Concealed Carry

Getting Rid of Glock Anxiety

Glock 27 with the slide locked back and a box of Remington ammunition

I have had quite a few discussions concerning the Glock lately. Like the curvature of the earth and the definition of infinity, the Glock is a subject that I considered closed a decade ago. However, a new wave of concealed carry shooters, and the general proclivity of the population to misunderstand mechanics, has brought the Glock to the forefront again.

That’s fine. I know more about the Glock today than I did in the past. Most shooters want a gun that is comfortable to fire and carry, a pistol that is fairly lightweight, and one which is reliable. Power isn’t often high on the list.

Glock 19X 9mm handgun on a bed of spent shells
This Glock 19X 9mm is proven after thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The 9mm Luger is the default choice for most of us. A modern loading using a well-designed expanding projectile will be effective in stopping a threat with a minimum of well-placed shots. The most popular carry gun in America — by a huge margin — is a polymer-frame striker-fired pistol.

Manual Safety

A point of contention is whether the pistol should have a manual safety or not. This seems the primary objection to the Glock pistol. I remember the Walther P38 inspired safety of the Smith & Wesson M39/M59 series. These safeties were not easy to manipulate. The 1911 thumb safety falls under the thumb instinctively. The SIG P220 did not have a manual safety, but safety features.

The SIG is much easier to train with and master than P38 types, although it requires the user master two types of trigger action. The double-action first-shot pistol has pretty much played out in police and military circles. Some who have used the type for decades still carry a SIG P-series or Beretta 92. That’s fine for those who have practiced.

A new shooter will be hobbled by a long, double-action first-shot pistol. A look in competition circles confirms that single-action pistols reign, while a few striker-fired pistols are very competitive. That isn’t self-defense, but it is shooting and being all you can be. A double-action first-shot pistol simply isn’t as easy to use well and demands much more training to approach the first shot hit probability of a striker-fired gun.

There is no law requiring a manual safety, although a few institutions once required all self-loading handguns in use to have a manual safety. There is a difference between a manual safety and safety features. The SIG P-series ushered in a new era and a tactical doctrine based on simplicity. The pistol had safety features but no manual safety.

slide-mounted safety on a handgun
With a great deal of practice, you can get pretty smart with a slide-mounted safety. However, that training time would be best spent elsewhere.

Glock pistols are Safe Action pistols. There are many striker-fired pistols that may accurately be termed single-action pistols. The striker is cocked, and the trigger releases the striker. These rely on a trigger lever to prevent the trigger from being pressed or snagged by the holster body and firing.

The Glock is a double-action-only (DAO) design. The slide is cocked, and the striker is partially prepped but not completely cocked. A pull on the trigger finishes cocking and dropping the striker. This arrangement allows for a reduction of trigger force to the point the pistol’s action may be operated with 5.5 pounds of trigger pressure.

The Glock has three safety features. A lever, set in the trigger face, prevents discharge by lateral force. A striker block prevents the striker from falling unless the trigger is pressed to the rear. A drop safety prevents the pistol from firing if dropped.

Glock 19x next to a GLock 43 showing the similarity in design
No matter the model or caliber, all Glock handguns operate in the same manner. The manual of arms is simple.

There are pistols that offer a choice of a manual safety or not. The Smith and Wesson Military & Police, a handgun comparable (at the least) to the Glock offers a manual safety option in most versions. The safety is easily operated it falls under the thumb nicely. The bottom line is that the shooter must diligently practice operating the safety — both on and off — if that is the type deployed.

The most common accidental discharge is fumbling the trigger. Another accident may occur if the pistol is dropped. The Glock is more ‘drop safe’ than many older designs which have a manual safety but do not utilize a drop safety in the design.

I often carry a 1911 ‘cocked and locked,’ safety on, hammer to the rear. I rely on this manual safety, appreciate the additional safety of the grip safety, and a heavy duty firing pin spring. Some 1911 types feature a firing pin block.

Colt .45 ACP 1911 cocked and locked
The 1911 features a combination of safety features. However, the 1911 isn’t for everyone and requires intensive training.

