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What Made You Jump Aboard The Glock Bandwagon?

Discussion in 'General Glocking' started by chewybaca67, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. HardShell


    Feb 16, 2007
    Slapout, Alabama
    Early '90s, I had already been CCWing for more than a decade and had ZERO interest in "those newfangled plastic pistols." :embarassed:

    My wife (fiancee' at the time) bought me my first one on a whim after reading about them.

    It wasn't love at first sight, but the first day at the range made me a believer... started CCWing it once I got used to it and never looked back.

    I have twenty Glocks now and a G19 has been my primary CCW piece for twenty years now. Glocks are the only pistols I have taken through defensive shooting courses, no regrets, no plan or desire to change.

    And after all that, my wife still doesn't like or shoot my Glocks -- she has her own pistols she prefers. Go figure...

  2. JohnnyTactical305


    Jan 6, 2013
    I wanted a CCW and a Glock so I got a G26 Gen 4.

  3. matt_lowry123


    Nov 23, 2008
    owensboro KY
    I my first Glock was a 27 and I bought it around 2003-2004. I ended up trading it for a 19 and sold that to help buy a 21sf. That's the only Glock I've ever liked.
  4. duppyman3


    Feb 27, 2012
    Miami, Florida
    When I first got into shooting (mid 20s) I owned a gun in all the trigger actions (sti 1911 trojan single action, berretta 92 innox da/sa, and an old police trade in glock 17 dao the ugliest and most ware of the bunch). I hated the glock it was ugly, and most importantly I didn't shoot it well. I only kept it because it seem stupid not to have one as part of my collection, and from time to time I would take someone shooting. It was stupid easy to teach my guest how to use the glock it so they wouldn't get frustrated with the controls.

    What made me jump aboard the glock wagon was when I started competition shooting idpa. I had been shooting for years with the my 1911 and I could hit anything I wanted with it, same with the beretta. But on my first couple of shoots I would once in a while forget to disengage the safety due to the stress of being timed. Then I started notice all the 1911 guys cursing about their magazine or extractor causing jams and thus costing them time. It was then pulled out that old, worn glock 17 from my shooting bag I learned to appreciate it. I can have a jam ever so often from limp wristing but at least I know its not the magazine failing because the metal feed lips are spreading from being used like the 1911 guys. The glock isn't a tack driving like my 1911 or beratta because I'm use to the there single action triggers, but I can make A-zone hits no problem (that is accurate enough for me) and the thing just runs with very little maintence. I just come home wipe it down and I'm done. I don't have to worry about the gun being lubed up wet to run well. Since then been CCW a glock 19 everyday, the gun stands up to sweat, deodorant, with no damage to the finish. Beside god forbid I ever am unfortunate to have to use it to defend my life and the police confiscate it for evidence against my attacker I won't lose any sleep over the gun being out of my possession. I just pull another glock 19 out of the safe and I'm good to go.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013
  5. elijah58


    Feb 6, 2012
    Aiken, SC
    Wow, we started at the same time, got my first new glock a G32 Gen3 on January 28, 2012 and since have been completely bitten by the bug. Just got my G17RTF2/G three days ago, still a couple out there that I want, the G23C RTF2/G and the G29.

  6. Angry Fist

    Angry Fist Dehumanizer® Lifetime Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Hellbilly Hill
    I ordered my G20 a week before I joined. First hand info on 10MM is hard to come by.
  7. Tommy Gun

    Tommy Gun CLM

    Apr 9, 2000
    Manchester, NH. USA
    The price & the reliability of Glock firearms... Still the best gun for the money IMHO.

    I own 3, g26, g19, & g21
  8. fyrguy73


    Mar 24, 2013
    I wanted a sub compact for concealed carry. I had my mind made up on a Springfield XD 40 cal. But as I've read here earlier I tend to over research things when I make a purchase. I have always disliked Glocks. Didn't want a "plastic" pistol. So I did all the online research starting with the Springfield branching out to the S&W M&P, but they were always compared to the Glock. So, of course I had to understand why this was. After extensive research I decided to go to a local range and rent and shoot a couple of Glocks. After all the research and a few hours shooting the 27, 36 and 30 I now own the 30. No frills, exceptionally well made self defense weapon!

    P.S. I'm now a major Glock fan! The 30 is about the nicest gun I've ever shot. And I own a few handguns.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2013
  9. kidcom


    Mar 30, 2013
    Was a Glock 35 Gen 4. I gave it a lot of thought and decided that 9mm was to wimpish for me so I settled on .40 as my standard caliber for any pistols that I purchase. No regrets. :perfect10:
  10. Glock30fan

    Glock30fan Cmbt Tupperware

    Mar 11, 2001
    Where the buffalo roam.
    In 1991 I was in the market for a wondernine pistol. I wanted the H&K P7M13, but it was over $1000. Based on many magazine articles my other favorites were the Glock 17, S&W 5926 (frame decocker) and the Sig 226.

    I couldn't seem to come across the 5926 at local shops. I did find the G17 and the 226 at Wal-Mart. Loved the feel of the 226, but it had a stamped sheet steel slide. My Ruger Mk II had a stamped sheet steel frame and would rust if I thought about drinking a glass of water, so the Sig was out. I called Glock and a few days later received a bunch of brochures, price lists and a nice sticker. The fast customer service impressed me. So I went with the G17.

