PDA

View Full Version : I bought a Glock 20 - now what?


PutTogether
07-24-2009, 6:28 PM
Today I purchased a Used Glock 20. It needs a new recoil spring, other than that it is solid.

If you were me, what is the first thing you would do with it / buy for it?

I was thinking along the lines of some of the ammo DoubleTap sells with the 135grain Nosler @ like 1600fps.

I am mostly a 1911 and revolver guy, and while I've owned some Glocks, this is my first 10mm. What do you suggest.....

forgiven
07-24-2009, 6:37 PM
Shoot it as soon as possible. You'll love it, I sure love mine.

Army GI
07-24-2009, 6:51 PM
I always thought 135 was a little on the light side. Why don't you try the 155 or 180 grains? Those are more standard weights for the 10mm. I never liked light for caliber bullets in large calibers.

TurboS600
07-24-2009, 6:58 PM
A new recoil spring. :rolleyes: Then some ammo. :43:

sammy
07-24-2009, 7:06 PM
Congrats!! If you don't reload now is the time to start. The first tihing I would change are the sights. I have 10-8 sights on mine and they rock. Second I would order a 4 1/2lb. disconnector from Glock's parts department. Make sure you tell them it is for a G 34 or 35 because they will not sell you a 4 1/2lb for any other gun. It makes a huge difference over the standard 5 1/2lb. Then dry fire the hell out of it to get use to the gun.

HonorThe2nd
07-24-2009, 7:08 PM
Excellent gun but hard to find ammo (10mm)

El Gato
07-24-2009, 7:12 PM
Today I purchased a Used Glock 20. It needs a new recoil spring, other than that it is solid.

If you were me, what is the first thing you would do with it / buy for it?

I was thinking along the lines of some of the ammo DoubleTap sells with the 135grain Nosler @ like 1600fps.

I am mostly a 1911 and revolver guy, and while I've owned some Glocks, this is my first 10mm. What do you suggest.....

buy a 40sw barrel for it ... 40 feels like 10mm lite when shooting and is much cheaper... then switch barrels and set the world on fire with the double tap....
the a set of truglo tfo sights and yo is in business....

locosway
07-24-2009, 7:14 PM
Having just purchased a G20 myself I can say that you will want an extended slide release. Also, the stock spring is 17 lbs., so I'd get another one to duplicate that. Outside of that, there's really nothing else you need aside from ammo.

There's a small gun store in Orange that had some HD ammo, it's only 1050 fps but that's perfect for HD on a 10mm. Other than that you really can't get ammo for the 10mm at this time. Wait until there's another gun show and then try and get some there.

Also, I've read numerous posts about not touching the 5.5lbs trigger. If anything they say to just polish it and it cleans up nicely.

Lewis
07-24-2009, 7:15 PM
Today I purchased a Used Glock 20. It needs a new recoil spring, other than that it is solid.

If you were me, what is the first thing you would do with it / buy for it?

I was thinking along the lines of some of the ammo DoubleTap sells with the 135grain Nosler @ like 1600fps.

I am mostly a 1911 and revolver guy, and while I've owned some Glocks, this is my first 10mm. What do you suggest.....

Reload...reload...reload...than shoot....shoot...shoot!

locosway
07-24-2009, 7:19 PM
Yeah, you'll want to start reloading unless you go with a .40 barrel which works well from what I understand.

Personally, I'd rather just shoot the 10mm and reload. The 10mm is probably one of the most versatile rounds ever, especially for a handgun. Especially in the Glock, you can change springs and really play with the loads and get some wild results.

jumbopanda
07-24-2009, 8:13 PM
Spring, then reloading setup.

locosway
07-24-2009, 8:14 PM
I have a $5 coupon for glockworld.com which is where I've been buying my accessories. If you want it then send me a message.

Z ME FLY
07-24-2009, 8:48 PM
Buy lots of ammo and some mags!

asgalindez
07-24-2009, 10:31 PM
If you're going to shoot new ammo:
I would go with a heavier spring if you're gonna shoot Double Tap ammo or any other hot loads. DT sells springs. Buy bulk from Georgia Arms for range practice. I've had good luck so far (no KaBooms) shooting new ammo out of the factory barrel (I have a G29).

If you're going to shoot reloads:
Buy an aftermarket barrel for better case support. Put a round in your factory barrel and you'll see where the case is not supported. You don't wanna shoot reloaded brass unsupported in that area. That's where all the KaBooms come from.

Shoot the gun before you decide you wanna change anything. If you slingshot the slide rather than use the slide lock, you don't need the extended release lever, etc.

10mm ammo is expensive, but it's out there. Easier to order it online. Luckily for me, I bought most of my 10mm stash 2 years ago.

Nitroman
07-24-2009, 10:36 PM
Ammo...ammo...ammo. It's really not that hard to find online. It's just expensive for the premium stuff (Double Tap...Buffalo Bore...Gold Dot). I just picked up a bunch from proammo.com. As others have said, now is the time to start reloading your own.
If you are going to shoot the hot stuff, upgrade to a 19-lb recoil spring. If you want a lighter trigger pull, there's a lot of outfits that will sell you everything you need to get what you are looking for (I personally like Ghost).
But first, and foremost...go out and and do some shooting with it! It's a real hoot and certainly gets one's attention (especially with Buffalo Bore 180-gr JHP @ 1350fps).

