First of all, I'd like to say that I don't own a Glock (though I would like to) and I don't have any particular stake in the company. I am not posting this as a fanboy. We all have friends or acquaintances in the world who dislike things the moment they become popular. Whether it's the friend that loved the excellent Mumford and Sons before they started winning awards, and now says they're just "not the same", or the guy who considers it "selling out" when his favorite hometown restaurant opens a second location, or the guy who says an actor "lost his touch" once he started appearing in non-indie films, the world seems full of the guys that just love to hate what everyone else loves. Now, disliking Glock is fine and normal. Diversity of opinion is a good thing for consumers. There are lots of pistols I dislike. Springfield Armory's XD/XDMs feel awful and top-heavy in my hand, and the striker retainer pin should probably be replaced with an aftermarket if you're going to dry-fire. However, tens of thousands of users love the XD/XDM pistols and have shown them to be reliable workhorses. Thus, I do not HATE XD/XDMs, and I do not make broad, sweeping claims about their lack of quality, because that's simply not true. When a friend needed his XD serviced and maintained, I did it happily. It's a good gun, just not for me. The Glock-hate community, by contrast, has many members that are fans of making some of the most absurd, fallacious arguments I have seen. Gaston supports Nazism, they cry...ignoring Beretta's ties to Mussolini-controlled Italy, Smith & Wesson's and Ruger's weak moments in the past when confronting gun control issues, CZ's former Communist-run production, and Taurus's production in an anti-gun country... I could go on, but won't. The fact is, all of those are silly reasons to attack a gun brand (besides, if I wanted to go after Taurus, I'd have a lot of other ammo). However, many Glock haters attach the allegedly impure views of Gaston to the pistols themselves. Next, the grip angle. Oh, how they cry to the heavens about the grip angle! "It feels like wild boars mauling my hand!" they say. "It feels like I'll never shoot again!" But, again, like my issues with Springfield, that's a personal taste issue. It doesn't explain the myriad comments that Glocks are "junk" and "what people who don't know about guns buy". So, why can't they just dislike the gun personally and leave the invective in the schoolyard? Then there are the KA-BOOM threads. "GLOCK KA-BOOM" the titles display gleefully, keeping for the fine print that the firearm was used with dangerously overloaded Bubba ammo and lead reloads and was never cleaned. Other pistols that explode just as often under the same conditions don't get noticed. Glocks are machines, and it seems to delight their detractors that just like any machine, if you push it beyond what it clearly says in the manual that it is made for, it'll break. Use a chainsaw to break cement blocks and you'll have a sad day. Glock's ownership raises no more eyebrows than many other gun companies. Their grip angle, uncomfortable to many, is perfect to many more. The ka-booms are present in other pistol brands, and happen almost never in a well-maintained gun using factory ammunition or quality reloads. Finally, their incredibly widespread and heavy use makes a liar out of those who would call them "tupperware" or "junk". The list of pistols that can be run as hard as a Glock is a relatively short one (though growing longer as companies - notably Smith & Wesson - aggressively prosecute Glock's market space and pay better attention to market demands). Glock isn't perfect. The Gen 4 pistols were a fiasco at first, their ejection and extraction issues along with the underwhelming backstraps overshadowing the great new features like the oversized mag release and the wonderful improvement on the texture, and the company's comical insistence on failing to address the single-stack and carbine markets has become a joke. Still, they're popular, tough, relatively affordable, fit most hands comfortably, and come in a wider array of sizes and calibers than any other line by a major manufacturer. And it's not like other brands haven't had their stinkers - Beretta (my favorite brand) had the 9000. Smith had the Sigma. Some of Ruger's most amazing guns have sputtered and farted in the early stages. So, are the ones who insist on not disliking - disliking is normal - but actually hating the brand just the firearms community's version of the guy who ironically wears a Powerpuff Girls T-shirt, refuses to drink Starbucks (they're all corporate now, he says with a knowing nod) and insists that you haven't heard of his favorite band? The guy who just can't like what everyone else does, and can't admit that his reasons aren't logical? Wanna kill these ads? We can help!