GLOCK G36 - the Test of Time

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  1. Garandimal

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    Seems that the GLOCK G36 has not had a thread here in quite awhile.

    - Old.
    - No Gen4-5 updates.
    - Only 6+1 capacity.
    - Mags don't fit anything else.
    - Not a micro.
    - Not chambered in the Flavor-of-the-Month.

    Gaston's bastard?




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  2. chicharrones

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    I've got one that I bought in 2010.

    It shoots well and it carries well in a shoulder holster rig I have for it. Due to size and lack of capacity my G36 and two spare mags carry lightly. Of course, considering the required jacket to conceal it due to where I live, it only gets carried on cold days.

    Do I wish I would have just bought a G19 with higher capacity? Sure, but it works and trading it towards something else would be a money loser for me.

    I think the G36 can only really be compared to other single stack .45 ACP carry guns. Whether a bobbed 1911 or a Springfield XDS.

    I don't know if Glock will abandon the G36 or not.
     
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  3. Garandimal

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    Got mine around the same time. Brother got one, to replace an old Colt Officer's ACP he foolishly gave away.

    As a long time G23/.40 fan, it was an interesting pistol, and a .45 ACP ta boot. (although an 8+1 .40 chambering would be sweet)

    Loaded with 230 gr. +P HST, it has replaced the G23.4 as my EDC.

    Added an OEM minus "-" connector, a GALCO suede IWB Stow-N-Go holster (3:30 carry), an extra mag, and a Rhinoplasty.

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    Comfortable, light weight, compact, .45 ACP.

    For me? It's everything you need, nothin' you don't.




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    I wouldn’t mind having one to stash. But glocks are so meh.
     
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    Think that's why I like'em.

    They're like hammers.






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    The muzzle is probably the best looking part of a G36. Too bad the shooter doesn't get to see much of it. :D

    Back when mine was new with 200 grain JHPs loaded up.

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    Yeah, that "Go Away" .45 muzzle.

    Looks like the old "silverstone" finish on that one, too.

    Nice.

    Have two newer ones now (above). Still sans accessory rail, but w/ the flat black nitride looking finish... that shows holster wear.

    Thought the rail was a mistake, but what do I know.




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    Indeed. Lol. :D
     
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    I had a Glock 22 and it always went bang when I pulled the trigger. I pumped about what it cost me into it in parts. It was improved but still ugly as a dogs butt. I think the hammer sums it up well. It’s just a hammer. That’s all. Great for doing its job.
     
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    The Rhinoplasty helps w/ the lines of the G36 a bit, along with its smooth sides and clean muzzle. Hershey Bar plain and simple.

    Makes suede IWB holstering quite a bit easier, too, and smooths out the print.

    Has really grown on me over the years.




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    I had to look again. Nice trigger guard work. :cool:
     
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    Having moved from a 6+1 Firestar .40 up to a 13+1 G23.2 ->.4, for "peace of mind?"

    Over the years and rounds down range... have come to consider this to be the SD bad day to be prepared for:

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    ...and the G36, or even the li'l Sig P938 in a pinch, will deal with that. (If I do my part)




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    Pretty easy to do.

    Put the stripped frame in a ziplock bag and make a slit to pull the guard through and mask off, to keep the junk out.

    Then have at it with sander/file/sanding block/green scotchbrite... proceeding on the simply theory that you can not add it back.

    Takes ~ an hour of fiddlin' to get it just right.




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    I don’t know if Glock will, but I did. I bought mine to replace an officers ACP that broke the slide, was repaired, and broke again. It was very accurate and as reliable as a Glock should be, but I never could make up my mind about whether I liked it or not. One day I had it setting next to a G19 and realized they were about the same size. Traded it for a G17. But if you are wanting a 45ACP carry gun you could do a lot worse than the G36. For me, nine is fine.
     
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    It is... but it isn't.

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    When holstered, the G19/23 is also heavier out at the unsupported grip, and has a tendency to flop around with activity in a lightweight suede IWB holster.




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    Aside of XD-S, competitors are Kahr P45/CW45, PM45/CM45, and S&W Shield 45. Well, and SIG P220 Compact (model 220C3-45-BSS), but that one is kind of theoretical. I've never seen one in my life.
     
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    Point taken.
     
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    I do tend to short list things, don't I? Laziness on my part. :D
     
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    I have a G36, it was my EDC for a couple years. It's a decent gun for concealed carry, fairly slim for a 45 and I can shoot it quite well. When comparing the size vs capacity to other Glocks I have to say the 36 isn't the one I would choose today.
     
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    Most of those points in he original post could be said about the 42/43 also.
     
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    The G30, with 10+1 capacity and standard doublestack magazine interchangeability for 13+1 from the 21 magazines, is 0.17in wider and 0.04in taller than the G36. I find it hard to go with the G36 in light of those negligible dimensions.
     
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    Not for me. I've shot them, and they perform fine, but for the weight and bulk, I would just as rather go with the G30 and have a couple more rounds, if I was to CC a 45.
     
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    I purchased one and sold it NIB without firing a shot. It took some time to find an interested buyer, and even then it was trade +cash. At the time I was thinking of leaving 9mm but settled on it after I gained confidence in another pistol.
     
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    It is... but it isn't.

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    Almost half-a-pound lighter loaded, too.
    As It's the only .45 ACP GLOCK in the inventory, mag utility is not an issue.



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    Exactly the reasons I picked a 30 over a 36.
     
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