Join Date:Dec 2010
Location:Ohio, United States
Now, First off I want to say that I do like Glock pistols. I do enjoy shooting glock pistols. When I went to purchase my first handgun, it was a Glock 26. My next purchase was a Glock 22, my next was a glock 23. Now.... I dont own a glock. Now, My first glock performed flawless. I put at least 1500 rounds through it no problem. My G22 was used, and 2nd gen... it had LOTS of Problems. My G23, only had a couple hundred rounds through it but none the less, it stovepiped once which could have been due to my grip, ammo etc. The fact of the matter is, I once used to love glocks, but now, I am a little hesitant to buy one. We all have heard about the Gen4 glocks and how bad they suck. The springs are too heavy causing a lot of stovepipes. They no longer can have the tenifer coating due to EPA regulations (tenifer's chemical composition contains Cyanide Poison). I have even heard that the "polymer" in the newer Gen4 glocks is not polymer anymore, its just plastic(yes there is a difference- look up the difference between polymer plastic and plastic). I know I am going to get reemed on this one, because I know a lot of you guys have glocks, and Glock has probably one of the biggest fan bases of all gun companies. And we all know that glock guys all get a little bent outta shape when we mention them being not so perfect as they claim. Now I bet there are plenty of people who will tell you they have never had a jam within thousands of rounds through their glocks. I bet there are more of those people than there are that have had problems, but thats not the point. I understand that ALL guns have problems. It doesnt matter whether you have a Glock, H&K, Sig, or various 1911. Chances are, you are going to experience a problem at one point or another with some type of gun. But my point is that maybe Glock doesnt make their guns like they used to. Its everywhere about the gen4 but, even with gen3 if you watch enough videos on youtube, you will here people explaining the problems they have had with their glocks.
In the tragic event that happened recently with that lunatic who shot that congress woman, the crazy asshole was using a glock. Police reported that his gun jammed. Thank God and thank Glock that it did. This could have been an act of god, or maybe it was just the glock pistol. Maybe it was the 30rd magazine he had, I heard those have lots of problems. Point is, if he hadnt chose glock that day, maybe 7 or 8 MORE people would be dead. Thankfully that was not the case.
What am I getting out of all this? I guess what I am saying in my pointless discussion of whether or not glocks are the guns they used to be, is that there are other options, and one has to think, what if this happens to me? what if the tables are turned and YOU are the one with the glock? Will you know what to do if you get a stove pipe? Will you remember to tap rack bang? Or will you sit there trying to pull the trigger again and again forgetting that you have a striker fire gun, not a DAO(although lots of people like to think they have a DAO gun, Glocks are actually a completely different style of gun, they are striker fired).
Lots of people argue these things listed here:
1.) They have the most accessories of any gun in the world.
2.) They are simple and easy to use and Clean
3.) They are cheap/ Best gun for the money
4.) They are the most reliable gun in the world.
5.) They are virtually indestructable
6.) Law enforcement agencies use them, so they must be the best!
Im sure there are plenty others but these are just off the top of my head.
1.) A lot of these "acessories" come standard on other guns that cost more. In the end, you will end up paying around what you would for these other guns. Example, Steel guide rods that wont bend or break over time, better sights, Extended and ambidextreous slide/ magazine release levers(these seem to be the most popular), takedown lever extensions, grip reductions to that awful hump in the grip, grip extensions. YTou will find these standard on guns like SA XD or XDm for slightly more money. Ruger SR9 or SR9c for less money.
2.) There is really no argument of their simplicity. They are probably the most simple handgun to use and clean. But on the other hand, what kind of gun wont work if you arent holding it right(limp wristing), or if you use standard 115gr ball ammo for practice( I never had these problems but several people have reported problems cycling 115gr ball ammo. I personally threw about 1200 rounds of cheap alluminum cased blazer 115 gr through my G26 no problem.)
3.) They are cheap, but with cheap, you get cheap. For example, for a more expensive handgun like an HK P30 (yes you knew it was coming!) you will find all these "accesories" plus a lot more will come stock on these pistols. Even on guns like an XD or Ruger SR9, you will find these things stock.
4.) Despite what some will standby for the rest of their lives, glocks are NOT the only guns that work the way they are supposed to. They are not the most reliable gun on the market. Im not sure there is a designated, "most reliable handgun ever" To most people, the most reliable handgun in the world, is the one they have, because it makes them feel better about their gun, and helps them sleep at night.
5.) Glocks are very durable, very durable indeed. They are not indestructable, no handgun is.
6.) The main reason why LEO carry glocks in certain departments is not because they are the best. It is because of one thing. MONEY. Glocks can be manufactured at a much cheaper cost, and sold to LE agencies much cheaper. At the price they are getting them, they probably are the best choice for them. This doesnt mean that LE agencies chose them over every gun in the world and that glocks are by far the best. In fact, if you look at most agencies that can CHOOSE their weapons, most of them dont carry glocks. SOME DO! But most carry Sigs, Hk, or a 1911, or Beretta.
So what can one take away from this? I dont really know, Its just something I wanted to put out there, because I have been hearing a lot of bullshit from everybody who think that glocks are the best guns in the world. People say " just get a glock, you wont have any problems" Bullshit. Despite what everyone thinks, glocks arent the best guns, like I said the best handgun in the world to each of us, are the ones we are holding right now. Some will swear by Glock, some will swear by Sig or HK, some will swear by S&W, etc. Dont let someone else decide your gun for you. My main point, GLOCK is a fine weapon, a very nice reliable weapon. They are NOT Perfect. They are NOT fully loaded with awesome features. There ARE better guns for more expensive prices. There are guns that are just as good for around the same price. Glocks are actually pretty plain and simple, just the way some people like them. And IF you do buy a glock, Id go with a gen3. Dont get me wrong, I think another Glock Purchase is a couple guns down the road, maybe a glock 21SF, but like I said, perhaps a couple more guns down the road. Thanks for reading everyone, let the comments and that headbutting begin!
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