Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun in 10mm Auto ~ Range Report & Review

Terril give us a rand report on the Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun in 10mm.

10mm Auto Ammunition Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun
Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun & 10mm Auto Ammunition: The Hornady 155 grain XTP rounds are light for 10mm, but they move fast and expand well, busting through over 14 inches of ballistics gel with expansion up to .70 inch.

USA – -(Ammoland.com)- I am a total stranger to polymer framed semi-automatic handguns. I really have no dog in the fight over which brand is better, but I finally took the plunge with a Glock 29, an odd bird in the market but one with lots of power ( 10mm Auto ) in a relatively small package. After several hundred rounds downrange, I hope this will be an insight for other first-time Glock owners and a referendum on the Model 29 itself.

Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun in 10mm Auto

The Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun is a very pedestrian looking handgun compared to its newer competitors. Despite the widespread myth of the Glock being a plastic pistol, the first thing that sticks out is the beefy squared off steel slide scarred on both sides by basic vertical serrations for gripping. The slide is 1.120 inches thick and is mounted with basic polymer three-dot sights. The rear notch sight may be drifted for windage on the spot.
The pistol’s 3.77-inch barrel operates on a Browning inspired tilting lock where the flat section of the barrel locks against the ejection port when firing.

Switching this discussion to the lower half, the pistols is made of polymer with steel reinforcement used where needed—like for the slide rails. Currently, only the Generation 4 and SF Model 29s are available. The frame on the SF is a bit shorter for ease of use with smaller-handed shooters, but it retains the features of the Gen 4 which has prominent finger grooves at the front of the grip and replaceable backstraps that come included with the gun so the grip can be tailored to what fits best. The grip is subtly checkered, but the remainder of the frame is relatively mute. A rail for mounting a light hangs out near the muzzle, and the takedown lever and right-sided magazine release and slide release are the only prominent controls. There is no manual safety except for that on the “safe-action” trigger.

Glock G29 Slide and Magazine Release
Glock G29 Slide and Magazine Release: The slide release and magazine release are all located for a right-handed shooter, but I had no trouble as a lefty using my index finger to hit the slide release and the middle finger to hit the magazine release. Note the blade of the trigger safety.

This relatively thick subcompact pistol needs to be bulky up top to harness the power of the 10mm Auto cartridge it is chambered in, but you will find virtually the same pistol chambered in 45 ACP—the Glock 30. The 10mm was developed to have magnum revolver power in a semi-auto platform in the 1980s, and the Glock 29 holds ten of them with the option of using longer Glock 20 fifteen round magazines.

Glock 29 Gen4 Handling & Shooting

The Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun got through four hundred rounds of testing without any cleaning with minimal issues. It ate 300 rounds of LAX 180 grain FMJ range ammunition and a further 100 rounds of Hornady Custom 155 grain XTPs like those featured in our 357 Magnum vs. 10mm Ballistics Testing. Between round 1 and 400, I learned a few things.

A common criticism of Glock pistols is that the grip doesn’t fit the hand very well. The included extra backstraps can alleviate this, but upon picking up the Glock 29 Gen4 and taking aim, I found that the front sight was a bit higher than the rear. Anchoring the pistol’s grip tightly with the ring finger evened up the sights perfectly, and I was ready to start shooting. The three included magazines were easy to load until getting to the eighth round. Fighting the spring was hard, but the added magazine loader solved the problem and got me loaded to all ten. With that, I inserted the magazine and slapped it hard to make sure it was seated, racked the slide, then took a careful two-handed grip. My first targets were six-inch circles at seven yards.

Glock 29 Gen 4 Handgun Group
Glock 29 Gen 4 Handgun Group: A typical three-inch group at seven yards with the Glock 29 Gen4 pistol using LAX’s 180 grain 10mm auto ammunition.
Terril Hebert shooting the GLOCK G29 handgun in 10mm
Terril Hebert shooting the GLOCK G29 handgun in 10mm

I squeezed off the first shot. A ball of flame shot out from the gun and in a moment a hole where I was aiming. Second shot did the same, but afterward, the rest of my shots hit far to the low and right. The trigger was light coming in at just over six pounds. Far lighter and shorter the ten-pound triggers found on revolvers I am used to.

I was pulling the trigger far too fast, but I started to get used to the trigger and its audible reset upon firing a shot, and I ended up with respectable groups in the end. I was surprised how well the pistol handled recoil, despite being so small and chambered for a “butt stomping” cartridge. My hands survived without any cuts or soreness for that matter, and I felt there to be no more recoil than an average 9mm pistol.

