Why do I feel the need to own a Glock?


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Triplec
May 16, 2012, 10:35 PM
I have recently filled all my percieved niches for handguns in my life. I've got a p225 for carry and home defense and a Diamondback db9 for deep carry/bug. I am working on mastering these two guns. I love these guns and they are doing exactly what I want them to do (imo). For some reason I feel some kind of force drawing me to purchase a Glock 9mm, probably a G19. Owning my sig and the glock would be redundant imo. I think glocks are ugly and I'm not very fond of full size polymer frame guns. I've never shot a glock and was wondering if any glock owners or sympathizers out there own one just for the sake of owning a glock. I would also like your reasoning that I should or shouldn't get a G19 to add to my little arsenal (Is there a niche for a glock that I haven't realized needed filling? Lol). Thanks for the replies.

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railroader
May 16, 2012, 10:43 PM
I kind of did the same thing. I decided I needed a glock 17 so I sold a cz75. Big mistake. It turns out I shot the cz better so I guess for me it was a learning experience. Shoot a glock 1st before you buy one. It might turn out to be the perfect gun for you it just wasn't for me.

M1key
May 16, 2012, 11:22 PM
The Glock 19 is the most popular model among Glock owners and I believe among the top five pistols purchased by women. They are popular for a reason. Check 'em out. BTW, I prefer Gen 2s and Gen 3s. I am not sold on the Gen 4s as yet...

:cool:

M

Triplec
May 16, 2012, 11:35 PM
The Glock 19 is the most popular model among Glock owners and I believe among the top five pistols purchased buy women. They are popular for a reason. Check 'em out. BTW, I prefer Gen 2s and Gen 3s. I am not sold on the Gen 4s as yet...

:cool:

M
I've heard a couple people say that about the gen 4's. Why is that?

Skylerbone
May 16, 2012, 11:55 PM
Sympathizer, non-owner. I own an alternative line of polymer pistols (among other handguns) and truly believe for some people they make perfect sense.

A G19 can be used for carry in the lightening strike event that your Sig experiences failure. If you enjoy hunting, fishing, biking, hiking or camping a Glock (or similar) makes the perfect sidearm to keep in the tent/backpack/tacklebox/hunting vest. A full size long barrel could be used for that rarest of shooters who simply enjoys getting away from it all and going to the range. There are action pistol matches to compete in, family members to instruct and arm and a bathroom gun is a good thing to have if ever your door is kicked down while your pants are down literally.

Some people can justify one for every room of the house and others only one period. I like buying spares in pairs for interchangability but Glocks are a simple, nearly hassle-free, low cost alternative that can fill any number of roles including a no justifications needed purchase. They aren't Christmas in a basket but there's plenty to like none-the-less.

towboat_er
May 17, 2012, 12:10 AM
I dont like glock. I wont like glock tomorrow, nor next year. But I will have another beer. :cool: :p ;) :cuss:

towboat_er
May 17, 2012, 12:20 AM
On a more serious note. Its my belief that ya cant have too many guns.
Maybe ya can try one out at a range. Or one of your friends may have one ya can try.

M1key
May 17, 2012, 12:47 AM
I've heard a couple people say that about the gen 4's. Why is that?
Some early Gen4s had teething problems. Something about the new double recoil spring. I believe they are all resolved, but since I own four 19s now, I am not really in the market for one of the Gen4s...yet.

M

rskent
May 17, 2012, 03:59 AM
Because itís a glock world buddy.
Simple, reliable, inexpensive whatís not to love?
Is it perfection? :rolleyes:

Steve

777TRUTH
May 17, 2012, 04:05 AM
Shoot one.

If you like it, get it.

IMO a person can never have to many guns.

Kiln
May 17, 2012, 05:31 AM
Glocks are so 1980's. Get something that has a less generic look. CZ pistols are great as is the XD line.

I had a Glock 22 and didn't like it. Still have an XDM .40 that I'd never get rid of.

ifit
May 17, 2012, 05:44 AM
dont get all caught up in the "its a Glock world" or "Glock perfection":rolleyes: LOL...nowadays theres so much selection other than glock, i had 2nd gen glock 17L and 26, sold them both. now i have cz shadow and recently added a new steyr c9-a1. like others stated above try different guns and see which one you like

Kiln
May 17, 2012, 06:28 AM
Seriously, Glocks are a tool and not a trophy. For close to the same price, you can have both rolled into one gun.

