Is Glock the Prince

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by 11Handicap, Jan 31, 2012.

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  1. 11Handicap

    11Handicap New Member

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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???
     
  2. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    there are much better guns out there but thats my opinion on what i like. unless you actually try one and a few other types of guns for yourself no one else has a valid opinion as to what you like.
     

  3. Durangokid

    Durangokid New Member

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    Do a search on Glocks that have wounded owners. There are much better handguns than the "Rappers" Special.:(
     
  4. MrWray

    MrWray New Member

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    There will always be a place in my collection for a Glock, back whenever i turned 21 and started my LE career,a G17 is what i was introduced to and what i trained with. Ive also had a G23c and a G32, I now have a G31 .357sig and its a good gun. There has been people that have had the rare holster malfunction where holstering caused the gun to discharge "holsters fault", but as long as your not negligent you can go a lifetime without a negligent discharge... But for the record my favorite hangun is the 1911A1
     
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  5. 007BondJamesBond007

    007BondJamesBond007 New Member

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    Glocks are a good gun but there is much better guns out there.
     
  6. Quentin

    Quentin New Member

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    "It’s the only handgun I seem to have noticed everyone seems to like and talks about." Don't get out much do you, Handicap! :p

    Definitely try out as many handguns as you can before buying anything. And try the leading trigger actions - SA, DA/SA, DAO and Glock's Safe Action. Find out what works for you.

    My first handguns were revolvers and a Colt Series 70 1911. I still love them and many others as well. But I've been won over by Glock, it's a fine choice so definitely give it a try. There are many fine guns so find what works for you - not what works for someone else.
     
  7. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Glocks are generally reliable and reasonably accurate. They are light weight and have good capacity. They are simple to shoot, point and click.

    Glocks will not shoot unjacketed bullets through the factory barrel. They have very loose chamber dimensions that leads to deformed brass. Many have unsupported chambers that may lead to catastrophic failure (some amount of conjecture) (look up Glockkb). They have an unusual grip angle that causes them to point differently than other pistols. They are easy to shoot unintentionally/negligently. They have a pricing scheme designed to make too much profit from civilian buyers (IMHO). Gaston GLock is, was and always will be a NAZI.
     
  8. Vikingdad

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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.
     
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    Dang! A man after my own heart. ;) I like revolvers, too, and I only own two guns and they are both Rugers. I think I would like Colts and S&W but I haven't had much experience with either yet. I would love to own a Colt 1911. But, like Vikingdad, money always gets in the way of me having as much fun as I'd like. :)
     
  10. Durangokid

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    I have a very strict policy of never selling a gun. I would consider trading, but never selling. That policy has served me well except for the fact that I have not yet found anybody who wants to trade my S&W 629 Classic 44 magnum for an equal value Springfield 1911. But I like my 629 and don't want to let it go, so I haven't advertised. Hopefully I will find a good 1911 when I have some money burning a hole in my pocket.
     
  12. Quentin

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    Only two guns?!! Well at least you've got a good start with the Ruger Mark II and I guess the other Ruger is a revolver, WOC.

    But you haven't lived until you get a S&W 357 (my favorite is the Model 19) and a Colt 1911! And a Browning Hi Power. And oh yeah, a Glock is ok too! :D
     
  13. Vikingdad

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    Durango, all of the instances you cite involve ammunition that is suspect at best. The first instance is reloads. the factory loads cited are copper plated. Stock Glock barrels will not tolerate copper plated or unjacketed projectiles. The article you cited is from over 10 years ago.

    You absolutely must use fully jacketed projectiles in stock Glock pistols. There are after-market barrels available that will tolerate non-jacketed or plated projectiles.
     
  14. RhettButler

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    Passion is a taste that is personal to you..

    Sig, Glock, CZ, 1911's are wonderful weapons.. My 1960's Browning 9mm is a dog. My early '90's .22 Browning Buck Mark is wicked scary accurate.

    Wanna learn to shoot relatively accurately relatively quickly?

    Look for a S&W, Colt, Ruger, Taurus revolver.... somewhere twixt .38 Spl and .44 mag.

    Should you have a .22 with a good trigger(or the best trigger you have in a smallest calibre you own), buy some cartridges.

    I like to shoot balloons or clays. I shoot the best trigger lightest calibre first. Then in order I'll shoot the bad trigger before the most recoil. To end shoot the best triggered gun again.

    Learn to run a revolver at 15 steps to as far as you are competent. At the farthest you move back and get confident, you would probably want to shoot some paper targets to see your groups.I've also killed 6 deer with an 8" Anaconda with red dot of so e type on top.

    The use and lessons of a revolver will bring you into the use of a semiauto. The Mag releases, safeties were easier to use. Did the same with two Glocks, Sig. 228, Colt National Match, and a PPK/S.

    At least, it worked for me.

    Passion is a personal taste. Make mine a blue S&W revolver. Unless I wanna carry a Glock.

    You shoot several hundred rounds: pick your own gun.
     
  15. Durangokid

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    You made the point. These guns can only digest certain rounds. A gun that can not digest the calibers that is stamped on the slide can not live at my house. So far as 10 years ago, what has that to with anything. Check the Nat'l Pistol Shoot last Feb. One of them split the barrel during the shoot. These guns are dangerous period. Any time you have to decide what metal your bullets are made of before you shoot well?? They can not shoot lead. It is like feeding a baby except this baby will hurt you.:rolleyes:
     
  16. Vikingdad

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    OK, you don't like Glock. No problem there. The guns aren't dangerous per se, it is what you feed them. The stock Glock barrel rifling will get leaded up and apparently jam a bullet if you use plated or lead bullets. You can get after-market barrels that have rifling that will tolerate lead bullets and plated bullets.

    Yes, if you are interested in safety and how well your gun can shoot you should absolutely pay attention to what you are feeding it. My Glock gets fed full jacketed bullets, some I cook myself and some are factory loads. I do not have an aftermarket barrel that is engineered for lead or plated bullets, so I don't use them.

    Glock is not my preferred firearm, but it is a fine one in any case. If you use fully jacketed ammunition it will go "BANG" every time you pull the trigger. Damned good gun.
     
  17. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I would love to add to my two but I'm quite limited by my funds. You see, I like to stay in my home, with heat and electricity. I also like having a phone and groceries. Those all take priority over guns. I would love a Colt 1911 and a S&W revolver. I also really want a Ruger LCR. We'll see what my tax return can do for me.
     
  18. Riverg420

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    I wouldnt say that everyone likes them but hey To Each His Own
     
  19. Josh1158

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    Wow they only take fmj! Thats weak as all get out. A gun should shoot any bullet in the caliber its made for.
     
  20. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    He means they only digest jacketed (rather than plated) bullets. FMJ, JHP, JSP are apparently OK. I presume the Speer Gold Dot is OK even though it is technically plated, just thickly plated.
     
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