Glock 36 Reviews

Discussion in 'Pistols' started by mjs020294, Jul 7, 2006.

  1. Will_Carry

    Will_Carry Well-Known Member

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    I am seriously considering sell my Glock 36. It shot the first 200 rounds flawlessly then yesterday I had 4 FTEs in 5 magazines. plus I now have a blood blister on my pinky. I was loving this gun until yesterday. Now I'm considering trading it in for a Colt Defender or Agent.
     
  2. puzzlewood

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    Try some Decal Grips. I put them on my 36 and they made a huge improvement in my accuracy and the comfort of shooting more than 50 rounds at the range. Now that I've put a few hundred rounds through this gun I feel very confident with it as my main concealed carry. Excellent Gun.
     

  3. Will_Carry

    Will_Carry Well-Known Member

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    Today I took all of my "trouble" pistols to the range. My Glock 36 ran flawlessly. It's back in my good graces! I don't know what was going on last time I shot it and it jammed 4 times.

    I did find one bad round of Winchester 45 target ammo. Maybe that was it. Today I checked each round as I loaded the magazine.
     
  4. smith6906

    smith6906 Well-Known Member

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    anyone else having the issue on this pistol where after 300-500 rounds the frame starts to wear down where the guiderod meets by the trigger housing? for some reason the coating is gone on mine and the inner steel frame is showing through, i've only had the gun for about 4 weeks........my 23 and 19 which have had thousands of rounds through have not done this......could it have to do with the fact that the 36's guiderod end is very sharp and not blocked like other models?
     
  5. marcos1977

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    I have put maybe a couple thousand rnds through my glock 36 and have noticed the following issues..

    using remington typical 45cal ... initially had several 'stove pipes' until gun wore in..

    after about 800 rnds the pin holding the trigger assembly sheared...

    tried reloading 45 cal with wad cutters... dismal results.. jammed every 2-3 rnds.. wad cutters gummed the ramp etc... but same ammo worked flawless in my hk 45????

    the 36 is what it is... a great subcompact conceal carry for 10-20 ft... but cannot compare to my 1911 45 colt for accuracy.
     
  6. John_Doe

    John_Doe Active Member

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    I owned the glock 36. It jammed frequently regardless of what ammo I tried. Painful on the hands. Really hurt after 3 or 4 clips at the range. Got rid of it.
     
  7. Rerun201

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    I own a Glock 36 and have fired more than a few hundred rounds through it. I haven't noticed the guide rod issue but I have had other issues with various pieces/parts with having fired fewer than 1,000 rds through it - feed failures and other issues with the cycling of the pistol after firing a round. Replaced a slide stop lever that had a spring bent and that fixed many issues.



    Never had an issue that a replacement part and a Glock armorer can't fix. And the parts aren't too expensive. Always used hardball or JHP ammo in it.



    Agree with Marcos - it's a great sub-compact gun for what it's built for - concealed carry and close range.
     
  8. gunpoor

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    This is a very good gun for $600 dollars. I've put about 800 rds through it and it seems to have broken in well. No problems so far. Easy to conceal. Had to add decal grips due to the slipperyness.
     
  9. paucraig

    paucraig New Member

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    I have had a Glock 36 for about 6 months and have put many rounds through this one. I put night sights, 3.5 lb connector and a steel guide rod in this one. What a fun pistol to shoot. Also, the single stack mag gives a slim profile and makes it easier to conceal as a carry piece. While the mag capacity is only 6 rounds, I have 6+1 with the standard mag. I also bought a couple of 1 plus extensions for the mags which gives me a 7+1 total capacity. This Glock performs very well without any FTF or FTE. This is about as reliable as it gets. I also feel confident in the 45 cal ammunition in a carry piece.
     
  10. marcos1977

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    posted earlier in this review... just wanted to add some thoughts..

    feel that many want to evaluate this gun using various criteria that is not fair.

    for me their are several key points to evaluate my choice of a conceal carry type weapon.

    1.comfort and minimum disruption of my clothing

    2. ease of access and clearing the weapon from my clothing

    3. natural feel and fairly unconscious ability to bear and sight the weapon on the target

    4. fire the weapon

    5.hit the target in the manner to incapacitate including being lethal

    how does the 36 perform within these parameters?

    1. high on comfort and minimum disruption

    2. high also due to short barrel.. consistent and narrow profile and minimal protrusions

    3. now this is where it may vary for some due to various physical dimensions etc... first it has a narrow and short grip...which some may feel uncomfortable with.. but remember this weapon was not designed for careful and thought out situations found on the range etc... I have large hands which overlapped the bottom of the grip.. but when I first handled the gun and brought it up.. the front and back sights aligned without thought or need to adjust... but that's

    me.