I did notice that my pinky finger is left hanging by the short grip and my attempts to get all fingers on the grip are broken by a few shots. It is a cost of having a small handgun, but it did not seem to hinder accuracy or follow-up shots.

Afterwards, I embarked on a variety of tests for accuracy and ammunition dumps to test reliability. My accuracy improved with consistent five-shot patterns running around three inches. My attempts at twenty-five yards opened to six to eight inches. This isn’t a reflection of the pistol so much as my ability to shoot it. Shooting in a semi-rapid fashion, it wasn’t difficult to keep all ten shots in the eight-ring on a ShootNSee silhouette at seven yards. The Glock 29’s accuracy is more than adequate for the job and for its size.

Reliability was close to 100 percent with one failure to fully eject an empty case during my second 100 round test. This was one of the few times I tried shooting with a less than tight grip. This condition is known as “limp-wristing,” and it occurs when firing an auto pistol without a good, firm grip on the gun. It is a user error malfunction, but a malfunction nonetheless.
Parting Shots

While any subcompact Glock wouldn’t be my first choice for a new shooter due to the shorter grip length, the predictable trigger pull and simplicity of the design lend itself well to being forgiving toward the user. It might be a little overkill to hop right on with a 10mm, however. Though the Gen4’s dual recoil spring managed to kick very well for me, your mileage may vary. The only major problem with the Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun is the availability of the cartridge it fires. The 10mm Auto round fell out of popularity for a while, but it is resurging again. It isn’t too hard to find range ammunition at big box outdoor stores, but quality defensive ammo can be hard to come by. In my case, the internet was my friend.

Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun Field Stripped
Glock 29 Gen4 Handgun Field Stripped: The G29 takes down easily by pulling the slide back slightly, depressing the knurled take-down lever on both sides, dropping the slide, then pulling the trigger to allow the slide to go forward, off the frame. Note the dual recoil spring assembly, great for taming the 10mm cartridge.

When I first started poking around and researching the Glock 29, I immediately thought it to be a great hiking or hunting sidearm with enough compactness to double as a carry gun. With the right loads, either role can be achieved without giving up much. Glock subcompact pistols are popular for concealed carry, though these double-stacked handguns tend to be thicker than others. This compactness translates well to the hunting and hiking arena where weight is everything. I wouldn’t try to take a deer with the Glock 29 Gen4 pistol, but I can see it being handy in a bad situation. It is just as light, if not lighter, than a practical magnum revolver that might be carried around in bear country and you get more rounds—magnum-like rounds mind you. With the Glock 29 Gen4 , you can have some peace of mind when faced with two-legged and four-legged predators.

Glock 29 Gen 4 Handgun Sights
Glock 29 Gen 4 Handgun Sights: The sights on the G29 are nothing fancy—in fact they are polymer. But they pick up very well, and they work.

 

Terril Hebert
Terril Hebert

About Terril Hebert:

Terril Hebert is a firearm writer native to south Louisiana. Under his motto-Guns, Never Politics-he tackles firearm and reloading topics both in print and on his Mark3smle YouTube channel, where he got his start. Terril has a soft spot for ballistics testing, pocket pistols, and French rifles. When he is not burning ammo, he is indulging his unhealthy wildlife photography obsession or working on his latest novel. Scourge of God, published in 2017. See more from Terril on youtube under Mark3smle.

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    Glenn Hughes
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    Glenn Hughes

    I have a Glock Model 20SF 10mm and I love it. It is a shooter and is fun to shoot and to hunt with. You will not be disappointed in this gun if you get one.

    Brian
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    Brian

    Just a heads up, you point out the SF variant is still for sale as well as the gen 4. The reason there is no more SF badging on the gen 4 is that they are all Short Frame, whereas the gen 3 had the old model receiver as well as the SF.

    Pat H
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    Pat H

    People are butt hurt that he found a 6 pound trigger to be “light”. He made it clear that he is used to heavier revolver triggers.

    Connor H
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    Connor H

    Saying that glock sights “pick up well” put a bad taste in my mouth regarding the rest of the review. Yeah, they’re better than low profile steel sights (or no sights…), but they’re widely considered garbage compared to modern 3 dot handgun sights… I own several glocks, and the first thing one does is replace the sights.

    Also, calling a 6+ pound trigger light kinda indicates you don’t fire striker pistols often. If anything, over 6 pounds is heavy for a striker gun.

    Otherwise, decent overview.

