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Why I Like Glocks… - by Cope Reynolds

This blog entry is dedicated to a specific handgun. One that I

like very much and have a tremendous amount of experience

with. Having been involved in competitive shooting, hunting

and other types of recreation with handguns since 1975,

owning a gun shop for 10 years and being a defensive firearms

trainer for almost 25 years, I feel that I am quite qualified to

share my opinion with you. This is not just another Ford/Chevy

argument. Its not like the constant, age-old 9mm vs. .45 ACP

controversy. To me, it's much more than just personal

preference. I am also a factory-trained Glock armorer and

designed my own "after-market"; Glock armorer class. During

the course of my gun shop tenure, we customized over 2600

Glocks in some manner or another. I'm a Glock guy. Hard core.

My mind is slammed shut like a steel trap on this subject, at

least for me and mine. Let me tell you why...

The Glock is exceedingly simple in both construction and

operation and it is virtually maintenance free. That doesn't

mean that you should never clean it and take care of it but it is

VERY forgiving in that regard. I have seen Glocks that have fired

thousands upon thousands of rounds without so much as a

quick wipe-down and still perform flawlessly. Glocks are so

ridiculously reliable that is hard for some people to grasp. I

have personally put some of my Glocks through some pretty

rigorous testing. I have shot them underwater. I have taken one

out of a 70 degree building, disassembled it, thrown the parts

down in the snow at 38 degrees below zero, retrieved the

parts, chipped the ice out of the slide, reassembled the gun and

flawlessly fired a full magazine of ammunition downrange. I

boiled a frame once, put it back together and shot it. I

disassembled one, threw the parts down in the dirt and kicked

them around for a bit, found all the parts, reassembled and

fired a full mag out of it. The first round didn't chamber

completely but after that, it dumped the remainder without a

hitch. All of the above is documented on my YouTube channel

at Desertscout1.

The Glock has approximately 36 parts altogether, depending on

model, including the  sights and the disassembled magazine.

The 1911 for example, has over 80 parts.  Most of the internal

parts of the Glock are interchangeable with other models,

particularly for all models of the same caliber except the G42

and G43. Many of the parts are interchangeable between all

calibers with the exception of the 42 and 43. The internal parts

are also inexpensive. If you have a serviceable frame, slide and

barrel, you can replace every part in the gun for around $150

and essentially have a brand new Glock.

The polymer grip is much more comfortable to handle in both

extreme cold and extreme hot weather. I have seen both

extremes where a metal framed gun is most assuredly not

comfortable to handle bare-handed. The Glock is highly

modifiable and there are a tremendous amount of after-market

parts for all models except the newer G42 and G43. The grip

can be reduced and customized, the trigger can be changed,

sights, controls, pretty much everything in the Glock can be

replaced or modified to suit you.

The Glock is middle of the road priced compared to many other

manufacturers. The polymer frame also makes the gun lighter

than most comparable sized guns and it flexes to some degree

under recoil, adding to the pleasure of shooting the Glock.

 The axis of recoil is lower on the Glock than any other

manufacturer, model or caliber of handgun on the planet. That

means that the center-line of the bore is closer to the hand than

any other handgun. This gives the gun less mechanical

advantage over you during recoil upon firing.  This enables

small framed women and children to be able to handle a full

sized gun comfortably.

The G42 (.380) and G43 (9mm) are great for deep concealment

but are not great as a fighting gun or for field use. Size wise,

they may be OK for children and smaller framed women but the

low capacity and diminutive size diminishes its usefulness as an

effective fighting gun, at least during extended engagements.

They are both still plenty good for most scenarios that the

average CCW holder might find themselves involved in. They

are also both as accurate and reliable as any other Glock. The

43 also has a little bit of a bite to it. The recoil sensitive people

may be able to put up with it for a few rounds but I'm afraid

they may be flinching and become distracted during a

prolonged shooting session.

The Glock 26 is what my wife carries as it is small, double stack

and equally well suited for concealment and field/recreational

use. It may not be ideal but if you are only able to have one

gun, the G26 will fill all roles adequately. It is small enough to

conceal yet big enough to handle in field situations. The 26 will

also accept the magazines from a Glock 19 or 17 which gives

you tremendous versatility. To me, interchangeability of

magazines is critical in a group or family long term survival

environment. All that being said, if you're looking for a 9mm,

the G19 is a better choice for most applications. 15 round

capacity, small enough to conceal easily but big enough for all

field use. The 19 will also take the higher capacity G17


Is a Glock accurate enough? Well, yes. I have fired 5-shot, one-

hole groups at 7 yards that can be completely covered with a

dime. I have also fired a 21 group at 300 yards with my Glock

34. That boils down to 1.75 at 25 yards. I'm OK with that kind

of accuracy. Yes, it's on my YouTube channel.

Understand that there are many good, reliable handguns out

there but when you consider weight, capacity, durability,

reliability, accuracy and price, the Glock is the clear winner to

me. YMMV!

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