Just when I think Iím over Glock, the Glock allure seems to resurface like a cancer thatís been in remission so many years.
I was infected many years ago and became a Glock die hard totally out of control. Then I saw the error of my way(s) and got interested in real guns like 1911s, Sigs, H&Ks, and even XDs.
That helped me see just how pathetic Glocks really were, I mean, drop free and non-drop free mags? What's that all about? Then thereís the connector issue, 3.5#, 5#, 8#, NY1 and NY2 Ė clearly somethingís awry there, right? Then thereís the odd grip angle; we all know the 1911 with a straight backstrap is the correct angle. If the grip angle isnít enough, then thereís the brick-like grip. Then thereís the K-booms. We know other guns have them, but seems like Glock made K-boom a household word.
And, the trigger is a little light, the pull is too short, and the trigger is anything but crisp and itís gritty. Glocks have no external or manual safety and combined with the Glock light, short-stroke trigger, a Glock is awfully easy to "suprise" fire. Like Massod Ayoob says, ďThe bad thing about a Glock is that itís easy to shoot.Ē Of course he adds, ďThe good thing about a Glock is that it is easy to shoot.Ē
Many opine that itís ugly, and the fit falls far short of the 1911. They have plastic sights for pity sakes!!! And I hate that split trigger thing.
But when GAI (Glock allure infection) resurfaces, it seems to affect common sense and vision. For example, right now all I can think about is the utility, ruggedness, dependability and reliability of Glocks. I mean you can carry the G17 or 19 as a primary and the G26 a BUG. The same mag that fits the G17 or 19 also fits the G26. So if you carry a G17 (or G19), a G26 as a BUG, you've got two guns and 28-30 rounds between them and one mag (G17 or 19) that fits either. If you carry a G17 mag along with the two, youíve got 45 - 47 rounds on you with a two 17 round mags that will fit both guns!
These things have been drug, run over by trucks, buried in everything from the dessert to the sea and even cow manure and they still go bang every time.
Plus, a Glock is a Glock is a Glock. The grips, frames, and slides are the same width (within a given caliber and even across most calibers), the trigger pull is the same, the trigger reach is the same. They are essentially impervious to sweat and the Tennifer finish is as tough as it gets. You can get one with finger grooves and rails or without Ė without is my preference. Well, my preference is no grooves and with the rail but thatís not an option.
As for the Glock trigger, I like it! I told you GAI affects your sense. It doesnít have the smoothest or most crisp break, but itís good and it has the shortest reset Iím aware of and the positive, tactical click when the trigger resets has no rival. If it werenít for that split trigger thing Ė I just donít care for that.
Then thereís the cost. Glocks cost significantly less than most competitors except for the XD. Speaking of the XD, itís the closest copy of the Glock ďfamilyĒ concept. The XD comes in a tactical, service, and subcompact size. But the subcompact, while an excellent gun and size, just doesnít serve the way the Glock subcompacts do. Specifically, it would be quite challenging to carry an XD subcompact in an ankle holster and I can carry a G26, and do on occasion, comfortably in an ankle holster. The compactness of the Glock subcompact coupled with 12 round capacity is a big - hey an oxymoron - the subcompact is big - get it!
Then for a few dollars you can customize the trigger to suit your preference or ďmissionĒ. The connector only takes a few minutes to change out and you can have anything from a 3.5# to 12# trigger pull. Speaking of trigger pull, did I mention itís the same every time and the same on every size Glock? Well, it is.
Then the one Glock thing that beats everybody Ė the lowest grip to bore centerline which makes the recoil more rearward than upward.
Is there some immunization I can get for this disorder? I have this urge to watch "Man On Fire" - was there a Glock in that or something?