurate automatic pistol I have ever had. My S&W .357 revolver is the most accurate. Right now I have a SIG P226. Never had a ftf or fte. The gun feels good and shoots straight. Maybe someday I will own a Glock. Forums like this are good to stay aware of the options.

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  • Bryan

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    I have had my G23 for about 5 years now. Bought it brand new. Never once have I had a failure wether a fail to feed or fail to fire and it has several thousand rounds through it. I also have a Ruger LCR a M&P 9c AMD a Rock Island 1911. So far the only one I have had any trouble with is the 1911. I love my Glock it has been very reliable and very accurate since it came out of the box. It is the gun I carry when I’m camping nd riding 4 wheelers and dirt bikes because it will still fire with sort and sand in.it. I’ve tested the theory. I have also had several wrecks where I have landed on top of the gun and the only thing that was hurt was the bruises it left on me. I have no dedication to any one manufacturer but my Glock has proven itself to me time and again.

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