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Why Are Most Pistols Compared Against Glocks?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by TOADMAN, Nov 26, 2007.


    TOADMAN Well-Known Member

    Seems to be countless threads ie, Glock vs this pistol or that pistol.. Is Glock the minimum standard when most folks look to buy a pistol? Has Glock set the standard?
  2. 10-Ring

    10-Ring Well-Known Member

    I don't have the answer for you, but I must say, I have wondered the same thing :scrutiny: Good question sir! ;)
  3. macadore

    macadore Well-Known Member

    Glock is not the minimum standard. It is the standard. Having said that, I believe CZs are the emerging standard.
  4. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Well-Known Member

    I had never thought of it that way, but the Glock pistols do seem to have become a sort of benchmark.
  5. Ed Ames

    Ed Ames Well-Known Member

    I haven't noticed that. Seems like 1911s are FAR more common comparison standards.

    351 WINCHESTER Well-Known Member

    I thought all pistols were compared to the browning h/p and the 1911, or at least that's the way it used to be. It's hard to beat pistols that have stood the test of time expecially under combat conditions. Enough said.
  7. eldon519

    eldon519 Well-Known Member

    Cause none of them could compare to the 1911, so they lowered the bar a little:evil:
  8. chilic82

    chilic82 Member

    Because although Glock wasn't the first polymer on the market alot of people believe they are the first one's to get it right. They are also known for their reliability, combat accuracy(which is most polymers capability),ruggedness, and ease of maint.

    TOADMAN Well-Known Member

    Several other gun makers are known for the same reliability, ruggedness, accuracy, ease of maintenance but glock usually gets the spotlight when it comes to comparing one handgun against another.
  10. strat81

    strat81 Well-Known Member

    Probably due to their quality and their prevalence. Regardless of how they look, feel, or shoot, I think most folks wouldn't say they are junk.

    And since they are so common, most gun shops carry them, and most people probably know at least one person that owns one. The only pistol I think that comes close to Glock in terms of prevalence is the 1911 Government.

    They feel similar assuming you're comparing normal frame to normal frame (17-19-26-22-23-27) or large frame to large frame (20-21-29-30).

    Not many companies combine reliability and accuracy for a low price as well as Glock does.

    They're like Bud Light: Not the best, not the worst, and you can trust it.

    TOADMAN Well-Known Member

    What about Miller Light and Coors Light, Bush Light, and Amstel Light? Is Bud Light the minimum standard for light beer?
  12. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

  13. Gord

    Gord Well-Known Member

    AFAIK the comparisons are only in terms of reliability. Whether or not "Glock Perfection" is largely based on real-world experience or largely based on Glock's marketing department is up for debate, but either way you have to concede that they have a corner on the reliability standard.
  14. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    1. They are currently leading pistol sales. My local gunshop sells 20 G19's a week.
    2. A GLOCK is a GLOCK. There is only one manufacturer, they do huge volume production runs, their quality control is excellent, and the design allows proper functioning without any hand-fitting. So your buddy's GLOCK will perform and handle virtually identically to all other samples of the same model and generation. True, the same can be said about several other high quality pistols... but refer, again, to reason #1.
    3. A GLOCK is a mid-priced gun. It compares well in price to a wide array of other pistols, +- a couple hundred dollars.

    So comparing a pistol to a GLOCK provides a good standard of reference.
  15. Autolycus

    Autolycus Well-Known Member

    I think they are most common and most popular amongst non-gunnies due to tv and media. This is why they are becomingthe standard, at least in my opinion.
  16. R&J

    R&J Well-Known Member

    Because Glock set a standard in reliability, value, performance, and service, along with a market penetration, that has been the envy of the industry! This was a pivotal event, and not an accident!

    The Austrian shovel and knife maker essentially re-invented the semi-automatic handgun, and offered a platform that's proved reliable in four sizes and seven calibers, including full auto and 10 mm variants! In these respects, Glock still has no equal.

    The Glock sent ripples through the small arms community, not only for its product innovations, but for its manufacturing and marketing innovations as well. This was something truly new. A whole new approach.

    Talk about thinking outside the box...

    Certainly a measure of respect has been earned and is deserved.

  17. FM12

    FM12 Well-Known Member

    It's kinda like the way that all import cars used to be judged against the Volkswagen Beetle.
  18. R&J

    R&J Well-Known Member

    "It's kinda like the way that all import cars used to be judged against the Volkswagen Beetle."

    With all respect, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Austin Healy, Triumph, MG, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, and others, were never judged against the VW Beetle.

  19. mikec

    mikec Well-Known Member

    I think it has to do with the newer shooters and the internet and forums like this. Look at many posts here and other places and novice shooters have a Glock. They grew up in a different culture then I did. If I could have afforded it, my first gun would have been a Colt SAA. I couldn't afford that but guns two and three were Colts. (I still have them both 24+ years later.)
  20. dsk

    dsk Well-Known Member

    Good one. :D

    In the old, old days, everybody wanted a Luger and their eyes would light up if they found out you had one. Even non-gun people knew what a Luger was. Nowadays everybody including non-gun folks know what a Glock is. Years ago I had a co-worker get interested as soon as he overheard I owned a Glock. He knew nothing about them (or guns in general), but he wanted to know if they really could pass metal detectors and actually held 33 rounds in the grip. :rolleyes:

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