I also deploy double-action revolvers. A person who relies on the long, double-action trigger of a revolver as a safety feature will find this diligence transfers readily to the Glock. Safety or not, no type of safety feature is as important as adhering to the rules of safe gun handling.

Muzzle discipline is most important. Trigger discipline is also very important. You should be on your toes with every firearm type. If the Glock requires greater diligence, so be it. The Glock will not fire unless the trigger is pressed.

There were plenty of negligent discharges with revolvers. The rule of keeping the trigger finger off the trigger until you fire — not when you think you will fire but when you fire — cannot be broken. The advantage of a handgun without a safety is the simplicity in action tactical doctrine. The manual of arms is uncomplicated.  Load, holster, draw, fire.

There is no safety lever to actuate or fail, no need to rack the slide or release a slide. Draw, press the trigger, and fire. Take the finger off the trigger when you are not firing.

Holsters

I would never carry a Glock in the waistband or pocket without a holster. Then again, I don’t carry anything else in that manner when going about my daily chores, with few exceptions. Occasionally, I drop a snub .38 in my back pocket around the home. When hiking or small game hunting, I have carried a single-action revolver in the waistband with the loading gate open to secure the revolver in the waistband.

Drawing a pistol from a leather OWB holster showing the trigger finger extended
When holstering or drawing, keep your finger off the trigger!

However, I seldom carry any type of handgun without a holster — particularly an automatic. A Glock trigger must be covered by the holster. I am unaware of any holster made for the Glock that does not cover the trigger guard but there may be one somewhere. I also have this requirement for revolvers and 1911 handguns.

The holster must be stiff and not collapse after the gun is drawn. There are many cheap, worthless, fabric holsters that are not worth two cents of my hard-earned money. The holstering welt or holster mouth must be rigid and allow reholstering.

When returning the handgun to the holster, I guide the handgun into the holster with the trigger finger extended and away from the trigger. If the finger is inside the triggerguard as you holster, the finger will be pressed to the rear quickly and you’ll have a negligent discharge. This occurred with numbing regularity in revolver days at the PD.

optics ready AIWB Galco holster with a a Glock topped by a red dot sight
This optics ready AIWB from Galco is designed with a balance of speed and retention. Safety is an important consideration.

If the trigger becomes entangled in a safety strap as the pistol is holstered the same may occur. This isn’t a design defect of the pistol or the holster. It is a problem with gun handling.

Acclimation

Here is what I recommend when you begin using a Glock. Wear a holster in the normal manner you intend to carry on your daily walk. Be certain the Glock is triple-checked and unloaded. Remove the magazine, and rack the slide. Perhaps even use a fake gun for acclimation. Draw and holster. Keep the finger off the trigger. You will find the pistol does not snap the striker unless you commit a grievous error.

Practice dryfire. For safety’s sake, I only dryfire against an object that would stop any caliber in the gun safe. A very thick bookcase against a heavy wall in the 118-year-old chalet is the usual aiming point.  Dickens, Plato, Maugham, and John Updike have yet to be perforated.

Become acclimated to the pistol, but not too familiar. Regard the pistol with a kind of awe. The same as you should a truck, chainsaw, or heavy machinery. Practice drawing the pistol with your trigger finger extended alongside the frame. Do not place the finger on the trigger until you are going to fire.

Glock handgun with TruGlo sights
Among the few shortcomings of the Glock is found in the issue sights. TruGlo offers an excellent alternative.

Next, practice holstering the handgun. Carefully angle the muzzle into the holster. There will be natural resistance, but the handgun should slide into the holster. A leather holster or Kydex feels different. One has more resistance the other the characteristic SNIK as it holsters in place.

If you meet too much resistance don’t force it. You may have managed to snag the handgun in a covering garment as you holster. This is common. We train to rapidly shunt aside covering garments as we draw to avoid impeding the draw motion. However, we often practice moving these garments aside as we reholster the handgun? This is also essential.

Another concern with the pistol is tactical movement. Be certain that you move with your finger off the trigger. The Glock is superior to a double-action first-shot pistol in this regard. A DA first shot would require the hammer be de-cocked for safety during tactical movement, causing the shooter to resort to another long DA trigger press if you must fire. The single-action 1911 requires only that the safety be placed on during movement.

