Glock “Family” Pistols Offer Versatility
Glock Pistols are offered in a “family” of Full-size, Compact and Sub-compact in 4 calibers (not including Law Enforcement Only models):
- 9mm: Models 17, 19, 26
- .357 SIG: Models 31, 32, 33
- .40 S&W: Models 22, 23, 27
- .45 G.A.P.: Models 37, 38, 39
The ones pictured above and featured in the video below are the 9mm family.
First off, no handgun is of any value if it is not reliable or you cannot shoot it well; with me I have found Glocks to be very reliable, they fit my hand as well or better than any other brand of firearm and I can shoot them well.
It doesn’t matter how cool a gun looks if it doesn’t pass muster on the above criteria.
Now, I totally get that many people think Glock pistols are ugly, personally I like their looks. Clean and efficient, not a lot of bells and whistles, knobs, gears, levers or antennas to get caught on anything. Get a grip, take aim, press the trigger, they go bang…
Can the same be said of other handguns? Yep, sure can.
Yet how many of those “other” handguns come in a “family” of three sizes, with magazines that can be used with any gun in the family smaller than what the magazine was intended for?
Ok, now how many can you easily remove the baseplate to add a pinky extension – like a Pearce Grip Extension, a “+2” baseplate to give you two more rounds capacity, or buy a “monster magazine” that holds – in the case of 9mm – 31+2 rounds for a total of 34 rounds in the gun (33 in the magazine with +2 extension plus one in the pipe)?
We are now likely down to a pretty small group of handguns…
So how many of these can all 3 handguns in the “family” use the same holsters? Holsters are EXPENSIVE as you probably have found out; look what they charge even for a simple plastic paddle holster these days. A leather shoulder rig? OUCH!
Leather Shoulder Holster
Speaking of leather should holsters, here is the Galco rig I am wearing in the video: Galco Miami Classic Shoulder System for Glock
Here are the tie downs (set): Galco Miami Classic Tie Down Set
Note: Any real leather holster system probably requires a short amount of break-in work.
Glock Pistols: Generation 2 vs Finger Grooves
In the original take of the video I demonstrated how the finger grooves on the model 26 don’t fit my fingers, and while I have large hands my fingers are not fat. Grooves are still too small. I had to re-shoot the video and forgot to illustrate that issue.
Thus, despite being like a “piece of lumber” according to some, I am quite happy with the Generation 2 Glock pistols – I do kind of miss the rail on the front but let’s face it: I’m not adding an expensive light and buying all new holsters anyway.
According to one expert shooter, those finger grooves fit about 10% of the population, they just happen to fit him. If that statistic is even close to true it makes you wonder why gun manufacturers do it other than the “cool looking” factor (which is HUGE, I know…)
Other Items Shown
The black belt holster shown at the top of the image is a Galco Fletch High Ride: Galco Fletch High Ride Belt Holster for Glock 17, 22, 31. I really like the way this holster holds the gun close to my body yet it’s still very comfortable; and with a jacket would be concealable though also a nice holster for open carry.
Orange magazine base plate: Glock Part Orange Mag Floor Plate SP02681 (be sure and check “other sellers” on the right side for lower price that still offers free shipping).
Blue magazine base plate: Glock Blue Training Magazine Floor Plate
Glock 26 Pearce Grip Extension (works on any double stack Glock pistol “family” magazine in 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 SIG, .45 GAP) Apparently 2 sizes now: Pearce Grips Gun Fits GLOCK Model 26/27/33/39 Grip Extension-Extra Long
Why I Like Glock Pistols Video
This isn’t the only video you will see Glock pistols featured. In the IFR 4X Pistol Shooting Accurizer System™ you will see a Glock 17 featured quite predominantly.
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