SabbathWolf
May 17, 2012, 06:40 AM
I agree with the theory of trying one out first before you just arbitrarily jump on the band wagon so to speak.
Glocks have a love/hate reputation.
Some people don't like the trigger or the grip angle either.
They are perfect for others.
It's very subjective.
I tried 3 different Glocks and ended up being an HK guy instead at the end of the day.
But everybody is different.....

jmr40
May 17, 2012, 06:46 AM
If you've been shooting conventional gun designs it will take more than a few rounds to get accustomed to a glocks different grip angle and trigger. It is the type of gun you have to buy and make an effort to master. Once you do, you'll find yourself leaving everything else at home.

45_auto
May 17, 2012, 07:13 AM
Get a Glock and go shoot the GSSF (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) match in Greeley, Colorado in mid August (or just go to the match, plenty of people will be glad to loan you a gun and ammo to shoot it). You'll meet an unbelievably nice bunch of people. Can't say I've ever made any shooting friends at a Sig or Diamondback match .....

SabbathWolf
May 17, 2012, 07:17 AM
Get a Glock and go shoot the GSSF (Glock Sport Shooting Foundation) match in Greeley, Colorado in mid August (or just go to the match, plenty of people will be glad to loan you a gun and ammo to shoot it). You'll meet an unbelievably nice bunch of people. Can't say I've ever made any shooting friends at a Sig or Diamondback match .....

Lol............
Is he looking for a match-making service or a pistol?
:D

Wanderling
May 17, 2012, 07:27 AM
2OP: That's the effect of Glock's subliminal message advertisements hidden in dog food commercials. They are slowly conditioning you to get one.

The question is, why not ? It is a legendary system with it's own place in gun design history, like it or not. There's nothing wrong with owning one, your friends will still talk with you.

beatledog7
May 17, 2012, 07:30 AM
A Glock is a tool. You need one the same way you need a pocket knife, a hammer, a screwdriver, or a motor vehicle.

As long as you don't expect to impress other gun owners with it, it'll serve you.

Triplec
May 17, 2012, 08:15 AM
Thanks for the replies. Its interesting to hear everybody's take on things. I'm not quite to the point where I feel my gun is in the same catagory as my hammer or even my power drill. I am starting to get the feel that a glock would be just fine, but like some have said there are better things out now. I just need to get over the "perfection" alure and stigma. Also thanks for helping me figure out some more niches that need filling, my wife will be happy to know that I need a bathroom gun now lol.

kim breed
May 17, 2012, 08:31 AM
every tool box needs a crescent wrench. They shoot every time even when dirty. perfect truck gun. You just have to learn how to shoot a glock. very accurate once you get the hang of it.

ritepath
May 17, 2012, 09:08 AM
I had/have 9s, a 45, 40, and 357.....so a few months back I felt the need for a g20 because I didn't have a glock.

I ended up ditching the 357 and 20 because my co-workers liked them better than I did. Now I'm trying to decide another 40 or 45.

The glock was pretty fun I have to admit, but the main reason I bought it was to say I've owned a glock and I was wanting a fullsized pistol for HD. Now I can continue on my intended path of a fullsized 40 or 45.

Now what brand is another question. I like my M&P and Sig.....they work and have style. A tool doesn't have to be ugly.

ku4hx
May 17, 2012, 09:14 AM
I feel your pain. But for me the need is chronic and not acute. I've had the "chronic need syndrome" eight times and I'm beginning to have a flare up as of last visit to an LGS.

I think my next "balm" will be either a model 29 or a 21. Leaning toward the 29 at this point.

LeonCarr
May 17, 2012, 09:28 AM
Because you want to own the most reliable, most durable semiautomatic pistol on the market today.

A 1911 is what you show your friends. A Glock is what you show your enemies.

