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Glock Love

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MisterMike, Mar 27, 2013.

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  1. MisterMike

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    They're a little bit ugly. Definitely industrial. Not a lot of artistry. And, they rattle a little bit when I shake them. :D

    But, it struck me after I went for my annual qualification shoot earlier this week (LEOSA), that the only pistols that have never failed me have been my Glocks. Nary a light strike, FTF, or FTE. No hiccups. Ever. Just ugly guns that have gone "bang" every time I pulled the trigger.

    This has caused me to rethink my CCW options (again). Over the past year I've been alternating between my XD-S and my P238. But, I'm thinking that the unrelenting reliability of my Glocks dictates making one of them my go-to pistol (probably the G23). It looks like I've turned into a Glock Phanboy.

    Has anyone else gone through this cycle?
     
  2. RBid

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    Different journey, similar destination.

    All but one of the firearms that I've owned have been flawless. They've also been a pain to find mags and holsters for, and finding the right blend of size and capability was tough. Glocks make that easy. Mine are functioning no better or worse than my SR9c, XDm, or PPQ did/are. They're just more convenient. I appreciate that about them.
     
  3. wgp

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    I am a long-time 1911 person with several examples, and I truly like them. But then I bought a Glock 23, sort of thinking that it was such an icon among guns I should have one. Now I have 4, all 19s and 23s and rarely carry anything else. Ugly is in the eye, and the fact that, compared to most 1911s, they are cheap, durable, simple, hold lots more rounds and (for me) have gone bang every time asked, has made them a lot less ugly to me. They're not perfect, but nothing is.
     
  4. MisterMike

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    Yes, I realize my experience (of 100% reliability) isn't necessarily indicative of everyone's experience. And, it's not like I've had big problems with my other handguns--they've certainly been 99%-plus reliable. But once you experience a "click" without the accompanying "bam," it tends to plant a tiny seed of doubt. I know that any machine is subject to failure, but the fact that I've owned three of them and have used them on a regular basis without ever experiencing a malfunction is a huge plus.
     
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    I'm a Glock guy, and I don't think they're ugly. Years ago I thought they were, but I love how they look now. Ugly is a Hi-Point.
     
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    If you have "never had a malfunction", you simply have not shot enough, as eventually you will run into a bad round of ammo, break a small part, wear out a spring.... it is inevitable.

    But yes, I also agree that Glocks are absolutely #1 when it comes to "get the job done with everything you need and nothing you don't" performance, and they are about as reliable as any pistol will ever be, past, present, or future.
     
  7. scaatylobo

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    I swore to never own one

    When they first came out I swore to never own one.

    A fellow LEO lent me his G-27 to T&E and I went and bought one the next day for BUG and off duty.

    I own 6 and not one has ever given me a hiccup in any way.

    I would [ and do ] stake my life on any one of them.

    YES = I do own a few of most other makers,but its the Glock that is 'bulletproof' and they fit in my SHTF/EOTWAWKI bag.
     
  8. robby04162

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    My girlfriend's sister cannot reliably shoot my Glock 19 Gen 4. Funny thing is she works as a guard in a prison and was taught to shoot with a 23 that worked perfectly according to her. She constantly gets jams from what I associate to limp wristing. Nobody else has any problems with the gun aside from a steel cased round that took a second strike to fire. All I know is if I hand her the gun, it will fail. Hand it to anyone else, and it's fine.

    Kind of makes me question it's reliability if I don't have a nice hold of the gun, but I can't make it fail on me when I try.
     
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    Yes. That is why I carry a Glock. Throw in the side benefit of never-ending after-market items, and you have a real winner. I'll never trust my life to anything but Glock. Sure, there are others I own. But, Glock is the way to go when it comes to life and death situations.

    Glock all the way.
     
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    My G21 never missed a step. Problem was, I couldn't hit a darn thing with it.
     
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    Never liked the feel of a Glock, and when I heard about the unsupported chamber I knew right then and there that I would never ever own one, too many kabooms as a result of their design, not real popular with us handloaders. I'll stick to my XDm thanks, I can run full pressure loads through them with confidence.
     
