The Glock 17

In 1982, the first polymer-II-based handgun was made available. The Glock 17, designed and built by the Glock Company, was at first a laughing matter and the butt of many jokes. People caglock-17-mos-4-600x381lled it a plastic gun, and said it looked like a toy. People said it will never last. Well, guess who is having the last laugh, after more than 30 years? You can bet your bottom dollar that it ain’t those guys.

It is understandable, though, I guess. I mean, a firearm made of a high-strength nylon? It sounds pretty “iffy”. Sure enough, that was what Gaston Glock offered the Austrian authorities, when they turned to him to submit a design for a bid. The Glock 17 became Austria’s official sidearm. It was carried by police and military, and it soon replaced sidearms all over Europe. Even NATO

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took it into its ranks, and gave it a NATO serial number. Respect.

There have been four different releases, or “generations” of Glocks. The Glock 17 has also gone through these changes, with the Glock 17 Gen 4 being introduced in 2010. The Gen 4 has a new kind of ergonomic grip, and a new recoil system.

The Glock 17 is not ideal for concealment, since it is relatively large, but for open carry you can’t beat it. Here are some quick stats, from the Glock website:

Full size, semi-automatic, 9mm caliber

Gun length – 8.03 inches

Gun height – 5.43 inches

Gun width – 1.18 inches

Barrel length – 4.48 inches

Barrel height – 1.26 inches

Length between sights – 6.49 inches

Weight – 25.5 ounces (unloaded). The Glock is one of the lightest semi-auto 9mm handguns out there. Its light weight is part of what had caused it to become a joke at the time of its release. Loaded, the weight of the gun is 32.12 ounces.

The Glock 17 is used by countless law enforcement agencies and military units, all over the world. It is one of the most reliable firearms out there. Point and shoot. If you can squeeze the trigger, you can shoot a Glock. There is nothing to know or understand. That is part of the allure of a semi-automatic weapon. And one which has a 9mm round to boot? Count me in. the 9mm is one of the most popular self-defense / home-defense calibers there are. It is a very powerful round, and there are those that won’t settle for anything less than 9mm.

I happen to feel that you don’t necessarily need a 9mm round to defend yourself. If you fire a stable shot, and if the encounter is a close one (many civilian encounters are under 15 feet), you will have no problem firing any other round and neutralizing your target. Follow up shots are a different story. I guess many of us train and practice with a handgun, in order to get that recoil recovery and follow up shot business out of the way. Firing a precise follow up shot is imperative. Don’t ever lower your defenses until your target is no longer a threat.

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Getting A Glock – 17 vs 19

g17 and 19If you couldn’t tell I am a fan of knives but when it comes to guns I have an opinion too.I’ve recently been debating about getting a Glock. I’m pretty certain about the magazine size I want, but unfortunately I’m being faced with an unprecedented dilemma. Both of the options that match the specifications of what I need are almost exactly alike. Honestly, I am lamenting the fact that there are two best options, truly a dilemma I would wish on no one else (this is of course, sarcasm. I strongly believe that this would actually be an enviable position, if not for the fact that I am currently experiencing it). I can’t decide whether I prefer the Glock 17, or the more compact Glock 19.

 

To begin with, I can’t even let it be decided by price, with both the Glock 17 and the Glock 19 going for an average of 500$, I can’t just take the cheaper option. Nor can I really choose base on quality, seeing as almost all of the reviews I’ve seen on the subject report little to no difference in performance, with no increase or decrease in durability, accuracy, and precision (for those not in the know, precision refers to how far bullets deviate from a spot if fired at exactly the same place, a precise weapon will always hit the same target when shot a certain way, but it may not be accurate). Honestly the only real difference between the Glock 19 and the Glock 17 are the measurements and the magazine size. Many blog sites compare these two like Gunivore.com. But what all these sites agree on is that they are both top notch.

 

glock gripThe differences aren’t even that big, at least to me. With the Glock 19 being just about 12 mm shorter than the Glock 17, and weighing about 30 grams less. Obviously, for someone with weaker arms than me, the extra 30 grams might actually make the difference, but I’m a healthy adult male, I’m not going to have any trouble firing a Colt 45, let alone a Glock anything. However, a much more important distinction comes in the form of the magazine size. The default magazine for the Glock 19 is only 15 bullets, two less than the Glock 17’s 17 bullets, which kind of makes sense, given the shorter butt size on the Glock 19. Granted, the Glock 19 can hold a magazine with 17 bullets too, and in fact can hold a magazine with 10 or 33 bullets, as can the Glock 17. However, any magazine over both gun’s standard size (the 17 and 33 bullet magazine for the Glock 19, and just the 33 for the Glock 17) will end up protruding out of the butt. This isn’t the worst thing in the world, but it does look kind of silly, especially when you put the 33 bullet magazine inside of the Glock 17.
At the end of the day, I think I’ll end up going with the Glock 17. I have no need for concealed carry, and I can quite easily handle the extra weight (I actually laughed a bit while writing the last part) on the Glock 17. Frankly, the main selling point for me is just the magazine size. At the end of the day, I’d like a slightly larger magazine that’s actually meant for my gun.

Knives Are My Favorite Tool

Everybody talks about owning a gun for self defense and I totally get it but what I don’t get is why people neglect knives. I remember as a kid always playing with my Dad’s Swiss Army I would find things to cut and try my hand at widdling but the advantages of knives are farther reaching than just widdling. In fact the United States military still issues knives to soldiers because when all else fails a knife can really help.

knife in natureKnives have been used throughout human history. The second we learned how to extract metal from rocks we began making tools that allowed us to survive better. Archeologists have uncovered specimens from all over the world of knives used by hunters to kill animals for food and clothes. Knives have also been used to cut vegetation also for food and shelter. The human race would not have made it this far without the use of tools like knives.

My favorite knife company to date is Ka-bar. They have been around since the beginning of the 20th century and have continued to manufacture knife excellence to this day! The origins of Ka-bar are an interesting one. Apparently when the company began they were known as the Union Cutlery Co. they made knives for trappers and hunters. At one point the received a thank you letter form a trapper that was ecstatic about killing a bear. Some how in trying to write “kill a bear” it read Ka Bar, thus the name of the company was created.

Since then Ka-Bar has been the official knife of the united States Marine Corp. and has been in every major modern war since WWII. The knives that were used previously in the Army were not sufficient for soldiers’ needs in the trenches of Europe so the Army went looking for a better option. They found that better option in Ka-Bar and the USMC Mark 2 Combat Knife became the standard.

Since then many companies have improved upon the knife design. Spyderco is a knife manufacturer that created many features found on knives today, mainly a clip on the grip and the hole on the blade to be able to pull out the blade easier. They make knives for the Coast Guard and many others.

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Conceal to carry knives can not only act as a great self-defense weapon but also can get you out of all sorts of trouble. Lets say you get stuck on something and you need to be cut free, well then you’ll just grab for your knife and all is good. My point is that while everyone is busy with their guns they are neglecting another weapon which is more useful in a lot more situations. Do guns have their advantage? Without a doubt they do! But I would bet that if there was a fight between a skill knife handler and a not so skilled gun owner the guy with the knife would probably win the fight. Its something to think about. I carry a knife and that is all that matters.

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