What's my favorite Glock? Well I have a few favorites to be honest. I have been in law enforcement since 1975 and I began my career carrying a Colt Python 4 inch barrel in a Hoyt holster. Hoyt holsters were the "sierra hotel" of break front holsters in their time. As my career progressed I had some custom things done to the Python like changing the blue to a Colt combat black and having the trigger polished and the trigger and hammer jeweled.
Well, the Python became more valuable than gold so I retired it to a presentation case and opted for an S&W Model 66 as my duty weapon. The Model 66 was a nice duty weapon, it shot well and took the abuse that law enforcement handguns take. Then they agency I worked for adopted an optional weapon as an S&W 559. I liked the idea of carrying more rounds, especially where I worked, so I bought one of those.
I qualified with it but never warmed up to it for some reason. Then the agency added the S&W 659 to the list of approved weapons for duty. I liked my Model 66 because of the stainless steel so I bought a 659 and carried that until I left that agency for greener pastures.
My new agency issued S&W 686 in a 4 inch and once again I was back to carrying it in a Hoyt holster. The problem was that although the agency issued these 686s, we only carried .38 +P in a 110 grain bullet. As I recall, we tried 95 grain +P and 115 grain +P but nothing performed like anyone wanted.
Enter the Glock model(s) 22 and 23.
When I got my Glock 23 Gen 2, I immediately I liked it. The 13 round magazine and one up the tube of 180 grain Federal Hydra Shoks seemed more than adequate. The G23 shot great right out of the box. No issues at all. I was very happy with my G23 and still have it to this day.
I carried my G23 in a few different holsters throughout the years. Safariland, Galco and Bianchi top the list but they are just the ones I can recall as I write this. They all worked well but, as anyone that carries a firearm on a regular basis, the gun carrier is always looking for the elusive unicorn holster. One that does all things!
The G23, as all Glocks I’ve handled, shoots just like the next Glock and for me points well. It seems to get on target in a natural way because, and again for me, it just points well.
I have been extremely lucky in my career that I never had to discharge my duty weapon in the course and scope of my employment other than qualifying but, it truly has been pointed at a lot of bad guys through the years.
All my Glocks are simple and easy to operate. That’s one of the beauties of their design. There are firearms that are extremely successful simply because they are so simple to be proficient with. The AK-47 comes to mind as one of these successful weapons.
My G23 has traveled all over the United States with me and it has never failed me! Any climate, any weather condition I never worry about it because I know if need be it will go bang every time! There is a reason that law enforcement agencies all over the world carry Glocks. Whether in places like Alaska or the savannas of Africa you’ll find Glocks being carried
After I retired from my last agency I felt that it was time to let the G23 rest at home so I purchased a Glock 30S. With the exception of only 10 rounds and one in the tube it was like getting a new car. It's just new and you want to take it out for a spin. It concealed well and shot even better. I took it out of the box and qualified with it shooting duty loads the first time I fired it. I did change the sights to TruGlo TFX Pro but that was my everyday carry weapon and I could not have been happier with it. Truly a great Glock in the venerable 45 caliber. L.A.P.D. Special Investigations Section (S.I.S.) apparently had their hand in the development of the G30S and Glock answered their call.
One day something told me that I needed a 10mm. I looked at something I could carry on occasion and I bought a G29 Gen 4. I figured I'd carry it when I wanted a change from the G30S.
Again, I qualified with it right out of the box. It ingested everything I fed it. The G29 never batted an eye. It just shot like we had been together for years. I shot light loads and "nuclear" power stuff and in my humble opinion the recoil was not much worse than my G30S with Federal HSTs in it.
The G29 has become my every day carry gun. I never leave the house without it. It's not the prettiest girl at the dance (no Glock is) but it can kick up its heels if needed. I trust this G29 as I trust all my Glocks to fire when necessary. They all do, all the time. No hesitation!
My carry now is as a Retired LEO and the holsters I use are Zorn Wraith (IWB), Armordillo (IWB) and my Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0. They all work well and are quite comfortable. Even concealing the G29 to where it is comfortable is not a large effort.
I still look back at my Python and I take it out of its presentation case and handle it and I still have a deep love and appreciation for it and where its been with me. For now, I need a tool that I can depend on. I know if I drop it or I get in a bad jam the Glock I'm carrying will be there doing what it does best, it simply Performs!