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"Geez, it's just a Glock"...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Slater, Mar 12, 2011.

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  1. Slater

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    Some time ago I was reading a topic on another gun forum in which a member was bemoaning the loss of his Glock (can't recall what model it was, possibly a G19). Evidently he had taken it with him when he went fishing and somehow managed to drop it over the side of the boat, and down it went to the bottom of the lake.

    He wasn't happy (obviously), and one of the responses that he got went to the effect of "Geez, it's just a Glock. They're a dime a dozen. Just go buy a new one".

    That kind of made me think about my own situation. I recently bought a Glock 17 that I use for HD, plinking, etc. Between the wife's medical bills, all the other bills/expenses, just got a new job that pays less than my previous job, etc., this Glock represented a substantial investment for me. I baby it like it's made of gold because, for me, it almost is. I suspect there are others that fit this mold also, especially in these current economic times.

    I hope this doesn't come off sounding like a rant because it isn't. Guns are a tool, to be sure, but for some of us a quality handgun is a substantial chunk of change and we regard it as such.
     
  2. X-Rap

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    Your point is well taken and I would hate to lose one in the lake as well. What I will say however is aside from dragging it down the road with your truck or throwing it into that canyon north of you your Glock will hold up to all of the honest use you can give it.
    The finish is tough and not pretty to start with use it well and enjoy.
     
  3. HOOfan_1

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    Wonder how that guy would feel if he dropped a wad of 24 $20 bills overboard....
     
  4. General Geoff

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    Not everyone can consider a $450+ tool disposable. Some folks might be able to buy a Glock on a whim, others might save up conservatively for a year or more to afford one. People come from all walks of life and all manner of financial situations, it's nobody's place to blame someone for lamenting the loss of a tool that might seem cheap to some but an investment to others.
     
  5. gathert

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    And we all like certain things we have more than others. Based on the "just go get another one logic" I would ask the guy that said that if he had a dog, and it ran, would he just go buy another one and not be sad about it? I dont think so.
     
  6. SharpsDressedMan

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    Glocks are unique in their design and overall quality, etc. What is slightly different about them in a different view, is that they pretty much all look alike. Glocks have steadily moved up my list of top fireams, but not from an aesthetic viewpoint. Other guns are more beautiful, more rare, and take to customizing,etc, and that makes them more "personal". Many gun fans avoid Glocks because they want MORE from their guns than just pure function and performance. You can't put ivory on a Glock very easily, and plastic and Tenifer don't inspire lust as much as beautiful blued steel and walnut. I now have a Glock 29 that seems to be the absolute, ultimate, last gun I'd ever need for the true intended purpose of a handgun, personal defense. A Glock 29 holds 11 rounds of a potent fighting cartridge, CAN fit in a pocket (although it would be slow to draw and bulges like hell, it still goes in a front jean pocket), and puts all of its round into a tangerine sized group at 50 feet. If I ever lost it, dropped in the lake, or gave it up to cops in a SD shooting, I can run right out and get another that looks just like it for reasonable money. I am considering getting a second someday, just to avoid the inconvenience of a "loss". For the less-than-Glock-lover, of course, they are "expendable", but I place a high value of intrinsic worth on just about any of them (yes, they all GENERALLY perform that well). They are easily worth the money spent on them, and they will be easily worth the money to replace them, if lost. The nice thing is, if you love them, you get a replacment that should be every bit of the gun you lost. They are consistent in quality, too.
     
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  7. Ole Coot

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    Expensive tool to lose. I wouldn't be very happy if I lost one either. Maybe being wealthy gives you a different perspective? Wouldn't know myself.
     
  8. Frozen North

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    It would cost about 60,000 dimes to buy a dozen glocks....

    Average is about $500, that ain't pocket change to me!!
     
  9. medalguy

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    Glock, schmock. Doesn't matter what you're talking about, if you spend several hundred dollars on it, it's just plain silly to take the position that "oh well, I'll just buy another."

    Most of my life I was in the position of most guys (and gals) here. I had to work for what I had and I learned to appreciate the value of a dollar. I saved and invested wisely and now it's paying me back for the sacrifices I made in my younger years. Now that I've achieved a certain age, I have considerably more resources available and I can buy whatever I want to without having to worry about what's going on the table tonight. Having said that, I still consider what I'm spending money on, and I would never take the position that the money wasn't important. I KNOW it's important.
     
  10. Justin

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    While a $500 handgun represents a significant outlay of cash for most people, at the end of the day, it is just a Glock. There are millions more just like it.

    Were my Glock lost or destroyed, I'd be upset, but not as upset had it been something like a Mateba or a Colt 70 Series 1911.
     
