Study in 40 Years of Glock Perfection

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So I know this article will divide the readers into those who are with me and think I am the most brilliant dude ever and those who think I must have had a lobotomy before writing. But, wherever along the spectrum you find yourself, we all are entitled to our opinions, and here is mine:

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My Take on Glock “Perfection”:

The Glock pistol is arguably the most reliable, durable and shoot-able handguns one can buy. Its simple and no frills design allows it to be used by the widest variety of users. Its simplicity also translates to ease of maintenance, replacement and after market part replacement by any user. These reasons, along with a host of others is why I choose to carry a Glock handgun for my everyday carry (EDC) gun.

Love it or hate it, Gaston Glock Started a Legacy in 1963:

The founding father of the Glock pistol, Gaston Glock

In 1963 a guy named Gaston Glock created a company in Austria. You wouldn't likely recognize that company as the same one that produces the most recognizable firearms globally.

This initial company fabricated plastic and steel components for other companies' products, but it wasn’t until the 70s that Glock began making its products.

Initially, they manufactured military products like knives and training hand grenades. The emergence of the pistol we have all become aware of occurred in 1981. After they won a contract to produce the firearm for the Austrian Military, the real work began, and the Glock company we have all come to know began to take shape.

In 1983, after much R&D, the company supplied the first Glock 17 handguns to the Austrian Military. The hammer-less, striker-fired guns used a polymer frame and were not something the stainless steel 1911 and revolver owners were accustomed to.

The following year, the Swedes jumped on the bandwagon, and the G17 became the sidearm of choice for Sweden’s military. And in the mid 80s American law enforcement agencies began to be infiltrated by Glock handguns. Besides the reliability and economical price point, the higher capacity of the G17 and a shift toward the cheaper 9mm cartridge provided an excellent niche for Glock to seize.

Glock Pistol Design is a Success:

The dependability, ease of maintenance, and value of the Glock handgun forced more agencies to replace the revolvers and DA/SA guns that many officers had been carrying for years. As a testament to its popularity, in 2007, the company recorded its five-millionth handgun sold!

While the first-generation looks slightly different from the Gen 5's most are familiar with today, they are amazingly similar. Like most products that endure for a long time, they improved the design over time. However, the pistol has remained chiefly unchanged, showing how solid Gaston's original design was.

This ability for the gun to remain mostly unchanged for years is similar to the 1911's iconic design (wow! I found something that Glock fans and haters can agree on).

Funny how the 1st generation Glock did not have finger grooves. And after several years, people have returned to the grooveless concept.

I Didn’t Always Carry a Glock:

The Marine Corps assigned the first handgun I carried, a Beretta M9 (92FS). You may have seen one or two of these DA/SA guns that shot well and were insanely durable. Many people still love them.

You could literally use the thing as a hammer, swap parts, run it dirty, basically abuse it, and it still worked. All of which is great for a military-issued gun. The problem with it was that it was heavy, bulky, the grips were fat, and the DA/SA trigger pull wasn't ideal.

I left the Marine Corps and went to the police academy. The department told me which gun I would carry, the Gen 3 Glock 22.

The G22 is the .40 brother of the gun that law enforcement agencies most widely used worldwide, the 9mm G17.

Why I Ultimately Chose the Glock:

After being forced to carry it at the police academy, I found that I liked the Glock. I didn't know a ton about handguns but had shot a fair amount of different types of pistols to understand that these handguns were simple in function and design.

For continuity purposes, I ended up buying a .40 Glock 27 as an off-duty carry gun.

What are my favorite features about Glock that cause me to recommend them without hesitation?


Glock handguns have a simple disassembly procedure and practical design. Most handguns are not challenging to take apart. However, some designs involve springs that can go flying across the room or pins that can be misplaced. Glocks break down simply without tools or tons of tiny parts to lose.

This simple design made the gun easy to clean and maintain.

Disassembly/assembly and cleaning your Glock is simple and straightforward.


I like the Glock's features, or really, lack thereof. Sometimes when I think of these pistols, I am reminded of a Henry Ford quote. Ford, the inventor of the assembly line process, which forever revolutionized production, said, “the customer can have any color Model T, as long as it is black.”

In other words, Ford came up with a great product and didn’t get caught up in trying to provide a hundred different options. He stuck to what worked and made the decision for the customer. Buying a Glock is sort of similar to buying a Model T.

You know what you are going to get—nothing fancy, just a solid piece of machinery.

