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Glock G37 G3 10+1 45GAP 4.48"
by David R Date Added: Saturday 13 February, 2010
I've had mine a short while and took it to the range yesterday. I shot 150 rounds of 230 grain FMJ American Eagle through it without a hitch. One issue I did have was probably caused by my relative unfamiliarity with firearms. I tried to load 11 rounds by slipping one in the chamber and then loading the magazine in with the slide back. The second round didn't load properly, and I had to clear it out by racking the slide. I think that was my fault, though. Maybe the right way to do it is to put one in the chamber by loading it in the magazine and letting the pistol cycle it into the chamber, then pulling the magazine to replace the one now in the chamber. Maybe. I'll try that when my new ammo comes in (1000 rounds of 185 grain JHP for $360 plus $45 for shipping to AZ from Georgia Arms. Best deal I could find.) Anyway, no misloading other than my f-up. 230 grain 45 GAP kicks harder than I was expecting from the articles I read about it (don't believe "impact of a 45 with the kick of a 9mm" - it kicks significantly harder than a 9mm, at least mine) but it was easily controllable. In fact, I am taking my wife shooting soon, and I think she can handle it, though, at 5'9", she's a good size gal! Not being used to shooting a 45, since I haven't since qualifying with one in the Navy, I was trembling after 5 or so rounds, and every subsequent round took a significant time to acquire the target. I believe that will go away as I become more used to the weapon, but beware! Unless you're a regular shooter, this is a lot of gun and accuracy will probably suffer. So go shooting! I plan to shoot at least 100 rounds a month to acquire and maintain proficiency and maybe more, if my accuracy doesn't improve. Besides, it's fun and relaxing.

Okay, so that's more about me and the caliber, now onto the gun. Well, it's a Glock. It is exquisitely machined and designed, with perfect fit and finish. The grip is large but not overly so (I believe that is the intent with the new caliber) and nicely textured. I do think it will become slippery with sweat or blood on it (perhaps caused by high stress like being injured or afraid due to a break in at your home), so I'm going to get some skateboard tape or something else to make the grip more tacky (not tactical - I hate that word!). It weighs in right about two pounds with a full load, which is significant, but acceptable to me. The axis of the slide sit's low in my hand, which helps, I think, with taming recoil a bit. Maybe that's characterisitic of all Glocks, I don't know, but I've heard that. It feels good and natural in my hand and points easily. The trigger action seems smooth and, as of now, I don't really understand why so many people go to a lighter trigger pull. I think it's fine. The field stripping is easy, once you get the hang of it and pull the slide back the right amount before activating the slide release, and cleaning was a breeze. In fact, the gun didn't really get dirty except for the barrel, of course, and the front of the slide, inside and out. I think a light on the rail would get dirty too, but I don't have one yet.

So all in all, I really like it. I wasn't a Glock fan (I thought the trigger safety was uncomfortable and stupid, but I don't mind it at all now) but I am very pleased with this pistol and highly recommend it.

I highly recommend Bud's as well, at least when a deal like this presents itself. I am uncomfortable with buying a firearm at a distance, sight unseen, if I can get fairly close in price at a local dealer. I just would prefer to do business with someone I can talk to and ask questions of, and go back to, if there is a problem. Plus, I like going to gun shops, so I want to help keep my local ones open! But, cash is king, and when I can save a hundred dollars or more (like on this deal), then Bud's it is. I ordered on Monday, it shipped Tuesday, and was at my local dealer on Thursday. They didn't unpack it until Friday, which annoyed me, but I got it on Friday. Contrast that with many places online that don't bother to ship for a week or ten days, even when the item is in stock. So Bud's is great, and I will gladly use them again. (Note to Bud's - if you can come down to $475 on that Beretta px4 storm in .40s&w, I'll buy that from you as well!)

Also, I don't believe this caliber is doomed. It has a lot going for it. True, the .45 ACP is far more popular, but this round is about the size of a 9mm or .40 (except in diameter, of course, where it is much bigger), so the gun is more manageable to a lot of people than a 1911, for example. The ballistics are about the same, but you can get more rounds in the gun. I would buy another one (and might, even though I don't need it).

Well, that's all. I hope this helped.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars! [5 of 5 Stars!]
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