GLOCK pistols are simple, durable, and reliable…but many people warn new gun owners to stay away from GLOCKs because of the problems they might encounter with them. In order to help put some of this fear to rest, I’ve put together a list of three simple things you should consider before buying a GLOCK to make sure your experience is a good one.
Step 1 – Choose the Right Size for You
While all GLOCKs function the same way, they come in six different sizes that you should be aware of. The six sizes from biggest to smallest are longslide, competition, standard, crossover, compact, and subcompact.
If you think six choices is overwhelming, think about them as falling into two categories…home defense and everday carry.
If you’re going to use your GLOCK for home defense, you’ll want to go with the three larger sizes because it’s easier to shoot and aim a gun with a longer slide. Plus, most people find that they’re easier to hold than smaller guns.
If you’re going to use your GLOCK as an everyday carry, you should probably go with one of the three smaller sizes because they’ll be easier and more comfortable to conceal.
Of course, the most important thing is that the gun fits comfortably in your hand…so take that into account as well.
Step 2 – Choose Your Caliber
If choosing the size of the gun wasn’t enough, now you’ll have to choose the caliber you’d like to fire too. Again, you’ll want to consider two things when making your decision here…what you’ll be using your GLOCK for and what’s comfortable for you.
We could argue all day about what the “right” caliber size is because there usually isn’t just one caliber that’s always the best. The answer is that it depends.
Larger calibers will have more stopping power, but they come at the cost of having extra recoil. Be honest with yourself…can you reliably handle extra recoil in a high-stress situation? If not, you’ll probably be better off with a smaller caliber. Afterall, it doesn’t matter how much stopping power your bullets have if you’re missing your shots.
Step 3 – Should You Buy New or Used?
GLOCKs are made pretty sturdy, so it’s no problem to buy them used. They’ll still be in good enough condition and you’ll shave at least a hundred dollars or so off the price.
Of course, it still depends on the quality and treatment of the individual gun, but in general you’ll be safe buying a used GLOCK. Whatever GLOCK you plan on buying, be sure to inspect it for damage and to make sure it works. Try to buy from a reputable dealer if you can.