Otherwise the G33 has standard Glock features such as a polymer grip that’s very lightweight making it 1.65 pounds loaded. On the front of the grip are finger grooves and the sides have a rough texture that feels a bit like sandpaper. Its double-action trigger is also “safe-action” meaning the safety is on the trigger rather than the side. The only way a round can fire is if the shooter pulls the trigger because its internal design won’t allow the firing pin to punch forward any other way. This prevents accidental discharges if the pistol is dropped.
The .357 SIG is not much different from .40 S&W except it can travel a greater distance, has a greater muzzle velocity and it costs a little bit more.
Glocks have a simple, dependable and easy-to-use design, which is why they’re the preferred handgun for many US law enforcement agencies. Glock recommends the G33 for concealed carry and long range shooting.
|Grip:||Polymer with finger grooves and Rough Textured Frame (RTF)|
|Features:||"Safe-action" trigger safety|
|Trigger Pull:||5.5 pounds|
|Twist:||1 in 15.98"|
Picking up the Glock 33 for the first time, my initial impression was that it's very small and well-suited for its purpose as a concealed weapon. The grip is short with just two finger grooves, so it took some adjustment for me to handle it comfortably. Accustomed as I am to a full-size grip, I could see right away the benefit in opting for the available extended mags.
Like all other Glock pistols, the G33 subcompact chambered for .357 SIG is equipped with their patented Safe-Action trigger, which has the same 5-pound pull with each shot fired. The smooth pull and predictable break point made firing the G33 much less of a challenge than it could have been otherwise.
For a defense round, I've always been partial to the .40 S&W, so I approached the .357 SIG with skepticism. If you're not familiar with it, the .357 SIG is essentially a 9mm slug fitted to a tapered .40 S&W cartridge, making the magazines interchangeable for both calibers.
One aspect of the G33 that impressed me was how Glock managed to make the sub-compact model the same width as the larger frame models, and fit nine rounds into such a short grip. The result was a good purchase in the hand; though I did prefer using the aforementioned extended mags, which added two extra rounds as well as a third finger groove. The compromise in concealability, in my opinion, was offset by a better firing grip.
Firing the G33 was what I'd come to expect from any Glock. It performed without a hitch, and grouping was better than anything with a 3.5” barrel ought to produce. Make no mistake, this baby's got some bark and some bite with such a potent round coming out the business end. It is somewhat of a handful in the shorter grip especially. The Glock design of angling the ergonomic grip helped to keep muzzle flip to a minimum, but it did take some getting used to.
Overall, the Glock G33 was a pleasure to fire. It's a typical Glock, with smooth lines – no hammer, external safeties or clumsy sights to snag on your holster - and solid construction. As a back-up concealed carry, I don't think you could do much better.