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Are Used Glocks as RELIABLE ??

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Glockedout17, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    I've bought used guns before and I never felt any different than if I was buying a new gun. I've bought a used Taurus before and it was totally reliable, so I know that used guns aren't all that bad. I felt that the most reliable pistol known to human kind would be a great example and yesterday I got one.

    I picked up a used Glock 19 gen 3 yesterday and a thought just came to mind. If Glocks are so reliable why would someone trade one in? I know that there are many answers to that question. However, I know that Glocks are known for their reliabilty, but just how reliable are used Glocks? What kind of experiences have you guys had with used Glocks? I would like to see what kind of experience you guys have had with your used Glocks.

    Feel free to enter your used Glock present day Round count before part failure. That would also be interesting.
  2. wanderinwalker

    wanderinwalker Well-Known Member

    Sure, why not? People trade in guns all the time for reasons other than they don't work.

    Off the top of my head:
    1) Somebody really wanted the new MXiGther and didn't want to have multipled guns.
    2) Somebody needed the cash.
    3) Somebody was given a gun they didn't want.
    4) Somebody thought the gun was "worn out" (you know, they've shot a box through it every six months for the last 5 years).

    I picked up a used Glock 26 a few years ago that has been 100%. It still had the copper grease on the slide when I bought it. Reason it was traded? Somebody was getting divorced.
  3. beatledog7

    beatledog7 Well-Known Member

    If I buy a new Glock today, it's a used Glock tomorrow.
  4. Onmilo

    Onmilo Well-Known Member

    I bought my Gen3 G19 in 2004 used, only thing I replaced were the sights, haven't even put an NY-1 trigger spring in which is something I normally do. Still running just fine.
    Mine was a cop gun that was traded when the Department went to an .40 caliber only policy and he traded for a G23.
  5. TAKtical

    TAKtical Well-Known Member

    Used glocks are my favorite. All the glocky goodness at a much cheaper price. I bought a beat up old OD Green 17 many years ago and it has been my EDC ever since. Never a failure of any type aside from one incident with a korean mag I tested at the range and another with a mag that had some old follower that I had never seen before. So I guess I should say I've never had a failure using glock factory mags with #6 followers.
  6. leadcounsel

    leadcounsel member

    I have never had problems in the many Glocks, new and well used, that I've shot.

    Just picked up a lightly used Gen 2 G22 yesterday for $380 with 1 high cap mag. Stoked! Saved about 30% off retail!
  7. Glockedout17

    Glockedout17 Well-Known Member

    Mine still had some copper grease on it also. That's a good thing right?
  8. powder

    powder member

    I've bought 2 new Gs, and probably 12-15 used ones.

    Round count? Have no idea. Guesstimate: 15,000 +/- 2K.

    Lots of used Gs on market were LE Dept. trade-ins that wholesalers snapped up, and then flip.

    As a G Armorer I just replace parts before failure-never had a failure. The parts kits are so cheap, for the expendable stuff..

    Why do guys sell them? Who knows. Replace the RSA every 4K or so rounds, barrels every 25K rounds. Shoot on...
  9. Dan-O

    Dan-O Well-Known Member

    As good or better.
  10. newglockguy

    newglockguy Well-Known Member

    I have my dads gen 2 glock 23 that he bought in 1994 and its evident he put it to good use. I still have all the original parts on it and have had NO malfunctions of any kind. So if you're looking at a gen 3 I say go for it and save yourself some money
  11. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    I have no problem at all buying a used Glock, I have done so a couple of times. Most shooters will never come close to shooting it enough to where it needs even routine maintenence like spring changes. If I had to go buy a gun right now, no history known, sight unseen, I would look for a Glock. I'm not saying it's impossible to mess one up, but you need to get creative to do it.
  12. Baba Louie

    Baba Louie Well-Known Member

    To get a new one of course. Or maybe to get something else... You might find after taking it out for a few hundred rounds that it, I dunno, doesn't fit your hand, doesn't point naturally, trigger isn't crisp enough (a reality for some) or that you just don't like the darned thing.

    But a lot of people seem to like theirs, new or used. Some even say things like they LOVE theirs. I won't say that I've owned up to 5 of them in the past and am now down to 2, OK... I will. I've still got the 17 and the 21, my son took the 30, an old GF the 19, her son the 26.

    I enjoy shooting them. Bought new, I could sell you one or the other, both heavily used now, and you'd do fine with them and probably save some money as opposed to buying new, but they're not for sale. ;)

    So go shoot the heck out of it. Find out if you like it, love it or even if it's not right for you.

    You might tend to shoot low left at first if you're right handed. It happens. That trigger might take a little gettin used to if you're used to shooting 1911s or such.
  13. Wishoot

    Wishoot Well-Known Member

    I bought a used G22 police trade-in a couple of years ago that still had some of that copper stuff on it. Cosmetically, it wasn't the most beautiful thing in the world, but it purred like a kitten on the firing range. I sold it just because I'm not a fan of of the caliber. If I could get a good deal on a used G26, 19 or 17, I'd jump on it in a heartbeat.
  14. coolluke01

    coolluke01 Well-Known Member

    The nice thing about modern polymer striker fired guns is that they are simple machines. This is not a car, computer or washing machine. If they work when they are new, they will work when they are used. As some have stated, some parts need replacing.

    Some gun designs are not as simple and may have wear on integral parts to the frame or slide that are not so easy or cheap to change out. Not so likely on the Glock.
  15. Roadking Rider

    Roadking Rider Well-Known Member

    I bought a used Glock 26 last year and a used Kahr PM9 two years ago. Never gave it a thought about it not working as good as a new one. The owner of the gunshop I deal with tells me you wouldn't believe how many people buy guns just to turn around a couple months later and trade them in for all sorts of reasons. Many of them are barely broken it. My friend sold me his Glock. He shot ten rounds through it, and then it spent the next a year and a half in the back of the safe. Todays name brand pistols with a 1000 rounds through it is nothing but, most have nothing near that. I never buy guns that are not 100% stock. About half of my pistols and most of my rifles were bought used. Never had a problem with any of them. I have a few friends that never buy new guns.
  16. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Well-Known Member

    "Are used Glocks as RELIABLE?" As WHAT?

    I bought a used Ruger Police Six, a used Remington 700, a used Remington 870 and used Sig Sauer 239. Each of them has been 100% reliable. Why would you would think the Austrian Semi-auto would be any less reliable?

    When you buy any used item you take a chance that it wasn't properly cared for so you learn what to look for and you do a thorough inspection before buying.
  17. Slamfire

    Slamfire Well-Known Member

    There are a lot of owners who only shoot a couple of boxes through a pistol before trading it in on a new toy.

    Don't worry about used unless it is really abused.
  18. mgmorden

    mgmorden Well-Known Member

    That's a pretty convoluted theory you have on why a used Glock wouldn't be reliable.

    Suffice to say, if it wasn't reliable - Glock will fix them for you. So the original purchaser would have no need to get rid of them for due to being unreliable and even if they did - you'd still get it fixed.

    A lot of the Glock 22's on the market in particular are police trade-ins. Nothing wrong with them except that police depts change them out every now and then.
  19. Brockak47

    Brockak47 Well-Known Member

    Shaking my head...
  20. Dlowe167

    Dlowe167 Well-Known Member

    In Columbus,Ohio a place called "Vances" just about every year they buy used cop glocks. Never heard anything bad. Cops use them more than an average person. Check feed ramp and spring,then enjoy

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