    22 years later I've owned (not all at once) 32 Glocks and only ever had trouble with one (G29), that the factory was able to fix.

    I paid $429 + tax in July of 1991 for that first 2nd Gen G17. At the same gunshop now, a G17 (3rd Gen) goes for $499, new. Only a $70 increase in over 22 years! The Sig 226 was about $525 then and about $900 now. I love my 226 Navy and had several S&W third gens, but the Glock is still my first love in semi-auto handguns!
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2013
  11. cityborncountrylivin


    Feb 5, 2013
    '92 Army Reserve summer camp. tried one of the guys G19. Had always been 1911 Mod 10 guy before that. 2x 19 ,20 27, 29
  12. frankemp


    Nov 16, 2011
    I think I was 24. It was 1993. I had been wanting to get a handgun for some time, but in NJ, it was and is alot of ass-ache. Alot of forms, fees, fingerprints. And also, I had my own place and was making $10 an hour at the time, so I was on a budget.

    So when I finally did all the paperwork, the waiting time began, and I remember reading all kinds of magazines and buying guides, going back and forth between all of the models.

    My boss at the time was into guns and hunting, but was into 'wheel' guns. He told me Glocks were cop guns.

    I remember liking the Sigs and (don't laugh) the Rugers. But I finally settled on the Glock 22. It held a whole bunch of ammo in a decent calibre. And it was at the Jersey max - 15 rounds. I still have that gun. And I like it now, 20 years on, more than I have in a while.

    If I had to buy a different first gun it would have been a 19.

    I also remember really liking the P7 M13. It was over a thousand dollars at the time. Maybe $1,300. I wish I had bought it back then. That and a Browning HP.

    My G22 Gen 2 was $450...
  13. SCmasterblaster

    SCmasterblaster Millennium Member

    Sep 24, 1999
    Hartford, Vermont
    1989 - I was looking for a 9mm CCW pistol and I found a slightly-used 2nd Gen G17. I have been carrying it ever since and now it is a 3rd Gen G17 (I had it converted two years ago).
  14. 11BTaz


    Mar 22, 2013
    When I left Batt G19's were in stock, a Squadmate of mine from way back who's a Squad Leader now at 1st Batt says that Snipers are getting G23's. When I was in Batt there were enough M9's for everyone as a sidearm but most chose not carry it unless it was "a good idea" to have one (mission/task dependant).

    I was an M9, loved it, got to another unit that had G19's and a small number of G26's for dudes on the teams to "play with" so I chose the G19 (like everyone else on my team), liked it - have had one (and a 26) ever since. Stated on other threads specifics that I like.... long story short, I'm comfy with it, I know it works, and I'd trust my life to it any day of the week - it's a fighting weapon!
  15. I got my Glock 17 in 1992 .I wanted to get Ruger GP100 but the CO refused to sign Provost Marshal registration form . I used the GP100 cancel payment to get the Glock and sneaked the form back into CO desk again a few months laterand he signed it . I was young and broke so I could not affrod to shoot that G17 much . Many years later I got Glock 21 , I changed a barrel so I can use lead bullets on my reload and it is my favorite of all .45 . Glock 17 got me start .I want to get Glock 34 some day.
  16. Research led me to the G26. My first gun was a .25, and I've had a few revolvers. I wanted a kick as semi auto that was super reliable since I was about to get my carry permit. My research kept leading me right back to the G26, so that's what I went out and tested against a few others at the range. I fell in love with Glocks that day. That was 2003.
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
  17. KingWalleye


    Jan 6, 2011
    Back in 1990 I was in the market for a double stack nine and didn't want a da/sa pistol. I was pretty much set on getting a Browning Hi-Power and my dad called me over to check out some pistols he had brought in. (he had an FFL at the time)

    He had a Taurus PT92-C, a Smith 6906 and four Gen 2 19's with adjustable sights.

    The first two were immediately ruled out. The Glock fit my hand and the consistent trigger sold it.

    The adjustable rear sight soon thereafter "fell off" and Glock replaced it at no charge. Since then the gun has been boringly reliable for some 10,000 is rounds and thanks to Glocktalk it now sports XS Sights and a 3.5lb connector. I've done my own grip reduction and stippling too.

    There are many Glocks but this one is definitely mine!
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2013
  18. Simpleman71


    Jul 26, 2010
    When I found a local le gun shop that sold them to retired military for $399.00 That was 2 years ago, then I found sig sauer. Now those are some fine pistols. Sold all of my glocks except my g34 that I shoot in uspsa my gen 4 g21 and my daughters g17.
  19. Mil-Spec


    May 22, 2000
    Tucson, AZ
    Right place right time, money to spend (good old days). I was stationed at Ramstein AB, Germany in '97-'01 and got my Gen 3 G23 tax-free at the Kaiserslautern Rod & Gun Club. I've thought about trading it in many times over the years to feed my Sig addiction, but my wife always said I should keep it because it's my only Glock. She finally shot it the other day (only took 12 years), and now I'm looking for a Gen 4 G19 for her. :)

    BTW, I put a Grip Force Adapter on it a couple weeks ago and now I wouldn't think of trading it in; what a difference the GFA made for me!

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  20. Sgt127


    Nov 5, 2002
    About 14 years ago. I was told to park my Wilson Master Grade .45 and the Milt Sparks duty holster I had custom made and they handed me a Glock 35 and a plastic Safariland holster.