Posts Tagged ‘Glock 17’

Glock G17 Gen 5 pistol with American Eagle ammunition box

Range Report: Glock Gen 5

Glock’s introduction of the Generation 5 pistol has been much anticipated. The new pistol offers significant changes—more so than any previous generation. The first change to the Glock was the addition of a light rail. Next, came the finger groove frame and the rough texture frame later. However, not everyone liked the finger grooves or RTF frame.

GLock pistol atop a box of 9mm ammunition

Range Report: Glock 17 Vickers Tactical

It is common for makers to offer special versions of popular handguns with features that will appeal to many shooters. The price is often less than it would cost to add these features to an existing gun. Some of the features do not appeal to every shooter, so they are kept as special editions rather than production models. One of the most popular Glock models, and in my opinion, the most effective is the Vickers Tactical treatment of the Glock 17 9mm handgun.

Two upset Hornady bullets

Stopping Power: Top Choices for Self-Defense Ammunition

A solid marketing scheme or cool packaging will do little to stop an attacker, but the right ammunition can. However, there are far too many people who can tell you exactly why they chose a particular firearm for self-defense, but have little to no idea why they chose the ammunition they loaded into the gun. This article reviews bullet construction, “stopping power,” and a handful of top choices to get you on a path to effective self-defense.

Two boxes of CORBON ammunition

COR®BON 9mm High-Velocity Loads

I remember when the 9mm handgun was first issued in great numbers to peace officers. The first generation, before the SIG P226 and Beretta 92, were not very good handguns. They were often unreliable, and the fit, feel and accuracy were poor. The Smith & Wesson Model 59 was much less accurate than the revolvers it replaced. Few officers could successfully quality with the M59 at 50 yards. Yes, we qualified at 50 yards in those days.

Glock 19 in black leather holster resting on swatches of exotic skins.

Do You Need a Glock19 Pistol?

The Glock pistol presently holds 75% of the police market, has enjoyed considerable military success, and is a tremendously popular civilian handgun. The pistol isn’t an old generation handgun but sprang forth in the early 1980s winning overnight acclaim.

Gen3 vs Gen4 MBS and RTF3

Manufacturer of the Week, Gaston Glock, Glock Ges.m.b.H., Glock USA, Glock FZE, Glock A.P.

How far is the jump of evolution from making curtain rods to the best selling handgun in the world? I don’t believe his theory but maybe Darwin was onto something. So goes the story of Gaston Glock and one of the greatest handguns ever designed. The neatly organized sock drawer of firearms manufacturing pulled from the dresser and dumped upside down on the floor.


Before we go to much further, I must come clean. I was the biggest anti-Glock person you would ever meet–was. I remember as a police officer when the Glocks made its appearance. I was not impressed and as I often do, I waited until it was proven by the hardest test of all–time. One of the most embarrassing things about my dislike for the Glock was its looks. I too became an Internet firearms aficionado. It does not matter what a tool looks like, it only matters how well it works-and how you the artist are capable of using that tool. Shame on me.

 Glock Ugly? Shame on me!

Glock Ugly? Shame on me!

This weapons system has proven its worth over time. In 1980 the Austrian military called for a firearm with over 17 high-level standards. Just reading those requirements should give you the warm  fuzzies. If this, or any other gun, could do this it would be a force to reckon with. In 1982 an engineer making a considerable amount of money-producing curtain rings and knives-assembled a team of handgun experts. How long did the prototype for the next great handgun take? Years? Within three weeks, a working prototype was on the table. Less than a month to put a dent in the entrenched firearms industry.

A void existed due to the failure of the Austrian firearms company Steyr to come up with an adequate replacement for the aging Walther P-38. Legend has it that Mr. Glock overheard a conversation about this need. He had neither worked with or even owned a firearm. Furthermore, his curtain rings were not plastic they were metal along with his knives. His business was a metal fabrication shop.

Like many engineers, his mind started working on the problem. He was advised several times to abandon the idea as he was not a gun-guy. He has often said the fact that he was not a gun-guy may have been to his advantage; take that you range and Internet know-it-alls. He bought a Beretta 92F, CZ 75, Walther P-38 and an offering from H&K and Sig-Sauer and went to work.



