Should I Buy a Glock?

04/23/20 5:30 AM | by

Glock 17

(Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Glock 17

Should you buy a Glock? Keep reading to find out. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Glock pistols line the shelves of gun shops, fill the pages of online dealers, and are the go-to sidearm of law enforcement and civilians alike. With a dedicated fandom, Glock has certainly proved that its pistols are here to stay. If you’re not quite sure what makes these guns so special, check out our list of the driving forces behind why some gun owners live and breathe Glock.

Availability

Take a look around. Glock pistols can be found in nearly every corner of the world. Whether you are looking for a large-framed bedside gun like the G17 or a smaller concealed carry companion like the G43, you can be sure that almost any gun shop you frequent will have some flavor of Glock behind the counter. In short, they are relatively easy to find.

Glocks in case

Glocks are easy to find in the wild. (Photo: Ben Philippi/Guns.com)

A bonus of this ubiquity is that replacement parts, gear and aftermarket accessories a dime a dozen. No more scrolling through the depths of the dark web looking for components or holsters. Having a Glock means that every accessory you can imagine is probably available and waiting for you.

Uniformity

A Glock is a Glock is a Glock — meaning they all look and function the same. While its aesthetics might not wow onlookers at the range, it does allow you to move between various models with little to no learning curve. This comes in especially handy if you prefer a full-size handgun for home defense but a subcompact or compact for carry. Being able to easily transition between models means you won’t be fumbling for controls when it matters.

Glock generations

Glock siblings. From left to right: Glock G19 Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Easy to Maintain

One of the easiest guns to takedown and maintain, the Glock has certainly won over many hearts for its sheer simplicity. Unlike other handguns — we’re looking at you M1911 — there are no special tools required to disassemble a Glock. Even better, thanks to that uniformity we just talked about, all Glocks share the same maintenance regimen — there’s little to no difference.

A quick breakdown and cleaning can take as little as 15 minutes, which is a lifesaver if you are on a time crunch or just don’t enjoy the smell of gun oil. Have a Glock already but not sure how to clean it? Check out Guns.com’s guide to breaking down and maintaining your Glock.

Cleaning a Glock

Cleaning a Glock is quick and easy. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Reliability

A preferred platform by law enforcement agencies worldwide, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Glock pistols are known for reliable performance under pressure. Having survived countless torture tests and real-world altercations, these handguns can tackle dust, dirt, rain, and the worst conditions while still going bang with every pull of the trigger. Glocks are a faithful friend for those looking for a solid home defense or self-defense firearm.

Revision Caller

The Glock is known for its reliability. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)

Price

While there are certainly handguns out there well worth a $1,000 price tag, let’s be real, most of us can’t afford to spend big. That’s where Glock excels. For around $450 to $500, you can have a well-built handgun with reliable and proven performance. Better yet, at that price, you can still afford a decent holster, some training ammo, and maybe even a class or two to really bring it all together.

For even better deals, keep an eye out for those sweet used Glocks which often come with extras like spare magazines, upgraded sights, and even holsters.

Glock G44 22LR (27)

You can find Glocks at an affordable price, especially used. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

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