Wednesday, June 20, 2012

RegT Loves Him Some Glocks!

Posted for RegT

Today, kiddies, we are going to talk about why Mr. Rogers prefers to carry a Glock.

Now, I am aware that there are Glock bashers out there, in-duh-viduals who simply cannot, or will not, accept that it is an excellent pistol. Notice I didn’t say the best. Nonetheless it is the choice of Mr. Rogers, and we are going to discover why this is the case.

First, it is one of the most reliable handguns in existence. Talk to the folks who put the pedal to the metal - people who train others in the proper use of a handgun for self defense. Then speak to the gentlemen and gentlewomen who are on the teams which are responsible for procuring handguns for their various law enforcement agencies. Even the Feds recognize the value per dollar superiority of the Glock. Sigs and HKs and Springfield XDs and such are excellent weapons, as well, but in the realm of bang for the buck, Glocks come out on top.

Some agencies have indeed stayed away from the Glock. When I worked at the California Highway Patrol, CHP still had an incestuous relationship with Smith & Wesson, so they initially transitioned to Smiths when they moved from a revolver to a pistol. A quick check on the ‘Net indicates they are still bending over for Smi - er, issuing the S&W. When you realize how difficult it was to get CHP to stop using revolvers in the first place, that won’t come as such a surprise. Frankly, it blew me away that they didn’t issue the Smegma, I mean the Sigma, when S&W first came out with it. Fortunately, wiser heads prevailed.

In toto, however, many, many law enforcement agencies across the country, including most Federal agencies, went with the Glock. In fact, the Glock is such an extraordinary piece of Austrian (doesn’t Obama speak Austrian?) engineering, that quite a few other gun manufacturers have copied the major features and design of the Glock. Is there anyone here who thinks they would have done that if the Glock were the POS that it’s bashers claim it to be? As a matter of fact, the S&W Smegma/Sigma was such a blatant copy that Glock sued S&W and won a judgment against them.

I hate to digress here, but I have to address a couple of myths that seem to be prevalent in the gun blogosphere: one is that none of the Glocks except the G17 should work, according to the laws of physics. These people claim that because the G17 was designed to work with the 9mm cartridge, any other models in a different caliber simply are trash that will blow up, fall apart, make you sterile, and cause you significant other to sue for breach of contract.

Obviously, these folks don’t pay attention to the large number of competent (even if they are German-speaking) Austrian engineers who have figured out how to make the changes necessary on the different models which enable them to safely and efficiently utilize other calibers of ammunition, even newly created ones like the .45 GAP. As a point of fact, Glock has properly engineered each and every model, in each and every caliber, and the ones I have shot - 9mm, .357 Sig, .40, 10mm, and .45 ACP, have all worked just fine, with a variety of different styles of ammunition in each caliber.

In fact I own multiple Glocks in all but 9mm and 10mm, and have even operated them with ammunition that had been reloaded with the dreaded LEAD bullet ( believed by the aforementioned Deniers to be certain to blow up a Glock). After several thousand lead bullets sent downrange through standard, OEM Glock barrels, all of my Glocks are still working just fine.

Second myth: people (frequently the same ones) will point a trembling finger, faces all squinty, and swear that the chambers of the Glock are UNSUPPORTED and will cause your Glock to blow up. They will even display YouTube video of Glocks which have gone KABOOM, with catastrophic damage to the gun.

While many guns of various makes, models, and calibers have blown up since the Chinese first started messing around with black powder, Glocks have not blown up with any greater regularity than any other make of handgun - with one exception. When you rule out the obvious operator errors - like improperly hand-loaded ammunition, which I understand accounts for about 99% of the “KB”s, as they are known - it has been determined by those who manufacturer ammunition components that the .40 Smith and Wesson caliber may have a shortcoming that has meant a higher number of accidents. It is called “bullet setback”, which means that - due to the particular dimensions of the .40 S&W cartridge, if a bullet slips backward into its case due to a loose crimp, pressures can rise significantly higher than the gun was designed to handle.

So, improperly loaded ammunition, even commercially produced, can indeed cause a blowout. Thankfully, the Glock is so well made, I have not personally heard of, nor read of, anyone seriously injured by such an incident. I witnessed one myself, with a friend’s G23 he was shooting with another person’s reloaded .40 ammo. The pistol was damaged, but actually easily repaired, and no one was hurt. However, because of the fact that Glock .40s existed in much higher numbers initially than any other pistol in that caliber, there may have been a higher number of incidents with the Glock .40 than with any other make.

Well, just so I don’t bore you to death (all but the Glock Deniers, who have already stopped reading), let me tell you of another feature of the Glock you are just going to love: due to the popularity of the Glock, many thousands of barrels have been produced, far in excess of the number of pistols. So, you can swap out one barrel for another in seconds. Because there are several after-market barrel makers, and because all barrels for the Glock are relatively cheap, replacing a barrel is a snap.

Now, don’t get the idea you need to replace the lock barrel because of any problems, like premature wear or such. However, if you found yourself needing to change barrels because you had to use your Glock to terminate the existence of some pest - oh, no, not some innocent human being, I would never suggest such a thing! - but say, a feral dog or a marauding raccoon, or the scumsucking, meth-taking, daughter-deflowering POS hanging around one of your precious children, say, you would not have to be worried about a ballistics check on the barrel of your Glock. You know, the barrel sitting at the bottom of the San Francisco Bay, or Lake Louise, or Lake Tahoe, or the Mighty Mississip. We won’t bring up the subject of politicians who might have incurred your significant displeasure, nor EPA bureaucrats who have threatened to crucify you.

It is my understanding that the polygonal shape of the standard Glock barrel does not lend itself well to a ballistics match on recovered bullets, but why take a chance? Barrels are much cheaper than attorneys or bail, so get yourself a spare or two. It is much easier to find, buy, and replace a Glock barrel than with any other make of pistol, AFAIK.

So there you have it. Some excellent reasons why Mr. Rogers packs a Glock when he frequents the gay bars in Boston’s Combat Zone, or the South Side of Chicago.

1 comment:

  1. Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it. Glock Night Sights