One of those groundbreaking ideas was the use of plastics or polymers. This idea caused quite the uproar and I remember it well. The gun was known as the terrorist special as it was believed the plastics would be undetectable by metal detectors at the airport and other places using preventative security. This proved to be false as much of the gun was metal and is easily detectable. The other complaint was the plastic frame was weak and could break or bend if very cold or hot, respectively. Well that didn’t pan out in the slightest. In fact, this design became so durable in so many atmospheric conditions, I believe it is the best all-weather all-purpose sidearm. No only did it survive, find a firearms-related company that does not have a contribution in polymers these days.

Gaston Glock

Gaston Glock

The second innovation would stand the industry up on its end-no hammer or external safeties. While this had existed in revolvers for some time, the idea that a pistol would have no hammer or visible safety created a stir. For someone like me, this was a bit disturbing at first and I closely followed the Internet diatribes. It occurred to me at some point that for years I had carried a handgun everyday with no external safety-a revolver. I then realized with the internal safeties of a Glock it was possibly safer than a revolver, one just keeps the booger-hooker off the bang-switch unless you intended to make it go boom-old lesson.

When Gaston Glock arrived at his 17th production model he had his pistol and thus it was named the Glock 17. Ironically, it has a magazine capacity of 17 rounds as well but the name comes from the 17th design. The gun was released in the Austrian nation in 1985 later to most of the world. The United States failed to adopt this firearm when it transitioned from the venerable 1911 in favor of the Beretta 92F/M9. I believe that was a mistake even though I am a huge Beretta fan and proudly own a Beretta M9. The Glock is responsible for almost 70 percent of all law enforcement personnel every day in this country. Glock has a factory in the United States and it is produced here in this country as well as in the UAE, South America, Hong Kong and of course Austria. I believe it is the most utilized and important handgun in the world today. This coming from a guy who carries a 1911 .45 ACP every time my feet walk out the door of my home.

Gaston Glock was a genius. The firearms that bear his namesake are the finest example of ingenuity, practicality and endurance. They only keep getting better with each new generation. From a person who was the biggest Glock persecutor, the light on the road to Damascus has blinded me. I am a believer. I do not own one but I will correct that misstep this year by getting my very own Glock 23.

What We Bought Over the Weekend

Friday, we went on a shopping spree by taking advantage of some very special deals using a local Dealsaver coupon. Some of these deals were too good to pass up, so here’s what we got:

Glock Model 17 Factory 17 Round 9mm Magazine

Glock Model 17 Factory 17 Round 9mm Magazine

These extremely reliable Glock 17 magazines hold 17 rounds of 9mm. They are Glock factory, drop-free, with number six followers. We bought two of them.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: MAG-240










S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

S&W Bodyguard 38 Double-Action Revolver .38 Special +P

I bought this and went to shoot it on Friday evening. The S&W Bodyguard is a great gun with an integrated Insight Technology laser. It has a good trigger pull and a top-mounted, ambidextrous cylinder release. I hit center Bullseye my first shot. CTD Mike and I got excellent groupings with it.

It kicks, though! Boy, let me tell ya. Look for my full review in the near future.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: 2-SW103038FC









Sidesaddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

Side Saddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

Side Saddle Fits Mossberg 500, 590 or 600 Shotguns

CTD Mike bought this for his Mossberg M590 of doom! It holds six 12-gauge shells and requires no gunsmithing to install. The sidesaddle allows for quick access to more shells. It is constructed of weatherproof polymer with an aluminum backing plate.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: SHT-003










DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

DPMS AR-15 Double Tungsten Carbine Buffer

CTD Ben bought the DPMS AR-15 double tungsten carbine buffer. It is heavier than the standard buffer, which softens recoil, reduces cyclic rate, and increases your weapon’s reliability. The length is 3.240” and it weighs 4.67 ounces.

Like it? Want it? Buy it! Item: ARR-566


If you got a $100 coupon, what would you buy?