NPR has an interesting story. “How the Glock became America’s Weapon of Choice.” Granted, it’s my Choice, but is it America’s Gun? As far has handguns go, it is very popular with Law Enforcement on the Municipal level. But on the Fed level, it’s the SIG. In civilian sales, we have the XD and the Beretta 92FS, which has had a large resurgence in sales. Huh, and there isn’t even a new Lethal Weapon movie out. But if I had to pick one gun as “America’s Handgun” it would have to be the 1911. Because that’s what most guys that come to the gun counter look at the most. Even if they come in to buy something else, their eyes and their hearts linger on the 1911. As does my own. I love the 1911, but I don’t I am packing it as a carry gun less and less all the time. I’ve only carried one three times that I remember this year… Of course this year is only 24 days in, but the entire rest of the time it’s been my Glock. There is something about the 1911. It’s organic, beautiful, powerful,timeless and elegant… things the Glock is not. But the spirit of the genius that went into the 1911… is found in the Glock. The simplicity is actually stunningly brilliant. Using a Striker system with the safety built into a transparent system for the user, it’s the easiest handgun to learn. Or was, when it came out. The Glock has been copied by so many other maker’s now, it’s silly. Just like the 1911.
However the question NPR asked, was is the Glock America’s Weapon of Choice.
The answer is no. Not even close.
The weapon of choice is AR-15. The rifle that outsells ever other type. The rifle that people who had never owned a gun before, snapped up after Obama became president. The rifle used by our Military, Law Enforcement, and Sport shooters more and more every day. Because while Handguns are popular, America is a Nation of Riflemen.
This is demonstrated in Ammunition Sales. Just restocking ammo, we are constantly restocking .223/5.56mm. More than any other caliber. More than 9mm, .45, or the others.
The AR-15 is accurate, low recoil, cheap to shoot, and potent enough to be useful on anything up to deer sized creatures. (Even if that’s ethically questionable)
You know, I really do like my Glock. I like it the more I carry it and shoot it. I’ve seen the M&P making serious inroads on the Glock… and the new Gen 4 Glock series has left me feeling luke warm on it… I certainly prefer the Gen 3. But that’s just me.