Over time the lineup of handgun models they offer has grown. However, essentially, the process of choosing is:

  • pick a caliber
  • choose a size (duty, compact, or sub-compact)
  • decide if you want factory sights or night sights.
  • do you want a ported slide
  • slide cut for an optic
  • choose from a couple of frame and slide colors

Maybe it is because I am not flashy, but I prefer this approach. Don’t get me wrong; it’s not that I don't appreciate a beautiful 1911 with polished chrome because I do. But as a duty weapon or EDC, Nah, not for me.


As mentioned, Glock makes duty, compact, and sub-compact-sized firearms with magazines to match. Depending on the frame, the capacity of the magazine will change. What is excellent, in my opinion, is that the magazines are compatible across models of the same caliber.


Use higher capacity magazines or add-on aftermarket extensions, like this Hyve extension.

Aftermarket parts and products:

If you shop for parts online, you'll find they are readily available. Have a G19 and a G26? You can use the same holster for both. What about if you want to enhance your Glock? Sights, triggers, magazines and extensions, grips, etc., are all produced by a ton of different companies.

I equate the ease of finding parts for a Glock to aftermarket products for Honda automobiles. Nearly every company that makes products for a vehicle makes it for a Honda car. Not only do they make them, but usually, they have them ready to ship. If you want a holster for your Glock, I bet you can go to nearly any holster maker, and they will have one for you. Some other guns, not so much.

I have changed out a few parts on my G27 over time (extended slide stop lever, SSVi trigger, and XS Big Dot sights) but not because of any reduced performance of any of these components. Rather for personal preference.

Reliability and Durability:

Maybe I should have made this clear at the beginning of the article, but I don’t get paid by Glock (although I wouldn’t turn it down.)

However, my experience is like that of so many others. That is that Glock firearms are about as reliable as it gets. They don't need to be tuned up, broken in, or treated like a baby. It runs dirty, clean, or anywhere in between.

They also don't need special ammunition or load to run flawlessly like many other popular firearms available today.

It just runs and runs, and most of all, last!

You don’t have to take my word for it. There are plenty of adventurous gun owners on YouTube showing how their Glocks fire underwater or full of mud.


Company Reputation:

Glock has customer satisfaction that is second to none. Ask anyone who has had to warranty a gun or replace a part, and they will tell you how responsive the company is. They've been around for a long time and not going to disappear as some other gun manufacturers have.

The Glock Fan Starter kit.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery:

Glock’s design is widely copied and seen in so many of the guns we see today. Once again, the simple design makes it so dependable and appealing to so many people.

Is the Gun Perfect:

Well, no. It's pretty darn close but not perfect. A Glock comes from the factory with its undeniable dependability and some bare bone plastic sights. The sights are functional but abysmal for a self-defense gun. While the rest of the gun is a tank, the plastic sights are susceptible to denting and breaking.

I sincerely wish they would just do away with the polymer sight option and just put decent self-defense, iron sights on their guns.

Additionally, they have a mediocre factory trigger feel. I actually don't hate the trigger and don't find it atrocious as some others do. However, I have felt better ‘out of the box’ feeling triggers.

The company doesn’t get too fancy with its design, which extends to the texture of the grip. Because some people like aggressive grip texture and some don’t, they left it somewhere in the middle. The result is a situation where no one is 100% pleased, but everyone is pretty happy. Fortunately, you can find different methods and applications to enhance your gun’s “gripocity.” Feel free to use that term.

Enhancing the pistol grip's feel is simple with products like Talon Grips.

The fact that they don't come perfectly from the factory doesn't mean the design is flawed. As mentioned above, the disassembly process is easy, even if you want to take the gun apart completely. Here is a video where I show how to completely tear apart your Glock and then put it back together.

Upgrading your sights and enhancing your trigger feel is a breeze once you know how to do it. And, if you do some routine maintenance, your handgun will be spewing lead downrange without a problem for decades.

I know there are pictures of twisted, mutilated Glock frames out there. And every time I see them posted in a chat, people use it as a chance to somehow blame the firearm itself for the owner having used an overloaded cartridge or something similar.

If you like Glocks as much as I do, I'm sure you enjoyed the views expressed in this article.

Are there other guns out there that are fantastic? Sure (maybe I will write about them in the future.)

