Today I test drive the The Glock Model 20 Pistol with 10mm ammo.
Obsolete Arms and Ammo
By Bob Shell
Apache Junction, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- The saga of the Glock started in 1963 it’s founder Gaston Glock started making various products, many out of plastic.
In 1980 Austria wanted a new handgun for the military. Glock who never made a handgun before designed his unique product made from a combination of plastic and metal. The design is both simple and controversial.
When it first came out many anti-gun activists claimed that it could escape a metal detector. Like all of their arguments this one was not based on any facts.
There is plenty of metal in a Glock including the barrel and springs to set off a metal detector. The Glock also doesn’t have a conventional safety, though with its trigger design it doesn’t need one. That also bothered the clueless anti-gun crowd.
It has been a few years since I fired a Glock of any model. The trigger system with the safety included is a unique system and takes some getting used to.
The first couple of times I shot the Glock Model 20 there were a couple of fliers but upon more shooting my groups tightened up considerably. The sights are easy to pick up, at least in my view. Other shooters, more used to the Glock, shot well right off. While the grips are large I didn’t have any discomfort shooting it in-spite of my fairly small hands but the newer Gen 4 has a slimmer grip for those who need it.
In spite of the 10 mm ammo‘s power, recoil was entirely manageable. After quite a bit of shooting no problems surfaced in regards to feeding or any other function. It seems that if the ammo is correctly made that gun will function.
LOAD – BULLET – VELOCITY – COMMENT
- 6 X Tite Group – 155 grain berry – 1051 – nice
- 8.5 X HS-6 – 155 grain Berry – 967 – mild
- 11 X HS-6 – 155 grain Rem HP – 1276 – nice load
- 7 X Tite Group – 155 grain Rem HP – 1185 – mild
- 9.4 X HS-6 – 180 grain Berry – 1120 – consistent
- 9 X Blue Dot – 180 grain Berry – 915 – very consistent
- 10 X Blue Dot – 180 grain Berry – 1147 – super nice
Notice how 1 grain of powder increased the velocity so much. That is something to keep in mind when developing loads for any handgun. The 10 mm is a powerful round and with some loads it can be used for big game hunting at short ranges.
With a 200 grain FMJ type of bullet it would be superior to the 45 ACP in black bear country as penetration would be greater.
The Glock Model 20 Handgun was fairly versatile being suitable with lighter loads in the 40 S & W range. Cast bullets can be used but make sure you keep the barrel is kept clean. I have shot the 10 in other semi-autos and a revolver and have always been pleased with its accuracy and performance.
Watch this Youtuber, theKGB65, shoot the Glock 20 model in rapid succession.
The Glock has a proven track record as it is used by many police departments around the world. For someone looking for a reasonably priced service pistol the Glock deserves serious consideration. It comes in various calibers and models so there should be something for everyone.
About Bob Shell
A Custom Reloader of Obsolete and Antique Ammo, Bob Shell, writes about the subject of Guns, Ammo, Shooting and Related Subjects. Visit: www.bobshellsblog.blogspot.com