The Glock 36 – A Thinner .45ACP

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The Glock 36 (middle) between the Glock 19 (top) and Glock 27 (bottom).

The G36 on the right, is slightly thinner than the 9mm Glock 19 to the left. That makes for a gun that is more concealable, and perceptibly more comfortable.

Glock’s Oddball Pistol
Born for Concealed Carry

By Brian Jensen

Glock “Safe Action” Pistols
http://www.glock.com/

OK, so if you’ve read anything from me, you know I’m a big fan of the Glock pistol. They’re just simple, reliable, and effective weapons. I also love the 45 ACP, but up until recently, I found that 45 ACP Glocks were a little large in that caliber when it came to their grip, and not my personal choice for concealed carry. That was up until recently, when I found the exception to that rule, the slim Gock 36

Enter the Glock 36

Introduced in 2000, the Glock 36 is a thinner version of the Glock 30 subcompact 45 ACP pistol. Instead of the thick grip and slide that were made to accommodate not just the .45 ACP, but the much more powerful 10mm – both with double stack magazine so common in Glocks, the Austrians did something different. A single stack magazine holds six rounds – comparable to an Officer’s Size Colt, which is similar to the size of the 36 and a much slimmer slide and frame. This lets them make a slim pistol – in fact the G36 is thinner than any other Glock.

This is a CCW dream come true. The reliability of a Glock, in a package the size of a small 1911, using the potent .45 ACP cartridge. With its nearly indestructible Tennifer finish it’s easily carried anywhere, whether an ankle, an IWB holster, or wherever and in the harshest of environments. I thought this gun was immediately destined for greatness.

What is odd, the G36 isn’t the madly popular gun I expected. They are a “love it or hate it” gun. Either you love the characteristics and the handling of it, or you don’t. There really isn’t too much opinion in between. I recently spoke with a local gun shop clerk who noted the same thing; he was just amazed that the gun wasn’t far more popular. For those with small hands, who I hear often complain about the thick grips of the Glocks in 45, why weren’t they snapping these up?

For me, the gun made a lot sense, so I recently purchased one to evaluate as a CCW. I was immediately thankful for the slim grip, and easily concealable package. I also bought a third magazine and two Pierce +1 extensions as well as a +0 floorplate for one magazine to aid in concealment. I also added a single Glock night sight for the front sight of the gun, since this is a close-in gun, not something I plan for target shooting, but more on that later.

Carrying the Glock 36 was very easy, especially with the +0 floorplate. It was comfortable to carry, either in an Inside the Waistband holster, a standard belt scabbard, or paddle holster. I used a Fobus and Blackhawk Serpa holster most often, and the gun melted into my side. I cannot usually carry a semi auto that I conceal with only a T-Shirt over my jeans. The 36 was flat enough to do the trick. All day carry was never a problem, with no sharp edges to scratch you or tear up you clothes. It was far lighter than my Colt Commander, and felt much smaller. All the way around this pistol is a solid CCW choice for those who like the Glock.

At The range:

At the range the G36 was a surprise. The .45 ACP recoiled stoutly from the little gun, but with the usual “push” of the ACP, rather than snap of the .40 S&W. It was much easier to handle than I expected, though not as easy as something like, say a 9mm. Accuracy was superb. I put two rounds in the same hole at the 3 and 5 yard lines respectively.

However, I did find one issue with the Glock 36. When I tried to slow fire for accuracy, I had consistent failure to chamber jams with the rounds being nose down in the magazine. These necessitated I pull the mag out forcefully and then re-seat it. Once back in, I re-chambered and off I went

I tried to see if it was magazine related and it didn’t matter which magazine I used, whether it had the +1 basepad or the standard factory one. I rebuilt all the mags with new springs and followers as well as adding a new recoil spring assembly. While the failures continued, they became far less common.

I soon realized that during slow fire, my grip was much looser as I concentrated on accuracy, and not on grip. Once I gripped the gun firmly, and gave it a proper platform – it ran flawlessly. Thus the secret for the G36 is a firm hold to prevent unnecessary movement while firing. Which realistically is OK, since this is a combat gun, not a target gun.

There have been those who challenged the 36 as a reliable platform for this very reason. I disagree. These guns excel at what they were made for; a concealed carry defensive pistol. In real life, when you draw and fire at a real opponent who is intent on doing you harm, you will likely not be doing anything like the careful aiming I was doing. As the adrenaline dump hits your bloodstream, all your fine motor skills will go out the window, and you will be left with, draw, point, and pull the trigger.

The G36 excels at this role. It doesn’t have much in the way of controls to snag on clothing when being drawn, and it’s simple in its operation, you just pull the trigger. On top of that, it’s compact and light enough to carry easily for hours on end. With a good set of quick sights, such as a set of XS Big Dots this gun will draw, fire, and reliably put rounds where you need them. Or, if you install a front night sight with a tritium insert, you get a similar result.

There are those who believe that there is no other caliber than the 45 ACP. For them, finding a concealable, and comfortable carry gun can be difficult. There are cut down versions of the venerable 1911, but they are costly and often still pretty heavy. Many will argue their reliability as well. Now, the Austrians have given us another option, the Glock 36; rock solid durability, and the affordability of a Glock. If you like Glocks, and are looking for something light, slim, and potent, this warrants a look.

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dan March 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

i bought the mod.36 when they first came out and am a glock fan ,first time at the range i had cycling problems shooting handloads that i use with my 1911 colt 200 gr.swc.the casings werent ejecting properly.i then tried loading 185 gr.jhp rem.i try to get 850 fps. this worked flawlessly i use this ammo all the time

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Michael Ange March 29, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Does a Glock have a safety.

If, now, how do you make it safe from an accidental discharge.

Thanks,

Mike in Virginia Beach

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Joe March 29, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Glocks have 3 internal safety’s, but no external safety. Avoid accidental discharges by keping your finger off of the trigger until ready to fire.

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tarawa1943 August 15, 2011 at 10:03 am

Joe, outstanding suggestion!

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John March 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Glock’s have three safeties and can only fire if the trigger is pulled.
I saw a test, a loaded Glock was thrown against a cinder block wall (a few hundred times) never fired.
The answer to your question is simple, don’t pull the trigger and it won’t fire!

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Dean November 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Mike, first off there is no such thing as an “accidental discharge” any time a gun goes off when not intended it is a Neglegnt discharge, why? because the person has violated one of the 4 basic rules of gun safety. The Glock internal safeties keep the weapon from firing if dropped etc. In fact the ONLY way one will go off is if the trigger is pulled. So finger off the trigger until your ready to fire, if you dont point the gun at anything your not willing to destroy, viola you will never have a neglgent discharge. At the largest shooting school in the county, ALL the “incident” reports involving people shooting themselves during live fire training were with 1911 style pistols; that do have a manual safety, which, in each case was not properly operated by the shooter; hence neglegent discharges are more common with guns with manual safeties.

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An-Old-Marine May 9, 2012 at 8:55 am

The above sounds like a “Lawyers” reply. ;)

There IS such a thing as an accident. People are human, and as such DO have accidents.

But the “Lawyers are a fact of life, and are we have to guard against them too – as well as the regular criminal.
We DO have the 2nd amendment rights, and I will do my best to protect myself and family from those trying to do us harm, including the “Lawyers”.
Other than the lawyers, politicians and other assorted criminals – the USA is a pretty good place though.

From reading the reviews – It sounds like this Glock 36 is an excellent tool to help us to not be a victim.

When you are in a situation that is ‘live-or-die’ – do all you can to live.
And it’s SPLIT seconds that count and make the difference – AND BULLET PLACEMENT!!
Practice, practice, practice. Your life may very well depend on it.

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Jacob March 29, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Good review! Thanks for the time you spent writing this.

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Michael March 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

The Glock has multiple safeties. The most important one being, “Don’t touch the trigger until ready to shoot”.

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Matt March 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

They do not have a traditional safety where the shooter has to flip a lever or push a button before the gun will fire. Glocks are made for combat. Having to push a bottom before you can shoot will just slow you down.

Glock’s do have 3 internal safety devices that are deactivated as the trigger is pulled then automatically reactivated when it is released. These safeties make it impossible for the gun to fire by accident. By definition, if the trigger is pulled it cannot be called an accidental discharge. If you know how to properly handle and store your firearms, Glocks are as safe as any other gun.

I bought my first Glock in 1992 and I now own 7. They are fantastic guns. I have put well over 15K rounds through my Glocks and I cannot remember a single failure due to gun malfunction.

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jim grant July 13, 2011 at 6:43 pm

So why do military 1911 have so many safeties?

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Dean November 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

The “military” 1911 has the same number of safeties as the glock. 3, a firing pin block (A2 models only), a grip safety, which is automatically disengaged by gripping the gun. and the manually operated safety. The glock has three as well, all three are disengaged ONLY when the trigger is pulled and are automatically re-engaged when the trigger is re-set. So the only way it will fire is if you pull the trigger. You must violate the basic rules of firearms safety for it to fire. These guns are safe, reliable easy to teach even persons new to firearms how to use safely. They are widly useed by both military and law enforcment the world over.

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John March 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I have been using the 36 for three years, love it. The odd thing is, when shooting at NRA Action Pistol matches, I have better accuracy with the 36 then my Glock 17 , must be the thinner grip. I also had the same “failure to chamber” issue early on, the 36 will get you out of a “limp wrist” habit real quick…

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Ronald Eckler March 29, 2011 at 2:43 pm

How do I perchase Glock safe Action 45 Pistol

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Stafon April 14, 2011 at 5:44 am

Glad I’ve fiallny found something I agree with!

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Hiram March 29, 2011 at 2:52 pm

@Michael, I’ve been a Glock shooter for over 20 yrs, I find keeping your booger hook off the bang switch to be an excellent safety.

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meeester March 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

A little thing like FTFs, gee; why would that preclude consideration for a CCW?

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Dean November 19, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Before shooting your mouth off about the FTF issues mentioned re-read and see the shooters were firing re-loaded ammo. No one but a fool would load a weapon used for personal protection with re-loaded ammo. I have a total of 6 Glocks now and have owned a couple others that I plain wore out. The few FTF’s I have experienced could be traced to bad ammo and in one case to a poorly manufactured (non Glock) replacement recoil spring that was tight on the rod; spring changed NO more FTF with that gun which now has over 5k round through it.

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Russ Thomas March 29, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Glock’s Model 36 fits my small hand like a glove. Slow fire, a loose grip trying for in-th degree accuracy will sometimes result in stove pipes because of a limp wrist, but that is not what the gun was designed for. I have two, one with a Crimson Trace red dot, and love both of them. Grip them tight and you just can’t beat them for concealment, big caliber, fast no snag draw, close combat self defense! If you feel the need for more than 7 rounds (6 in the magazine, 1 in the chamber), carry extra magazines, the reload is faster than a speed loader in a 6 shot revolver for most. And this Glock, like all Glock’s is pure; KISS (Keep It Short & Simple), no whistles or bells, just draw and pull the trigger until empty, insert another magazine, and keep on going. Double Action only; learn to release the trigger only enough to reset for faster firing. I highly recommend a Glock Model 36, for those willing to train/practice, at least once in a while, the felt recoil, as it properly fits a small hand to me is less than a .40 caliber double stack, because the recoil is just back and up, not back, up and right, so recovery time is faster on two axises than three, if I’m explaining it right.

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Jim March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm

GLOCK enuff said – the best. I own 4 of them in different cal. use three of them as CCW -0 including the 30 in 45 cal. Another thing that I do is each of them is equiped with a clipdraw, therefore no holster required. For me this is the best combo. Even when you use the 26 in an ankle holster, they are comfortable. But wait there is more as JB would say you don’t carry one to be comfortable you carry it for comfort.

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Wayne G. March 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

So many guns to try. Wish ya didn’t have to buy it to try it. I never use indoor ranges, do they rent’em?

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Bill H March 29, 2011 at 6:52 pm

The G-36 was my first .45 cal purchase. I foolishly let it go to make an impulse buy. Now I’m looking to replace it with a new one. I also gotta stop giving away my quality holsters when I sell a gun!

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Ross March 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I was rented a Glock 26 at Gator gun range and kept getting stove pipes all day. Talk to some friends who said you have to grip the gun really tight and that they might have been using reloads at the range and Glocks need good ammo. Sounds to me that Glocks suffer from this having to grip really tight syndrome. Never had a problem shooting sig 226 or Berettas PX 4 Storm sub compact. Ths has put me off to buying a Glock whose price is very reasonable compared to other pistols and field stipping is a breeze. That aside how does the Glock 36 compare with the Kahr PM 40 and the FNX .45 in regards to price, easy to conceal and being reliable ?

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Dean November 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Glocks do not need to be held tight, no gun does. Shooting properly requires a good stance where recoil goes back to your body, a fighters stance if you will. The gun is held with forward pressure on the backstrap and rearward pressure, with the weak hand, to create isometric tension. gripping the gun with the hand causes movement of your trigger finger to move the gun. Easy to test, make a tight fist and try to move your triger finger without it affecting (moving) your hand. now push out with your strong hand and pull back against the heal of your strong hand with the tips of your weak hand, note how freely your trigger finger moves.

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Dick Bard March 29, 2011 at 7:47 pm

I purchased a 36 a few years ago, and shot it quite a few times at the local range. It is a perfect self-protection weapon. I was trying out various makes of handguns at that time, and ended up selling it. About 6 months ago, I bought another 36, and did the usual addons, like the grip extension, and I added night sights myself. I also have a Glock 17 that is used strictly as a plinker. I have had a few other Glocks through the years, but nothing that feels quite like the 36. It does kick, but doesn’t snap like some other calibers. And like all Glocks, the stiff grip is needed to keep any failure to feed from happening. I may be lucky, but I have never had a glitch with any Glock.

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BigAl March 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I recently traded in my venerable model 21 for a smaller model 36 and have not looked back since. While still a little large to carry in a pocket (unlike my PPK), it is a real pleasure to pat my side and feel the .45 there in the Fobus. I had the same jam problems when limp-wristing it at the range. Once I straightened up and took a good grip, it fired a hundred rounds flawlessly.

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James March 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I just bought my G36 a couple of weeks ago. Fired it this weekend at a pistol “clinic” at the range. Yeah, it kicks a bit, a 45 ACP with a light-weight frame, but not bad at all. It was surprisely accurate. I think that I am really going to like this pistol. I love Glocks in general. I now own a 19,22,23,26,30SF, and now the 36. THe 36 is by far the easiest to carry concealed. Only the 26 comes close. The only issue that I have had so far is the magazines. The single stack mag does not seem to be as “stable” when loading(or unloading) as the regular glock mags(double stacks). One of the mags springs got stuck halfway down the magazine when unloading rounds. THe first time I tried to load some Golden Saber JHPs, the rounds jammed and a very small piece of the outer “plastic” chipped off at the very top of the magazine leaving a very sharp edge that I now catch my finger on when loading the mag. But, these have been minor inconveniences and I am sure that things will improve as I break the gun in a little more. Overall, a GREAT CCW pistol for self-defense.

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Aaron March 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

I was never a Glock fan until a bought a Glock 36 from a friend who hated it after only firing it once. I was impressed after my first magazine. I’ve never had any jams and I’ve cycled over 300 rounds through it. It’s is now my favorite CCW. Took the place of my Warthog.

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Ancient Paths March 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

My first pistol was a G27 that I bought for concealed carry. I loved it but for one drawback — its thickness. I was able to comfortably conceal it most of the time but not all of the time. I decided that I would be willing to go from a .40S&W to 9mm as it would mean I could carry all of the time. I sold the G27 and bought a Kel-Tec P11 in 9mm. (I have Kel-Tec’s SU-16C and love it.) After three months of daily concealed carry, the slide began to rust. My bad for not oiling the slide regularly I guess, but I never oiled the G27′s slide over several years and there was no rust. I also had FTF problems with the P11. Fed up with the P11, I decided to take another look at Glock only to discover that they had added the G36 slimline. Having bought a G36 a couple years ago, I can say that — for me — the fraction of an inch difference in thickness makes all the difference in the world. I can carry it any time no matter what I’m wearing, even with the longer slide and taller frame than the G27. I have fired only Remington UMC 185gr and Federal EFMJ 185gr and haven’t experienced any FTFs or FTEs. Love it; won’t ever sell it.

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Doug March 30, 2011 at 11:07 am

I have a Model 21. I love the gun but the grip is too big for my small hands. How do they make the grip smaller? I would like with and depth smaller. I shoot my Kimber 45 very accurately and notice the grips are quite different in Ergonomics. If they remove material do the grips stay like the Glock or like the 1911?

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USMC_TOP March 31, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I have the G19, G21 and a G27 for CCW. I purchased the G36 when it came out and couldn’t be happier. Finally Glock made a .45 that fit my small hands and the G27 is now retired. Add the night sights and a 3.5 lb trigger job to the G36 and it will be an extremely smooth and accurate weapon. I haven’t experienced the FTF’s/FTE’s others have mentioned. The G36 does what it’s supposed to do, does it well, and is a snap to clean. I carry mine everywhere and wouldn’t trade if for anything.

TOP

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sharafat April 5, 2011 at 6:26 am

g36 is an excellent weapon that i have experience ever.it is an most accurate weapon.

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CHarrison August 17, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I bought a Glock 36 used with four mags (two have the Pearce +1 grip extensions) and factory night sights. I usually have a pretty good death grip on my weapon when I shoot and have not had one single FTE, FTF etc… It’s smooth, slim and conceals very well. And it’s surprisingly accurate for a pocket gun! At 15 yards…it’s all POA (point of aim). Wherever the front site is, that where the hole will be…lol.

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ryan August 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I was raised around guns and understand the whole “the only saftey you need is you and your finger” which honestly is bullcrap… Especially for people who are new to guns, they cant get past the idea of no physical saftey they can switch on or off, it scares most inexperienced gun owners but most I know soon overcome that fear after a few hundred rounds down range. My advise if you “have” to have a glock find a local gun club that has a gun saftey or firearm education class and get in on it.

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Caligula November 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Gun safety and training are a must, regardless of how few or many safeties there are on any firearm. I like de-cockers on SA/ DA pistols, but don’t like safeties on pistols in general, especially a fighting pistol like a Glock. First the safety could end up being a false sense of security, e.g., “I thought the safety was on…” In addition, it’s just one more thing you have to remember to do if you ever need to use your pistol defensively. Unless you train extensively by drawing your pistol and flipping that safety off, when you need your weapon the most, it may not go bang simply because you forgot the safety was on. If you have to think about a movement in a critical situation, chances are you won’t. That’s why all athletes practice extensively; they don’t think about a move; they simply react.

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sandy November 24, 2011 at 11:23 pm

shot the 30 and the 36. great guns. great feel and accurate. had a problem with the mag not droping out when release was depressed on both. i had to physically pull them out. also, had to constantly push the slide forward to seat the bullet on the 36 so it could be fired. couldn’t do any rapid fire drills. am i doing something wrong. i did not limp wrist and kept a firm grip. any ideas on how to rectify this? thank you for your time.

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Timmy December 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I recently purchased a 36 and fell for it right away. I have a 19 and it is a great weapon, concealed is somewhat a challenge at times depending on the clothes you have on. I have an assortment of handguns that I’ve picked up over the years and always favored my S&W 640. It is very easy to conceal and I wanted something a little better, more rounds and thus the 19 was purchased. But found it difficult to conceal and always went back to the 38 to carry around. Then I looked at the 36, did a lot research and I found more good than bad. I compared the 30 to the 36 and liked the small grip of the 36 and the idea of a 45. I made the plug and have never looked back, great little handgun…..

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justin h January 23, 2012 at 8:25 pm

well i got bored reading these comments tryin to find some after market knowlege on this glock 36 i bought i got it for concel purposes and i love the gun ……………………..but were or who makes or who can make me a magazine for my got that holds more round i want 10 to 15 rounds i want it for when i am just out target shooting six rounds mag… is a pain in the butt…. please contact me back or post other info thanks

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Sandman March 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I really like mine. I like even more every time I shoot it. I have it set up with XS Big Dot sights and a CrimsonTrace LG-436, and carry it very comfortably in a Simply Rugged Cuda holster, made to fit with the CT laser (thank you Simply Rugged!) It is accurate, reliable, light, compact, thin, and powerful. Seven rounds of .45 ACP should solve most of life’s problems, and reload is on the other side of my belt. What more could you ask for in a CCW pistol?

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Big_Guy_4 March 18, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’ve put 300 rounds through a Glock 36 at our range. I found the only FTF occurred with shorter .45 rounds. Longer Federal 230 gr FMJ Round Nose rounds fed flawlessly.
No sting or snap just an easy nudge with each round. A little slow to resight in rapid fire as is the case with any .45.
The damn thing makes me look like a 50% better shooter than I really am.
HATE the look and feel of the polymer. LOVE the accuracy, easy maintenance and design.

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Joey September 14, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Correct… The only problematic ammo I’ve had is the shorter, lighter 165/185g hollow point ammo. Magtech makes a great defensive round that I carry in my 36. 230g target ammo works flawlessly for me. Great gun with truglow night sights.

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Phu Bai Marine October 21, 2012 at 11:47 am

I bought my first G 17 after a sales guy showed up at the range I was blasting at with a Dan Wesson 357. The sales guy let everyone fire a full clip, then threw the thing in the parking lot, ran over it with his truck, then took us inside to fire again; not a single FTF. That was about 20 years ago and after many 1000s of rds, my wife still holds a group on 15 meter rapid fire that makes me feel dumb.

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Nelson January 13, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I did not read every single comment but, in response to Michael Ange’s question I saw a bunch of “don’t pull the trigger or it won’t shoot” comments but, no explanations as to why the Glock can’t accidentally discharge and why the trigger needs to be pulled.

The Glock can’t accidentally discharge because it is a double action pistol. When the Glock’s trigger is pulled the trigger bar/sear actually pushes the firing pin back against the firing pin spring. The further the trigger is pulled, the further back the firing pin is pressed. At the same time the sear starts on a slight downward angle. When the trigger is pushed full stroke, the sear drops down below the firing pin it was pushing back and the firing pin drops on the primer, which lights off the round and well, you know the rest.

A Glock can not fire when dropped from a building or from a persons hip, or thrown onto a counter because the firing pin has no tension on it. There is not enough inertia from the drop to push the firing pin back enough to light off a round. The firing pin requires the full stroke of the trigger in order to put enough tension on the firing pin/firing pin spring to light off the primer.

It’s the same reason they do not need an external safety. Despite what “rumors” anyone may have heard a Glock can not physically fire without the trigger pulled. Unless of course you have a full auto Glock. In that case you still need a trigger pull to light off the first round, except in the case of FA there’s a slide mounted device that continues to drop the sear as the slide RTBs so that subsequent trigger pull is not needed.

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Ferguson January 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

Bought the 36 a year ago after selling my Springfield Micro Compact .45. Always loved the .45 and especially love the look and feel of the 1911 but the mini 1911 had issues by which I never could gain confidence in to be my concealed carry gun. The Glock however has been flawless from day one. Never a FTF in several hundred rounds on the range and has quickly gained my confidence as a very dependable carry gun. I’ve shot just about every kind of ammo through it, including hand loads (I only carry factory ammo in it, of course) and never a problem. Limp wrist has never been a problem with me as I’ve owned several .45′s and most of them won’t let you get away with a soft grip. Had my renewal CHL class this last summer and shot a 245/250 with it. I might have shot a perfect 250 with it had I not gotten distracted watching my bullets flying after we moved to 15 yards on the indoor range. Never seen that before! Anyway, I love the 36 and expect to have it until I wear it out, if possible. And after carrying the 1911 cocked and locked, I feel more comfortable and safe with the Glock.

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Gary P February 17, 2013 at 9:29 pm

My wife had picked up the Glock 36 for her first handgun. I was at first concerned she wouldn’t like shooting a compact handgun in .45acp, but she loves it! It’s pretty darn accurate and carries nice. I prefer my Springfield XD-S .45 over it, but I (and my wife) can’t complain one bit about the G36. Solid handgun.

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Wally W September 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

I was looking for a small compact carry gun and my dealer recommended the Glock 36. I have never owned a Glock and handled this firearm and it felt good in my hand, so I purchased the G36. I took it to the range and put 150 rounds of Winchester 230 grain ball through the Glock. I had 5 FTE and over the course of 3 months, I fired approximately 600 rounds of W230 grain ball and had several FTE on each outing. Returned to Glock and they swapped out the recoil spring. Brought it to the range fired another 500 rounds through the G36 and again had several FTE. I have several Sigs and M&P’s and have not had a problem and have shot thousands of rounds through them. I don’t buy the limp wrist theory for a combat handgun as what happens if you need to shoot from the hip or shooting with the weak hand only. In a combat situation you may not be able to get a good strong grip on your firearm. A combat handgun has to fire every time you pull the trigger regardless of how you hold the firearm. I will ask Glock for a rebuild kit and give the Glock another try. The G36 is a comfortable carry gun, but I have lost confidence in the G36.

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Ed Anderson April 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm

I agree with Wally W, 100%,a combat weapon must fire 100% of the time regardless of how it is held!!

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