I bet you're wondering what this banner is that we've placed in a few spots:

It's actually a video course for current and future Glock owners. It is called Glock Crash Course and is designed to give you all the knowledge necessary to be proficient in all things related to your Glock Pistol. It's our sincere hope that you take this course offered by former Army Infantryman, EJ Owens, to up your level of training.

About Matthew Maruster

I follow my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is the eternal co-equal Son of God. I currently live in Columbus, Ohio with my wife and daughter. I served in the Marine Corps Infantry. I was a Staff Sergeant and served as a Platoon Sergeant during combat in Iraq. After I was a police officer at a municipal agency in San Diego County. I have a Bachelors's Degree in Criminal Justice from National University. MJ Maruster Defense.


  1. DaveC on August 16, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Not a Glock owner. If you want a Glock, get a Glock, If you don’t want a Glock, get something else. That’s why I love this industry. CHOICE. In reality, the only REAL choice is “what gun am I going to get next…”

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Dave, great point! I agree, there is not ‘one best gun’ for everyone. I just found what I feel is the best one for me. God bless.

  2. Eric Ward on August 16, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Ok – I’ll stir the pot first.

    “I have changed out a few parts on my G27 over time (Cruxord stainless steel recoil spring and guide rod, extended slide stop lever, SSVi trigger, and XS Big Dot sights) but not because of reduced performance of any of these components.” -Author offers he has “upgraded” parts over time, but not because of performance- yet he neglects to explain why. We all know why.

    Yet- for all the good info in this article (I respect the author and what he has to offer here) I want to remind readers that if RELIABILITY -Glocks top mark- was the top priority of shooters, everyone would shoot AK platforms. Yet they do not. While all firearms have good/bad, give/take- there are concession that will be made in most designs.

    How did a gun design less than 4 years old best this 30+ year design for Army’s new sidearm contract? Some say cost. I think the author himself summarizes it perfectly:

    “This kinda sets up a situation where no one is 100% pleased but everyone is pretty happy.”

    That’s why. 😉

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Eric, I thought you were really really going to stir the pot… 🙂 I expect a lot of pot stirring with this article and I’ll try to reply to as many of the comments as I can (good thing I am a pretty boring guy).

      I should have made it more clear in reference to the mods I made for the gun. I did them purely out of a personal feel for what I like. The gun ran just fine and never had problems. The mods I have made to my firearm have come in the last 2 years or so and mostly due to writing reviews for products and trying out a lot of different aftermarket products for reviews and so I can advise students who have questions about products.

      Changing sights is a no brainer. Unless you buy enhanced sights from the factory, pretty much any stock sight is going to be adequate, but sights are definitely a personal preference and I recommend getting sights that give you a sight picture that really clicks in your brain.

      Trigger change is a feel thing. I like the shorter reset and shape of the trigger shoe of the Tyr trigger. It doesn’t change the pull weight or anything, just makes the trigger crisper. I don’t know any cop who carried a revolver who didn’t get a trigger job done to enhance the trigger. One of the rages about 1911’s is their great single action trigger, but yet people mod those out all the time. It really is a personal preference and not due to a design flaw.

      Guide rod, the upgrade was because it self-lubricates and has a little-added weight which is supposed to help with reduced muzzle rise. The change wasn’t due to the old rod wearing out even after 9 years of abuse.

      Extended slide stop, is just because I have small hands and pudgy fingers lol. Think of Vienna sausages…yup. I find the extended slide stop that sticks out a bit more is just easier for me to manipulate. Plus my gun is a gen 3, and the factory gen 4 slide stops seem to have a bit more texture.

      As far as AK vs AR platform, I am an AR guy through and through. lol Sorry, I just can’t get into the AK craze. 🙂

      The military contract debacle between Sig and Glock is pretty much par for the course when so much money is on the line. I bet both companies would beg, borrow and steal in order to get that contract. But I actually like the P320. I don’t own one, but have shot it and love it. I would love to put it through its paces and shoot one for an extended period of time to see if it’s designed will have the same durability that has been experienced over the last 30 years with Glock. I don’t have any reason to think it wouldn’t last, but I have a proven reliable firearm in my G27. And even with the drop safety thing (which personally I think is being made into a much bigger deal than what it is) I like the P320. I am not saying the gun shouldn’t be fixed, I am just saying the outrage and hysteria over it is comical.

      But from being in the Marine Corps Infantry and being told we have a great new pack coming to replace the ALICE pack, I can tell you that rarely does the government pick the best product for the troops. Sometimes they get it right, and I really hope the P320 is the best choice for the military. But sometimes there are a bunch of paper pushers who look at numbers and don’t know a darn thing about what happens in the field.