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    BTW for those of you who don't know what that is this is what I am talking about.
     

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    When any other brand malfunctions, its because it isn't a Glock. When a Glock malfunctions, it ammo related. Much of the bulletproof reputation is peppered with fanboyism and hype. Most of the reliability tests were done with a conspicuous absence of being done head to head with its competition. THAT BEING SAID, Glocks are still very, very good and reliable pistols. Within a few short years, hype aside, they have rightly earned a great reputation. Glock has earned its place as a top tier pistol and I'm sure it will continue to be. I don't own one, nor have I ever, but no collection is complete without one.

    BTW, one of Glocks flaws is its undying adherence to it's "Perfection" campaign. They have had several design flaws, and fixes, and they do so very quietly so they won't have to admit they weren't "perfect". I think the issue of the unsupported chambers has largely been corrected in the latest models.
     
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    They fixed that quite some time ago.
     
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    I heard it was worse on the new ones, don't have one to compare with so I cannot say for sure.
     
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    Over the last 35 years, I've carried revolvers from a .38 Airweight snubbie up to a 6" .357 N-frame, and semis from PPK/S to 1911s - and some pretty awful BUGs, as well. HATED Glocks, until I decided to get a poly carry gun. Tried G17, G19, M&Ps, XDs (pretty much all the rentals) and wasn't inpressed by any until the rangemaster suggested a G30. Loved the way it handled and the outstanding accuracy. Bought one. Wanted a 9mm range gun, same guy pointed me at a G34. It took me 300 rounds or so to quit trying to shoot it like a 1911, changed grip and got it hitting where I wanted. Now my carry rotation (we only get three on a CCW here) consists of a G30, a G36, and a G26. I also own a 17L, a 21, a 21SF, and am waiting on a 19. Just got a Advantage Arms .22LR conversion for the 17L/34.

    I now own more Glocks than any other brand, and shoot them nearly exclusively. The longslides (17L and 34) need sufficiently powerful ammo to function (PMC Bronze will short-cycle them on occasion) but I could change RSAs and cure that. The rest shoot anything and everything. I have yet to get one dirty enough to cause a malfunction - but I'm sure trying!

    If I had to pick up a NIB pistol and defend my life with it immediately, my first choice would be a Glock.
     
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    You mean Limp wristing.... A term I never heard of till Glocks became so popular. Now it seems to be the go to excuse.
     
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    Out of all my polymer pistols, Glock, M&P, Kahr, Sig and H&K, it is the Glocks that I trust the most.
     
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    The Glock KABOOM is not nearly as common as people think. 1.) There are more glocks on the market than any other handgun, so you will hear about more problems. 2.) A hand few of people were shooting very hot ammo in the older Glock 22s and had a KABOOM, but the pictures were spread online and the story repeated, so it's generally thought this is a common occurrence.

    I will not own an XD for the simple reason you could once buy one new (HS2000) for $300 until Springfield put their name on it, and the price raised. They could of at least come up with their own polymar handgun design to compete wth Glock, like Smith and Wesson did.
     
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    It really is like a cult, denial and undying devotion..

    Except for the fact that there was not much of an internet back when Glock rushed a 40 based on their 9mm out the door in order to beat S&W to the store shelves.

    Every manufacture that didn't build a purpose built gun for 40 had to go back to the drawing board. Its well documented that the ones who slapped a bigger barrel and mag in a 9 caused all sorts of problems from the aforementioned kabooms to destroying frames like Hi Powers, etc.

    and so it goes....
     
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    Don't you mean they could at least come up with a better polymer handgun like Smith and Wesson did?..lol :neener:
     
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    It's well documented that most polymer-framed guns can suffer from limp-wristing. Surely you aren't claiming that it doesn't happen.
     
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    Glock is a cost effective tool no more or no less. I’m not over enthusiastic about them but functionality has a beauty all of its own. I find people have a certain amount of ego involved in what they’ve selected and use thus becoming brand identifiable. In other words I’ve made the best selection and you have not. The brand matters not to me. Functionality is the driving attribute for what ever item/tool that I use.
     
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    Not one single failure of any kind - ever
     
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