I hate Glocks so I just bought 2 of them.

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    I hate Glocks so I just bought 2 of them.

    I have been buying and using guns for the past 41+ years and have a thing for all metal guns with hammers. I always felt comfortable and comforted holding a 1911, HiPower, CZ75 or similar and any revolver. Three years ago I moved from a State that did not allow concealed carry to the Gunshine State of Florida. Upon arrival I bought 8 carry guns because I had no idea of what would be most comfortable and I had the money from the sale of my old competition guns and long guns I sold before I moved.

    Guns that evoked pride of ownership by their looks and quality, were the guns I tended to buy. I went through about 35 guns in 3 years and what I experienced is that either they do not make guns like they used to or I just have a lot of bad luck with semi auto pistols because the majority of mine jammed on occasion and the ones that did not, did not because I did not own them long or shoot them much. I thought long and hard. I had only bought and shot a Glock 3 years ago after 41 years of shooting. I was one of those original gun guys who turned their noses up at a polymer gun. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that many of us grew up playing with plastic guns and those Glocks always felt like my toy guns to me and that did not instill confidence. Then there was the issue of no manual safety or external hammer that I could put my thumb on when I re-holstered to make sure that nothing was caught on the trigger. The final nail in the Glock coffin for me was that it did not evoke a pride of ownership. Now I am not the type to buy a gun just for its looks. To me they are tools but even with tools, you want quality and something that you do not mind showing to others rather than hiding them away. :)

    I have bought many Glocks in the last 3 years but always traded them in whenever I needed a gun to sweeten a deal. They were never shown to friends who wanted to see my gun collection so it was a no brainer to trade them instead of my $1000 1911's, HKs and Sigs. However, the high priced guns were too big and heavy for my bad hip and hands. The lower priced guns tended to be either ammo fussy or not as reliable as I demanded. I had to stop the madness of buying and selling them sometimes a week after I got them. Last month I decided that given my likes and needs, that a Glock 19 was the perfect gun for me. It was not too heavy, had a 15 round capacity and everyone I ever owned was 100% reliable. So I sold off all but my two small Sigs and bought 5 revolvers and a Glock 19. Today I am picking up a Glock 26 for my desk and summer carry. I really do not like the way they look and they do point high for me as a long time point shooter with 1911 type grips, but at least when I buy one I do not have to worry about whether it will jam right out of the box and have to send it to the manufacture, wait a few months and then get it back still not working right as has happened a few times. The Gen3 Glocks were a little too large for my hands which is one of the reasons I did not keep them long but the Gen4 are perfect.

    While I still do not like the way a Glock looks and prefer all metal guns with external hammers and safeties, a Glock is the best tool for the job and that is all I am going to concern myself with from now on. I just cannot take the feeling you get when your reliable semi auto jams at the range. I know a lot of guys who say their guns never jammed but I saw them jam, they forgot about the jams or attributed the jams to limp wristing, bad ammo, riding the slide, springs, and acts of God. I do not discount that the majority of guns never jam but as a former range and safety office and student of some training courses, I know that reliable range guns are often not so reliable when put to hard use.

    I guess I divide my guns into two classes; defensive guns and fighting guns. Pocket guns and similar are what I call defensive guns. Good for 1 or 2 against one or good for just scaring off attackers or giving yourself time to get out of Dodge. Fighting guns to me are guns you can go to war with and engage another one or two attackers we are also armed with guns. A Glock 19 or 17 is a good example of a fighting gun. I also consider a Glock 26 as a fighting gun. You can always make the grip longer or use higher capacity magazines or just use it as is.

    So despite hating Glocks and still do not show them to anyone who wants to see my guns or spend any time looking at them and cleaning them lovingly, I am practical and they are one of the most reliable guns out there with high capacity magazines. I think that the M&P is also good but I just do not like their triggers and how they are not as easy to work on as a Glock is. I can take a Glock apart and replace any part myself and that is worth something.

    So here I am now with a Glock 19 and a 26 waiting for me to pick up today. The 19 is my primary home defense gun and sports a rail mounted light. I also carry it in the colder months when I wear more clothes. In the summer I am always in light shirts and shorts and the slightly smaller 26 hides better for me plus I needed a gun that fit in the built in holsters of my many garments that have them plus all the various bags and fanny packs I use when riding my bike, hiking or when carrying on body is just not practical.

