Why I don’t like Glock pistols.

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The black and boring block like pistols are some of the most used, trusted, and reliable guns ever made. They have swept many government agencies and public markets by storm in just a short two decades. There’s no denying that the money you spend on a Glock is well spent, even if you don’t like the angle of the grip. Since it’s introduction several companies have made copies. Some copies have been so similar that they have to pay royalties to Glock. Others are similar, but just different enough.

Glock, the company, likes to tout it’s firearms as “perfect”. While nothing is perfect for everyone, the Glock is good enough for nearly everyone. Making up for aesthetics by being reliable, or inexpensive, or easy to work on and maintain. After-market support is also extremely huge with the Glock line. There’s little reason to not own a Glock.

As a Certified Glock Armorer, a paper that I got on my own dime, I’ve chosen the platform as my primary sidearm. However, the gun is not perfect. In fact, every Glock that I own I must modify in the same way. Maybe it’s because I have gorilla hands, or maybe the person who designed those stupid finger grooves had really small hands. Either way, I can’t stand those finger grooves. In fact, I hate them with a passion. Not only do they make the gun look even more ugly, but they get in the way of a really good grip.

This is why I remove the finger grooves and stipple the area on all of my Glocks. Once this is done, the gun feels 100% better. Or, it feels like a M&P, or H&K, or any one of the polymer guns which don’t have those stupid grooves. Yes, it might be easier to just buy a gun without the grooves, and I’ll likely do just that when I get around to it. But I won’t be selling my Glocks. I consider this a necessary upgrade for the Glock pistol. And yes, it is an upgrade. Anyone who shoots my Glock 17 prefers the grip and the trigger to a standard Glock.

Ahh yes, the trigger. Another “just ok” thing the Glock has. The trigger is reliable, consistent, and nasty. There are a lot of after-market triggers, but I can’t see paying $100 or more for a trigger on a $500 gun (less competition use). What’s one to do? Polish! Glock will tell you to NEVER polish any of the internals, and I agree that you should not do this. But, if you know what you’re doing and that you should never remove material, then I would suggest it. A good polish alone makes the trigger feel great. The alternative to a good polish job is to shoot a few thousands rounds. But why wait for a good trigger when you can have one minutes after you’ve purchased the gun?

A good trigger goes a long ways, and it’s often how we compare “how” a gun shoots, as this is only of the few inputs from the user required to make it go bang. I usually also run a 3.5lbs connector on my Glocks. I find this and a good polish job to do wonders. Keep in mind, if you’re running a Glock 42 in your pocket without a holster (seriously, always use a holster), do not touch the trigger.

So while the Glock is “perfect”, it’s actually not. I’m excited for the new offerings from H&K and Sig this year. There’s also a lot of hype around the Strikeone pistol. These three will be interesting contenders for the Glock market, which is super reliable striker fired pistols. While all of these are going to be more expensive than the Glock or M&P line, they bring extras to the table which are long overdue. Might we see a shift away from Glock as these new guns arrive? Not likely, as Glock has a huge stranglehold on police departments and just government agencies in general. They also come in at a lower price point, making them good pistols for people on a budget, or people who need a gun that can get dropped, scratched, and just in general beat up.

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Greg Ryman is a certified NRA instructor and RSO. He is also a California DOJ Certified Handgun Safety Instructor and a Certified Glock Armorer. Greg has been shooting for over 20 years and is the owner of Ryman Tactical.

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