Today we present another article for this round in our non-fiction writing contest – by B Wilson.
I recently found myself reading an informative article on this site about purchasing a Glock, even though the writer admittedly was not a Glock fan. The article had several very valid reasons for the purchase. I found myself reading the article looking for some vindication of why I was sitting here with my new Glock 17.
I have been around firearms all my life and have true appreciation of shooting and collecting. I want to emphasize shooting. If I cannot fire a fine collectable it’s not for me. For me that is the joy of ownership. I am an avid marksman and enjoy fine wheel guns, automatics, and long guns. There is not much out there I have not had the pleasure of shooting, as my aging eyes will attest to!
Until I moved to a large urban area in Florida twenty years ago I never saw a need to carry a firearm or prep for whatever may come my way. Well hurricanes, topical storms, and crime soon changed all of that! But carry a Glock? Nope never will, hate that gun.
You don’t have to go far to read all the Glock haters and lovers out there. This is a conversation that gets way to much time on the Internet. Glocks are fine firearms, tough, reasonably cheap, something I find very interesting on this blog, affordable! But for me save your peanuts and buy Sig, (So the door opens for the sig haters!) a quality Smith Performance center wheel gun, or one of many fine firearms out there. Just not a Glock they are not safe (M.D. adds : Glocks are as safe as any firearm – if you can’t handle a Glock safely, then you need to get training before buying ANY firearm.)
For me a Glock was a plastic firearm with a horrible grip angle and a trigger that to this DA/SA shooter found just damn horrible (M.D. adds: I love the grip angle and the trigger pull is just fine, remember we are talking about self-defense and not competition target shooting)! I felt the same way about the Sig P250 line and Sigs DAK triggers. My neighbor once proudly called me over to show me his new toy a Glock 27 which he proceeded to accidentally discharge, damn near killing me while taking out the mailbox! Yep Glocks not safe? No– gun owners that do not practice safety are not safe. The only safety as said by many is between your ears!
Yes, I have owned a Glock before, sold it within two months. I am a person that hates what many folks love. Low bore axis, consistent trigger that is to light for carry and to heavy for quick follow up for me. After I started prepping several years ago, and looking at all variables, I never considered firearms.
I am well trained, shoot weekly, have a safe full of firearms of numerous calibers and I buy bulk ammo. My get home bag has a quality firearm in it, not a cheap hope it fires gun, and I shoot it often. Its not ideal, anything not on my person is useless to me, but my carry is always there so a good back up is available.
If I truly needed to leave my home, I already know what firearms I am taking, or do I? Since I began prepping I have made every mistake out there, so “what did you do this week” rings very true to me.
So I began to reexamine my firearm choices just like everything else. All the police officers here carry 40 caliber Glocks as their primary duty gun. The Glock website claims that they supply 68% of law enforcement. There are a lot of fans of the Glock in general. Many of my friends carry the Glock in 40 and 9. I love .45, 45 colt, 357, 357sig, and 9s, but never cottoned to the 40.
In my opinion the 40 is a round that was driven by an unfortunate event and a rush to find something different. I don’t own one round. For me the 45 and the 357sig are better shooting rounds. If I were in my home state a large part of law enforcement carry a Sig in 357 sig and I might not have this on my list of preps.
But given if I have to scavenge for magazines and parts, at least in these parts Glocks parts will be everywhere as well as the 5.56, even though my choice would be an Arsenal AK (still is). So my new weekly prep will be to get to love the Glock and the 40. Yes my new Glock is in 9mm, but not a 10mm, which I doubt I can find on the side of the road! So practice starts tomorrow.
Prizes for this round (ends July 10 2015 ) in our non fiction writing contest include…
- First place winner will receive – A case of Yoder’s Canned Bacon (12 cans, $169.95), a case of Future Essentials Canned Green Coffee Beans (12 cans, $143.30 value), and a case of our Future Essentials Canned Breakfast/Cold Cereal Variety with Milk (12 cans; a can each of Raisin Bran, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes, Apple O’s, Whole Grain Frosted Wheat’s, Cocoa Rice Krispies, Honey & Nut O’s, Fruity O’s and Frosted Flakes, as well as three (3) Cans of Powdered Milk Substitute (18 oz. each) – (a value of $62.90) all courtesy MRE Depot and a WonderMix Bread Mixer courtesy of FoodPrepper.com a $300 value. Total first place prize value over$674.
- Second Place Winner will receive – A Royal Berkey water filter, courtesy of Directive 21 (a $283 value) and an autographed copy of 31 Days to Survival…
- Third place winner will receive – A gift certificate for $150 off of Hornady Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner Ammo.