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Glock Is The Common Core Of Handguns

(courtesy of Mad Ogre)

Police One put out an interesting survey.  “What do you think of your Police Sidearm?”

Glock’s dominance in the LEO market is epic.  Over 68% of the market is staggering.  But that’s actually not that surprising to me.
What is, well, not so surprising, but disappointing… is the complete falling of SIG and Beretta.   22.6% and 8.5% respectively.  As bad as that is… is the results of the question “What would you like to carry?”  Those numbers being only 21.3% and 4.6%.

No longer the Choice of Professionals.
No longer the Choice of Professionals.

This very clearly tells us that the time of metal framed guns fired with hammers is going the way of the Flint Lock.   This saddens me.   I prefer the metal-hammer guns over poly-striker guns.  The feel, the weight, the superior single action pull… and that I can pull more accuracy out of a hammer fired gun.

As unpopular as Cream of Wheat.

What saddens me the most about this though – is that it tells me that Law Enforcement is no longer a Profession of Shootists.  Like the FBI, Municipal Law Enforcement isn’t a Gun Culture anymore.  They no longer want fine guns of refinement and craftsmanship… they only want Shooting Appliances.   They want guns – and this is the secret to Glock’s success – that are simplified down to the lowest common denominator.   Yes, I’ll say it.

Glock is the Common Core of handguns.

Most LE Agencies are not hiring shooters anymore.  They want guys with education in Psychology and Human Development… They want Councilors.  We saw this trend starting 20 years ago.   I think this is why we see so many questionable police shootings… so many cops shooting dogs.   I think a lot of these COP 2.0 guys may be power tripping… because the guys that come from the Gun Culture don’t get worked up or feel the need to power trip and flex their authority so much as these C2.0 guys and gals.

Huh… Oddly enough, all my LEO friends are from the Classic Old School variety.  Good Cops that use Common Sense before using Ego.  Damn good Cops.   Many of them carry Glocks, because of Policy, not by choice.  Some choose the Glocks… and that’s fine.  They can’t shoot that well anyways.  (j/k)

The Sidearms used by the most astute of shooting professionals remain hammer fired, metal framed guns.  The US Navy SEALs, I must point out – having the freedom of using anything they want, use SIG 226’s.  I don’t know any single group that personifies a Gun Culture more than the SEALS.  They take Pistol Craft more seriously than any other group… with US Air Marshals being a close second.  And they want that SIG.   They want a stable shooting platform with as much accuracy as you can have in a Semi-Auto handgun.

In the Consumer Market – sales of SIG’s and Beretta’s are down.  Regardless of quality, and regardless of special offers and marketing efforts, you just can’t sell them like you used to.  The first choice is Glock… followed by the S&W M&P and the Springfield XDM series guns.

I’m not counting 1911’s – that is a market unique to it’s own, and I’ll talk about that in more detail at another time.

For me – I will remain a fan of the SIG’s and the Beretta’s.  I prefer the triggers.  I prefer the safeties.  Now, if you are going to go Glock – get a new trigger system from Lone Wolf.  Get some new sights from Lone Wolf.  And you can make the most out of that Glock, if that’s what you prefer or have to live with.   And I do appreciate the Glock for what it is… and do like them with LWD triggers.  But given my druthers, I’ll take my Beretta over any Glock.

Oddly enough, the guns I want the most are all metal framed, hammer guns of the Revolving variety.  With only a couple automatics.  A SIG M11A1 is one the autos.  The other are Browning/FN Hi-Powers and a SIG P210.  But my beard is grey and I don’t like the music these kids listen to these days.   Oh… and get off my lawn.

I don’t entirely agree with Mad Ogre.  But I don’t entirely disagree.

The Glock is down to the lowest common denominator.  And most of today’s law enforcement are not shootists – they are looking for an appliance.

I miss the good old days when people like Bill Jordan helped Smith & Wesson design revolvers.  And cops were all about mastery of their tools.  I wonder if police qualifications have been reduced to a pass/fail – being ‘good enough’?

Now we keep hearing about engagements wherein many shots are exchanged, but no one is hit.

And, of course, plastic has no soul.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


7 thoughts on “Glock Is The Common Core Of Handguns

  1. While Glocks and similar have their good points, soul is not one of them. All my handugns have metal frames. Steel for the most part, aluminum for a couple. In my case though, I don’t own anything that would really be considered modern or cutting edge. S&W and Charter Arms revolvers, Mil-Surp semi-autos and a PPK copy that works. Many years ago my sister was an Mesa PD officer. She was not into guns, but borrowed and bought guns and spent lots on ammo to learn everything about her issue weapons and how to use them to the best of her ability. It was so long ago that she was part of the switch from Mod 66 to the S&W auto in .40S&W.

    Posted by Matt | May 20, 2015, 10:01 am
  2. The idea that the popularity of Glocks is proof that law enforcement is “no longer a profession of shootists” is invalid. You could just as easily claim that the use of patrol cars with automatic transmissions is proof that law enforcement is no longer a profession of serious drivers.
    Glocks (and I carried one on the job, but no longer do) are lighter, easier to maintain, and less prone to malfunction than a lot of other pistols aimed at the LE market, especially the 1911 and its variants. The lack of outside safeties has nothing to do with the weapon’s intrinsic safety (revolvers and Sigs don’t have outside safeties either). In the city I worked in, the only two officer-involved fatal NDs I know of involved 1911s.
    Professionals recognize progress and don’t cling to outmoded tools or methods.

    Posted by Old 1811 | May 20, 2015, 4:11 pm
    • It does appear as though we have more ‘sociologically-educated’ professional LEO personnel than a generation ago. Rightly or wrongly. “Professionals recognize progress and don’t cling to outmoded tools or methods.
      This IS a valid statement! Thanks for adding to the discussion.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | May 20, 2015, 4:17 pm
      • Thank you for the kind words.
        I started out carrying a Smith Model 10, then a 66, then a Ruger Speed-Six. I love revolvers and will always own and carry them. But the day of the revolver as an officer’s carry weapon is long gone.
        I also carried metal-frame DA/SA autos (Smiths and Sigs—damn, I’m old!), and DAO metal-framed autos. My first love is revolvers, then DAO autos, but plastic striker-fired pistols are, in my opinion, the best option today for working officers.
        It’s true that plastic has no soul, but soul is irrelevant in a life-saving tool.

        Posted by Old 1811 | May 20, 2015, 4:47 pm
  3. Depends on the department… I know agencies that allow carry of real guns 🙂 Like Colt, in .45 cal… 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | May 20, 2015, 7:09 pm

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