GLock 19 compared to a Beretta Model 92 9mm
A slide-mounted safety is slow to manipulate. A long, double-action trigger pull isn’t the best for combat shooting. Some handguns are long on the technical. The Glock is long on tactical.

Another concern, some of us like to have a pistol by the bedside at night but have concerns with the Glock. This is a valid line of inquiry. I do not keep a cocked-and-locked 1911 by the bed, nor in the usual scheme of things a revolver. The 1911 is hammer down and the revolver will be holstered.

I simply keep the Glock at ready in a holster. This solves these concerns by keeping a handgun at ready in a holster. However, the handgun is available by sampling tugging it from the scabbard.

Training With a Glock

Training with the Glock is simple enough. Training is in some ways simpler than with a revolver. All Glocks handle the same. Controls, take down, trigger press, magazine release, it is all the same. I enjoy training and push myself to master each firearm. If you are to excel, exertion must be part of your physical vocabulary.

Two Glock look alike fake guns for practice
For practice and indoctrination, these fake guns are great for relieving Glock anxiety. The plastic one features a removable magazine, accepts a combat light, and offers a heavy trigger action useful for training purposes. ($10 at a local flea market.)

My carry guns receive the most attention. There is no ambiguity in my personal training. I never lose sight of the ultimate goal — defending myself and my family. That focus is vital. There are some who claim to train hard and to maintain focus, but their words and performance do not support their claim.

I practice for attacks and situations that are similar to documented events. In other words, conceivable logical training. I train drawing quickly and getting a center hit at 7 and 10 yards. I occasionally fire at longer range. The draw is practiced from my carry holsters. I use several types of holsters depending on the weather conditions and general circumstance, from inside the waistband to secure high ride OWB types. I wear my normal garments.

I practice, perform drills and tactical movement until I am certain I can do so on demand without a warmup. In short, it isn’t the arrow; it’s the archer. When you consider what a handgun is for, and what a Glock is capable of, the Glock is as good as any handgun for the intended mission.

Glock 27 with the slide locked back and a box of Remington ammunition
In all renditions, the Glock has proven a reliable and useful handgun.

Reliability is high and maintenance is low. Give the type a good try. You may find pride of ownership not in the handgun’s appearance but in its performance. The Glock’s performance has the warrant of truth — pragmatic truth — it simply works.

Upgrades

If you do not like Glock grip texture, simply use the famous Talon applique to either roughen the texture or make it more comfortable, as Talon offers both options. Glock factory sights may be improved. TruGlo’s self-luminous sights are an option. Magpul offers reliable magazines. Faxon offers barrels and compensators.

Once you rid yourself of Glock anxiety, the sky is the limit.

How do you feel about Glock pistols? Have you ever had Glock anxiety? Share your thoughts in the Comment section.

About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.


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Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
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The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
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The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (24)

