Glock Armorers Course Thoughts

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by jrags, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. jrags

    jrags New Member

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    I'm eligible to take the Glock Armorer's course. Is anyone here a certified Glock Armorer? Is it useful to take? It would be for my own personal benefit. I'm not an armorer for my department or agency. I've had no experience with breaking down handguns further than the standard "field strip."

    Standard pricing is $195. Am I way in over my head?

    What are the benefits of taking the class other than more in-depth knowledge about Glock pistols and detailed stripping/reassembly?

    Do they require re-training every so often?

    Do they give you training materials at the course?

    http://www.glocktraining.com/files/AC_Course.pdf
     
  2. PrimePorkchop

    PrimePorkchop New Member

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    I have not taken the class, but my best friend has, and based on what he's told me, I would recommend taking it. When you're a certified Glock armorer, you can do Warranty repairs, plus you get to use a cool title "Certified Glock Armorer" which sets you apart from Joe Schmoe working out of his garage =)

    But thats just hearsay from him.
     

  3. RogerH

    RogerH New Member

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    any time you can get more education you should do it.
     
  4. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    When i worked at the sheriff department i had alot more training then alot of the deputies that were there before me. Some just took the manditory classes that it took to keep their CLEET certifications up, i constantly checked in and signed up for every class i could. Even if i had taken the course or school before i would take it again whenever it came back around
     
  5. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    +100 right there. If you can comfortably afford the course, and the cost is no question, jump on it.
     
  6. Glasshartt

    Glasshartt New Member

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    The certification is good for 3 years. I have been an armorer since 2000. It's good training.
     
  7. FCross7

    FCross7 New Member

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    I think it's strange that it's only good for 3 years. The Glock design has changed very little in its 25ish years in existence, and just about all of those changes were cosmetic.

    Seems awfully silly to make people come back every three years to learn the exact same material. Something like every ten years I could understand, but every three is excessive IMO.

    I'm interested in doing though because it will look good on a resume.

    -Fred
     
  8. jrags

    jrags New Member

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    Looks like I'll sign up.

    Do they give you any materials? Books/manuals/etc.?

    What is the purpose of a 3-year "qualification?" What happens at the end of the 3-years? Can you no longer call yourself a "Glock Armorer?"
     
  9. g17frantz

    g17frantz New Member

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    I would have to say I agree with you. Doesn't make sense to me.
     
  10. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    You might want to download and read the free Glock Armorers PDF, about 75 pages. I read it and it's easy stuff, no need to actually take the class unless you want to. Not trying to talk you out of the class, just pointing out you can get up to speed for free which is what I did. Being an armorer though, you can get Glock parts that they won't sell to average folks and I believe you can buy two Glocks at LE prices.

    A Google search should pull up the manual.
     
  11. Glockanista

    Glockanista New Member

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    And, if you take the class in Smyrna, you get to shoot on the range afterward. The 18 has been known to make an appearance at these times.
     
  12. Broke124

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    What's "the 18" ?

    "...rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." /G\
     
  13. Jstrong

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    The fully automatic model, the glock 18. Its really just a 17 that has full auto fire control group in it. That being said there's only about 500 in the united states so just seeing and handling one is a treat,much less being able to shoot one.
     
  14. jrags

    jrags New Member

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    Are there other advantages of taking the course in Smyrna, GA? Are the classes there taught by actual Glock employees? Are the courses at other locations taught by non-Glock employees (i.e. other Glock armorer course graduates)?
     
  15. nyycanseco33

    nyycanseco33 New Member

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    The courses are taught by Glock Instructors, as an armorer you are allowed to make the warranty repairs on Glocks without voiding it, you can order parts directly from Glock at a discount which is not allowed to the normal layperson (the wait period is sometimes long but it is at a discounted price so it's worth it in most cases), after 2 years you are eligible for the advances armorers course which goes even more in depth...

    When you go to the class:
    Bring a pen/pencil and notebook, your confirmation letter and ID, a quiet snack, and some money (usually they have extra things you can buy like clothing, DVD's, and accessories)
    ***you do not need to bring a gun, they will provide a Glock for you to work on in the class***
     
  16. jrags

    jrags New Member

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    Do they require you to have any gunsmithing experience at all? I have never broken down a firearm further than the normal field stripping. I don't want to be in over my head. Am I going to feel out of my league with a bunch of LE dept armorers in the class?

    And just to be sure I am understanding you correctly, the same instructors teach the courses on the road as the ones who teach in Smyrna?
     
  17. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    No prerequisites to my knowledge. And Glock is pretty much the easiest gun to work on so I wouldn't worry, if you can find the classroom you'll do fine! :D
     
  18. levelcross

    levelcross New Member

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    that makes me want to take it just for the LE discount.
     
  19. Broke124

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    How does one become eligible to take the class?

    "...rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm." /G\
     
  20. locnload

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    I took the course in Colorado last March, it was taught by Dennis Tueller, the guy (former SLC cop) who first studied the 21 foot rule, later to be coined the "Tueller Drill". Anyway, good class and good info. You get a couple parts books, an official "Glock tool", and a Gen 4 addendum manual. Bigest bonus is that as a Glock armorer you can buy parts directly from Glock. You do have to take it every three years if you want to remain certified. I had no real reason to take it other than for my own knowledge and to work on my own Glocks. I agree with the premis that all trainig is good training.
    :)