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Why do I want a Glock?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by drf, Mar 9, 2010.

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  1. drf

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    Several years ago I needed a new Carry gun, I went to my local gun store to purchase a Glock and walked out with a CZ P01 which I love! 6 months later went down to the gun store again to buy a Glock and walked out with a Kahr P9 which is an awesome little gun. About a yr. later went to my local gun store to buy a Glock and walked out with a H&K P2000 V3 in .40. Couldnt have made a better choice. I am also a lefty which the P2000 is very left handed friendly.
    I went to a gun show the other day and handled a Glock 23, Felt very good in my hands, love the trigger feel, excellent reputation and durability, very light for carry in a .40 cal. can buy mags and other accessories anywhere for this gun and I like the look of the Glock but I just couldnt buy it.
    The slide stop was hard for me to use do to me being lefted handed and the mag release was also hard to use. The safe action trigger I do not feel is safe at all! Face it i am human and we all have blips in our brain once in a while handling guns and the trigger to me just doesnt seem safe.
    I still for some reason want a Glock, Any feedback would be appreciated. drf
     
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  2. earlthegoat2

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    You have very adequately pointed out the Glocks major strong points so I will touch on some of your reservations.

    The Glock is not very ambidextrious but it can be trained around. The slide stop is a non issue. If you only use it administratively (cleaning, storage) and never use it while shooting (use the slingshot method when loading a new magazine and charging the chamber) then it is not a disadvantage at all.

    The mag release will have to be trained to use your left index or middle finger. Some can do it with practice and other just plain cannot ever do it.

    This is a personal preference thing and all I can say is think of the Glock trigger as a revovler trigger. There is no manually manipulated safety on either. If you pull the trigger is will go bang. Just train to keep the finger off the trigger until firing and there will be no issues.
     
  3. drf

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    earl, thank you for your reply. You wrote. Just train to keep your finger off the trigger until firing. You are so right and that is exactly what I do. The only time my finger is on the trigger is when i want the gun to go bang , I have a pet peeve when I see pictures of people in movies possing for the camera with their finger on the trigger.drf
     
  4. Oscar 14

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    Why do I want a Glock?

    You don't.
     
  5. dom1104

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    if you want it, buy it. simple as that.
     
  6. cerberus65

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    Sounds like you like the idea of a Glock but not the actual Glock itself. Four times you've gone for one and three times you've bought something else. And the fourth time you still didn't buy it. Sounds like it's time to admit to yourself that you don't really want a Glock. For awhile I really liked the look of the G36 and thought I really wanted one. I even shot a rental at the range. In the end I had to finally admit to myself that the trigger would drive me nuts and it really just wasn't for me. Once I admitted that, I turned my attention to other things and have stopped obsessing about the G36.
     
  7. Zundfolge

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    The one great thing about Glocks is that everybody and their dog makes accessories for it.

    I love my Steyr S40, but finding mags, holsters and other accessories for it is an exercise in futility (thankfully I have good leather for it, but it had to be ordered ... a well stocked gun shop will have Glock mags and leather in stock ... cash and carry).

    That said, I don't like how the Glock feels in my hand so I don't own one either.
     
  8. Boats

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    Have you recently suffered a major brain injury or perhaps been in a sudden deceleration incident and not seen a neurologist about it?

    Have you been drinking someone's homemade wood based "alcohol?"

    Do you inhale glue fumes?

    Have you been mixing industrial strength pesticides and herbicides without safety equipment?

    Did you contract syphilis about 20+ years ago and let it go untreated?

    Have you been eating the brains of other humans?

    Did you ever slaughter and eat a "mad cow?"

    Do you have a familial history of insanity or early onset Alzheimer's?

    The above are about the only reasons someone who didn't like a Glock at first operation would turn around and buy a current one despite their experience.
     
  9. Lv4snobrdg

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    Boats is funny.

    I want a glock cuz "everyone" has one.

    I want a glock cuz 50-Cent say I should have one.

    I want a glock cuz chick dig them.
     
  10. easyg

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    This is probably the main reason that the Glock might not be the best pistol for you.
    You probably are better off sticking to a more lefty friendly handgun.


    If you don't have a problem with your Kahr P9 then you're not going to have a problem with your Glock.
    And if the trigger is too light for your comfort then you can always get a NY Trigger spring for the Glock (although I don't recommend them).


    Like someone already said, you probably just like the idea of the Glock, but the gun itself might not be right for you.

    I went through something comparable once....

    When I was a soldier, after Basic Training, I wanted some Corcoran Jump Boots and I wanted them bad.
    I loved the way they looked, the way they sounded on pavement, and just everything about them.
    So I saved for several months (I was a poor E1) and then bought me some.
    Well, it didn't take long for me to discover than they were simply not compatible with my feet.
    I hated wearing them.
    Later I bought some Danners and never looked back (but I still think that the Corcoran Jump Boots look better).
     
