GLOCK Buyer’s Guide 2018: how to choose the right GLOCK pistol

GLOCK has so many different models on offer that finding the pistol that suits the shooter best is not easy. And the new models for 2018 are also worth considering for many customers. Reason enough for GLOCK to provide a suitable purchase advice – the Buyer’s Guide 2018.

Which GLOCK is the best pistol?

Schütze mit subkompakter GLOCK "Safe Action" Pistole G43 im Anschlag
GLOCK offers a variety of pistol models in different calibers. But which model is the best GLOCK pistol for you? The Buyer's Guide 2018 helps you to find it out.

In 2007 GLOCK published the incredible success story of more than 5 million pistols sold. Today the manufacturer offers pistols in 7 sizes, 7 calibers, over 50 models as well as 5 generations and a wide range of options.

However, all the models out of the GLOCK pistol family have one thing in common: they belong to the top-of-the-line products among handguns.

Safety, simple operation, outstanding firepower, minimal weight and true reliability at unique cost effectiveness – these are the features that make GLOCK pistols capable of meeting even the highest demands.

Inside GLOCK pistols the revolutionary Safe Action System provides a consistent trigger pull from the first to the last round. Thereby the three automatic, independently operating mechanical safeties are built into the fire control system of each pistol: the trigger safety, the firing pin safety and the drop safety. When the trigger is pulled, all 3 safeties disengage sequentially. And they automatically reengage when the trigger is released.

The "best" GLOCK pistol in general does not exist. 

Actually, this statement is related to the particular field of application. So, how to choose the right GLOCK pistol for your needs?

GLOCK Buyer’s Guide 2018: download it here

GLOCK Buyer's Guide 2018
Download the new Buyer's Guide from GLOCK here at all4shooters.com.

With the new Buyer’s Guide 2018 , GLOCK has updated its purchase advice. In addition the manufacturer has extended the brochure by the new products, new accessories and a lot of interesting information. Above all, the 5th generation, the G19X crossover model, the wide range of options and the GLOCK pistol technologies have to be mentioned in this context.

The brochure displays the particular GLOCK pistols in a structured manner, easy to understand and with the essential technical data – a great purchase advice and quite helpful.

GLOCK 19X pistol in 9 mm Luger
New for 2018 and already in the GLOCK Buyer's Guide: the G19X is GLOCK's first crossover pistol. The large frame of the G17 meets the compact slide of the G19.

What to keep into consideration when buying a GLOCK pistol?

All pistol models from GLOCK offer identical features and advantages. There is little difference in terms of handling and maintenance. Furthermore every single GLOCK pistol is test fired to ensure flawless function and accuracy out of the box.

GLOCK pistols are available in different calibers: 9 mm Luger, .40 S&W, .380 Auto, 10 mm Auto, .45 Auto, .357 SIG and .45 GAP. In addition the famous manufacturer offers different models in the product lines STANDARD, COMPACT, SUBCOMPACT, SUBCOMPACT SLIMLINE, LONGSLIDE, COMPETITION and recently CROSSOVER. 

Especially the pistols of generation 5 – GLOCK Gen5 – bribe with their alterations: nDLC finish for barrel and slide, ambidextrous slide lever and reversible magazine catch, flared magwell and enlarged magazine floor plate, removal of the finger grooves and backstrap and beavertail system as well as GLOCK “marksman” barrel. Thus, the generation 5 combines the technology of the future with improved precision, versatility, speed and the familiar reliability of GLOCK.

GLOCK "Safe Action" pistols G34 Gen4 in M.O.S. configuration
GLOCK 34 Gen4 MOS: the Modular Optic System offers the possibility to mount red dot sights on the slide of the "Safe Action" pistol.
Compact model GLOCK 26 Gen4 with magazine and ammunition on table
All GLOCK pistol models offer the same advantages. Here, the subcompact GLOCK 26 Gen4 in 9 mm Luger.
GLOCK 41 Gen4 MOS in .45 ACP for sports shooters
The GLOCK 41 Gen4 MOS in .45 ACP is ideal for sports shooters as a match weapon for dynamic shooting disciplines.

Which GLOCK pistol is suitable for which application?

Each GLOCK pistol was conceived and designed to accomplish a specific objective. For example the GLOCK 41 Gen4 MOS – Modular Optic System – is ideally suited for sports shooters. GLOCK engineers have developed the Modular Optic System pistol configuration to simplify mounting of particular optical sights. The associated pistol come with 4 adapter plates for optical systems from Docter, Meopta, Insight, Trijicon, C-More and Leupold.

The compensated GLOCK pistols reduce recoil and enhance precision. The corresponding pistol models are equipped with an integrated compensator to improve hit patterns during rapid firing. The barrel of a compensated GLOCK pistol hast two small, elongated ports that straddle the centerline and exhaust through two vents cut into the top of the slide. 

Therefore the handguns are easy to control, especially with fast shooting sequences, and guarantee best results.

Overview GLOCK pistol models

Compact Subcompact Slimline Competition Long Slide Crossover
9 mm Luger

.40 S&W


.380 Auto

G25 G28 G42

10 mm Auto


.45 Auto

G30 G36 G41

.357 SIG

G31 G32 G33

.45 GAP

G37 G38 G39

GLOCK pistols: try before you buy!

It may be challenging to find the best pistol on the first purchase. Anyway, you should choose a model with the size and caliber you feel comfortable with. But with over 50 different models, any GLOCK purchase can be a bit confusing with options ranging from different calibers, sizes, generations and dozens of options for modifying your GLOCK.


In search of the right model, you should test different GLOCK pistols by yourself. With the GLOCK Partners a pool of retailers was created, who know their GLOCKs and help hundreds of customers annually in choosing their perfect model. So don’t hesitate and have a look at a variety of models. Let an expert explain the advantages of each GLOCK pistol. Decide what your plans are for your new GLOCK and these partners will know which one will fit you best.

Test shooting GLOCK pistol before buying from certified partners Experience
As part of the Experience Partner Program, GLOCK offers the opportunity to test the current pistol models on the shooting range.

The team of all4shooters.com wishes you a lot of fun and always "good shot" with your new GLOCK "Safe Action" pistol!

More information about GLOCK's "Safe Action" pistols can be found directly on the manufacturer's website.

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