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I just came from lurking on GT where I'm unable to post and still in Limbo after registering several weeks ago. Anyways, there was a guy posting there that he has been having trouble shooting his glock and that he shot a friends Beretta much better and faster. It wasn't his issue that caught my attention, but all the replies telling him that Glocks are harder to shoot and require more practice. Really? When my department switched over from the Beretta to the Glock the scores went up and the times went down considerbly. And, unlike some believe, not all cops are gun guys. The only disadvantage the Glock had on the range vs. the Beretta was at the 50 yard line where six rounds stronghand supported, prone or Kneeling (whatever the shooter is more comfortable with) - The beretta with it's 5" barrel out performed. The Glock owns the rest of the range.

Does anyone here find the Glock harder to shoot?
 

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a lot of folks complain of glocks shooting to the left. that's from a combination of the grip shape (thickness) and trigger pull. some people don't shoot glocks as tight as berettas simply because it's so light, and harder to steady.

i sometimes find myself shooting left with my g19, but not with my 10mm g29, but overall i can shoot them very tight out to 25 yards.

contrarily, i couldn't shoot my m&p's worth a darn no matter how much i practiced. the generic feeling grip coupled with the non-descript and heavy trigger pulls just wasn't my cup of tea.

the glock's inherent accuracy is surprisingly good for a combat gun, at least as good as the other popular ones--you just have to find that "sweet spot" where your grip/trigger pull come together perfectly :)
 

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Thanks DC. Personally I find my shooting varies from gun to gun and not so much from brand to brand. For example; I can shoot my 19 better than my friend's 19 but I can shoot his 17 better than both. My 30FS is a tackdriver. We both shoot that gun as close as perfect as one can get. But I would have to say I never came across a bad Glock. Some just shoot a little better than others. For me it's all about getting in sync with the trigger. Even when I was big into 1911's.. I had custom work done on all of them but shot some better than others?
 

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Speaking from the perspective of a USPSA Production division shooter, the answer is "no", the Glock is not harder to shoot.

My reason for saying this is that the Glock presents one trigger pull instead of two. Other pistols, that have a DA/SA setup, require a much heavier pull on the first shot, and then often a very light subsequent shot. The first shot is doing all the cocking, so it's very different. For me (NOT an expert shooter by any means), that was a big problem and is one reason that I now shoot Glocks in matches. Since the Glock trigger pull is always the same, that difference is out of the picture.

I think another factor would explain the comment that "Glocks are harder to shoot", and it's based on simple physics. The Beretta 92FS in production trim with an empty magazine inserted weighs 34.5 ounces. The Glock 34 weighs 25.8 ounces (both weights come from the USPSA Production Gun list). So, using the same ammunition, the Glock is going to produce more felt recoil because it doesn't have as much inertia (weight) reducing the recoil as the Beretta. The Beretta weighs about 33% more than the Glock: lighter guns produce more recoil than heavy guns. The Glock (and other polymer pistols, such as S&W M&P Pro, HK) are going to produce more recoil, and you need to learn to control that if you're going to shoot one well, at least in competition.

The first time you fire a Glock, especially if you're used to a heavier gun like a Beretta or a CZ, you will notice the recoil, and that may be the source of the complaint or observation that they're more difficult to shoot. Once you get past that, the other features of the Glock more than compensate for the recoil (in my opinion), which makes Glock the winner that it is.

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Your point Cohland, is why I like my gen 4 G17. With the new recoil springs (02 or 02-1) the "felt" recoil is reduced noticeably. I enjoy the snappy feel of the original (01 or blank) recoil spring, especially with +p ammo, but for accuracy and quick re-acquisition, the later springs are very good.
 

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Its funny i shoot my 23 better than my Beretta and iv shot and have had my Beretta longer but that's just me still love my Beretta but i don't fell the glock is harder to shoot
 

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I have several Berettas to go along with several Glocks. I don't have any problems with either of them at all. Do they shoot different....well yes DA/SA versus DAO. But I don't have more problems with one versus the other.
 
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