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Glock 20 v. Colt Delta Elite. Which is better 10mm platform?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by el Godfather, Feb 26, 2013.


Glock 20 or Colt Delta Elite?

Poll closed Mar 13, 2013.
  1. Glock 20

    61 vote(s)
  2. Colt Delta Elite

    33 vote(s)
  1. el Godfather

    el Godfather Well-Known Member

    Dear THR:
    The question is the subject line says it all. Of the two which is more relaible, accurate and durable platform for a 10mm loads when pushed to higher pressures?

    Please discuss your experiences.

    Thank you
  2. Dan-O

    Dan-O Well-Known Member

    Glock 20 hands down, especially with an aftermarket fully supported barrel.
  3. plateshooter

    plateshooter Well-Known Member

    I agree with Dan-O. Plus you can add a 40 conversion barrel to shoot much cheaper reloads for practice.
  4. jmr40

    jmr40 Well-Known Member

    The discontinued S&W 1006 series would probably get my vote for best platform. The Glock isn't far behind and clearly the best currently in production.
  5. Torian

    Torian Well-Known Member

    I'm not entirely certain, but I thought the new production Delta Elite didn't have the same problems the older models did.

    Glock 20 is a solid gun, but I'm just not a fan of shooting heavy 10mm ammo out of it.

    I recommend a new EAA 10mm Elite Match if you can find one. That's what I ended up going with, and I never looked back.
  6. tarosean

    tarosean Well-Known Member


    Ive seen broken, as in snapped, 20's and Deltas.
    Im sure someone has managed to blow up a 1006 too, but that would be a hard task. Plus it can serve double duty as a sledge hammer, yacht anchor, etc. etc.
  7. Mainsail

    Mainsail Well-Known Member

    Are you saying that .40 is much cheaper to reload than 10mm? I'm curious because I reload 10mm and I can't imagine how it could be much cheaper when they both use the same bullet.

    On topic, I prefer the G20SF or the G29SF for 10mm, and love the 1911 design for .45 ACP.
  8. ATLDave

    ATLDave Well-Known Member

  9. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    The Delta is more likely to contain an overpressure load safely, with it's thicker chamber and steel frame, but the G20 is going to see less wear with a steady diet of full power ammo.

    As mentioned, the 1006 is king of the 10mm autoloaders.

    I have five 10mm's, including the G20 and 1006. Also a Kimber Stainless Target II, a Witness Compact and a Witness Limited.

    The Glock is my least favorite to shoot, but gets carried most for 3 reasons:

    1) 16 round capacity.

    3) Fairly light weight

    2) Don't much care if it gets beat up in the woods or impounded if, god forbid, I have to use it for defense.
  10. jerkface11

    jerkface11 Well-Known Member

    They don't use the same brass.
  11. Black Butte

    Black Butte Well-Known Member

    People who are snapping Glock 20s are not reloading correctly.
  12. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Well-Known Member

    What problems were those? I bought mine in 1989 and it never fired an anemic round. Lowest power was 170 gr hp @1200 fps. I only a few years ago started using a Glock 29, but that was to keep the Delta looking good, as you can't ugly up a Glock in the woods. But I far prefer the Delta.
  13. JoelSteinbach

    JoelSteinbach Well-Known Member

    10mm is my favorite round, I now own 12 different 10mm weapons, my most accurate, dependable, is an older Delta combat custom from Clark, I have a pair, stainless. and blue, but the best value would nbe one of the used S&W 1006.
  14. g_one

    g_one Well-Known Member

    If I was going to get a 10mm it would be a 1911. It would definitely NOT be a Delta Elite though. Between these two specifically, I'll take the Glock all day long.
  15. Viottato

    Viottato Active Member

    I see the main topic is durabilty, but as a platform goes, you have to consider that the GLOCK holds twice as many rounds.
  16. PabloJ

    PabloJ Well-Known Member

    Over few years I looked over following used samples: Colt Delta, Colt 'Double Eagle', Bren Ten, S&W 1006, 1076, Model 910, G29/G20. When pros and cons were reconciled per pistol (there was just one revolver) the Glock was "last one standing".
  17. captain awesome

    captain awesome Well-Known Member

    Shoots like a laser, and I did a couple aftermarket mods to keep brass nearby; a recoil reducing guide rod, stronger recoil spring, shortened ejector. Never once had a hick up with it. At the moment my sister is borrowing it since she lives alone in an apartment downtown, and needed some protection. I am debating whether I can go that long without it, or whether to get another 10mm. If I do, it will be another of the same, or a S&W 1006. Depending on availability and price.
  18. mljdeckard

    mljdeckard Well-Known Member

    As much of a 1911 fan as I am, if I wanted to get a 10mm that will run well out of the box, I would get the Glock.
  19. Rock185

    Rock185 Well-Known Member

    The 1911 is a favorite of mine, but NOT in 10MM. I have owned both pistols. There was nothing to choose between them as to accuracy.For some reason, my G20 was not real reliable, but I suspect most G20s are very reliable. My Delta in stock form was 100% reliable. While I didn't break anything in the Delta after moderate use, I really felt like the Delta was a bit overmatched by it's 10MM ammunition. One fellow 10MM shooter told me that his Delta cracked the slide through the locking lug area, ahead of the ejection port. He said that Colt replaced his Delta under warranty and that he sold the replacement gun without shooting it. While I am perhaps not Glock's greatest fan, the G20, with it's heavier slide construction and much greater slide mass, would be my choice, between the two, for durability using the real 10MM ammunition...ymmv

    Ps, If shooting some of the later factory 10MM ammo, or reloads, loaded to ballistics similar to .40 S&W, I think the Delta would last virtually forever. Using the "real" 10MM ammo,e.g.,the old Norma, or similar, 200 @ 1200, CorBon 165 @ 1325, 135 @1475, Buffalo Bore 180 @ 1380 fps, etc.,I'd be more confident in the G20's durability. My personal favorites though, accurate, reliable, durable,etc, are the S&W 10MMs...
  20. bigfatdave

    bigfatdave Well-Known Member

    Are you ignoring ergonomics here?

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