My Glock story.... Good enough for me
Used to hate GLOCKS! Looks and function.
That is until I used one... While in Iraq I was issued a M9 like everyone else. That is until we were tasked to start up and train IPs (Iraqi Police) in our area. My platoon was given 150 G19s to transfer to the Police Chief there. (Can you imagine rolling around with 150 GLOCKS in the back of your vehicle?)
What really started to sway my opinion of these firearms was the lack/type of maintanance performed on them. They were mostly tucked into their belt, or pocket, tossed on the seat of their vehicle, or carried around in hand. Some guys would spend time cleaning them. With water. A group of guys would gather theirs up and pour buckets of water from the canal onto them to wash the sand off. Next they would dry them with their shirts. Then they would lube them. With motor oil out of the diesel generator. There was no Glock armorer, any armorer, or even gunsmith to work on these pistols.
The "Slug Plugs" that we love so much. They used cut up shirt, balls of notebook paper, whatever. And the ammo. Can you imagine the s___t that these guys fired out of their weapons. I gave these guys 9x19 that we found out of a cache that was buried loose in an old wooden mortar crate. To begin with this stuff was cheap Iraqi ammo. Not Russian or Eastern Bloc surplus, but crappy Iraqi ammo. These guy shot their weapons a lot. There could be no better example of "shoot first and don't even both asking questions".
I saw the Glock perform day in and day out almost flawlessly. I commented to the police chief what great handguns the Glocks were turning out to be. He then let me borrow one of the Glocks for the remainder of my time there. I just messed around with it for a while and then decided to carry it. It just kinda grew on me.
This story is not embellshed either. Just the God's honest truth,
Oh yea... I now have a G23 and G30. I have never even fired them yet. Just a lot of dry firing at night before bed. I am getting out of the Army in another month and moving back to Vegas. These will be my CC weapons.