Quantcast
  1. Upgrade efforts paused for now. Thanks for your patience. More details in the thread in Tech Support for those who are interested.
    Dismiss Notice

Buying a 10mm Glock soon -- thoughts?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Jason M, Sep 23, 2008.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Jason M

    Jason M Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2008
    Messages:
    171
    Location:
    Central Florida
    I'm not a small frame pistol type of guy, so I am considering the Glock 20. For those that have used/carried a full size Glock, what are the pros and cons of this weapon? I've shot 9mm and .40cal glocks, but never the large frame (grip) models.

    Please, no "they're ugly" or "Glocks are boxy"...I want objective opinions!

    Thanks in advance!

    Jason
     
  2. Limey46

    Limey46 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2005
    Messages:
    177
    I have absolutely nothing bad to say about my Glock 20. It just feeds 'em in and chucks 'em out without fail, is very accurate, and seems to handle recoil better than other 10mms. In fact, I find it easier to shoot fast and accurately than my Smith 1006 and 1066, which is saying something. Yes, it's big and bulky, but hell, it gives you fifteen rounds of surefire 10mm! I bought mine new and so far I've put maybe 800 rounds through it, a mix of pretty much all the commercially available ammo plus my own reloads cycled between four mags, and it hasn't malfunctioned even once. I load it with Double Tap 180 grainers, to my mind the perfect all-around defensive pistol round. I really can't think of a gun I'd rather have in hand if things go sideways.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2008
  3. Action_Can_Do

    Action_Can_Do Member

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    574
    The grip is huge! Otherwise, it's a great gun.
     
  4. MrAnteater

    MrAnteater Member

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2008
    Messages:
    137
    Location:
    Michigan
    I owned a G20 and it's a great pistol.

    One warning however. Unless you are planning to reload, it's a very expensive caliber. You're taking $22+ for the cheapest box of 50 CCI Blazer practice loads.
     
  5. buzz_knox

    buzz_knox Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2002
    Messages:
    4,849
    If it fits your hands, ammo price and the availability (or lack thereof) of premium defensive loads (Silvertips are a couple generations back) are the only issues.

    I had one, and am considering another (if they come out with a 20SF) as a fun gun.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2008
  6. sqlbullet

    sqlbullet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    Messages:
    445
    Buy your practice ammo from Georgia Arms. $300/1000 delivered to my door, and I am in they most expensive shipping zone. In FL it should be cheaper.

    Get your premium loads from Double Tap. They have some very impressive and a few unique loads for the 10mm.

    Picking up reloading is advisable if you are going to shoot any large caliber handgun a bunch. The versatility of the 10mm is in the ability to load way down, or way up. Reloads cost about $100/1000. Source your brass from your Georgia Arms purchase. It is new starline brass they load. Difficulty is finding it all. I lose about 10% every trip.
     
  7. Tacbandit

    Tacbandit Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2008
    Messages:
    718
    Location:
    Deep South
    They are bigger, but if you are comfortable with the grip...Go for it.
    Great guns, accurate, and plenty of power...
     
  8. sheephearder

    sheephearder Member

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    Messages:
    124
    Location:
    las Vegas NV
    The G20 is a good gun, get a 40 barrel for it to shoot the cheaper 40s the clip and recoil spring will work for both calibers.;)
     
  9. CountGlockula

    CountGlockula Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2006
    Messages:
    3,527
    Location:
    In a Los Angeles coffin.
  10. jbird714

    jbird714 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 2007
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    NW Alabama
    The Glock 20 is an excellent pistol. I carry a .45acp model 30 or 21 for ccw, but my 20 often gets the nod for camping, hiking, canoeing as it is a better caliber for mtn lion and black bear, should the need arise. Mine is very accurate with every ammo I've shot in it, and easier to carry than any of my .357 revolvers.
    As long as the grip fits your hand well, you should be happy with a G20.

    Jay
     
  11. 357sigRog

    357sigRog Member

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2008
    Messages:
    255
    Location:
    Tennessee
    Glock 20 10mm

    I want one too. I think I will get one soon, very soon.
     
  12. sqlbullet

    sqlbullet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    Messages:
    445
    Another suggestion...Look into Lone Wolf barrels. Fully support 10mm, 40S&W, 357 Sig and (my favorite) 9X25. Easy additions to your Glock to make it a multi-caliber weapon.

    9X25, fyi, is not much for SD (IMHO), but is a really flat shooting fun cartridge. 90 gr bullet at 2200 fps from that glock. 200 yard point blank range on a 10" pie plate. Pests and prairie dogs beware!
     
  13. rhweb32

    rhweb32 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Messages:
    69
    Location:
    Montana
    I carry one everyday to work. It's the softest shooting 10mm I've ever handled. Only downside is that it's alittle heavy so I had to get the glock 29 for off duty. The glock 29 is the same size as a glock 23, if you were looking for something easy to conceal.
     
