My first true Glock experience


February 18, 2012, 11:33 AM
Hey all. I thought I'd share my first experience the "legendary" Glock persistence. I've owned a glock for a while now, but being a recreational shooter the poor thing gets a basic clean every 100-200 rounds - I keep it HD ready.

My friends and I are more surfer dude than anything else, so gun ownership is the exception to the rule and expectations are low in terms of knowledge - so when a buddy asked if I wanted to hit the range between meetings yesterday I was pretty stoked. (watch "Fast times at rigmont high" for a definition.)

This guy is usually pretty full of it, but a good dude. So when he pulled out a gen 2 G19 I was surprised. He claimed it had been worked over to DOD specs (?) and had a crazy story involving rescuing a SWAT commander from some situation... Blah blah blah. What he had was a very well broken in late 90's glock with a hogue grip, a polished feed ramp (standard?) and possibly a $0.25 trigger job.

Honestly, he was a good shot and knew what he was doing. 200 rounds and only once did the slide fail to lock back. (my guess is a combo of limp wrist and the cheap Walmart federal ammo... He'd only put HD ammo through it. To that point.). It felt great in my hands.

More importantly, he had NEVER cleaned it. He couldn't even break down the pistol. I showed him how to break it down and clean it. Wholly crap! It took 30-minutes to get it close to clean and I had to clean the bench after. Crap was flaking off in chunks. It would take a chemical bath to really clean it at this point.

You hear the stories and see the tests, but to actually see and fire a gun that hasn't been cleaned in ten plus years and fired 10,000+ rounds is pretty cool.

Thanks for the chance to share.

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February 18, 2012, 11:42 AM
Nice. Yeah, Glocks tend to work, even if neglected.

It's like a good farm dog you never really paid attention to, till he saves your life when you encounter bear.

February 18, 2012, 11:44 AM
I did have one question. The serial number plate was bowed out a bit. I told him it was probably from the frame flexing. With no rail it was pretty soft and bent easily with figure pressure.

February 18, 2012, 12:26 PM
What exactly is....DOD spec for a Glock?

February 18, 2012, 12:29 PM
It is short for dodo. Nice story, and you do have to admire a gun that will run regardless of maintenance.

February 18, 2012, 04:33 PM
This guy is pretty full of bull poo, so I doubt he knows. I think he was trying to say department of defense? He also said it had night sights and a "trigger job." The gun had standard plastic sights and the standard trigger connector. If he hadn't shot. 3" groups at 7 yards I would have written off his whole story, which involved tactical training, etc... I'm guessing it is a combo miss information/embellishment/truth. Interesting story, but that would be for another thread.

It was cool to experience, but I'd never to that to a gun I own. I felt bad for the pistol!

February 18, 2012, 06:53 PM
You don't need tactical training to shot a 3" group at seven yards. Some people don't really know what comes out of their mouth, some people eat whatever excrement a seller hands them, and generally they can not be corrected, no matter how obvious their misinformation is.

My friend's older sister had a black 9mm pistol that she was insistent was a Glock, because that's how it was sold to her. The slide said Bryco. Not Glock. I had a friend who knew that his Sigma 40F was a better gun than my CZ PCR or FNP-9M because it was a .40 and those were 'just nines'. I think the same guy was baffled at the idea of a Kadet kit, he could not wrap his head around the idea that anyone would want a .22 or the option to fire .22 off their pistol's frame when they could buy a Hi-Point .45 for $150.

There are lots of people like that, and Glocks all have extremely smooth feedramps anyway. The whole barrel is smooth as hell, there's nothing you could do to make one glide better other than oil it, which is probably a bad idea.

February 18, 2012, 06:55 PM
And there is no DoD specification for the Glock 19, it's not like the M4 or M16 that has literally hundreds of potential configurations, it's a stock production pistol. I don't think any members of the DoD even use the Glock as a general issue weapon, except maybe some civilian security agencies that fall under their umbrella.

February 18, 2012, 07:16 PM
LOL, I love the passion! Like I said, his story is worthy of a whole new thread. The ability to actually aim was simply meant to illustrate he wasn't completely incompetent. The only things I'll vouch for are how dirty the firearm was, the obvious wear and the function.

DOD could have meant Dog On Deck... He didn't know a darn thing about his firearm, but for his purposes who cares. When he pulls trigger it goes "click." All BS aside he's just trying to protect his family.

Again, I was just impressed to actually see a gun that hadn't been cleaned in over a decade and still worked fine. You should have seen his ammo... I showed him how to care for it, explained why and sent him on his way.

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