Please cite the 10-year, field conditions study involving a randomly selected sample representing the population as a whole. State hypothesis(ses), tests, methodology, controls, double-blinds, etc., along with observed abnormalities, summary statistics, conclusions, and calls for further study.
Originally Posted by Bad Bob
Or, perhaps that's merely your opinion... ?
The following gent didn't conduct a ten-year study, but he did conduct a twenty-year period of expert, hands-on observation:
I spent over 20 years in the US Army Infantry with the M9 Beretta and about 15 years as a Police Officer with the Glock 22 and 23. In the early 1990ís I bought a Glock 21, by the late 1990ís I bought another Glock 21. I have bought other Glocks in the 2000ís. I own a few Beretta 92ís as well. The Glocks are neat, but many times are over hyped or technology caught up to them after a few years.
Pistols like the much older and still current Beretta 92/M9 and the new Sig P320/M17(8) have done as well or better than the Glocks for reliability in tests and real world use.
This is not to say the Glock is bad. The Glock was great design and offering that proved it self. But in some ways it gets over rated or hyped. People did all sorts of crazy tests to show how great they could be in situations most guns were not designed for as they were not buried in mud, or frozen in ice and then shot.
Glocks are on their 5th major design change. Their changes came from issues that arose and they are far from as reliable as many think.
Unsupported chambers in the 40 S&W help feed ammo, but have been a factor in Glocks exploding vs other pistols with supported chambers doing better. The Glocks are not designed for lead bullets and the barrel can have issues and cause the Glock not to work. Trigger springs have broken and the gun will not fire. The dual recoil springs failed and Glock issues recalls and fixes.
I have seen many Glocks jam at Police training courses and at range qualifications. I have read up on numerous failures with Glocks in the line of duty. But on the flip side there are more Glocks out there than most other pistols. So it might be like the old Toyota pick ups that were made out to be great as they were made in small numbers and when they mass made them to compete in America it turned out they are just average for issues.
Today the Glock is just another good pistol. It comes in many sizes and calibers. It is a simple gun to operate (other than the pull trigger to take apart). It fits a general use design for carry, home defense, and range use. Itís low maintenance/cleaning from dirt and sweat. Many guns donít check all those blocks. Itís not a bad pistol and up there with the better ones. But I would disagree itís the most reliable vs the Beretta M9A3, Sig M17, or even Colt M45A1 based on the Military testing all of them. But the Glock still does see Military service, and due to low cost still is used by majority of Police. Lots of Glock armors out there who can work on themÖ
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