    Travis
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    Travis

    To each their own, I suppose. I have actually adapted well to the U-shaped rear sights and the overall factory setup. Maybe I’m weird, though. I tend to run with what I’m given and maximize it. Looking into upgrading to an Ameriglo I-sight setup for night/low-light work, so we’ll see.

    Oldvet
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    Oldvet

    @John Painter — And just what pray tell is wrong with a trip to OZ ? Thousands of B Ball fans sure enjoyed it during March Madness !

    Brian b
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    Brian b

    I would like to know what makes for the better purchase a Glock 30 or 29 or the 20? I don’t wanna know about conversion kits I could careless to make one gun another when I could simply buy a different caliber. I simply want the opinions of which to buy. I seem to be able to find 10mm every where now and it’s abou the same price as 45acp.

    Firewagon
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    Firewagon

    Depends much on what you want it for. Competition, Home Defense, Carry/Defense. You left out the 21 (full sized .45). I have them all, simply because my son and I shoot GSSF (Glock Sports Shooting Foundation) matches, and you can actually win Glock handguns as prizes, even without winning a match, called a random award. To your question: I like ’em all, this from someone who initially detested these “plastic guns.” The G20 or G29 you probably would not want to shoot competitively – expense of just donating that 10mm brass! I’m not that swift, but I figgered that out… Read more »

    James Higginbotham
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    James Higginbotham

    i have never owned any firearm in 10mm.
    but i also have never shot one, with all the firearms i own i am getting more interested in this caliber.
    and everyone KNOWS, we NEVER have enough AMMO, OR FIREARMS LOL.

    conrad
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    conrad

    He didn’t pursue the probability that he was anticipating recoil and thus shot low and left. And 6″ at 7 yards(?) something’s wrong here as well. That gun is capable of bug holes, or at worst clover leafs at 7 yards.

    Mike
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    Mike

    Go back and read the review again. He said 3″ groups at 7 yards and 6″ at 25 yards.

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    This “article” has so many fails that I am not even going to list them. The quality seems right for “gun rags.” It’s too bad that it is reprinted here. I haven’t subscribed to a gun mag in twenty years and writing such as this is the reason why.

    gcm
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    gcm

    Well Roy D, you surely are entitled to your opinion, but did not elaborate on what you thought the problem’s were with this article, but I am a Glock guy, and I did enjoy it. I think this young man Terril Hebert did a fine job reviewing this Glock 29 for someone that’s never owned one. Although Glock has several models, and generations to choose from, they all basically come apart and go together the same way, and he’s explaining for up and coming shooters, or someone looking for info on a particular model. In case you haven’t noticed, you… Read more »

    Roy D.
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    Roy D.

    I’m sorry, I am still tired from critiquing his article on the 10mm cartridge. Perhaps I’ll find the energy to do the same to this article; but then, why bother. There is a saying I learned a long, long time ago in a place far, far away: If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, then baffle them with “BS.” It certainly seems to apply to this “writer.”

    John Painter
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    John Painter

    Where were you, on a trip to OZ perhaps?

    J-Mac
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    J-Mac

    Roy D,

    Is your real name Richard Cranium…???

    Connor H
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    Connor H

    Agreed Roy. Between “glock sights pick up easy” and “the light 6+ pound trigger” I was struggling to continue.

    Grebe
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    Grebe

    The magazine release is on the left side of the pistol. It is easily reversible for lefties. The takedown “lever” (tabs, really) are located on both sides and must be manipulated simultaneously to facilitate disassembly. The “slide release” is in fact a Slide Stop Lever…which should not be used as a slide release for all practical purposes. Using your off hand, grasping those serrations on either side of the rear of the slide is what you need to be using to get your pistol into battery.

    Connor H
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    Connor H

    Where exactly have you gathered from Glock that the slide stop/release should not be used to release the slide? Not being sarcastic, genuinely interested in a link to an official Glock statement that one should rack slide rather than release using slide lock lever. I’ve never seen such official statement, in years of online perusal. From everything I’ve gathered, it’s personal preference and efficiency.

    Please post link, will await with interest.

    Firewagon
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    Firewagon

    Don’t recall where, when, I first encountered that axiom? Think it had something to do with the slide stop/slide release piece on all Glocks is a pretty weak sister, prone to easily wear, or so said. Thus, the admonition to NOT use the “slide stop” as a “slide release.” Just a slight rearward movement of the slide releases the stop; however, in a “I need a reload NOW” situation, the fastest way to start the boom over, has been shown to be using that ‘slide stop.’ In fact, it is at least a one, if not, two shot difference in… Read more »