Just my .02,
LeonCarr

theicemanmpls
May 17, 2012, 09:40 AM
If I knew ahead of time that I would be invovled in a firefight with a pistol, and I had my choice of pistols, I would choose a Glock 17.

It is as good as it gets, IMO.

ny32182
May 17, 2012, 09:44 AM
I was once exactly where you are, shooting Sigs, "didn't like Glocks", but wanting something cheap and ugly to leave in the car most of the time, so I bought a G19.

It took me all of 5 minutes to figure out that compared to the Sig, the Glock was:

Lighter (makes a big difference when carrying all day)
Higher capacity
More durable finish
Trigger system is better for practical shooting
Far more resistant to the elements
Cheaper
Monkey can detail strip it and replace any part in under 5 minutes, with a small flathead screwdriver beeing the only tool required

I probably have shot less than 300 rounds combined through the 4 Sigs I owned since the day I bought my G19 in 2006.

faceyournation
May 17, 2012, 09:46 AM
Personally when it came time to choose my first gun, I choose a glock 19 gen3. Some people love them, some people don't. I find it to be everything I need, and am happy with my decision to go with a glock.

Skylerbone
May 17, 2012, 09:59 AM
Slogans aside, there are a wealth of polymer frame pistols out there to explore. Many are as accurate and dependable as a Glock with updated looks, different grip angles and colors. I cannot say my brand choice will outlast a Glock or outperform one, only that it is what I felt comfortable with and I trust it.

As you already trust Sig, consider the SP2022 with night sights (about $450 retail) as an excellent contender for a smooth transition.

PabloJ
May 17, 2012, 01:02 PM
Glock is good tool like some others. If you have P225 you do not need G19.

Teachu2
May 17, 2012, 01:49 PM
I was raised (worked for a gunsmith in the early '80s) with the certainty that Glocks were junk. Colt and S&W were the cat's meow, Ruger was OK. On the rare occasions I shot Glocks, I knew they'd be lousy - so they were.
Jump ahead 30 years, and Glock is still going strong and has so corrupted the souls of American shooters that other companies have followed suit. I decided to rent a few poly-framed 9mm pistols, and tried offerings from Glock, S&W, and XD. Still shot poorly with the Glock.
Then my wife got interested in shooting, and fondled a Ruger LC9 just enough to want one. Ordered it, picked it up, went to the range and fired three shots - and she was done. The LC9 was brutal to her hand, making contact in the wrong spots. I shot it, and was surprised with it's excellent accuracy. I went to the rental counter and got her the same assortment I'd shot, and found the M&P 9C was the most comfortable for her. I decided as long as we were experimenting, I'd try a G30. To my surprise, I shot it well - very well, enough so that I stopped at the sales counter on the way out and bought one, along with ordering the M&P 9C for the wife.
That returned me to my search for a 9mm range gun, and the upcoming GSSF events at the local range convinced me to order in a G34. California's stupid 1-in-30 rules stacked them up on me, so I actually picked up the G34 and left the G30 there - they have a rental G30, but not a G34....
Got the G34 last week, and I think it's going to be a winner. It's unlike everything I am used to, but I'm learning to shoot it. The skills I develop on the 34 will mostly transfer to the 30. The 30 is just a hoot! Recoil is not bad at all, and it has far better accuracy than expected. It will be replacing my 1911 carry gun.
The bad thing about shooting multiple platforms is that you have to practice more to be proficient with all. The good thing about shooting multiple platforms is you get to practice more...

HGUNHNTR
May 17, 2012, 02:01 PM
I really enjoy my Glock 34. I definitley wouldn't say it's a tool. I have just as much love (aww cute right?) for it as I do the wood and blued guns in the safe. I enjoy shooting it, it shoots point of aim, and has yet to malfunction. A big selling point for me is having Glock just up the road from me. They will service a gun brought it to them off the street, clean it up, replace springs,a nd send ya out tha door with a couple new mags to boot.

hentown
May 17, 2012, 04:37 PM
I own some Glocks and have put a lot of rounds through them. I don't own any of them just because I felt like I needed a Glock. I just don't think like that. :cool:

LTR shooter
May 17, 2012, 04:49 PM
I would also like your reasoning that I should or shouldn't get a G19 to add to my little arsenal

I've never shot a glock

I think you answered that one yourself. I would sure try to shoot some version before buying.

