The Glock has long been a favorite pistol brand of mine. I carried the Glock 17 and 19 in the CIA. While I was in South America, the agency asked me to test fire the Glock 18 to determine its suitability for our operating environment. For those who don’t know, the Glock 18 and Glock 17 look similar to the untrained eye. The Glock 18, however, is a full-auto pistol that fires a 9x19mm round.
Before firing my first round through the Glock 18, I was already skeptical of the pistol. I correctly predicted that I wouldn’t maintain a tight shot group while sustaining the 1,200-rounds-per-minute rate of fire. Setting up 10 yards from my target, I inserted a 33-round magazine. I squeezed the trigger back and the pistol hummed.
After the first round, it was useless to try to acquire an accurate sight picture through the rear aperture of the weapon. A few rounds downrange, I hastily adjusted to the point of aim, point of impact tactic just to keep rounds on target. I blew through the high-capacity magazine in mere seconds. My target had about seven rounds that pierced it.
The Glock 18 did not meet one requirement for our area of operations. In my opinion, the only thing that pistol is suited for is making Hollywood movies. I have seen this weapon in other places I deployed and received the same feedback from other operators. The Glock brand is great for me, just not the Glock 18.
Tech Specs: Glock 18 semi-automatic / full-automatic pistol
Country of origin: Austria
Manufacturer: Glock AG – Austria
Initial year of service: 1985
Overall length: 186 mm (7.32 in)
Barrel length: 116.00 mm (4.57 in)
Weight (empty): 1.41 lb. (0.64 kg)
Action: Short recoil, select-fire
Feed: 10-, 17-, 19- or 33-round magazine
Muzzle velocity: 1,230 ft. /sec (375 m/sec)
Rate of fire: 1,200 rounds per minute
Range: 165 ft. (50 m; 55 yds.)
Sights: Iron front and rear
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