      But I truly appreciate the feedback and really am humbled anytime anyone reads and responds. Don’t worry about stirring the pot, I love hearing from all sides and opinions. This world would be so boring if everyone thought the same thing. God bless!!

    • Doobie Dooberson on August 15, 2019 at 1:35 pm

      “How did a gun design less than 4 years old best this 30+ year design for Army’s new sidearm contract?”

      Simple The Army wanted a modular sidearm and Sig had a brand new modular design while Glock didn’t. It wasn’t quality or cost, it was specs. Sig was literally the only company with a modular gun so they won the contract.

      On a side note, I think the Army requiring a modular gun is the most retarded thing I’ve ever heard, but that’s just my opinion.

  3. Wilbur Ulmer on August 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I am a Glock owner. What this boils down to is: when the chips fall, when t s h t f, all you want is a weapon that works, first time! No jams or hang fires. This one just works for me.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      It does feel good to have confidence in the reliability of your gun. Thanks for reading and commenting!! God bless.

    • Mikial on August 16, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Damn straight. It is the one gun I have owned in a lifetime of owning and shooting a vast array of guns that has never failed me. Not once. Not under any circumstances. I carry one for my EDC, I carried one in Iraq as a DoD contractor, and I will always feel the confidence that comes from knowing I can rely on my Glock.

  4. Mike Cintron on August 16, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    OMG Glock nuts. How many police officers have had an accidental discharges? The weapon is not safe. The trigger can hang up and discharge a round! Ask the US Marshall in Orlando about the Glock! I bet he wished he had his Beretta 92FS? Also I do believe the is a Federal case going on about how safe they are.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hi Mike, Thank you for your comment and feedback. I just wanted to address the questions you posed. I don’t know how many officers have shot themselves with a Glock, there hasn’t been an accurate study or reliable count. I certainly hear about this happening all the time though, just never see any actual substantive articles. I will tell you that I was a police officer for about 8 years and 99% of the officers in my department and the surrounding agencies of San Diego County carried Glocks. I never knew or heard of one incident where an officer shot themselves with their duty weapon. I know of one officer who had a ND in the locker room with his 1911 though.

      Not sure which trigger you are speaking of, or the problem with the trigger ‘hanging up.’ I study a lot about what causes firearms malfunctions and I have never run across any recall or issue with the Glock trigger hanging up and causing a ND. In fact, it would seem if the trigger hung up, it would keep it from firing.

      I don’t know the US Marshall, but the reason the gun went off is that he did not have control over his gun, dropped it and tried to catch it (not advisable). He caught the gun and pulled the trigger at the same time. Nothing to do with it being a Glock firearm. Maybe instead of changing the Agents firearm, they should get him a better holster and training.

      As far as a federal case going on, this is just another ‘fake news’ story that gets repeated. You may be referring to a personal injury suit that happened this year where an individual sued Glock because they thought their ND was the manufacturer’s fault and not theirs. That case was dismissed.

      I do appreciate you reading the article and taking the time to comment and would never dismiss your rationale for carrying the firearm you choose. I think we all should carry what we feel we can best use if that time comes.
      Stay safe, God bless.

    • Mikial on August 16, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      NDs are the fault of the person handling the gun. Period. If someone does not feel competent to handle a gun, any brand or type of gun, then they shouldn’t. The same goes for any other machine. If you are not competent to drive a Dodge Challenger with a Hemi, then drive a Prius. It’s as simple as that. Nothing is safe if you don’t know how to handle it . . . and this is from my highly competent wife who shoots better than most men I know.

      • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 6:18 pm

        Right on Mikial. Great to see you and your wife share the responsibility of self-defense. Great team right there!

      • Gallager on August 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

        Keep your fingers off the trigger until you ready to pull the trigger. Common sense & gun safety rule.

  5. Jose Diaz-Correa on August 16, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I am also a Glock EDC, and wouldn’t change anytime soon. It’s been my primary gun for the last 10 years and so far no complaints. Would’ve loved an external safety, but the best safety is your trigger finger!! For the last 40 years I’ve carried S&W Model 29-2 (yep, Dirty Harry’s gun), later a Model 645 (which was excellent but lacking for customization) and finally bought my Glock Model 30. This is where things come into perspective: since I’ve no magazine capacity ban, the first thing was to get 2 Model 21 mags with spacers so I could have 13+1 and a 13 round spare mag with me. Then I installed an internal Lasermax which allows an almost dead center (pardon the pun) accuracy, as well as a powerful deterrent (try staring down at the bouncing red dot once). The size is perfect for concealed carry and the Model 21 magazine gives you a full grip. Next, most likely will be a custom trigger and ported barrel as well as changing the factory sights to newer TFO’s.