  11. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    I know his pain, I recently lost all of my guns in a very deep lake :D

    Seriously though, it's unfortunately like that with anything. I've seen guys toss a $400 torque wrench around like it's nothing. Or how about the spoiled rich kids who get a Lexus for their 16th birthday and don't think a anything of it?

    Chances are the person who said that is probably well off financially and not very appreciative of the things they have, or fully aware of how hard money is to come by for some.
     
  12. Justin

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    That gag's so old it's got whiskers.
     
  13. HOOfan_1

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    Yeah I've seen that gag here many times. What is the point? Is that how people supposedly get their wives to allow them to buy more?
     
  14. ThePenguinKnight

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    Glock or otherwise, it's a wad of cash sitting on the bottom of the lake. Now he's got to report it and its SN to the police in case someone manages to recover it and use it in a crime somewhere, and he's got to buy and learn a new handgun (similar as they are, each one is just that little bit different), and live with feeling like a dummy for a long while over having taken it unsecured into that situation and losing it.

    I'd feel like an idiot and lament the loss of my weapon too, even if it was my old Rem 870 shotgun for which I paid a mere $205. Two hundred bucks is a lot to me. More importantly, it's my gun, my tool, my investment, and I like it. A lot.

    I think it's the Marines that say it, "... There are many like it, but this one is mine."
     
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    Heck, I get upset when I reach in my pocket thinking I have a buck in change and only come up with 95¢, so losing, even:evil:, a Glock would turn my brain into guano.

    The wampum to replace so much as a beat to death H&R revolver don't exactly grow on the trees in this part of the world.

    ... but I could replace "just a Glock" easier than Dad's old K-38. Not that I have the available doubloons to think of attempting either right now.:mad:
     
  16. The Lone Haranguer

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    Perhaps they mean it in the sense that they are popular and readily available, therefore easier to replace than a collector's item. I would not feel as bad about losing a Glock over the side of a boat as, say, an original Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum. :uhoh: And if by some miracle you were able to salvage the Glock from the bottom of a lake, even years later, it would probably still function. :D
     
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    ........exactly. How many of us have heard of a Glock "safe Queen" that is only taken out occasionally and drooled over?:rolleyes:

    Sure $450 is a significant investment, but compared to the majority of other NIB modern firearms available, it is relatively cheap.
     
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    Lesson here is: learn to SCUBA dive or have friends that do. I enjoyed chasing catfish last time I went.
     
  19. HOOfan_1

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    $500 is $500...I still fail to see the significant of how collectible the gun is.

    Would you merely say "aw shucks" if you dropped $500 in cash into the brown abyss?

    I just found out my DVR cut short on recording a barn burning lacrosse game that my team won and I am so pissed I can barely enjoy the win. Guess some people just have a low boiling point and others could sit on the surface of the sun without breaking a sweat...
     
  20. Jaybird78

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    How deep was the lake?

    Like someone else mentioned, scuba time.:)

    I dropped a $35 tool into water one time and that pissed me off.
     
  21. hso

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    Anything worth an amount of money that is not trivial to reach into your pocket and replace is not a "justa" anything. Even if it was, it may have sentimental value and dismissively referring to it as "justa..." isn't justified.

    I could afford to replace different firearms if lost or destroyed, but none of them are "justa ..." to me.
     
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    You can get a powerful magnet and 500 feet of heavy duty line for about $35.
    Time to go fishing!:D

    Years ago my cousin and I came up with an old wooden boat and took it out on the lake where it very promptly sunk.
    My uncle made us recover that boat off the lake bed from a depth of about 20 feet.

    After that experience I realized there is nothing going down that can't be brought back up with enough time and ingenuity.
     
  23. danprkr

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    I kind of get the "geez it's just a glock" point of view. It's gone, nothing can be done about it, quit whining and get on with life. Sorry, but once it's beyond your control, let it go and start figuring out how to move on with out it.

    And, you have to wonder how it wound up in the lake to begin with. I mean it didn't jump out of the boat for a swim, get cramps and drown. Someone put it there. Presumably by accident, but someone did something to cause it to wind up swimming with the fishes. So hold whoever undertook that action responsible, whether it's you or someone else. Take whatever legal actions you deem prudent and necessary to correct the situation and quit whining.

    As some would say, buying the new pistol is your stupid tax. Just man up and do it.
     
  24. jon86

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    It would ruin my day to drop just my $50 phone in the lake. Or a camera. I'm with the OP. It's not "just a glock." It's a large chunk of income, that needs to be saved up and up. Not only that, the glocks that I carry are TRUSTED. That means if I bought another one, I'd have to run "x" amount of my carry ammo through it and make sure it's good to go before I carry it. That expensive carry ammo is just one more expense.
     
  25. THE DARK KNIGHT

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    Yeah but all my guns are registered with the state so that'd actually be pretty funny if I tried saying that to them. LOL
     
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