Could someone explain this "peening" problem to me & maybe show me an example.
I am not what Dean refers to as a "kool-aid drinker" & have never even been to Glcok Talk, BUT I have been reading & reading all of this Glock hate talk & some of you people are making mountains out of molehills. If you don't like a Glock, don't shoot one. If your dept issues you one, work within the chain of command to obtain something different next time a new duty weapon is chosen. Jeez, the rapture is not fixing to occure just because you don't like the thing. So quit telling me how big a piece of junk it is, I know better from my own experience. I don't like USP's or Kimber's, but I don't travel from forum to forum b*tching about it & singing how bad they are.
I own at least one Glock in every caliber except for the GAP, & in some instances, several (40 & 45), & have NEVER had a function problem, not once. Never a failure to feed, fire, extract, or eject. I have never had a kB! nor had ever heard of one till I stumbled onto Dean's site. In 15 or so years, the only problem I ever had from a Glock was the finish on a model 27, which they corrected promptly at no charge
I am not a Glock Newbie, I bought my first one, a 23, back in 89 or 90 & still have it. It has had at least 10,000 rounds thru it in that time with zero problems, just ordinary cleaning, & yes, even with handloads. I regulary fire 500+ rounds a week out of something, whether it be a Glock, a P7 or some flavor of 1911.
I know some people have problems with Glock's "Glock Perfection" motto, but hay, that is one good marketing campaign & the lad who came up with it probably got a huge bonus. The only handgun I can come up with that deserves the title more is the H&K P7. (If H&K would change THAT to a polymer frame to solve the heat problem, it would be perfect).
Then people complain that Glock never admits to problems with the gun. Would you if it was your product? It would be corporate & financial suicide for any fireams company to admit that its product has some kind of defect, which no one has proved to me it does. The lawsuits would be filed before the ink was dry on the press report. Not to mention the publicty problem that would arrise with police depts that issue the weapon. They would be forced by people who don't know any better to change to a different weapon even though most of them are financially strapped. Glocks competitors would have a field day with that. Trail lawyers like John Edwards would get even richer while the anti gunners would smile like the Chesser cat.
When I had my shop, people came in constantly saying how dangerous a Glock was because it didn't have a saftey. So I would pull a revolver out of the counter & ask them to show me the saftey on it. Then I would do the same thing with a Sig or a P7. How strange it is that those two pistols never get chastised because they lack some button or lever that must be moved in order to fire. (granted, you have to squeeze the P7, but you naturally do when you grip it properly). Why does any double action handgun need a mechanical saftey anyways? Has everybody forgotten to keep their finger off the trigger till they are ready to fire?
The Glock is the absolute easiest semi auto handgun in the world to transistion from a revolver with, which is why I think most depts went to it in the 80's & 90's when they switched over. It doesn't need any extra gadgets or dinkus's on it, & if anything when people start hanging other crap on it, it hurts reliability. I can't count the number of times I have seen people holster a Glock & see the magazine get spit out because a sales person somewhere convinced them it needed an extended magazine release.
I whole lot of depts & agency's issue the Glock in one form or another, including most police depts in my area, except for the city police which went for H&K USP's. Being a former officer, I still know a lot of officers & have asked everyone I know about known durability issues, with no negative reports yet. An instructor at the academy in Donaldson regards it as the most dependable weapon any officer can have, with the XD as a close second.
I am not sure how many millions of Glock's are on the street in use everyday now, but it is surely a substantial amount. There are problaly hundreds of thousands of rounds fired from them daily, & yet we hear of a miniscule amount of problems. I like those odds.
Sure, a handgun that malfunctions when you need it most is a dangerous situation. But, nobody gripes about the crap guns that came/come out of Hartford in the form of 1911's that choked on a hollow point. I love 1911's & own more of them than I do Glocks, but 9 days out of 10, the Glock is on my hip. To get a 1911 as reliable as any Glock, you have to buy the enhanced version in the form of a Kimber, Les Baer, Wilson, etc. at average of twice the cost.
This is a long post & I will now climb down off my soapbox with this final thought. Glocks are not the only guns ever made that malfucntion. Look at TGZ, Dean has photos of a blown up H&K, a M1A, & heaven forbid, even a couple of 1911's, including a Kimber.