After firing a G17 back in the late 80s I found it to be quite an undesirable pistol - did not point well , grip did not fit me , trigger was the worst of any handgun I had fired.

A few years ago I had the chance to shoot another Glock , this one in 40 S&W. Once again I don't see what all the hype on the trigger is about , simply one of the worst I've experienced and this one even pinched my trigger finger with every shot.:eek: Again the grip ergonomics were at best -atrocious.

As to the Glock being the only reliable firearm in existence :rolleyes: My P239 has been totally reliable for the past 15 years , I can live with that.

GLOOB
May 17, 2012, 04:50 PM
Some early Gen4s had teething problems. Something about the new double recoil spring. I believe they are all resolved, but since I own four 19s now, I am not really in the market for one of the Gen4s...yet.
Resolved? Yes and no. Even with the most recent spring, my friend's Gen4 G19 is simply sprung a tad on the heavy side for standard pressure American ammo.

Good grip, no problem. But I would simply not trust a Gen4 to shoot regular pressure ammo one-handed. That's when I start getting weird ejection and occasional stovepipes. As a reloader, it's no big deal to me. I make the ammo to suit the gun. But if you don't reload and have a gen4, you might want to make sure you're stoked with +P for defensive purposes. Obviously do your own testing on your own gun.

OP: that's how I feel about revolvers. I feel like I need them, but I hardly ever shoot them. I'm interested in picking up a Pitbull, which I probably wouldn't shoot much, either.

clang
May 17, 2012, 04:54 PM
Nobody needs a Glock, but everyone should have a good reliable gun. Most Glocks happen to fall in that category.

I'm more a metal gun guy (and revolvers too), but I have a G19 and G17. My first centerfire autos were the G19 and a Browning Hi Power. Still have both of them.

A "Wonder 9" is an excellent addition to anyone's safe, especially if you do not reload. They make great range guns and handle the whole self defence thing pretty well too. As already said - there are several good reliable guns in this category (both polymer & metal framed guns).

B!ngo
May 17, 2012, 06:54 PM
I'm not a Glock lover. But I do have great respect for 'em. I've considered buying one numerous times, but I don't believe in trying to be proficient in many designs with different manual of arms.
So I think I'm sticking with my P7M8 and M13. Incredibly rugged, seemingly as dependable as a Glock. Maybe more but that might be mathematically impossible. Safer for sure and fully ambi, which I require though a Glock is as well.
But I'm convinced enough about a constant trigger pull that I'm switching my USP V2 to light LEM. I'm done with DA/SA. Makes no sense to me.
B

Warp
May 17, 2012, 07:23 PM
I literally laughed out loud when the statement about having a handgun for every niche in life was following by listing TWO handguns. Give it time. Every conceivable niche will end up being, oh, maybe 50 handguns.

Glocks are great defensive pistols. The G19 is the most popular of them all.

Get a 3rd Gen if you pick one up.

thedriver101
May 17, 2012, 07:43 PM
I'm a Glock hater. I love my 1911's very much. No matter how much I try, I can't group very well on the Glock, they're blocky, ugly, only OK in the hand, etc.

And yet, I ended up with a G19 Gen4. I find that even if we have all the other usual niches filled with other guns, the Glock is still good to keep around as like a backup backup to everything. It's disposable if it gets confiscated in an incident, you can neglect it if you want, you can loan them away without worry, and in general abuse them without any ill effect. THAT is the hidden niche I've found with my Glock.

hentown
May 17, 2012, 07:44 PM
I think you answered that one yourself. I would sure try to shoot some version before buying.

After firing a G17 back in the late 80s I found it to be quite an undesirable pistol - did not point well , grip did not fit me , trigger was the worst of any handgun I had fired.

A few years ago I had the chance to shoot another Glock , this one in 40 S&W. Once again I don't see what all the hype on the trigger is about , simply one of the worst I've experienced and this one even pinched my trigger finger with every shot. Again the grip ergonomics were at best -atrocious.

