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Are glocks still the "best"

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by Lebowski, May 7, 2012.

  1. Lebowski

    Lebowski Greater PDX Active Member

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    Of course, all things “best” being totally subjective, Glocks are often considered to be the best 9mm pistol available. Their reliability is beyond reproach, accessories and parts are plentiful, and they are not ammo sensitive.


    I am a long time Glock lover, owning many various Glocks in my short tenure as a gun owner. After whittling down my once vast Glock collection to only a few G19’s I ditched my last G26 in favor a M&P Shield recently. It was almost like a revelation to me in terms of ergonomics and concealment

    I still love my Glocks and trust them completely, but would I be crazy to abandon the platform that got me into concealed carry and gun ownership as a whole, really, in favor of something that is relatively new to me. I have no real experience with the M&P line (beyond the Shield that raised this question). I don’t know much about them past what I read on the interwebs. I understand that they are supposedly reliable, but do not have the track record that Glocks do. I am filthy with Glock mags and holsters and whatnot as well. I would have to basically rebuild my system around the M&P platform. I handled a M&Pc in store and was impressed with how it felt.


    Perhaps there is a world of reliable ergonomic pistols out there that would fit my diminutive hands better than the Glock.

    Am I crazy for even thinking this? Is the M&P platform worth the switch or am I creating a solution to a problem that does not exist?
     
  2. DinhRose

    DinhRose Austin, Texas (Ex-Pat of SE PDX) Active Member

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    You should buy what you want. You can use all the logic in the world but ultimately what you want will trump all other factors. Keep the glock and try out the M&P. If you love it then move to that platform. I don't know why you would have to switch all of your guns though? Glock did try to address the bulky frames with the SF series but those didn't really go anywhere and now the gen4 has the adjustable backstraps. IMHO, ditch the glock and the M&P and because nothing trumps the reliabilty of a HiPoint firearm:bluelaugh:
     
  3. 9mmguy

    9mmguy Portland, OR Member

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    Let's use an aircraft analogy. Imagine your Glock is an Airbus, and your M&P is a Boeing. Both of them have reached a level of sophistication where for all practical purposes, it simply doesn't matter which type of plane you are on. There may be minute differences in the individual models' safety record, but they are so small that they would only matter to a statistician and are probably due to chance. The same is true for MD planes, Bombardier, Embraer. Any of these aircraft is perfectly safe, and any gun from a reputable manufacturer will perform the job well for you.

    Planes crash occasionally, and guns malfunction occasionally. Usually this is due to maintenance, user error, and various adverse conditions. You are much more likely to screw up than your name-brand gun. In the end it comes down to individual preference and what you are better with. Right now it sounds like Glock is what you should trust yourself with. That doesn't mean the M&P might not replace the Glocks some day in the future.
     
  4. Hammer_Man

    Hammer_Man Hillsboro Member

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    Why limit yourself to just one platform?? Buy both and be happy! :thumbup:
     
  5. pokerace

    pokerace Newberg Well-Known Member

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  6. whatzhizname

    whatzhizname Southern Oregon and occasionally PDX Member

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    I only recently had my first experience with a Springfield XD, but from shooting one I would say that ergonomically they are better than Glocks. However, due to all the aftermarket barrels (to change caliber), higher capacity 22-33 round magazines, and long-term reliability reputation I would still choose a Glock. I think the above Boeing VS Airbus analogy is a good one. Fine one you like that you shoot well and then learn to keep it running no matter what. :)
     
  7. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Kent, WA Member

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    In the world of the revolver service pistol in the late 80s and early 90s, Glocks were the best. Its reliability, function, capacity, etc was in a different league. 20+ years later, there are many manufacturers out there that makes pistols on bar or, in some cases, surpass the standard Glocks had set. Asking if Glock is still the "best" is like asking if Mercedes still makes the best "premium sedan" for the common folks - It was the gold standard and not necessary THE best any more. But if you like the name brand, then by all means go for it.
     