    My mind is at ease and I do not worry about my Glocks jamming all of a sudden as most of my other guns did. I also do not have to spend hundreds of dollars to find the ammo that they like. People forget that the cost to find ammo that a gun likes and then buy enough to run 100 rounds through it, is part of the acquisition cost of a gun. However, most people I know do not run 100 rounds of expensive carry ammo through their guns. In fact, everyone I personally know just shoots a magazine or two of their carry ammo in their gun (if even that much) and assume that if it works then it will work all the time. I have had carry ammo work well for 3 magazines and start jamming on the fourth. I just must have bad luck because everyone else that posts seems to have perfect guns. :)

    I consider a Glock as reliable as my revolvers and like a revolver, when I press the trigger I know it will go bang rather than hope it will. Like an ugly girlfriend that you do not show off to your friends, my Glocks stay hidden away at all times but provide me with the trust, confidence and means of fighting off most threats to my person. It seems that I just love to hate Glocks.
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    You hate a Glock all by itself, you mean. There are lots of folks like that.

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    I wish I liked Glocks. I like that their simple, reliable, and low-maintence, but their deadly uncomfortable to me. I figure it's probably just me, but i'm no where near as accurate with a glock as I am with other guns, and I attribute that to them being so uncomfortable to hold and fire.
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    I didn't like My Glock until I put different sights on it.
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    Glocks never "stuck" to me. I do wish I liked them more! They're pretty cheap, for one. I'd like to talk myself in to a Glock 19 but every time I'm close I rent one...that pretty much kills my desire to buy one for another year or two. But I will say I kind of wish I had my old Glock 22 back. It would be perfect for a truck gun.
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    i was a late 'convert' to GLOCK, keeping my M64 Smith until 2000. I was offered a free G19 and loved it rather quickly. I got a G26 in 2003 and it fits my relocated GA lifestyle quite well. I too have pared my handguns down to the two GLOCK 9mm's, my two Colt 1911's (although thinking getting rid of my OM for either another Series 70 Gov't or a SAA)and my SP101. I wish I stil had my 3"RB Model 64(purchased new, firing pin on the hammer, no stupid lock etc). So brother I feel ya and think you made a good move with the Glocks.
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    Don't likem at all. They just don't feel right in my hands.
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    "same old story . . . same old song and dance". This story sounds quite familiar. Although it seems most people don't have the resources or time and effort to go through as many guns as you have.

    Seems like quite a bit of people(maybe half? myself included) who use, carry and own glocks go through this same circle - start off disliking the "feel" of a glock, the looks, idea of a polymer pistol, striker fired, ect. and join in bashing them for a while. And it seems a lot of people who bash/dislike them (not all!) have never even really spent time shooting them, more than "shot one a few times" if even that.

    But then, once they start to find what you REALLY want + need in a pistol, especially a carry gun - the glock handguns really start to make a lot of sense.
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    I've carried Glocks for close to twenty years now. Still feel they are the best bang for the buck. I actually think as I did from day one, that the Glock sports a pretty futuristic look. Being one of the most reliable pistols outa the box is just gravy. They may not be for everyone, but I would bet my life on their ability to perform during a fight. Personally, quite often my Glocks lose out to my revolvers for carry, but like the OP, I consider my Glocks as reliable as my revolvers, but nothing, and I mean nothing carries as friendly as a Jframe; for me anyway.

    If heaven forbid, the only pistol we could carry was a Glock, I wouldn't have a problem with it at all. Now if the revolver was taken away for whatever reason, "HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM".
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    For those of you who are fond of the Glock 26, how do you think the S&W Shield is in comparison? I'm more concerned about reliability and accuracy than anything else. Although I like the fact that the Glock hold 2-3 more rounds (depending on which magazine you're using with the Shield), it's not something which would make or break the deal for me. The thinness of the Shield is what almost has me sold. That having been said, I don't have enough experience with the Shield and virtually no experience with Glocks in order to decide.

    Your thoughts?
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    Thank you next chance I get to goto a range that rents I'm trying out a a Glock again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kennydale View Post
    Thank you next chance I get to goto a range that rents I'm trying out a a Glock again.

    It took me several hundred rounds to get used to a Glock, so give em a good chance.
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    Had alot of glocks an agreed they do work, but like the op said its just not a gun I get attached to. Always seem to be the one I get rid of to try something else, where as my revolvers seem to stay with me. When I first shot a CZ I was hooked they look good carry well an have since replaced my glocks. When the need arises for me to opt for more capacity ( going to Miami) I have no problem carrying a CZ 75 P01. Most days here at the raisin ranch the snubby fills the bill.

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    My EDC is nothing more than a tool. I have other guns that fit the cool, fun to shoot, pretty categories. My EDC has to be 100% reliable, and while I don't carry a Glock I think they would fit the bill there.

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