  6. Jim Phillips on August 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Just bought my first Glock. A 21, previously used by a police officer. No mods. I took it to the range and my groups were amazingly small for me. I use two different holsters, one for open and one for concealed carry. I’ve practiced, and the gun comes out smooth, fits my big hands, and I love the power of the .45. I was initially put off by the “safety”, but my holsters cover the trigger guard well, and I’ve worked on trigger finger discipline. In short, I love the gun. I came from a S&W 9mm, and the Glock 21 just owns it.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Glad you like that G21. Police trade ins are a great way to get deals on Glock firearms. Keep it up. God Bless.

    • Mikial on August 16, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      My first Glock was also a Gen 3 G21 I bought in 2001. I still have it and did have a 4 pound trigger installed. I carry it religiously, and have purchased a second one with night sights and mounted a light on it to reside on my bedside table. They are the absolute epitome of the perfect self defense weapon. Accurate, utterly reliable, great ammo capacity and a powerful round.

  7. Mikial on August 16, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Matthew, thank you for this article. It gets very tiresome reading people’s comments about how unsafe a Glock is because it “has no safety” or that you have to pull the trigger to disassemble it for cleaning, or that it is a “plastic gun.”

    It has an excellent safety and tests have shown it will not go off unless the operator either depressed the trigger or allows it to be depressed through negligence depress the trigger. Anyone who says they are unsafe because you have to pull the trigger to disassemble them has never done dry firing and are obviously ignorant of the fact that you clear and check you gun before cleaning it. And “plastic” guns are much lighter than an all steel gun and when you add the weight of 13+1 rounds of 230 grain ammo, that lower weight can make a big difference.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Mikial, thanks for the feedback. I chose not even to address the ‘having to pull the trigger to disassemble the gun’ issue because if people can’t figure out that they must unload a firearm before cleaning it, they should probably look for a safer hobby. I know the article will get feedback on both sides and I actually encourage the conversation and voicing of opinion. I have the opportunity to voice my opinion in the article and am glad to provide others that opportunity in the comments section.

  8. Rob on August 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    As an instructor, I own several Glock 17 Gen2 and Gen3 . They are excellent pistols to use when teaching novices. I also have 2 Glock 34’s one of which was completely destroyed after running close 300,000 rounds through it. The slide was cracked and chunks were falling out of it. I sent a picture and explanation to Glock and they called me in 10 minutes and asked me to send them the pistol. They sent back a totally rebuilt pistol at NO charge, along with a nice note explaining that they wanted to keep all the parts for failure analysis. That’s what I call customer service. As far as the “accidental” discharges? No such thing. Those are negligent discharges. A Glock will not fire unless the trigger is completely pulled. Poor handling, or something was in the holster (like the drawstring from a jacket or hoodie) is to blame. My EDC is either a Glock 34 or an FN FNS9 long slide. I’m not exactly a Glock “fan boy”, but I have to say I am a fan of any gun that will last the test of time and Glock fills the bill.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 16, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Funny thing is I never considered myself a ‘Glock Fan Boy’ because I really like some other firearms as well. I just think it’s hard to argue with the reliability and the durability of the gun. I shoot a lot of other guns on the range for reviews and to educate myself so, like you, I can give educated feedback to students on different guns, but I just come back to my Glock 27. Now, I have on rare occasion put my LCR 38spl in a pocket holster and thrown it in my cargo pocket, when I would be at the beach and wouldn’t wear a shirt. But 99% of the time I have my 27. Thanks so much for the feedback.

  9. Daniel (Dan) Field on August 16, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    I have a Glock G27 gen 4. I have put a couple hundred rounds thru it and am very pleased. I did add a mod to the magazine that added 1 round, but I put it on for a more comfortable feel in my hand. Never had any problems with it and agree that it is quite easy to maintain. I did put a revised grip also which makes it so properly fit my hand.
    Compared to my Sig, I believe it is a little wide but doesn’t telegraph through a loose shirt or jacket. Still my EDC.

