How to choose the right GLOCK pistol – The new 2020 Buyer's Guide

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 2020 are also worth considering for many customers. Reason enough for GLOCK to provide a revised Buyer's Guide with all new pistol models. We are introducing this new version here to help you find the "right" GLOCK for you.

Which GLOCK model is the best?

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 2020 Buyer's Guide  helps you to find it out.

In 2007 GLOCK published the incredible success story of more than 5 million pistols sold. Today,  with the new rimfire GLOCK 44 the manufacturer offers pistols in 8 sizes and 8 calibers, with over 50 models as well as 5 generations and a wide range of options. However, all models 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. There is only the "best GLOCK" for your personal use and preferences. The new Buyer's Guide will help you with this.

This brings us directly to the question: how can you find the right GLOCK for your needs?

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GLOCK Buyer's Guide 2018
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With the new Buyer’s Guide, GLOCK has updated its purchase advice. In addition, the manufacturer has extended it with new products, new accessories and a lot of interesting information. Among other things, the GLOCK 44 in .22 LR has now been added as the manufacturer's first rimfire pistol. Also, the crossover model with the GLOCK 19X and the G45, as well as the Slimline series with G43, G43X and G48 have been added last year. Moreover, the Modular Optic System (MOS) is constantly being expanded to more and more GLOCK pistols.

The guide presents the individual GLOCK pistols in a structured, easy to understand manner and with their essential specs – a great purchase advice and quite helpful.

The new 2020 GLOCK Buyer's Guide is available at authorised GLOCK dealers in paper format or as a download. Please click on the links above.

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 several calibers: 9 mm Luger, .40 S&W, .380 Auto, 10 mm Auto, .45 Auto, .357 SIG, .45 GAP  and .357 SIG – and most recently, in .22 LR, with the GLOCK 44. In addition, the well-known manufacturer offers different pistol models in the Standard, Compact, Compact Slimline, Subcompact, Subcompact Slimline, Longslide, Competition and Crossover product lines.

The fifth generation pistols – GLOCK Gen5 – in particular impress with their additional features: nDLC finish for barrel and slide, ambidextrous slide lever and reversible magazine catch, flared magwell and enlarged magazine floor plate, no finger grooves, and backstrap and beavertail system as well as GLOCK “marksman” barrels for increased accuraracy. Thus, the Generation 5 combines the technology of the future with improved accuracy, versatility, speed and the reliability you expect from 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 what use?

Each GLOCK pistol was conceived and designed to accomplish a specific purpose. For example the GLOCK 41 Gen4 MOS – Modular Optic System – is ideally suited as a match pistol sports shooters. GLOCK engineers developed the Modular Optic System pistol configuration to simplify the mounting of common optical sights. The associated pistol comes with 4 adapter plates for easy mounting of optical systems from Noblex (fomer Docter), Meopta, Insight, Trijicon, C-More and Leupold.

The so-called "C" models – GLOCK compensator pistols – reduce recoil and improve accuracy. The barrel and slide of the compensator pistols feature 2 ports, through which gases can escape more quickly. This means that the compensator models from GLOCK are easy to control, especially with rapid firing strings, and guarantee the best groupings.

However, which model is best suited for a particular application ultimately depends on your personal requirements for a GLOCK pistol.

GLOCK pistol models – Overview

Compact Subcompact Slimline Competition Long Slide Crossover
9 mm Luger

.40 S&W


.380 Auto


10 mm Auto


.45 Auto


.357 SIG


.45 GAP


This overview makes no claim to completeness.

In addition, GLOCK also offers special pistol models which are sold exclusively to the military and law enforcement agencies. These models currently include the GLOCK 46 in 9 mm Luger with rotating barrel, but also cutaway models of some pistols for technical instruction, special training pistols for tactical training with color marking or plastic bullets, practice models for training and special models for realistic training in shooting cinemas.

GLOCK pistols: try before you buy!

It may be hard to find the best pistol on the first purchase. No matter which GLOCK pistol model for what purpose – choose a model with the size and caliber you feel comfortable with. But with over 50 different models, buying a GLOCK can be a big challenge, with so many 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. Let the experts show you a variety of pistol models and explain their advantages. This is why GLOCK has been offering the Experience Partner Program since 2015: visit selected shooting ranges, talk to certified GLOCK experts on site, test preferred pistol models and let yourself be completely convinced.

You will get an actual impression of the GLOCK "Safe Action" pistols and choose your GLOCK in peace and quiet. The GLOCK Experience Partner Program is available in Germany, Belgium, Finland, France, Italy and the Czech Republic.

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 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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