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Musing On Glocks

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Slow day? Yep, so, I started looking at older topics and I thought one on Glock pistols merited a response.

When Glocks were first introduced, I was hot for one. I went to a shop, handled one, and decided it was not for me. Time went by and I purchased my first Glock a Model 22 in late 1994. I bought the Model 22 because the price was right and it came with two high capacity magazines, this is when the
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Hi Richard,

I bought my first Glock in 1996 the week before I took my CWP course here in SC with a Strong Pancake Holster and Uncle Michaels Handall grip.

Before then, I had shot a Glock 21 as a range rental pistol and enjoyed the way it felt in my hand and shot compared to some of my 1911's. The softer felt recoil made me a fan. When I took my CWP qualification, I scored a 98 with the G-23 and it gave me a great deal of confidence in the Glock Design.

Two years later, I bought a G-26 and tried it out, but I could just never get a decent hold on the grip and wound up selling it and later regretting it. If I had just shot and practiced with it more, I would have continued to have it to this day. In the meantime, I bought a G-35 for competition and wound up trading it.

The G-23 is still with me and likely to be with me for years to come. It is a 2nd generation and I can't get my fingers to properly index on the grip with the 3rd generation models (larger than average size hands).

Thanks for the musing.

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I'm a fan of Glocks too. It took me awhile to get to this point, though.

After initially trying Glocks, I ruled them out because the grip angle seemed awkward. I reconsidered after one day noticing in the mirror that the way I held my hand when pointing an imaginary handgun was different from the way I held it when simply pointing an empty-handed finger at some "one" or some "thing."

Out of curiosity, I revisited the Glock and found that it's "awkward" grip angle in fact corresponded to my natural pointing angle. In other words, I had become accustomed to pointing a handgun in an unnatural way. So I bought a G19 to play with.

It took me a while to get used to it. For some reason I shot the thing to the left. I don't have that tendency with other handguns. Even so, I thought the errant shots must reflect a grip or trigger finger problem. After much unsuccessful fooling around with each, I finally gave up and adjusted the rear sight. Now I shoot it acceptably and find it very fast to return to target on second shots.

When it comes to semi-autos, I'm more accurate with 1911s, Sigs and CZs. But for a number of reasons -- size, weight, reliability, durability, firepower, ergonomics, trigger action -- the G19 is the only pistol that remains among my covey of revolvers.

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The G19 was the first Grock I ever handled. I didn't lay it down til money had changed hands.

I too prefer the 2nd generation without the finger grooves. Paid a premium to get a G23 NIB 2nd Gen.

Most recently acquired a G22 last weekend. Swapped a 1991A1 Colt for it. Had one before but it never felt 'right' for some reason.

Have a few other models also, but the G19 is still 'it' for me.


I have shot a Glock 17 in Production Division (of IPSC) for a year and cannot shoot it accurately. I constantly shoot to the left. It is frustrating. As a result, I am giving up on the Glock. Its trigger gives the fits. Granted, the pistol is reliable and stands up to a lot of hard use, but my confidence in my ability to use it is low. I prefer single-action pistols, not the least of which is the Hi Power. The Glock, which is now twenty years old, changed the way we look at handguns. It was revolutionary moment in the history of weaponry. I cannot even count now the number of imitators it has spawned. For the user who has never known the precision and pleasure of a well-tuned single-action trigger, the Glock is great, but one must remain blissfully ignorant of what a trigger can be to continue using it. Having worked as a range officer at some pistol matches, I have seen several shooters struggle with the Glock trigger. I wish them well with it, but I doubt anything can be done with it except to learn to use it the best they can. I do not think Glock "trigger jobs" are a good idea because this procedure may compromise the reliability of the pistol. It is a something best used as it comes from the factory. If you can live with it, good for you. I cannot. I will stick with my single-action pistol.
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I'm not generally much into handguns, but in '89 wanted a good "point and shoot" semi-auto for defense and informal target shooting. At the time I had a Colt Official Police .38 wheelgun. I went many times to indoor ranges and shot rental pistols of various makes and models. For me the Glock 19 9mm was a great fit in comparison, and I really liked its simplicity and magazine capacity much as other posters to the thread have written. I've had it since 1990 or so, and still like it alot. I've also done some shooting with a full size .40 S&W Glock, but still prefer the 19.
Well I liked the glock system enough to buy a G19 and love the feel in my hands and over all it's a great gun, But I have to say everytime I reholster it I am on point not to catch the trigger.

I know it's psycological mostly, But damn I'm glad I have a HP again with the manual safety.

That said, I like glock too
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I consider myself fairly traditional (a euphemism for "old'') in that I grew up with 1911s and BHPs and 4 and 6 inch barreled Smiths and Colts. About 8 years or so I' got my first Glock and acquired more over the years - no particular order or plan. By last count there were 10 in the gun safe and they have managed to work their way into the shooting order. The only one I have been unable to develop some affinity for is the Glock 26. I've even learned to appreciate the Glock 20 - the only 10mm handgun I've ever owned. I think the Glock 30 and Glock 19 are two excellent examples of functional weapons that fill an important niche.

They aren't pretty, the triggers are strange but it's a heckuva great tool.
I was once associated with the Sheriff's Dept as an Explorer.

When we went out for live fire as opposed to sticking pencils down the barrels of the G22s, I outshot the rest of the Explorers and not a few of the deputies to boot.


I think it's this: I had been playing Duck Hunt and Clay Shoot on the 8 - bit Nintendo for years. I got to the point where nobody wanted to play with me - I'd shoot bringing the "pistol" up from low ready until I literally couldn't do it anymore. For years that was my practice, and I still wish for an 8 - bit Nintendo again.

Anyway, the G22 grip felt exactly like the Nintendo "pistol," and even the trigger was similar (about 3/8" on both, stack to letoff).

That has its downside too: I can all too easily view the Glock as a toy because that's just what it feels like to me. I like them, but I don't feel I'd be the safest person with one. So I stick to metal like a magnet.

I think I'm going to start another thread on the Nintendo "pistol" so the thread doesn't drift. I actually think it's good training.

Josh <><
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Hi there all,

I dusted off my G-23 in .40 S&W and took it down to the range this morning.

With about 100 rounds of Winchester White Box 165 grain FMJ, I spent a leisurely hour sending rounds down range. It was quite an enjoyable experience as I have spent most of my time shooting other autos or my S&W 642.

Now I remember why I chose the G-23. With a softer felt recoil and the pistol recoiling straight back in my hand, I felt more comfortable that I could hit the target consistantly.

It was fun to shoot and get reaquainted with my old friend-my G-23!

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