Handgun Reliability Poll - Glock

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    Handgun Reliability Poll - Glock

    OK, since reliability is arguably the most important consideration in a defensive handgun, I'd like to conduct a poll.

    Here are the ground rules:

    You must have personally owned a firearm(s) made by the manufacturer in question.

    You yourself must have experienced the malfunction, if any.

    Malfunctions due to dud ammo are not counted, but the inability of the gun to digest a particular type of ammo is counted as one malfunction.

    Malfunctions are counted even if the manufacturer or a gunsmith later fixed the issue.

    Recalls are not counted, unless you yourself experienced a functional issue related to the recall.

    If you own several handguns from the same maker, just add up the total of any malfunctions you may have had.

    Thanks for participating!

    EDIT - Tried to set this up for multiple manufacturers, but doesn't look like I can do that. So, let's look at Glock for now. I'll maybe set some polls up for other makers later.
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    I have shot glocks for many years. Over time you are bound to have a malfunction from time to time using different ammo. Maybe some of the malfunctions were my fault, maybe not, but they do happen. With Glocks, they are few and far between. That is why I feel that doing malfunction drills are very important no matter what brand firearm you choose.
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    I have only had one FTF with a Glock, afterwards I examined the round and it appeared to have a good primer hit but did not fire. This was with WWB.

    I voted 'never'.
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    Well, the wording is kind of going to get some folks easily IMO. Thing is....I've never had a Glock pistol malfunction, but I've had one ammunition malfunction, two magazine spring/follower malfunctions, and a stupid on my part malfunction when I loaded 16 rounds into a factory 15 round magazine. Since around 1992, I've been through or have had the G17, G19, G21, G22, G23, G27, and G30. Hundreds of rounds through some, and thousands of rounds through others.

    Quote Originally Posted by ckfarris View Post
    I have shot glocks for many years. Over time you are bound to have a malfunction from time to time using different ammo. Maybe some of the malfunctions were my fault, maybe not, but they do happen. With Glocks, they are few and far between. That is why I feel that doing malfunction drills are very important no matter what brand firearm you choose.
    Well said!

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    These are certainly not "scientific" polls, but I was hoping for something more useful than the typical "I have X handgun and it's great!" vs "I had that same X handgun and it was worthless!"

    I purposely left the definition of "malfunction" a bit vague - folks can use their own definition. To me, if a 15 year old gun with 20,000 rounds through it breaks a spring, I may call that "routine wear and tear." If that same spring breaks after only 400 rounds, I would call it a "malfunction."

    As more folks reply, those things should settle out, and the results should be useful.
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    I currently own 2 G21's, a G30, G34 and a G36.

    I have formerly owned a G19, a third G21, a G26, and a second G36.

    No non-ammo failures. In any pistol. Ever. Aggregate round total well over 10k.
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    So, where's the HK poll?
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    One failure on a G-23. Gunsmith said a spring broke...The slide would stay open like it does on the last round. The mag still had rounds in it. I was told that not many rounds have been fired through the gun just going by looks. Someone more qualified than myself informed me of this and it wasn't the former owner of the gun.
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    My malfunction was not due to the Glock, it was due to a bad crimp on the casing.

    Even had it proven to me that there's no such thing as a hang-fire with a Glock. Had a XD9 that wasn't impacting primers deep enough. Squad leader tossed the round in a Glock and it fired right off.

    That said, I do know the G23 has had some well documented issues when fired with a tactical light mounted to the rail. Frame flexation is blamed for the problem and there seems to be no cure for the problem, once it starts it just gets worse.

    My G30 would eat the crappiest ammo I could find...it simply didn't care what you put through it. Put roughly 10,000 rounds through it in 6 months. Folks in Smyrna wanted to see it and couldn't believe that I had documented (receipts too) 10,000 trouble-free rounds through it and it looked like it had barely 500 through it.

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    WHAT !!!! No Sig Poll?.........
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    My Glock malfunction was due to limpwristing.
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    I have a Glock 23 with a LWD 9mm. conversion barrel. Never malfunctioned with either the OEM or Conversion barrel. I also have a Glock 34 that only malfunctioned once (during a USPSA match) This was due to a reloaded high primer, my fault.
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