Rich :)

locosway
07-24-2009, 10:37 PM
The spring in the G20 is pretty strong to compensate for the round. I have large hands and I'm strong, but I really can't operate the slide release. The $10 or w/e it was is well worth it to me to be able to operate that part of the gun.

asgalindez
07-24-2009, 10:44 PM
Yeah, the stock spring is pretty stout. But those 135gr Noslers are loaded HOT! I like making gallon jugs explode with them. Try some out, though, and decide on your own. If you shoot outdoors, have someone around to watch where your brass goes (they fly pretty far).

PutTogether
07-25-2009, 12:19 AM
Changing the spring is a must. I'm not worried about slide releases because I never touch them - makes for one less thing I have to learn from gun to gun.

I've shot the thing a bit already and I can see the potential there for a really, really neat weapon. Not being experienced with the 10mm - with the wide range of loads available I have to imagine your point of impact varies all over the place. I've seen everything from 135 grain to 230 grain loads available. Talk about variety.

I don't plan on using it as a nightime/defense gun I don't think, so night sights aren't a necessity - but something I may think about. Who makes good night sights for glocks?

Thanks for all the input too!

asgalindez
07-25-2009, 12:46 AM
Not being experienced with the 10mm - with the wide range of loads available I have to imagine your point of impact varies all over the place. I've seen everything from 135 grain to 230 grain loads available. Talk about variety.

In my experience, POI stays pretty close to the same and I've shot GA 165/180gr FMJ, DT 180gr FMJ, DT 135gr Nosler JHP, DT 155/165/180gr Gold Dot JHP, DT 165gr Golden Saber JHP, DT 180/200gr XTP JHP.

I've shot 165gr FMJs at an 11"x18" steel plate at 450yds with a downward angle using my Kimber 10mm 1911. Covering the target with the front sight, the round fell 10-15' short of the target. Someone else tried with a .40S&W...the rounds just disappeared into the canyon.

I don't plan on using it as a nightime/defense gun I don't think, so night sights aren't a necessity - but something I may think about. Who makes good night sights for glocks?

I use my G29 for HD loaded with 155/165/180gr JHPs (bullet weight dependent on the season), so I ended up adding Meprolight night sights on mine.

Captain Evilstomper
07-25-2009, 1:14 AM
get a conventionally rifled barrel then you can reload with hard cast lead bullets

stix213
07-25-2009, 9:09 AM
"I bought a Glock 20 - now what?"

This watermelon at the super market was totally talking crap about you and your Glock 20, I suggest you immediately show it who is boss :)

Exiledviking
07-25-2009, 11:00 AM
Buy a KKM Precision .40S&W barrel for it.

SCMA-1
07-25-2009, 12:12 PM
Here are 2 worthwhile additions to your G20; I have these two items on all 7 of my Glocks:

http://midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=932026
http://midwayusa.com/viewproduct/?productnumber=763229

SCMA-1

Rob Roy
07-25-2009, 4:01 PM
I keep my glocks stock. The only thing I have extra is the night sights.

sd1023x
07-25-2009, 8:25 PM
Lone wolf long slide for the glock 20! I think they call it the "ted nuget" special.

Long slide that puppy!!!

locosway
07-25-2009, 8:26 PM
Lone wolf long slide for the glock 20! I think they call it the "ted nuget" special.

Long slide that puppy!!!

What would be the advantage?

NotEnoughGuns
07-25-2009, 8:35 PM
What would be the advantage?

Velocity, longer sight radius

1911su16b870
07-25-2009, 9:12 PM
...trade it in for a G21 :D , 10mm = 0.394 < 0.45 :D

Smilie alert: just a little lively comedic banter...seriously, get ammo and just shoot it!

PutTogether
07-25-2009, 10:37 PM
I have been shooting this thing. I can't wait to see what some real ammo feels like out of it though. It is proving impossible for me to imagine a 135 grain bullet (a tiny bit heavier and wider than the venerable .357 mag round) flying out of an AUTOLOADER at 1500-1600 fps. That is ridiculous. I ordered some Double Taps and a recoil spring, I can't wait for these things to show up.

asgalindez
07-25-2009, 11:52 PM
I ordered some Double Taps and a recoil spring, I can't wait for these things to show up.

:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
10mm DT JHP ammo + watermelons or water jugs = Fun times!

sd1023x
07-26-2009, 10:48 AM
What would be the advantage?


Higher velocities for your 10mm ammo. Think the long slide has a lil over 6 inches of barrel.

Longer site radius, thus better long range performance.

Less muzzle flip, weight will help tame the 10mm cartridge, and think there might be a compensated barrel for the 10mm which would also help tame recoil (don't quote me on that, not sure about the 10mm compensated long slide barrel).

UBFRAGD
07-26-2009, 11:10 AM
Here's the history of my G20 FWIW:
1) Bought tons of mags
2) Shot several thousand rounds through it
3) Popped in a LWD trigger travel-stop kit--works great!
4) Many more rounds
5) Bought some more barrels to play around with and settled on the 6" LWD non-comp as the most fun and accurate
6) Replaced ALL springs--gun like new.
7) Went to polish trigger--guess what--years of use had already done the job!!

Fave factory ammo is the Rem PMC but she usually eats Miwall new loads. I've shot a few boxes of various DT but did not bother to change springs from stock and ran fine. Win Silvertips are loaded for HD.

I'll take it to the range every so often to keep in practice and on target, but what I really love about this gun, is long distance plinking out in the boonies. A couple of sighters, and next thing you know, I'm hittin' targets way out there--hilarious!! Definitely the most fun pistol I have ever owned.

NorCal MedTac
07-26-2009, 12:48 PM
How about get in a class so you can get some training in off of the standard commercial range.