  1. I like the fact that people base a purchase of sumthing, than may save their life, or get them killed, on sumthing like what Cops carry or use. Coz the truth is that in most cases they had 2 chose between 3-5 maybe 6 different models already judged qualified by Committees, Boards, & City Governments… & NEVER 4GET PLASTIC WILL ALWAYS BE CHEAPER THAN METAL!!! & Like Doctors, POLICE & LAW ENFORCEMENT in general R not well known 4 making the best of decisions. Otherwise suicide, divorce, & domestic violence wouldn’t be as prevalent as it is in the group…Again truth is, U can get PROFICIENT with anything, whether a Colt, glock, S&W, Bow & Arrow, or camping knife. As long as U practice with it… My gun history is Mossberg 12gs 3 of them, Colt 1911GI slightly modified, Taurus PT11, & Now a S&W GLOCKOFF… WHO’S BUY FAR THE MOST EXPENSIVE FIREARM I’VE EVER OWNED!!! When I got it, sum1 had already put about 2k N it, not counting laber, starting @ $349… & I put another 1k+ N it!!! No, 1 gun rarely fits everybody out the box, so if U have the $$$$ 2 make it better. GOD BLESS & BE ABOUT IT!!! & AS U GET OLDER UR GRIP CHANGES, HAND STRENGTH, HELL, HAND SENSITIVITY!!! U’ll quickly find out U’ll either customize or buy sumthing new that fits U better!!! & ALWAYS CARRY A GLOCKOFF OR IF U WISH A GLOCKINSCHIPPILE ON AN EMPTY CHAMBER, UNLESS U KNOW U R, OR MAYBE N IMMEDIATE IMMANENT LIFE THREATENING DANGER!!! NOT EVEN 3MILLA SECS 2 PUT 1 N THE CAMBER!!! & I’VE NEVER HAD A ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE, SINCE MY 1ST 24HRS with the 1911. But it was rusted N battery… & when the mineral oil / Baby oil unfroze the action it went off!!! 2 things out of the hundreds of things I learned with 65+yr old beauty B4 She was stolen, 1. every gun is always loaded even N pieces, & 2. U can bury metal, leave N an closet N a old bucket 4, 20, 30, 40, 50+yrs… But all it takes is a little baby oil, mineral spirits & a 1911 will run like it did the 1st day they put N2 a 16yr old boys hands & told Him 2 go kill Germans!!! Not sure if U’ll ever say that about a glock… That said I like em & HATE EM!!! Because!!! They’re 1 of the only guns, because they were developed N war & 4 war that come with just about any & ever option U can name or think of. Speaking of names sum of the same, 1911, M9, SIG, & GLOCK!!! ALL VETERANS N 1 PLACE OR WAR OR ANOTHER!!! & I know this ran long but lastly. B4 U by expensive grips 4 UR Glockoffs try tennis tape. I use Gamma it provides shock resistance against recoil & makes the Glockoff fits N any1s hand… Especially if U R getting older & U can get 5 or 6 boxes 4 1/2 or the price of the grip or GLOCK tape.

  2. Mark
    Both of those negligent discharges you described were dumb, dumb, dumb. Same thing would have happened with a revolver. Safety is between the ears.

    Bob

  3. All this “Single-Action” vs. “Double-Action” vs. “Safe-Action” (which, I believe, is a Glock trademark), nonsense is nothing more than a crock of you-know-what! More to the point is the presence or absence of a manual safety device. Personally, I dislike any handgun lacking a manual safety other than revolvers. I equally dislike autopistols with difficult-to-operate manual safety levers (slide-mounted safety levers come to mind, though they are not the sole offenders. Glocks seem to have settled on a compromise that is popular these days with many people, but not me. Personally, my preference is for the CZ-75 system or the old Taurus PT-92/99 system. These systems allow for carrying cocked-and-locked or hammer-down as the user prefers. I have no problem with the 1911 system but I have other complaints with it. I see no reason whatsoever to put a DA revolver trigger into an autopistol.

    Guess I’m just old.

  4. I looked at I believe something like 65% police officers carry a Glock so I fill like that speaks for itself. If you want to spend more money to fill safe by all means go for it. But I also believe Glock set the standard for poly guns

  5. I think it’s up to you the holder/carrier of the gun. What or which ever you’re most comfortable with. Everyone situation is different, even with a slide lock on a hand gun lt can still be put in a bad situation where the safety can be remove and a accidentally discharged occurs. I believe that when you are carrying a gun, you must all, always be conscious of having it on your body or present at all times and with what ever move or action you take , your carrying a gun must be incorporated with your every thought and movement first.

  6. I’m retired LE. I am well-trained on Glocks. I do not own any other pistol platform. My Glock, ALL OF THEM, point like my index finger. I do not use the sights as my handgun training is defensive.
    Yes. All Glocks operate the same.
    My wife and I each have a 43X. This is an awesome handgun. Shooting cheap, reloaded ammo, she had a failure to extract. She gave me the gun, I dropped the mag and I could not rack out the case. I disassembled the Glock, three pieces, FORCIBLY (tool needed) the case, reassembled the Glock and had it back in battery in ONE MINUTE. The is no other pistol you can do this with.
    Muscle memory.
    NOTE: I fired 1000s of rounds at the range. This is the first malfunction I/we ever had. Again. Cheap ammo.