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    You can also get an extended slide release.
    Glocks aren't for everybody, but if it feels good in your hand and you like the way it looks, that's the only reason you need.
    I never liked Glocks, never wanted one.
    Then I came across a deal too good to pass up and wound up with a G32.
    At first, I really didn't care for it, but it's growing on me.
    It seems to be the gun I grab on my way out the door more often than any other these days.
     
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    Funny, I'm sort of in the opposite situation.

    I have both a G19 and a S&W 6906. I love the way the 6906 looks, feels in my hand, etc. I want the 6906 to be my main carry gun...almost desperately. But for some reason, I shoot the G19 much more accurately under defensive conditions (i.e., double-taps, picking up the sights from a low ready position, etc.). So the G19 winds up being my main carry gun, at least until I learn how to shoot the 6906 equally as well as I shoot the G19.

    I don't want to like the G19, but for now, I do.
     
  13. Ganderson

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    I have been through this recently... having other perfectly fine guns but feeling that need to own a Glock for some reason and finally giving in to the "pull".

    For me I think it boiled down to this...

    Reputation: Let's face it, a gun for many of us is a potentially life-saving device. There is a psychological confidence-factor associated with owning a particular make/model of firearm that is directly related to the brands reputation. A lot of us could not feel that life-or-death confidence in our weapon if it has developed a bad reputation for reliability, durability, etc... even if we have not had those problems, it can make you lose confidence in your weapon. Glocks are as proven as a pistol can be reputation wise and can provide that feeling of confidence in your weapon that we are looking for.

    Simplicity: Glocks are very simple guns. The more I get into handguns the more I realize that I don't need bells and whistles and I don't need a lot of controls to potentially get in the way of using the gun in a stressful situation. Glocks have few moving parts and maintenance is quick and easy.

    Utility: For now I have come to realize that for the work of personal protection, my view of a handgun is that it is essentially a tool... not a piece of art to be admired for it's beauty and precision. I want my tools to be reliable, durable, and functional at all times. I don't want to worry that banging, scuffing or dropping my tools is going to degrade their appearance or value. Glocks pretty much epitomize the handgun as a functional, utilitarian tool.... accurate and robust.

    My glock doesn't feel as good in my hand as many other pistols. It doesn't have the greatest trigger pull feel or the tightest fit & finishing standards either but I'll be damned if it doesn't give me that warm fuzzy feeling that I have armed myself well.
     
  14. Boats

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    So, essentially you bought into some irrationality.

    There are many, many, many, many handguns out there which are as reliable as Glocks on the whole with better feel, fit and finish, and trigger pull.

    Another "mission accomplished" for Glock's marketing arm I guess.
     
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    Buy what you want. Simple as that.
     
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    What about a Springfield XD or a Ruger SR9?
     
  17. Ganderson

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    "So, essentially you bought into some irrationality.

    There are many, many, many, many handguns out there which are as reliable as Glocks on the whole with better feel, fit and finish, and trigger pull.

    Another "mission accomplished" for Glock's marketing arm I guess."





    The heart wants what the heart wants. :neener:
     
  18. R. Deckard

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    My wife and I both shoot Glock 34s in competition. She recently purchased a used Smith and Wesson M&P Pro and she loves it! Basically same design as Glock, Plastic, striker fired, not quite as many accessories as Glock yet. The best thing about the M&P is Ambidextrous controls for a lefty! Maybe you should try one.

    Deckard
     
  19. Baphomet

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    There are a ton of really great guns out there that I simply don't like. I don't own them for that reason. If it doesn't make my heart skip a beat I wait and buy something else that DOES. Life is too short for guns I have to be "convinced" I like.
     
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    If you don't feel safe with the Glock trigger don't get one! The advice about keeping your finger off the trigger won't cure that feeling. Stay with a DA/SA type.
     
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    He already has a Kahr P9, which is DAO, much like a Glock.
     
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    Also much NOT like a Glock too, mainly in the length of trigger travel required to fire it.
     
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    I've shot both and, between the two, it's the Smith all the way. No accounting for different tastes, I guess, but for me, the Smith is more accurate and handles much better. Most importantly, however, the reason the choice between these two pistols is largely academic and subjective in nature is because both are supremely reliable pistols.
     
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    I'm left-handed as well. Slingshotting the slide to overcome the slide catch is the best way to get over rechambering. Reloading a mag is a bit trickier and annoying. Wrapping around and "pulling" against the mag release to drop the mag is how I learned to reload fast (I don't train in match or IDPA, but that is what I practiced).

    It takes a little getting used to, though.
     
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