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Choosing a Glock That Works for You

Shopping for a Glock is like shopping for a prime cut steak. There are lots of choices, but you know that no matter what you end up with, it’s going to be good. And while finding the perfect Glock is largely a matter of personal preference, there are two important options that need to be part of the decision-making process: frame and caliber.glock with light

Frame size is all relative to the original Glock, the 9mm Glock 17. That gun is now known as the Standard frame in the Glock line, although three of the Standards, the .45 and 10mm Glock 21 and 20 have slightly larger grips.

The other available frame sizes are the Compact, Subcompact and Subcompact Slimline.

The Standard frame is the largest of the non-competition or exotic Glock firearms. Although they can be carried concealed, they’re on the larger side and are better home defense or outdoor guns. The Compact frame is a more versatile design and could easily be the weapon of choice for most scenarios.

The frame dimensions of the Glock 19 are an inch shorter in length and a half-inch shorter in height than the Standard frame Glocks. The magazine capacity is still adequate; 15 rounds versus 17 for the Glock17.  The Compact frame Glock is an ideal all-purpose handgun and would be an excellent choice for a new or novice shooter.

The Subcompact and Subcompact Slimline, or mini-Glocks, are primarily concealed carry weapons.  However, due to their limited magazine capacity (the .45 ACP loads 6 cartridges in single stack), the minis are often used as back-up guns (BUG).  These tiny power packs holster comfortably at the ankle, vest, back, or other locations.

Most of the Glock frames can load the mainstream caliber rounds of 9mm, .40, .357 SIG, 10mm, and .45 ACP.  When choosing a caliber, it’s important to remember that large caliber usually means large recoil and muzzle blast. This holds true for the .40 and .357 SIG.

Also, it’s important to note that larger calibers don’t always translate into more stopping power, as the .45 ACP does not hold up when compared to other calibers in the same frame size.

So which Glock is best? Author and law enforcement weapons trainer Scott W. Wagner gives his opinion in his article “So Many Choices: Which Glock is Right for You?” at USConcealedCarry.com:

“I recommend the 9mm. It costs less, recoils and blasts less, yet is still effective enough that it is the duty caliber for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office and NYPD. New and experienced users will benefit from carrying the 9mm in any Glock frame size” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)

Take a Glock for a test drive at your local range and decide which one is the best fit for your needs.

  1. March 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    EDC is a 26; home defense is a 23; along with a Mossberg 500 of course

    • March 15, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Sweet! Sounds like you’re covered, Chuck.

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