  7. wonder how long before they come after Glocks as a weapon “readily convertible to automatic fire”….the ATF website is full of busts for someone doing just that!….incidentally the “safe-T-block”…a relatively cheap device…goes a long way in preventing accidental discharge of this weapon…strongly recommend this little gadget if you own one of these guns…..

  8. I read recently of two negligent discharges. Lady was carrying a Glock in her purse, grabbed her keys from inside her purse and pulled, snagged the trigger and shot her daughter. Guy was wearing a parka with a string in the bottom hem to cinch it. The slider on the string caught the trigger as he was holstering and he shot himself in the foot. Murphy carries a Glock. I only carry a 1911A1 locked and loaded. My rifles all have a real safety. My shotguns all have a real safety. Why shouldn’t my pistols all have a real safety?

  9. I started carrying a G19 around 1980-85, not sure, it was a duty gun. I’m an old fart now but I never worried about it firing. It always went bang and never failed. The only thing I would do now is get a current model with the optic as the eyes start to fade. The going bang thing is most important. Just make sure whatever you have can go bang. Up here in NH I have never even had to show a pistol, let alone fire one in self defense but now I’m way to old to fight so your gonna get shot if you try anything stupid. With a little luck, that will never happen. If it does, I will still be here to talk about it. Practice whenever you can, hey it’s just fun.

  10. Traded in the ol’ stanley steamer for a LE trade in G30/G4. Had the ’05 H&R hammerless 38s&w CTGE. in my pocket protector for 3yrs. Got a JRCAR45 & am ‘buildin’ a FMAR45 8″that do Glock 45 Mags. It’s my 1st automatic slide pistol and the testfire went well on the 19th of APR. Haven’t had it racked otherwise & had to do some custom work on the holster to fit the TConV2wl/laz or the trigger wouldn’t have been covered in the Versacarry Commander w/xmag. My new favorite flashlight~

  11. I like my Glock 19 gen 5. I carry it only. If I get in a situation where God forbid I have to use it to defend myself and my family it will be a very bad day and I’m sure I will be in panic mode so I don’t want an extra step. When I HAVE to pull my Glock out to use it I want it simple.

  12. Bob has it right. Bob has summarized the Glock very nicely. One thing about Glocks that few will dispute – they may be ugly to some, but Glocks will run. If left unmodified as they come out of the box, Glocks will not let you down. Glocks become mighty pretty if you have to use one to defend yourself. I have used, carried, and fired many Glocks. I have never had a negligent discharge (knock on wood). But then, I draw and holster the firearm carefully. I look at the holster when holstering – with trigger finger pointed way out.

    I recently participated as a co-instructor for a concealed weapons license class. One young woman brought and shot a small Ruger – I think it was an LCP 380. This firearm gave her nothing but problems. Another gentleman brought a very fancy engraved – and expensive 1911 – brand shall not be named. This poor sole could not finish the class and did not obtain his CCW license because the pistol would not load rounds. It sure was pretty, though.

    Those students that brought and fired Glocks had no issues at all and obtained their CCW licenses. Nuff said.

  13. Sorry Bob, Glock is not a double action only, a double action works the firing mechanism with every pull of the trigger. The striker fire system requires racking the slide to “half cock” the striker, merely pulling the trigger as on a true double action will get you nothing.

  14. Sorry Bob, Glock is not a double action only, a double action works the firing mechanism with every pull of the trigger. The striker fire system requires racking the slide to “half cock” the striker, merely pulling the trigger as on a true double action will get you nothing.

