Glock Handgun Reviews

Choosing the right Glock depends on what you intend to primarily use it for.  

But have you ever stood in front of a buffet and decide you want to just get everything because it looks so good?  Picking a Glock is a lot like that, because they have so many options you're sure to find the right solution for your needs.

Civilians like us love Glocks for their astonishing reliability, versatility, and ease of use.  The after market has absolutely exploded.  You can get so many add-ons for your Glock it'll make your head spin.

Police love Glocks too, with nearly 65% of US police & law enforcement packing Glocks, drawn to their near 100% reliability.  Even the FBI issues Glocks as the standard firearm for field agents, as do military groups (Navy Seals are rumored to make heavy use of Glocks as well).

When Glocks first came on the market, it was their polymer pistol frame that got noticed.  Hold a Glock in your hand though and you'll instantly fall in love with the ergonomic feel & controlled grip.  The slide is exceptionally easy to operate too.  Perfect.

Glock Pistols and Handgun Models



standard glock size


compact glock size


subcompact glock

9mm G17 G19 G26
.40 G22 G23 G27
10mm G20   G29
.45 GAP G37 G38 G39
.45 Auto G21   G30
.380 G25 G28  
.357 G31 G32 G33


Standard vs. Compact vs. Subcompact Glock Sizes

The first thing you'll want to actually consider is what size of gun you prefer, either due to your preference for it's feel or out of necessity.

For most civilian uses, the compact size is the most popular as it's only slightly smaller than the standard size but has greater versatility to be used as a concealment weapon.

Personally, I prefer the compact size.  The grip and handle fit is perfect for my average sized hands, plus I'm not afraid to admit I think they look a little more sleek and cool.  I don't care for the subcompacts, as my grip (pinkie) is left to float free due to the smaller handle size.  You can add after-market extended magazines and the Gen 4 models have easy grip extenders, but I still prefer the compacts for all calibers.

Standard Size – All the Glock standard size models are 5.43 in. (138mm) in height, measured from the bottom of the magazine to the top of the slide.  

Compact Size – height is measured at 5.00 in.(127mm)

Subcompact Size – height is measured at 4.17 in. (106mm)

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joe amaral December 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

I had a Glock several years ago. Great weapon! Now I'm writing a crime story and the criminal has a Glock swimming in the ocean. Will this pistol still fire after being submerged under water in his pocket?
Thanks !


dave December 20, 2012 at 2:12 am

Well, after watching the DVD titled “Glock Torture Test” they do a similar experiment and yes, it still functioned. I wouldn’t want to bet my life on it, but ya for the purpose of your novel I think you’re probably ok with the premise. Go for it Aqua-Glock!


cameron March 24, 2013 at 5:06 pm

i just got a glock 17 gen4 and its my frist hand gun and i live it how it shots and feals.


Kencometa April 7, 2015 at 8:18 am

Glock MOS information
Screws, (3mm x .5mm x 6mm long), (3mm x .5mm x 8mm long), (4mm x .7mm x 8mm long), (8-32 x 3/8 long).

The 3mm x .5mm x 6mm is for attaching the plates to the slide. 
The 3mm x .5mm x 8mm holds the no sight plate to the slide. 
The 4mm x .7mm x 8mm holds the sight to plates 4 and 2. 
The 8-32 x 3/8 holds the sight to plate 3.

These are all socket flat head Class 12.9 steel black oil finish screws they cost .11 to .13 cents each and can be purchased at shipping is 5.95 so get enough. Use Loctite Thread Locker Blue #242 for the plate and the sight. Verify your sight stays tight by checking while shooting. It will fly off if it becomes loose you can mark the screws and look for any movement.


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