By Alan Murdock
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Everybody’s aware of “the Glock conflict,” the 30 year (argument, battle, war – insert your word of choice) over which combative handgun reigns supreme.
It almost sounds like we are on Food Networks Kitchen Stadium. “And today’s secret ingredient…. Handguns. Allez cuisine!”
During the 1980s and ‘90s, Glock became the most issued police pistol in the United States and was even adopted as a primary issue gun by the FBI.
I’ve been very interested in the videos that have come out for and against Glock in the last year. The competitive environment has heated up for Glock. First, Walther developed their P99 with guns hitting the market in 1997. Springfield Armory began importing their XD pistols in 2002 (known prior and imported since 2000 as the HS 2000).
More recently, Smith and Wesson have developed their M&P line. The gun was adopted by the Patrick County, Virginia Sheriff’s Department in 2005, according to a Smith & Wesson press release, and since that time it has been adopted as a primary issue sidearm or accepted as a personal carry gun by departments across the United States.
In my assessment, the era of Glock as the “only” choice in police or security markets, and thereby the choice for personal defense and concealed carry is long gone. With modern machining, all of the major manufacturers have developed successful, competitive lines of a defensive firearm. What is interesting to watch is the debate.
As I said, I have a Glock, but not the T-shirt.
I regularly carry either a Glock 23 or Smith & Wesson M&P compact in .40 cal. I switch between the two and like both, but I like my M&P a bit more. The features are more modern, the feel is great, the accuracy between my two guns is identical. The only question left is whether to get the Smith & Wesson T-shirt or hat.
About Alan Murdock
Alan Murdock is a lifelong shooting enthusiast. From youth he has shot firearms and archery. Today he is a certified NRA basic pistol instructor and Utah Concealed Firearms instructor. His blog on shooting and personal defense can be found at www.alanmurdock.wordpress.com