Glock’s pistols are in every gun store in America, in service in almost every military to some degree, and are carried by thousands and thousands of people every day, by people who depend on them, justly, with their life. Here are seven reasons why you should get a Glock.
Glock pistols can be found everywhere, like, on Earth. Their massive market penetration means that no matter where you go, you can find accessories, replacement parts, and gun smiths. Even Sears carries Glock parts. Knowing that you can go into any gun store anywhere and being likely to find parts and magazines for your gun, without calling in ahead of time, making special orders, etc. makes owning a Glock easier than many handguns. Even Gen4 Glocks, very new by industry standards, are well-established.
Ease of Maintainance
Glocks are simple. You only need a couple, literally two tools to do most work on Glocks. A pin punch and a knife. And if you don’t feel up to it, its ubiquity comes into play, here. There are hundreds of Glock guides on YouTube alone that show step-by-step how to modify, repair, or improve your Glock. And if the work turns out to be just out of reach in terms of difficulty or time constraints, you never have to look far for a qualified Glock armorer. Plus, with all the competition out there, Glock work is downright cheap.
Many Gen3 Glocks use the same frames; in order to change calibers between 9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, and .22 Long Rifle is the right conversion kit and magazine. This is also true for Gen4 Glocks, however, the availablity of conversion kits there is nill. Even shooting one caliber, say, 9mm in a Glock 19, you can use higher-capacity Glock 17 magazines with them for two extra shots. And of course, there are very high-capactiy magazines, up to 33-round factory 9mm magazines. One thing you can’t do is just swap slides from the aformentioned guns with .45 ACP and 10mm Glocks. You can, however, buy conversion barrels for other calibers chambered in .45 ACP and 10mm, which brings us to…
The only non-factory market with more going for it than Glock’s is the 1911. You can get aftermarket conversion barrels to transform your 10mm Glock to .40 S&W or .357 SIG no problem. Barrels are even available in more exotic chamberings like .400 Corbon or 9x25mm. You want tritium-powered night sights? That’s trivial, every major manufacturer of night sights makes a Glock model. There are companies that make 1911-angled frames, and even all-metal frames are available for this polymer wondernine. And every imaginable accessory is available with a Glock option, from laser guide rods to drum magazines. The sky’s the limit, here.
Weight and Capacity
A Glock 17, empty, weighs only 22oz, and 32 loaded. That’s with 17 bullets in the magazine. That’s less than many all-steel guns weigh with no magazine at all. But that doesn’t mean they kick or are hard to shoot; Glocks all have very low-profile slides, slides that don’t have a great deal of mass. Lightweight slides cycle easily and rely more on spring tension to deal with it. Ultimately, the recoil is lessened because you’re not dealing with a small explosion followed by a big chunk of steel coming towards you. Glocks put a lot of gun into a small package.
There are few modern pistol companies with track records like Glock’s. Aside from their Gen4 kerfuffle, and issues with high-pressure cartridges, but how many pistols can claim just two major missteps over the course of 25 years? Glocks have been proven through duty and torture testing unlike any other guns out there. If there is any condition out there that will stop a Glock, good luck finding another gun that will keep going. We’re not saying other guns can’t be as dependable (if not more) but Glock sets the standard for what the world should expect from its duty pistols.
And ultimately, what makes the Glock such a phenomenal product is how inexpensive they are. They meet and beat standards that much more expensive pistols would have trouble with. If not for the materials used and the simplicity of their production, Glock just wouldn’t have the same level of market domination. Yes, its true that now, gun companies practically give guns away to police departments to appease their stockholders and get good press. But that wasn’t the case when Glock got its start. When the first 17 rolled off the line, Glock was shooting to get paid, and that meant undercutting the competition. To this day Glocks represent an incredible value; you get your money’s worth, that’s for sure.
All said and done, there are reasons not to get a Glock (don’t worry, we’ll get into them, too) but few products have ever changed the way an industry runs. Most changes are incremental. Glocks are without a doubt, not incremental. Glock is monolithic.
We also have seven reasons NOT to get a Glock. Got any more reasons why you should get a Glock? Want to jump the gun and tell us why you shouldn’t get a Glock? We’re all ears.