    • Matthew Maruster on August 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hi Dan, what kind of extension did you end up going with? I find the +1 is a great option like you said because it not only gives you more capacity, but it gives you a nice grip feel too. And it doesn’t add too much to the grip causing problems with concealment. Thank you for the feedback!!

  10. Tom on August 17, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Glock best gun ever!!! G17 x2 and G21 edc. I was always a hater of the “plastic gun”. The early 90’s a lot of my cohorts bought them and they had numerous malfunctions. About five yrs ago while looking to purchase new Beretta 92’s for my wife and myself, I got an offer to shoot a new G19. If I didn’t like it, I would be able to get the Berettas at a HUGE discount. Needless to say, my gun of choice was a GLOCK!!! I was SHOCKED! The feel, the accuracy, simplicity and after shooting and carrying since then, the durability. We have never had a malfunction. My G21 was an LE trade in and I was extremely dissappointed, it took me 2 hrs to clean!!! Shame on him/her, but that does prove that a Glock can be fired dirty! (I didn’t clean it before my first shooting) I am also a Glock Armorer now too. I am a major Glock fan, at times to an annoyance to my wife! LOL! (She loves her gen3 G17). I have also converted others. As far as ND is concerned from dropping them, all my Glocks have been dropped/fallen and HAVE NOT DISCHARGED!

    • Matthew Maruster on August 17, 2017 at 9:55 am

      I think a lot of the early resistance, and still to a certain degree, is the polymer frame. Some people just can’t get on board with a gun that is not all steel. Some people that hate Glocks, or polymer guns, in general, have never even held one. I find it strange, but everyone is entitled to their opinions, I just find its better to base opinions on personal, unbiased experience and facts rather than hearsay or a closed mind. Glad you like what you carry because that is a huge factor in being confident. Stay safe!!!!

  11. Neal on August 17, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I like my Glock,s, I prefer a Springfield Armory XD,s. I prefer the grip safety. like the original 45,s have. Its all about personal preference. I have many different guns i can carry in different capacities also.. I don’t make many comments on articles about guns or politics. Its all personal choice. I do believe in my 2nd Amendment Right. I am a gun owner an cant imagine life with out one or more.. Great Article..

    • Matthew Maruster on August 17, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Hi Neal, I am glad you made a comment on this article, I appreciate your time and thank you for telling us about your experience. As a community, we can always grow and learn from each other. Stay safe!!

  12. Chris on December 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Matthew-great article, I enjoyed reading it. I switched to a G19 G4 for my EDC awhile back. I also, ‘upgraded’ my trigger as it just couldn’t get the feel for it. (I came from an old school revolver background.) But after hours of practice and many rounds down range, I was still having adjustment problems. Unfortunately, I have lost some feeling in my finger tip due to my Corpsman NEC, and was losing my confidence in shooting the weapon true. I have since switched to the VP9 and have really increased my profiencenty. I just seem to be able to feel the trigger better with the VP9. But I can not aruge or dispel what you have written here..Glocks reliability and ease of use sold me on the switch…just hope some day my finger will heal fully and I will be able to go back to my G19 as my EDC.

    • Matthew Maruster on December 4, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Chris! Sorry to hear about your finger, hopefully, the nerves will heal. The VP9 is a sweet handgun and I don’t doubt it feels awesome! One thing for sure is the way a trigger feels is a very individual thing. I have talked to people who love their DA trigger even more than an SA. The mechanics (trigger weight, how much take-up and length of reset) are part of it. But the actual shape and width of the trigger shoe can affect the feel, and the where the finger naturally falls on the trigger also changes the feel. Glocks are definitely reliable, but there are also other manufacturers doing great work. You have a solid performer in your VP9, and if I could afford one I would grab one too lol. Thanks again for the feedback. God bless!

  13. Dan Luna on October 3, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Great article. I only got into Glocks about 3 years ago, after 20 yrs of other guns. Finally bought a 42, mostly so my son could learn on a more manageable caliber, but this year I bought a brand new Gen4 19, and recently added a pristine used G36. I love them both and carry the 19 every day. I have and will continue to own other makes, hut now, Glocks are here to stay for me.

  14. Spencer on February 27, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Nice article, Glocks are great! I had a Glock 17 gen4 until I sold it. I bought a Springfield XD Mod 2 that seems to deliver the benefits and similar style as a glock. But with a couple extra features.