As to the Glock being the only reliable firearm in existence My P239 has been totally reliable for the past 15 years , I can live with that.
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Owning both 1911s and Glocks for years, and having run tens of thousands of rounds through both, I'm convinced that a lot of the "ergonomics" complaints are psychosomatic! :p

My Glocks' triggers pull from 2 3/8# to just under 4#. I have no problem hitting relatively small targets with any of my Glocks, out to 100 yds. I'd probably recommend a G19 to the OP.

IdahoSkies
May 17, 2012, 08:14 PM
I was a Glock hater. Until I tried one. I own a 29 (10mm) and in the future will probably get a 19. They are the ARs of the pistol world. (well actually Aks in durability, but not to hijack the thread). They are plastic, but the really work. They are very much a tool and not art. But they do what they were designed to do and do it very well. (including making a profit).

Smith357
May 17, 2012, 08:23 PM
I do not them Sam I am, I do not like them in a box, I will not shoot them at a fox.

I was in that school for 25 years then got the hankering for a full sized .45, unfortunately the Glock was just too darn big for my sissy little grippers so I got another plastic wonder pistol. That's a pretty darn big leap for a revolver guy who swore he would never own any gun with plastic parts.

MachIVshooter
May 17, 2012, 08:50 PM
They have their place. I do not like them, but own a G20. Why? Because I wanted a fullsize 10mm for carry in the woods and while hunting. Why not a Witness? Well, I already own two, one is a compact and the other is a Limited that I don't care to beat up in the field. Same for my Kimber and S&W 1006. Don't care if I damage the G20; It's just a current production $500 gun. It is not as comfortable or accurate as the others, and less reliable than the S&W (one failure vs. zero), but it works well enough and I don't feel the need to carefully manuver around boulders and such to avoid scratching it.

jfrey
May 17, 2012, 10:45 PM
+1 on exactly what LeonCarr said. I bought a G19 for the best reason I can think of. I wanted one and didn't have one. I had a Kahr CW9 that just didn't excite me as much as I thought it would when I got it. I traded it on a G19 to match the G36 I have had for years. I have other higher end 1911's and such but my G19 is my everyday - go any place gun.

Triplec
May 17, 2012, 11:03 PM
Thanks again for responses. I'm gonna find somebody's glock to shoot and see if I can verify some of these opinions. I agree with warp in laughing at myself thinking my two guns are all I need. I'm just looking for excuses to justify getting a new gun. It just seems like I can't be an experienced, knowledgable handgunner without owning a glock.

Warp
May 17, 2012, 11:06 PM
Excuses? NOTHING is perfect. Everything can break. Given enough time and use, everything WILL break.

"Two is one, one is none". Even if you are so completely and totally set on the two you have that you don't want something else, double up!

wrs840
May 17, 2012, 11:26 PM
If I carried consistently in a duty holster, gun-on to gun-back-in-safe-storage as a daily routine, I'd love to carry a Glock. Fact is, I'm a civilian, so my paved-world CC has to be handled too much, disarming to enter a prohibited building etc. I don't trust a Glock in a computer-bag, glove compartment, center console, etc. The good ones have triggers that are too nice for that kind of over-handling.

Yes, I'm serious...

tarosean
May 17, 2012, 11:48 PM
The good news is youll get most of your money back if you buy one and dont like it...

Warp
May 17, 2012, 11:54 PM
If I carried consistently in a duty holster, gun-on to gun-back-in-safe-storage as a daily routine, I'd love to carry a Glock. Fact is, I'm a civilian, so my paved-world CC has to be handled too much, disarming to enter a prohibited building etc. I don't trust a Glock in a computer-bag, glove compartment, center console, etc. The good ones have triggers that are too nice for that kind of over-handling.

Yes, I'm serious...

This is what holsters, and rule #3, are for.

Does NC have that many places off limits? I know your gun laws aren't terribly great, but I didn't think they were terribly bad either.

LTR shooter
May 18, 2012, 09:41 PM
My Glocks' triggers pull from 2 3/8# to just under 4#. I have no problem hitting relatively small targets with any of my Glocks, out to 100 yds. I'd probably recommend a G19 to the OP.

Really? What kind of small targets are we talking about?