  8. Lebowski

    Lebowski Greater PDX Active Member

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    I suppose More so what I am asking is those of you Who have made the switch from
    Glock to something more “ergonomic” and modern such as Springfield XDM or the M&P line, are you pleased with the switch. Was it worth the transition of mags and accessories?

    I would normally agree with the get both theory, but I tend to run my firearms based on a weapons systems platform. I choose to run several of the same model for magazine and parts interchangeability and likeness of operation. Its just ,my best good theory on how I elect to outfit myself.
     
  9. biggie24420

    biggie24420 Beaverton Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Glocks are one of the best, not THE BEST if you ask me. They are simple, reliable, and parts are easy to get and for me that makes it one of the best.
     
  10. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Never had a handgun that failed to reload a round (repeatedly) until I fired my first glock. Guy who loaned it to me said I was "limp wristing" and I gave it back to him and never looked back. Hundreds of rounds down the pipe with my Sig and never a failure once. Maybe it was me but in a firefight I don't want to think about my wrist just my trigger finger. This is the reason why there's so many guns on the market, different strokes for different strokes.
     
  11. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    glocks are the best just not the prettiest...........well come to think of it they are pretty sexy though :cool:
     
  12. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am non glock
     
  13. no excuses

    no excuses Rainier OR Member

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    I realy enjoy my glocks but are they the best, they are for me but that does not mean they will be for you. just my .02
     
  14. Spray-n-pray

    Spray-n-pray Battle Ground Moderator Staff Member Bronze Supporter

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    I don't have anything against Glock. I just don't like them. I have owned a few, but they all went away........
     
  15. Scott

    Scott Battle Ground Well-Known Member

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    "Glocks are often considered to be the best 9mm pistol available".

    I am just wondering were that statement came from as I never had heard that.:confused:

    I totally disagree but I also totally believe in your choice of guns.

    With that being said have fun with your Glocks and I am messing with you so please don't take it serious:D:D:D:eek::eek::eek:

    But I disagree but happy shooting...

    Sent from my Desire HD using Tapatalk 2
     
  16. salmonriverjohn

    salmonriverjohn N.W Oregon coast, Gods country Well-Known Member

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    Their like dating an ugly fat chick that really knows how to cook, among other things.:bluelaugh:
     
  17. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Kent, WA Member

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    ^ :laugh::laugh:

    Shooting a Glock is like driving a sports car with a really awkwad and unnatural seating position. Once you learn how to drve ike that, you can drive it just as fast as others on the track. Most people sit in it and ask "how can you stand driving like this?" To which you reply "this is how you drive when you want to go fast in 1985."
     
  18. XSubSailor

    XSubSailor SW WA Active Member

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    I have a G19 Gen4 that I bought for my wife. I installed a Ghost Rocket connector and Warren tactical sights...all for less than $600. She shoots it great and so do I at the range. My only gripe with Glock is the grip angle. When I present from the holster, I have to rotate my wrists downward in an un-natural (for me) motion or the pistol ends up aimed skyward. Other than that and being butt-ugly, I think Glocks are great and recommend them to anyone. I own an M&P and after installing the APEX kit and new sights, it's my favorite striker-fired pistol (I currently own 14 pistols). I've tried, and passed on the XD due to reliability issues with varying ammo (it was a picky eater), but if you find ammo that works reliably, it's a solid platform too.

    My current carry pistol is a H&K P2000 w/ LEM trigger system. I like the long (but light) first pull, decent reset, second strike capability, and ability to ride the hammer when holstering.
     
  19. Goat Herder

    Goat Herder Kent, WA Member

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    Dispite all that, you STILL recommend them to anyone?!?!
     
  20. BANE

    BANE Battle Ground WA. Well-Known Member

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    I would recommend a glock.
    I wouldn't say it the best but I've never had any major problems. My g17 has just over 10,000 rds on it and it still runs just as good as it did when it was new.
    I really like my Hk's & FN's i would recommend them to!
     
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