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The Corps’ Secret Agents Get Their Own 007 in New Glock

The Marine Corps is equipping Marines with a new weapon, providing enhanced concealed carry capabilities at an accelerated rate and lower cost to the Corps.

The Glock 19M—called the M007 by the Corps—replaces the M9 service pistol for personnel requiring a weapon that can be easily concealed.

The Marine Corps requires that all accredited Marine Corps Criminal Investigators, both civilian and military, be armed with a concealable pistol when on duty in civilian attire. This concealed weapon capability ensures those performing official duties—such as law enforcement or security personnel—are not readily identified as being armed.

“The M007 has a smaller frame and is easier to conceal, making it a natural selection to meet the Marine Corps’ conceal carry weapon requirement,” said Gunnery Sgt. Brian Nelson, Individual Weapons project officer at Marine Corps Systems Command.

In coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which adopted the weapon in 2016, the Corps fielded the M007 earlier this year to Marines and civilians in the Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division, as well as members of Helicopter Squadron One—also known as Marine One.   Continue reading

5th Generation GLOCK Pistols are Hitting Gun Store Shelves

Are you Jumping on the New Pistol Bandwagon?

GlockGen5GunLink_1005GLOCK may not have won the bid to be the US Army and Air Force’s new pistols (no matter how big or how many tantrums they throw over losing out to Sig), but some of the changes from their “new” pistols seem to have made it into the latest Gen 5 models, just released.

The GunLink team got a few of the new pistols in our hands and it appears that “what’s old is new again” when it comes to some aspects of the latest offerings from the Austrian gun maker.  Some of the “groundbreaking” changes on Gen 5 models are really just recycled features from as far back as Gen 2 models, while adding some characteristics for which users have been asking for a while – and some features that, as far as we know, nobody was asking for.

For the newest iteration of Perfection, GLOCK boasts “over 20 design modifications from their Gen4 predecessors,” which they claim “deliver improved accuracy, durability, performance, control, and flexibility.”   Continue reading

GLOCK Celebrates 30 Years in the United States

30th Anniversary MGThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the introduction of GLOCK pistols to the U. S. market. GLOCK, Inc., was established in the United States in 1986 and revolutionized the firearms market forever.  GLOCK pistols are now the sidearm of choice for over 65 percent of the law enforcement agencies across the U.S., and they are used in more than 50 elite military units worldwide.

“When I brought the GLOCK 17 to America in 1986, I could not have imagined or predicted the success GLOCK enjoys today,” said company founder, Gaston Glock. “Our pistols are the choice of millions for personal and home protection and target shooting.”

GLOCK has launched a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration. GLOCK has commissioned a limited edition of thirty hand-engraved G17 Gen4 pistols to honor groups and organizations that have contributed to the overall success of the company in the U.S.

SHOT_6492Each of the thirty pistols has been uniquely by one of five Master Engravers who have been certified by the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) to commemorate the relationships cultivated during the company’s thirty-year history. The exclusive pistols will be presented throughout the year to exceptional individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the success of GLOCK.  The engraved G17 Gen4 pistols carry a limited production serial number and come with a certificate of authenticity signed by Mr. Glock. The pistols will be presented throughout 2016.

To learn more about 30 years of GLOCK in the United States and how to win one of the limited edition pistols, visit 30th.glock.com.

GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) Celebrates 25th Anniversary

25thGSSF-LogoThe GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. GSSF was formed in 1991 and continues to exceed the goal of introducing new shooters to the shooting sports.

Since 1991, GSSF has seen more than 120,000 members, over 200,000 match entries, and more than 700 outdoor events. Planned for 2016 are 55 outdoor matches scheduled throughout the United States and another 500+ Indoor League matches available for members who wish to demonstrate their marksmanship, win prizes and enjoy family-oriented atmosphere that is safe as well as fun.

GSSF matches are low-pressure competitions using standard GLOCK pistols and there is no need for expensive match gear.   Members compete with others according to their respective skill levels and GLOCK models. The courses of fire are simple yet challenging. There are 10 competitive divisions and also special awards for Juniors, Seniors, Super Seniors, Ladies and 3-Person Teams.

“Millions of dollars in prizes and GLOCK pistols have been awarded over the years,” said Alan Ramsey, Director of Training & GSSF. “We hope you will come out this year and shoot with GSSF as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Mr. Gaston GLOCK’s vision.”

To view the 2016 match schedules and for more information on GSSF, visit www.gssfonline.com.

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Glock Factory Service: The Best Kept Secret in Sights?

GlockWaitingIt’s no secret that Glock’s factory sights might not exactly be the best in the business.  Pistol shooters may find a variety of faults with the sights,  from the polymer material from which they are constructed to the otherwise unconventional “ball in the bucket” markings versus more traditional 3-dot sights to the dimensions of the stock sights.  Whatever it is, enough people dislike them to make the field of aftermarket sights a relatively large one.

One of the main concerns heard most frequently seems to be about the durability of the polymer sights.  Some damage to the side of a Glock rear sight is visible in our Armed Citizen graphic.  A stock front post on one of the GunLink Glocks was starting to wear on one corner and mushroom on the other corner from being drawn and reholstered.  One of our shooting buddies told us about a Glock that took an unlucky hit to the rear sight after dropping a few inches onto an end table and the sight snapped out.  Other stories of sight failure can be easily found if you scrounge around online.

To be certain, the polymer OEM Glock sights are not complete garbage and, truthfully, might be just fine for the majority of casual shooters.  Although they don’t make a habit of regularly releasing their numbers, Glock production hit the 5-million mark eight years ago in 2007.  If the last eight years kept pace with the previous 8-year period, the numbers are now somewhere around 8 million.  The majority of those pistols’ owners probably don’t spend a lot of time using them hard enough to cause any notable damage.   Continue reading

Pre-NRAAM Glock 43 Launch Party in Nashville

G43Left01On the evening before opening day of the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, Tennessee – just weeks after the early rumors and official announcement – a small group of attendees was invited to the Nashville Armory for the official Glock 43 launch party.  The GunLink team was among that group and we had a chance to see, handle, and shoot the new single-stack 9mm pistol before most people even see them show up at their gun shop.  There isn’t much that can improve on shooting “free” ammo out of other people’s guns (and we took the opportunity to make two trips each through the firing queue with 3 mags on each round) – but being a brand-new pistol made it that much better.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to be impressed.  On paper, the specs didn’t seem that ground breaking.  It has roughly the same profile as a double-stack G26, albeit thinner, but with a significantly reduced capacity (6+1).  The Glock representative at the event referred to it as basically a “Glock 26 Slim” (see the comparison below, left-to-right: G42, G43, G26)  It is too big for pocket carry but too small for a high round count and, I thought, too small to be comfortable to shoot.

The G43 is a good example of why you cannot judge a book by its cover, or a pistol by its spec sheet.   Continue reading

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