[ This guest post was written by savethegun ]
I believe, for me, the Glock 21 to be the ultimate defensive pistol, here’s why …
First things first – full disclosure. I was introduced to firearms and shooting sports at a very young age. I have never hunted with a handgun and I have never served in the military. I mention this because I believe both hunting and the military predispose people to a certain mindset. As a civilian, I have no bias and therefore see myself as an objective authority on my own preferences. I have shot nearly every defensive pistol available in the civilian world and own other handguns – both cheaper and much more expensive. Additionally, I do not work for any firearm manufacturer and do not endorse anything I have not used and abused personally.
This Glock has seen range time all over Arizona and Northern California, as the author frequently spends time in both locations. AZ law allows unpermitted open carry, and the use of full-capacity magazines. CA law restricts magazines to a 10-round capacity and does not allow open carry of a loaded handgun. This means that this particular gun fills dual roles. In AZ, this Glock 21 becomes an item of every day carry. In CA, it is strictly used for home defense. This particular model has the standard rail and ambidextrous safety.
The author modified the gun to better suit his preferences. A Streamlight TLR-1s is frequently installed for low-light duty. Trijicon night sights were installed. A Ghost Inc. 3.5 pound trigger connector, along with a factory extended slide release were added. And finally, the author despised the factory plastic guide rod, so a stainless replacement was fitted. Without becoming excessively tangled in debates about 9mm versus .45 ACP, or whether or not the 1911 is the greatest fighting handgun of all time, the author chose this particular gun for it’s large size, knock-down power, double stack magazines, and Safe Action safety system. Full-capacity Glock 21 magazines hold 13 rounds.
The Glock 21SF fits this author’s hand like a glove; A 1911-style pistol is too narrow and doesn’t fill the palm. The 3.5 pound trigger connector makes for a significantly better trigger pull, although the common “crunchy” feel of Glocks is still somewhat evident. The grip angle takes some getting used to for a few shooters. For this author, it is a hallmark of the Glock shooting experience. The Streamlight TLR-1s is an absolute delight-it is cheap and reliable and has yet to fail. The gun has had zero failures in thousands of rounds- a testament to the reliability of Glock pistols.
The author’s Glock has become a favorite because of its simplicity. There is no external safety. The Glock Safe Action design uses a partially tensioned firing pin lock. When the trigger is pulled, three safety features are automatically deactivated in sequence. For this author, the Glock Safe Action system makes for the simplest and most reliable defensive pistol. This gun, along with a Blade Tech holster, will be taken to Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in early May for a defensive handgun course. This author trusts his life and the lives of his loved ones to this custom Glock 21SF.