Glock handguns are some of the best handguns available today. Some people hate them, while people love them. But what Glock handgun is the ‘Best Glock’? This question comes down a lot to personal preference, but there are a few aspects of each Glock that will put some ahead of others. These Austrian made, polymer frame handguns have always been known for their modern and blocky styling, simplicity in its moving parts and function, reliability over time, and the infamous ‘Safe trigger’ system, that put the safety of the gun in the trigger. No worrying about another safety switch when you need the gun to fire, if you pull the trigger on a Glock, it will fire.
But again to the question at hand; ‘What is the Best Glock’? We’ll judge that question based off of 3 different categories; popularity, size, and ammo or round. Based off of those three categories, we have chosen the Glock 22 in the .40 cal round as the best glock handgun available.
Glocks are becoming ubiquitous across the United States and for good reason. You will always see the Glock 17 (9mm round, standard size), the Glock 23 (.40 S&W, compact size), and the Glock 22 (.40 S&W, standard size). The thing that puts the Glock 22 above the others is because it is America’s best-selling police gun, and the preferred gun by many law enforcement and government agencies. The rounds have great stopping power, the gun feels good, and is reliable enough to shoot in almost any condition. Police also love the 16 round standard magazine capacity that it provides. It is one of the most popular handguns in America for a reason.
The Glock 22 is a standard sized gun (Glocks come in standard, compact, sub compact and sub compact slimline). Many people are torn between the Glock 22 and the Glock 23 in the .40 cal size. I personally own the Glock 23 and absolutely love it. The reason the Glock 22 was chosen is because of the larger size to deaden the snappy recoil of the .40 cal round a little more, and make it a little easier to shoot. The gun is very comfortable in your hand, isn’t too heavy or too light, and is well designed.
Ammo or Round
This section came down to the difference in caliber of the Glocks. The final three calibers were the 9mm (Glock 17), .40 S&W (Glock 22) and the .45 Auto (Glock 21). The .40 cal was chosen because of the great tradeoffs and compromises it makes between size and power. The Glock 17 and the 9mm round are probably more popular of a gun than the Glock 22. But the 9mm round is a little bit small for many circumstances.
There is a reason that law enforcement has basically abandoned the 9mm round in favor of the .40. The big .45 Auto Glock 21 is a BIG gun. Having a big gun is definitely not a bad thing, but for capacity and comfort shooting, the Glock 22 edged it out. The .40 S&W round is a great all around, general purpose round, and when combined with the Glock 22, will be one of the best handgun systems available.
Our Final Pick for the Best Glock – Glock 22
The bottom line of this whole article is that Glocks are absolutely fantastic handguns. Their simple design and limited parts make them extremely reliable, easy to break down, and simple to clean. I’ve heard of people not cleaning or maintaining their Glocks what so ever, an even after thousands of rounds, the gun still functions and performs beautifully. There is beauty in simplicity. While some people don’t like their looks, they are still one of the best functioning guns available. The crowning jewel of the model line is the Glock 22. It’s a fantastic all around gun, has great capacity, a powerful yet small round, and is extremely popular all over the country and the world. It narrowly beats out the Glock 17, Glock 21 and the Glock 23, but all of them are fantastic guns.