  14. Guns_and_Labs

    Guns_and_Labs Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2004
    Messages:
    517
    Location:
    Hidden Away in the East Bay, CA
    Are these drop-in on the G20?

    Getting back on topic, I have the G29, not the G20, and I like it. I did, however, have Robar do a grip reduction. It made all the difference to me. Quite accurate, good function. I know I'm not supposed to load lead bullets in it, but it handles the 230gr DoubleTap hunting loads well. It is the most powerful, concealable, pistol I have. The G20 might not be as concealable, but it would make a good field sidearm.

    By comparison, I have a Para P16 that I've put a 10mm barrel in. It has about the same form factor, slightly more ergonomic grip and controls (for me), slightly more accurate (probably the sights and the trigger), and not as reliable (yet).
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2008
  15. wyocarp

    wyocarp Member

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2006
    Messages:
    1,453
    Location:
    Laramie, Wyoming
    My thoughts exactly. I just bought another one this past week. I also have a Smith and thought it was a nice gun until I started shooting the G20. The grip seems large while at the store, but it shoots nicely and feels good in the field.
     
  16. coloradopatriot

    coloradopatriot Member

    Joined:
    Sep 25, 2008
    Messages:
    2
    Location:
    Colorado
    10mm

    I owned a Glcok G20 some years back and the Smith 1006. I sold the G20 when I needed money I prefer the Smith. There wasn't anything werong with the G20, I did not like the size of the grip, a smaller grip frame would have made this a better pistol for me also I find that the 1006 is more accurate then the G20. For ammo I haven't bought commercial ammo for the 10mm in over 13 years, for carry use I load my own using Speer 165grain Gold Dots very accurate bullets.
     
  17. intheburbs

    intheburbs Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2007
    Messages:
    12
    Location:
    SE Michigan
    My G20C is one of my favorites. It's also my primary nightstand gun. Dead reliable and probably the most durable 10mm.

    Sorry, gotta post the gratuitous pic:

    DSC00620.jpg
     
  18. sqlbullet

    sqlbullet Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2008
    Messages:
    445
    Guns_and_labs

    I can't speak to personal experience. I don't have a Glock 20. Being a dbl stack cocked and locked guy, my 10's are EAA Witness.

    Lone Wolf advertises their barrels as "Special features include: Ready to use, pre-fit drop in. No gunsmithing required." From this I would assume the are indeed drop in ready.
     
  19. Guns_and_Labs

    Guns_and_Labs Member

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2004
    Messages:
    517
    Location:
    Hidden Away in the East Bay, CA
    Alas, EAA Witness in 10mm is not an option around my neck of the woods. But I manage to find plenty of other 10mm goodies.
     
  20. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    3,453
    Location:
    eastern Massachusetts
    Jason M--

    Good choice.

    Pros:
    --10 mm
    --For me the G20 is the 10 mm platform with the least felt recoil. As long as it fits your hand: if the backstrap rests mostly on you thumb, ouch.
    --Caliber conversions, "customizing," etc. presents endless possibilities, because everyone makes after-market Glock parts. That said, besides night sights (TruGlo), you probably don't NEED any of them.

    Cons: ask anyone who doesn't like Glocks, or doesn't like 10 mm.

    Good holster is a must. I recommend IWB to prevent short-jacket exposure

    New Glocks are illegal here in Massachusetts, so I have to wait for the occasional pre-Sep '98 pre-owned (these are legal--go figure!) one to show up.

    That said, I own 2 (I am vigilant, and patient). One is my everyday carry piece.

    Enjoy.
     
  21. JNewell

    JNewell Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2003
    Messages:
    2,714
    Location:
    Land of the Bean & the Cod
    Don't own a 20 but I do own a 29. I wanted to mention that I bought a cheap .40 Short & Weak barrel for range use...I use it with the Wolff spring set that I use when shooting 10mm. Go figger...set up this way it is 100% reliable with .40 Blazer. So - you might want to consider adding a .40 barrel for range practice to keep your average cost per round down.
     
  22. varoadking

    varoadking Member

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2003
    Messages:
    1,001
    Location:
    Dixie
    Not exactly...

    Not even close:

    guns004.gif

    Smith & Wesson Model 1046
     
  23. SoCalShooter

    SoCalShooter Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2006
    Messages:
    3,091
    Location:
    That's for me to know and not you!
    Had one and sold it to a friend, I prefer 45acp since its what I shoot in matches and 10mill is just as expensive.
     
  24. Stevie-Ray

    Stevie-Ray Member

    Joined:
    Feb 22, 2003
    Messages:
    4,791
    Location:
    Mitchi-gun, the Sunrise Side
    I am opting for the G29, simply because of the better carry size.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice