I’m not a Glock guy. I’ve never been a believer in Glock perfection. Over the years, I’ve shot quite a few Gen 2 and Gen 3 Glocks in various calibers, and while they all worked and shot great, I was never a fan of the grip angle or the ergonomics. For me, there were just better options – the Smith & Wesson M&P for example. So why did I buy a Gen 4 Glock 19?
Gen 4 Bugs
The initial, and most important, reason I bought a Glock was that I wanted to see if Glock has finally gotten the Gen 4 bugs worked out. Talking to people about the Gen 4 problems has been interesting. Some claim there never was a problem, others insist that the problems were resolved with the voluntary Glock recall, and still others claim the problems are still there.
I’ve followed the Gen 4 Glock 17 Endurance Test by ToddG pretty closely, and the gun did really well after the initial problems were resolved, but the reports of problems have persisted. I realize that a sample size of one will do little to prove or disprove the Gen 4 reliability, but it’s another data point which is never a bad thing.
Gen 4 Ergonomics
The second reason is the Gen 4 ergonomics. As mentioned, all of my Glock experience was with the Gen 2 and Gen 3 models, so I wanted to see if the “improved ergonomics” of the Gen 4 really were improved. To a much lesser extent, I also wanted to test a Grip Force Adapter to see how it affects the grip angle and slide bite problems that Glock is notorious for.
Cool Kids Club
The third reason I bought a Glock is also the least important (or is it the most important? I can’t remember which). The cool kids all run Glock, and the really cool kids run a Glock 19. At least that’s what Ebbs told me.
All joking aside, the Glock 19 is one of the most popular handguns in the world. And I thought it high time I attempted to find out what all the fuss was about.