  15. Who cares? enough already….. you like Glock, have a Glock, you like a better pistol, go for it!! I thought we’d laid this wheezy old saw to rest…

  16. “You may find pride of ownership not in the handgun’s appearance but in its performance.” Like waking up, with a #1, ugly, but gets the job done. 🙂

    “A point of contention is whether the pistol should have a manual safety or not. This seems the primary objection to the Glock pistol.” I am a safety guy. I believe it would be in Glocks interest to evaluate what is known as the “Striker Control Device”, as it is an effective safety that works on a Glock, for holstering ONLY. It does not have to be turned on or off, just put your thumb on the back plate of the slide when holstering. It works just like the procedure many use when holstering a Hammer gun, when putting their thumb on the hammer. Why should Glock evaluate this HOLSTERING safety device? Because it can be retrofitted, OR NOT, for any Glock ever made, by simply replacing the OEM back plate on the slide with the SCD. Then Glock buy out the patent, and start selling them.

    “The Glock is a double-action-only (DAO) design.” It most certainly is, as pulling the trigger does two things (the meaning of double) it cocks the striker, and releases it, it’s just a whole lot lighter double action trigger pull, than hammer fired pistols and revolvers.

    “Glock factory sights may be improved”. The goal post sights are probably the least accurate of any in existence, and no, I don’t believe the Glock videos of punching out 3 & 4 leaf clovers with the OEM sights.

    “Magpul offers reliable magazines.” Have never had, never heard of, anyone EVER having an issue with a Glock magazine, NOT EVEN in NON-Glock platforms like the many Pistol Caliber Carbines of today, so why fix what isn’t broken? Ruger brought out the LC in .45 that ONLY uses Glock magazines. That is a pretty good testimony right there.

    Speaking of Glock magazines, and just how dependable they are (even though they look cheap), if that “wrong grip angle” as some complain about has something to do with just how dependable the Glock magazines feed? Like the perfect feed angle? Maybe?

    Glock, one simple, dependable line, while many parts are not interchangeable, ALL Glocks basically assemble the same way, for simplicity in maintenance, and in ownership.

  17. I’m a Glock Fan. Here’s why. My first handgun I shot was a Colt 1911 in 1952. I shot it for about two years. The my life path turned away from guns. In my twenties I became a Black Belt and thought I was pretty well off. Along my life’s journey I decided some time I probably would diminish physically and would need help in defending myself. So, I decided that most of the world’s police forces and countries militarizes carried Glocks they must be pretty good. With the 1911 in my past I went with a Glock 21. I was 76 when I started carrying. I have downsized the G21 to a G30 and am pushing 84 years old.

  18. Robert Shirley

    You are incorrect.

    The Glock is DAO.

    According not just to most of us but to the ATF and NIJ. The trigger does not simply drop the striker, the trigger presses the striker to the rear breaking against spring trigger and prepping the sear.

  19. I am an older man now in my sixties and I was raised and taught to always utilize the safety on my firearms. Whether it is a revolver with an empty chamber under the hammer, or with the cocked and locked routine of the 1911, I do it, and it has served me well. I just can’t be comfortable without a manual safety and therefore have never carried my glocks cocked, I have witnessed too many negligent discharges to ever do so myself but With the correct holster and training, you can carry cocked and ready. Even so I still hear those who taught me saying, remember that a mechanism made by a man can and will FAIL! Diligence must be applied at all times. First, keep that finger off the trigger till your ready to shoot! We must pay attention at all times! Train, train, train

  20. I agree with your assessment of the Glock, I finally broke down and bought a Glock 19 after one of my friends got one and let me handle it an shoot it and I now at times carry it after spending quite a bit of time familiarizing myself with everything about it as I have carried a 1911 colt compact and regular 5 inch for about 30 years.

  21. I think there are many factors that create confusion. There are so many options for pistols now it boggles the mind! Outside influences of friends, or expert opinions create brain freeze! Differences in OWB to IWB influences what a person may buy! Aesthetics are also a big factor; what pistol looks cool?! The bottom line is most new shooters don’t take the time to learn all they can about firearms and safety with them. I’ve been handling firearms personally and professionally for more than 40 years. On more than one occasion I fell victim to the conundrum of what to use and carry! As I grew older and learned speed efficiency and after experiencing many pistols I fell inline with the Glock because it is simple perfection! It’s the smartest dumb gun I know of. It NEVER fails!!! I recommend to all new shooters to buy what you like but try, to try them all first. In the end it’s down to personal choice. If a person feels confident with what they carry and use, that’s what counts the most!

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