The Near-Indestructible Used Glock Handguns

Durability and reliability speak to the heart of American values. In few areas are these qualities more important than in a firearm, and especially in a handgun. Weapons made by Glock epitomize these two virtues, excelling well beyond even the normal differentiation between manufacturers.

How does Glock manage to build firearms with such reliability and long life? A few factors jump to the fore. To begin with, used Glock handguns generally consist of a mere 34 parts. This means a few things. Of course, fewer parts mean fewer things to break and require a more efficient design in the first place. In addition, with only 34 parts to keep in stock, Glock dealers and gunsmiths are much more likely to have any parts that could be needed in stock – so on the off chance a Glock owner did need to repair their weapon, the turn-around time is likely to be quick.


It does not take a long search to find examples of the durability of Glock handguns. An extensive library that showcases the endurance of the Glock Handgun can be found by searching YouTube for “Glock Torture Test.” While many of these examples include gun safety that is questionable at best, they do serve to showcase the sheer amount of abuse that these handguns can take and keep on shooting.


Glock handguns account for 64% of the law enforcement handgun market here in the United States. Nearly every gun shop a person can walk into has a Law Enforcement Special Purchase, offering Glock handguns to law enforcement officers at a discounted rate. This correlation is no accident, and Glock has been, for good reason, the go-to choice for the people most likely to be forced to use their weapon in the line of duty.


Of course, no weapon is perfect for every scenario, but between the simplicity, durability, and reliability of used Glock handguns, it comes very close. Between the full-sized Glock 17, the compact Glock 19, or the subcompact Glock 26, most gun owners can find a good fit; and of course, these models are just the 9 mm line-up. Those interested in greater stopping power could consider the Glock 30 subcompact, or Glock 36 Slimline Subcompact, both in .45 auto.


When Glock Ges.m.b.H. decided to enter the handgun market, they did so without experience in gun manufacturing, but with considerable experience in advanced synthetic polymers. Their lack of gun making experience allowed Glock to revisit handgun design and approach the development from scratch. While at first there was some degree of trepidation, the quality and reliability of Glock Firearms has won out, and today Glocks can be considered a necessity for nearly any gun owner or collector.

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