Girodin
May 18, 2012, 11:58 PM
Owning both 1911s and Glocks for years, and having run tens of thousands of rounds through both, I'm convinced that a lot of the "ergonomics" complaints are psychosomatic!

+1

Years ago I decided there were some 9x19 handguns I wanted to own just to own one. G17, Hi Power, Berretta 92, etc. I don't think there is anything wrong with adding a gun just to own one. I like having lots of different handguns and being able to compare and contrast them. I of course have my go to gun and my favorites but nothing wrong with owning a variety. I have six or seven different makes of 9mm pistols. Within them I have full size to sub compacts, different designs: striker fired, DOA, DA/SA, metal and polymer. I like having a variety. Its also led to be being pretty amused when people act like one brand or model is head and shoulders better than everything else.

In sum, if you want the glock, get it.

Triplec
May 19, 2012, 12:17 AM
+1

Years ago I decided there were some 9x19 handguns I wanted to own just to own one. G17, Hi Power, Berretta 92, etc. I don't think there is anything wrong with adding a gun just to own one. I like having lots of different handguns and being able to compare and contrast them. I of course have my go to gun and my favorites but nothing wrong with owning a variety. I have six or seven different makes of 9mm pistols. Within them I have full size to sub compacts, different designs: striker fired, DOA, DA/SA, metal and polymer. I like having a variety. Its also led to be being pretty amused when people act like one brand or model is head and shoulders better than everything else.

In sum, if you want the glock, get it.
I'm thinking this is the best summary of my thoughts. There some 9mms that I just want to own, and like was said then I can first hand choose and develop my favorites. Problem is after I get the glock I'm gonna want a hi power, and then maybe a beretta. Does it ever end?

WinThePennant
May 19, 2012, 09:38 PM
DO NOT BUY A GLOCK.

I did.

Now, I want to sell all my other pistols and only own Glocks.

:)

Seriously, they are the best damn things I've ever owned. And, that's coming from someone who only buys top-quality stuff. I always thought I'd be a forever Sig guy, and I still love Sigs, but I'll be damned if the Gen 4 Glocks aren't the perfect guns for me.

I own a G17, G19, and G26. I'll probably buy another G19 and G26. For backups, and I'm one of those people who likes to have a gun stashed in every room in the house. ;)

el Godfather
May 19, 2012, 09:52 PM
Other than 18C, I have no need or desire for owning one.

PabloJ
May 19, 2012, 09:56 PM
I have recently filled all my percieved niches for handguns in my life. I've got a p225 for carry and home defense and a Diamondback db9 for deep carry/bug. I am working on mastering these two guns. I love these guns and they are doing exactly what I want them to do (imo). For some reason I feel some kind of force drawing me to purchase a Glock 9mm, probably a G19. Owning my sig and the glock would be redundant imo. I think glocks are ugly and I'm not very fond of full size polymer frame guns. I've never shot a glock and was wondering if any glock owners or sympathizers out there own one just for the sake of owning a glock. I would also like your reasoning that I should or shouldn't get a G19 to add to my little arsenal (Is there a niche for a glock that I haven't realized needed filling? Lol). Thanks for the replies.
Perhaps it's older gent kinda thing.....like New Balance shoes, polo shirts and khaki pants?

Jesse 8
May 20, 2012, 12:15 AM
I used to strongly dislike Glock. Then I took a class, shot one. Now I own and carry daily a G30 SF. Best darn pistol I have. Accurate, reliable, accessories out the wazoo. Beat it up? So. Drop it? Ok. Point and pull the trigger, one hole groups all day. I like the hell out of my compact Glock .45. Try the 30 SF. I dare you not to like it.

Kiln
May 20, 2012, 12:32 AM
I find the grip angle and grip itself uncomfortable. My G22 always worked fine, I just didn't like the way it felt in my hand.

coalman
May 20, 2012, 01:17 AM
I've owned 5 Glock 19s. I've really tried to like that gun. Other 9mm and .40sw Glocks, too. They are a simple, cheap, reliable tool. But, I just plain shoot other 9mm guns better. Big fan of the Glock 30 and 1911 though.

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