Glocks are the pistols of choice for all kinds of well-heeled shooters, professionals and plain civilians alike. Now, we here in the far flung future year of 2019 do not want for choices when it comes to rockin’ plastic striker guns, and some of them are even as good as the Glock overall, but Glock remains the once and, it seems, future king of the striker-fired fracas.
Curiously, the past few years of observation have shed some light on an interesting phenomenon, that being a sort of backlash against owning or using a Glock. Call it hipsterism, palette saturation, boredom or even the desire to be special with a capital ‘S’, but plenty of folks don’t want a Glock just because it’s a Glock, not for any valid or practical reason.
You have the luxury of getting away with equally good pistols from all kinds of manufacturers nowadays, but if you are a prepper and are disqualifying Glocks out of some bias or purely personal preference, you may want to rethink that: Glock is the standard for a host of good reasons. I’ll get into those below.
Reason #1. – They Flat Out Work
The lion’s share of Glock’s success can be attributed to the fact it is a hard-running and tough-as-nails-gun before it is anything else. It does not care if it is barely cared for. It does not care if it is mistreated, abused or neglected.
Covered in ice, caked in mud, sopping wet or tomb dry, you can bet dimes to dollars a Glock will fire when you press the trigger. Sure, a few particular versions may exhibit more quirks than others (go run a search on .40 cal Glocks malfunctioning with WMLs attached if you don’t believe) but if you stick with compact or fullsize models you’ll rarely encounter a problem from any of them.
This legendary toughness extends to the finish, even. While tennifer, their trade name for nitrocarburizing, was not new when they debuted it, Glock sure did a fine job in applying their finish and the resulting hard skin made Glock slides virtually corrosion and abrasion proof. Beat up and worked over, a Glock will still beat the elements on all corners of the globe, to include the corrosive emissions of your own sweat.
They sure aren’t pretty, but as a no-fuss, no-frills tool for kicking tail and surviving, a Glock remains the premier pistol for hard-use when lives are on the line.
Reason #2 – They Are Easy to Shoot and Easy to Teach
There is no pistol easier to learn fundamentals on (or teach someone on) than a striker gun. Streamlined striker-fired pistols are the standard of our era, but when Glock was better known for being that ugly Austrian import that people won’t shut up about, it was fairly radical compared to its contemporaries: no hammer, no safety and no decocker. In fact, the only visible “safety” was built into the face of the trigger!
While it seems like an accident waiting to happen, and plenty of blame has been laid at the Glock’s proverbial feet regarding negligent discharges, the reality is that, in the hands of a shooter who has internalized safe gun handling skills, the Glock is no less safe in normal circumstances than other pistols and as a class is much easier to learn to shoot well.
This is because fewer operations need to be remembered and ingrained for success and also because its trigger, when stock, is just about right for practical use: not too light, not too heavy- just right!
I have taught plenty of complete beginners on Glocks and have always been gratified to see them gain skill, competence and confidence faster compared to a pistol that uses a decocker with two different trigger pulls or has a manual safety they must remember to switch on or off.
All of those mentioned operations become far trickier when speed and pressure are increased, necessitating a greater degree of fluency and ingrained procedural memory compared to the sweet simplicity of the Glock.
If you want to shoot, pull the trigger. If you don’t- KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE FRICKING TRIGGER. So easy even a caveman can remember it!
Reason #3 – Glocks are Really, Really Easy to Maintain and Repair
This is potentially the most important thing preppers, serious preppers, would do well to remember about Glocks. Whatever else you love or hate about them, whatever your preferences and feelings are, there is no denying that Glocks are very nearly the standard pistol of much of the world, and certainly the bulk of the U.S.
As with any machine that is both common and abundant, you can expect to find it anywhere. And not just complete guns for purchase, but parts, expertise, upgrades, support gear and more. You can walk into nearly any gunshop in America and nab Glock magazines and parts.
Oh, and grab a holster while you are there, too. I will guarantee that, assuming you have contact with the rest of humanity, you are only two or three degrees away from knowing someone in your social network who is a Glock armorer.
What’s that? You are the rugged individualist type? Fair enough, you’ll be able to get all the info you need to perform basic repair and upgrades of your Glock with a one-day class, and barring that a few books and some careful study and practice will make you more than passable.
No, guns should never be worked on or modified without knowing precisely what you are doing, but I’ll tell you this much: the humble Glock is among the most forgiving and easiest to build those skills on.
So if you plan on being your own gunsmith, or the armorer for your survival group, you’d do well to make Glocks your sidearms of choice.
Reason #4 – Any Glock is Only a Starting Point
This sort of ties in with #3 above. Glocks are so popular and have been in use for so long there is an entire universe of specialty performance enhancing parts and services just for them. Anything you can imagine, from triggers to frame texturing, match-grade barrels to optics mounts, there is a solution for every conceivable need or desire.
You can take your Glock into an arena of performance the original designers never dreamed of or just tailor your gun to suit your anatomy and needs.
The sky is the limit if you use a Glock.
Don’t be a tactical hipster. Unless you have clearly defined objectives for choosing a different gun, you should be padding your personal survival armory with Glock pistols.
Aside from being fine shooting irons, the ease with which you can maintain and source parts for them literally anywhere you go means you’ll be light years ahead in a SHTF situation. Glock is the choice of millions for good reason!
Tom Marlowe grew up with a gun in his hand, and has held all kinds of jobs in the gun industry: range safety, sales, instruction and consulting, He has the experience in helping civilian shooters figure out what firearms work best for them.