  15. Mike Haynes on February 28, 2019 at 8:37 am

    My wife selected a Glock Model 22 in .40 S&W over 10 years ago. I’ve shot hundreds of rounds thru it and it is, no doubt, very reliable. I’ve tried about a half-dozen different carry pistols over the last dozen years. Tried a pocket-sized Ruger, a S&W Chief’s Special, a Walther 9MM and now a S&W M&P 9MM 2.0 (because of the magazine capacity and 4″ barrel. I have no idea why I didn’t look at Glock because the materials in the Glock and S&W are basically the same and the Glock’s disassembly doesn’t require the tool located in the base of the grip in the S&W. I’ve settled on 9MM for carry as there is generally much more magazine capacity than we find in .40. I may have just talked myself into looking closer at Glock!

  16. brandywine8753 on March 22, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Everyone is right and all of the people have the right to make decisions. One of the best thing is to find the correct firearm for you and is it safe to use. All of us are different and that is of the things that make life. If someone chooses to have a baseball bat and knows how to properly use it, you are in charge and you made that decision. I have 5 Glocks, which one is a Glock 27 Gen4 and have a Glock 30 Gen4, but it is convert to a 10mm, (Glock 29 Gen4). I love the Sig Sauer P320. (Compact 9mm and standard or Full Size 9mm.)! There are conversions and improvements that can make them better.

  17. Shawn Lacagnina on June 18, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Good article – very well done! My Glock 26 Gen 2 (was no gen one) has gone BANG! without fail every time I’ve pulled the trigger for well over 20 yrs. Same story with more recent Glocks as well. Everything else is secondary…

  18. Tango Delta on May 12, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve had a G21(3rd gen), G27(3rd gen.), and a G23 (4th gen). Never had any problems but the G23 is totally unreliable in that it will fire and fail to eject.. Probably needs an ejector change. My carry gun? An Fns9c.

  19. Thomas Eynon on October 8, 2022 at 12:26 am

    I currently own multiple Glocks (17, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, & 36), along with CZ’s, HK’s, Sigs, S&W’s, Springfield’s, revolvers, the and a variety of 1911’s (ranging from high quality to budget friendly). Although all can be reliable, fun to shoot, and accurate, Glocks have a few special qualities, that no other brand can compete with. They are extremely simple to maintain, a competent 5 year old could probably have success in performing a complete assembly of a Glock, and the majority of replacement parts can be found for $20.00 or less (excluding the Slide, Barrel, and frame). And as mentioned above, Mags are interchangeable. This alone, along with long-term durability makes them rank near the top.
    My heart of hearts belongs to 1911’s. But carrying them throughout the changes in weather, the risk of corrosion is always a concern. My Glocks have never once experienced any type of rust whatsoever. As far as the trigger preferences, this is always subjective. The 1911 would be my number one. My number two would be the HK’s (P2000 & P2000SK). I did converted them to Variant 1, which allows a very smooth and consistent 4lb trigger pull, making them follow closely behind the 1911. I may be one of the few, but I really enjoy the Glock triggers, and would place them at my number 3 spot. Although I enjoy Sigs SRT triggers & CZ’s DA/SA system, my carry preference will always lean towards a consistent trigger pull from start to finish. Between my striker fire pistols (Springfield and Glocks), I tend to still lean towards Glock (again personal preference).

    Like many, I have done a few mods to my Glocks. Sights are a must on all of them. My 10mm’s, 45’s and 40’s, I’ve really enjoyed a recoil system from a company called DPM. Although they can be pricey, each spring is rated for 15K rounds. Depending on the model you choose, packs will include 2 to 3 springs, which can provide up to 45K rounds. And (at least for me) the felt recoil is very much improved.

    One thing I will add, in regards to the magazine interchangeability, I can confirm these other brands/models will do the same:
    1. 1911’s (including defender and officer models can take government magazines). And as many know, 1911’s will take any brand offered
    2. Sig P229’s can successfully run the full size p226 magazines.
    3. HK’s can run similar to Glock. My P2000sk will accept the p2000 magazines, and both the SK and standard p2000 will run on the full size P30 magazines.
    4. Springfield XD compact models & XDM 45c will perform reliably with the duty size Magazines.

    In conclusion – none of the others mentioned above are anywhere near the simplicity of a Glock. Yet each Glock I own can easily be as dependable and/or reliable as all the others listed. Even at today’s prices, a Glock is a bargain.

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