Popular Glocks

The Top 10 Most Popular Glock Pistols

These 10 pistols have become the go-to guns from the Glock lineup.

The popular Glock name has become synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. There are growing numbers of striker-fired, safe action Glock owners across the globe, especially in the United States, and for good reason. The Austrian gunmaker has built a solid reputation over many years of service in military and law enforcement agencies.

Here are ten of the most popular Glock handguns, chosen through a combination of sales, performance, word of mouth and general likability.

These are the best Glocks for self-defense, target shooting, and a variety of other applications gun owners can appreciate. Which one do you want?

What are the most popular Glocks?

10. The Glock 17

The venerable Glock 17 9mm handgun is the pistol that started the polymer gun revolution. This model was the first commercial model offered by Mr. Gaston Glock to the market. Its 17-round standard magazine allows for increased capacity over many of the older autoloaders of the time. Less worry of running out of ammo! It's lightweight but indestructible construction is what legends are made of.

9. The Glock 20

The Glock Model 20 in 10mm is a pistol that is carried deep into the woods and hills in search of deer and for protection from such carnivores as the brown bears of Alaska. Ted Nugent uses his Model 20 for hunting with great success. The 10mm cartridge is a hot load that the Glock 20 has been able to handle when many other designs just could not handle the firepower and pressures associated with it. It is one tough, accurate and reliable hunting handgun. Extended-length barrels are also available for it, too.

8. The Glock 19


Feast your eyes on the 9mm Glock Model 19. Arguably one of the most popular handguns on the planet, this model has a shorter grip and barrel length than the Model 17, and it was one of the first more-compact double-stack Glock handguns on the market. It became a go-to for undercover police officers, home defense, and concealed carriers at the time, and continues to have a strong following in the shooting sports world.  If you're looking for the best features of the 17 and 19 in one package, consider the Glock 19x, which the company considers the "crossover" version that bridges the gap between both variants. If you're wondering the difference between Gen 4 and 5 models, one of the major ones is the absence of finger grooves on the grips of the newer models.

7. The Glock 27


The Glock 27 in .40 Smith & Wesson cartridge is an amazing pistol. Offered in a sub compact size, it allows for the user to carry the potent cartridge in a small, concealable size. This pistol is a favorite for members of concealed carry societies and law enforcement. Along with its sibling, the Glock 26 in 9mm, this pistol offering will rival the accuracy of the larger models.

6. The Glock 21


The Glock 21 was the first model to offer the big .45 ACP round in a Glock full-size frame. This big boy has become a favorite duty weapon of many law enforcement agencies, and it's a great choice for the pistol shooting sports.

5. The Glock 22

The Glock model 22 in .40 S&W cartridge has become the holstered sidearm for many police departments. The powerful .40 cartridge took the law enforcement community by storm before hitting the civilian market, as the FBI regularly uses this model. This great pistol is both hard-hitting and accurate.

4. The Glock 42


The Glock 42 in .380 ACP cartridge is the ultimate option for concealed carry. Finally, a Glock .380 ACP pistol that's available right here in the U.S.! We have wanted one and now we have it! This hot little number has the reliability and accuracy of any other pistol in the Glock lineup.

3. The Glock 30SF

The Glock 30SF in .45 ACP is a small package that can put big .45-caliber bullets on target in a hurry. It comes in a small size, but this concealable firearm packs some serious knockdown power.

2. The Glock 18

The Glock 18 in 9mm is machine pistol that has both semi-auto and full-auto settings. You read that correctly: Glock makes a pistol machine gun. Unlike the semi-automatic handguns on this list, this one is NOT available to civilians. This model is for law enforcement and military only. We are just left to dream about it.

1. The Glock 43


The Glock 43 is a single-stack compact 9mm pistol with a six-round magazine capacity. It shares a similar size to its smaller sister, the Glock 42, but is chambered for the larger 9mm cartridge instead of the slightly smaller .380 ACP. In its short time on the market, the Glock 43 has become one of the most popular Glock pistols for concealed carriers. This flat-carrying, semi-automatic pistol gives you Glock reliability in a small, powerful package.

Why are Glocks popular?

While there are many Glock pistol offerings, these 10 stand out above the rest.

Some would argue it's a smart marketing strategy, or the all-black polymer frame styling that makes Glocks so popular. We like to think it's more based on performance, durability, ergonomics and reliability.

And the numbers don't lie: Glock routinely ranks among the most sold guns on the market.

Whether you agree or not, their popularity doesn't seem to be slowing down much at all.