This excerpt is about the guns. Existing definitions on this site accurately portray the specifications of Glock pistols--what cases they shoot, available frame sizes, who uses and likes them. Some major points are missing from the existing definitions, though.
First, one advantage of polymer frames is weight reduction, and weight is a major concern for concealed carry weapons (CCW). This is one reason why gangs (who know something) like them, why gun nuts like them, and why certain LEO divisions like them (not always an issue for LEO, however). One-shot ceramic guns do exist--these have nothing to do with Glocks, and Glocks were never intended to bypass metal detectors. Just to shed unneeded weight. But there are qualms about Glocks as CCW choices. See below.
(But I MUST add that the preferred CCW pistol if size and weight are the main issues, but stopping power (i.e., >.380), is the Kahr PM 9 / PM 40. The Kahr PMs are smaller and lighyer than anything, and very reliable.)
Second, there are two things about the grip that people don't like. One is that the angle of the grip differs from 1911's, and people who are used to shooting these don't like the angle. Very understandable. Also, they are bulky and boxy, and the feel is not very intuitive.
Third, part of the grip gripe has to do with the fact that ammo is stacked diagonally, so that mags have higher capacity. This is an advantage if you plan to be in a TV shootout and need 15-17 rounds in one mag, or plan on missing the target and hitting civilians, houses, etc., but it's a disadvantage in that the added capacity is added weight (remember advantage #1?), and grip girth (#2). In fairness, the capacity and reasonable size and weight make the Glock 19 ideal for both carry and home protection ... assuming the owner is proficient.
Fourth, the newer (3rd generation) Glocks are equipped, like many newer guns, SIG's included, with "rails" on the front. This is for accessories, such as tactical lights. If you don't know what this is, and you get into a gunfight with someone who does, you're gonna lose. 3rd gen. Glocks also have finger grooves, which are controversial, as they don't fit everyone's fingers.
Fifth, the sights of Glocks (standard white) are easy to see and use in high stress (combat) situations. This is a minor advantage.
When it comes down to subjectivity, such as what feels best, what criteria are important for selecting a carry gun, aesthetics, it's just that: subjectivity. The responsible things to do before making a gun purchase are to (a) get training, or you might shoot someone or yourself (I almost shot myself in the head a long time ago--seriously!), (b) rent and test some guns at a range to see what *you* shoot best, and (c) practice, practice, practice!!! This isn't preaching, it's protocol on how to shoot well and not fuck up.
2) Gaston Glock, the company's founder and President.
3) Slang: An expensive-looking semi-automatic pistol.
2) I had a chat with Mr. Glock.
3) "Yo' G, hook me up wit' 'dat Glock!"
"Actually, sir, that is a Sig-Sauer."
"'Dat be wack!"
Contrary to popular belief, it's not a 'plastic handgun' you jackass.
"NIGGA BOUT TA STAIN THA BLOCK WITH MAH GLOCK YA HEARD ME"
The guns go in this order.
1. The Glock 17 in 9mm.
2. The Glock 18, the full auto varient of the Glock 17.
3. The Glock 19, a compacted version of the Glock 17 still in 9mm.
4. The Glock 20, in 10mm.
5. The Glock 21 in .45 ACP.
6. The Glock 22 in .40 caliber.
7. The Glock 23, the compact version of the 22, still in .40 cal.
8. The Glock 24, the competition model of the 22, now discontinued, still in .40 cal.
9. The Glock 25, the version similair to the Glock 19 but in .380 caliber. This model uses a blowback operation.
10. The Glock 26 is the sub-compact version of the Glock 19.
11. The Glock 27 is the .40 caliber version of the Glock 26.
12. The Glock 28 is the sub-compact version of the Glock 25 in .380 caliber.
13. The Glock 29 is the 10mm subcompact version similair to the 26.
14. The Glock 30 is the .45 ACP version of the Glock 29.
15. The Glock 31, in .357 Sig caliber.
16. The Glock 32, the compact Glock 31 still in .357 Sig.
17. The Glock 33 is the subcompact version of the 32 still in .357 Sig.
18. The Glock 34 is the competition version of the Glock 17 in 9mm.
19. The Glock 35 is the .40 caliber version of the Glock 34(competition gun).
20. The Glock 36 is the super compact "slim line" .45 ACP model.
21. The Glock 37, in .45 GAP(glock automatic pistol).
22. The Glock 38 is the compact version of the Glock 37, still in .45 GAP.
23. The Glock 39 is the sub-compact version of the Glock 37.
They have also upgraded in generations. The first generations are plain with flat handles and flat front noses. The 2nd generations added hand stepping on the front of the handle and serrations on the back. The newest 3rd generation models have a new tactical rail mount on the nose, finger grooves in the handle, and a thumb indent on both sides. The Glock has been tested proven reliable, being submerged in seawater for a week, cleaned and fired and functioned flawlessly. Glocks have beem favored by many for almost 30 years and is a common standard issued handgun of law enforcment.
2. The man was killed instantly by 33 9mm rounds from a Glock 18, firing at 1300rpm.
3. The officer had lost his gun, so he drew his spare rod, a Glock 36 strapped to his ankle.