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Old 02-01-2012, 11:44 AM   #21
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Glocks are over-rated and over-priced. Doent even have a safety, which has been a problem sometimes when the weapon is holstered and a round is tripped into the leg of the shooter.
Why not look into the Springfield XD or XDm pistols? Among other features they have a small grip safety which must be depressed before it will fire. Easier on the leg! The XDm Is a very refined targetised hand gun. 13 rounds in .45, 20 in 9mmP. I am getting one myself when I recover financially after shooting and handling a buddy's pistol. Jus sayin

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Millions of rounds are fired through Glocks with no KBs. If there was a serious problem law enforcement and the military around the globe wouldn't use Glock. Glocks don't like unjacketed bullets, well lots of barrels lead up if you use the wrong bullets. There is inherent danger in firing any firearm so you learn how to operate the gun safely, protect yourself and others as best you can and you use quality ammo.

We're all free to buy what we want. Glock is an excellent choice but if you don't like Glock there are plenty of other fine choices.

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I am new to firearms and enjoying learning. I have quickly noticed people are very passionate about their Glocks. Is it that it’s that good a pistol or is it one of those things where guys just like them? I feel left out; I am considering renting one at the range so I can say me too.
Why does everyone like them? Do they shoot really well, reliable or what. It’s the only handgun I seem to have noticed everyone seems to like and talks about. And my friends either have one or want one.
What’s the deal???
It's a big world out there. Glock is one brand among many. In the 80s they were the new, cool kid in town. Mostly because they were the first polymer pistol to gain market acceptance (note: they were not the first polymer pistol maker, IIRC, it was H&K). As in other things, a lot has changed since the 80s. Glock isn't the only polymer game in town anymore. I would argue that the XD/XDm & the S&W M&P are just as good. They just haven't managed to capture as much of the LE and Gangsta Rapper market...yet.
FWIW, I only own one polymer pistol, an XD. I prefer metal frames with hammers, YMMV.

EDIT: Maybe one of the staff could put this in the HANDGUN section, just sayin'.
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... Maybe one of the staff could put this in the HANDGUN section, just sayin'.
I think we can all agree on that!
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Old fellow have you been asleep? The government always buys good guns. Good thing you were not in SE Asia in the 60s those M 16 were grand failures. How about the Berettes with the slides flying off? The list is long when the lowest bid gets the sale.

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glock?......prince?..........by golly I think you're correct!



Would that then be "prince leg"?



Oh yea Durangokid remember, we went to the moon on "low bid"!

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First of all I'm not a Glock hater. Used to own one. Although I was careful what ammo I shot in it, for the following reason.

Glocks are prone to going KaBoom more than many other pistols due to their design. Glock barrels are machined with a very deep feed ramp, which cuts into the bottom of the breach. It means high reliability and easy feeding, but it also leaves part of the cartridge case unsupported. The pic below shows a Glock factory barrel on the right, and an aftermarket replacement barrel, made to correct this problem. You can clearly see how much of the case is exposed and unsupported in the Glock barrel. Now, in general this doesn't cause any major problems, provided you use commercial ammo, loaded below the max pressures. But even then it isn't uncommon to find spent brass from a Glock with a bulge at the base of the case. And in cases where the ammo is loaded to max pressures, especially with hot ammo like +P, there is a chance that the case will actually blow out, taking part of the gun with it. Many Glock KaBooms have come from hand loaded ammo with hotter than normal loads. And their .40 guns are more prone to blow outs than others, due to the higher pressures of the .40 cartridge.

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When I started looking at guns Glock was the first place I looked becuase so many people asked if that was what I was getting. I look at Glock as the Ford Mustang of the handgun world. If somebody said "What American sports car should I get?" MOST people would say Ford Mustang becuase of price, options, availability, etc. There are many other options out there that work better for a lot of folks but only one can be the most popular.

After picking up several different guns and getting input from friends and messageboards I decided on the Springfield XD and am very satisfied. I didn't like the grip angle and balance of the Glock and I don't think they look as good as many other brands. I am sure a Glock is a great gun becuase so many people use them. My father in law bought two so I will get to run one through its paces when I go visit. It just wasn't for me.

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I don't like trigger bar safeties.

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I own a Glock, I also own several other pistols. I prefer the revolvers over semi-autos myself, but it is only a marginal preference. I also prefer Ruger generally, but that's probably because I don't own any Colts and I don't own a 1911. I do own a couple of S&W revolvers, and I love 'em but the Rugers are my preference (again, by a thin margin). Beretta makes a fine pistol as well. I have fired many 1911's and really want to own one but none have come up in my price range so far.

The Glock wins against everything else on the market in durability hands down as far as I know. But I don't treat my guns (even the Glock) badly. Try one out and add it to your collection. Try other pistols out though, you might find that you like them as well.

Hipoints are far more durable than glocks. To kaboom a hipoint you gotta hammer a bolt into the muzzle fill the barrel with pistol gunpowder and Then set off the primer.

Glocks can barely fire standard loads without a kaboom
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