    4. now this is where the rubber meets the road. remember the gun was designed as a subcompact cc.. and for most of us any real type situation is one of defensive... we are reacting to a situation not of our making which means that there is a very good chance we are behind the curve on time or intent. any other need is another issue and not my concern. based on this... the glock safety system makes total sense... when I carry the weapon it has a chambered round..to not for a conceal carry seems to not make sense ... was a bit unnerving for me for awhile.. due to experience with other safety systems... but technically the gun cannot fire unless the trigger is pulled.. the firing pin is disengaged... with this being said.. to carry this weapon tucked in ones belt or loose in a pocket is inviting something unwanted or even place it loose on a side table.. I always keep it in a holster to prevent access to the trigger.. but basically under duress no potential time delay or screw up that may happen with an additional move away from the trigger guard to release the safety... also the trigger guard is roomy even for my large fingers to slip into.. basically point and shoot.

    hit the target... to compare this weapon to a full size handgun would be not be fair... just not in the physics so to speak... larger grip and longer barrel gives a gun more stability and balance and a longer barrel more accuracy and consistency on second and third shots... especially with a 45. and remember this is a subcompact cc weapon.. for anyone to hit the intended target in the area required at say 50 feet is lucky or been trained extensively under conditions other than the range... the 45 will do its job if you hit .. no problem there...also if you do hit the intended target at that distance you may have to answer some tough questions by the powers to be of why you needed to fire at that range.. so the glock for me is pretty good at 10-20 feet... is a bit challenging when firing fast 3 shot groups... due to the power of the 45 round and the weight and size of the gun.
     
  11. gunpoor

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    MARCOS 1977 you could not have put the point better. This gun is made for saving your life during a duress situation. Not for Dirty Harrying someone on top of a bridge or running away from you. I carry the 36 because I know it works. The lack of a real safety took some time to get used to- So keep it away from your kids.
     
  12. gunpoor

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    Just to add to this. I own a great 1911. This gun would be the first choice. But when you think of a situation where the use of this gun had to used [ God forbid!] the authorities will seize your gun. Better to lose a 600 dollar Glock.
     
  13. Gloc9mm

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    I have a 1911 as well, my 1st Pistol. I feel it's just a bit too much to carry, and I'd never want to damage or lose it as well. Many siezed Weapons end up getting "Lost" from the Evidence Locker especially in small Cities/Towns. I once went into the Hospital and was Carrying an Interarms PPK at the time after a Traffic Accident. The Police took it for "Holding", but I never got it back. They ended up paying me above the Market Value for it (After threatenning a Lawsuit) cause they couldn't find the Cop who took it from the Locker! I have nothing against Real Police Officers, I just dislike Small Town Cops who are mostly glorified Security Guards.
     
  14. Lohkai

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    Bravo, marcos1977. The 36 seems custom made for CC. The smaller grip also is a boon for those of us with small hands. The 1911 is a great gun, my first consideration, but design and engineering factors steered me toward the 36 instead.

    (1) That smaller grip on a smaller, lighter gun. The heavy 1911 felt like holding a can of soup. Thus, I didn't feel as "in control" of the weapon (and probably wasn't). It was fat and heavy. The 36 was not. Nor, to small hands, was the grip short. In fact, it was (is) just right.

    (2) Ease of concealment. Though my state has simply a Carry permit, not strictly concealed carry, I'm not an idiot and don't want the bad guys to make me their first target, no questions asked. The element of surprise is a serious advantage for survival, and the 36 keeps out of sight, out of mind, like a dirty little secret. And it does it without feeling like a child carried on the hip. (I guess only a woman would make that analogy, but it is applicable.)

    (3) Ease of use. We're not all gung-ho enthusiasts who live to shoot or who like to show off our guns as toys. We practice because we need to practice. We want to weild our weapon with skill, not grace. The gun is a tool, and more often than not, we try not to imagine ever being in a crisis that demands we pull our weapons. We know it will not be pleasant, easy, or anything nice to remember. BUT, we want to protect ourselves and our loved ones, especially our loved ones, and understand that we WILL do what needs doing when the time comes. We do not want to have to stop and think, "Okay, which way does this safety go?" Just not smart. With any Glock, it's just point and click, like the computer mouse. Keep it safely tucked until its needed, and don't worry about it.

    All said, I could see the average man not much caring for this gun. It's dainty - makes him feel like a sissy. It's light - not a macho trait at all. But, like a noisy cricket (Men in Black, if you've never seen it), it packs the necessary punch to do the job and do it well. I won't say it's designed for a woman, as not all women have small hands. For that matter, some men do have small hands and might appreciate the 36. I will say the 36 is "the Goldielocks gun" - just right - for some of us. And those who complain of and dismiss this weapon are effectively only dismissing this niche of gun-toters for whom it seems specifically designed. That kind of irks me, as it's a bit insulting - like they're saying, "Hey, grow bigger hands, why don't you?"

    Now, it does kick like an angry mule, the consequence of a two-pound tool spitting .45 mini-missiles. And for some women (or even men) this may be too much or simply uncomfortable. Again, it's not about "playing". It's a tool. A powersaw, too, can be a pain in the butt, but it'll get the job done quicker than a saw. So, it's important to understand when pulling the 36's trigger that it's going to behave as it does. Get over it. Get used to it. Master it. And if a little woman with small hands (me) can do that, then there are no excuses for anyone else. And with my 36, I can get 100% on silhouette with 80% in the kill zone at 30 feet with my right hand, 90% in the kill zone with the left. That can't be bad considering that, for a small woman, this thing feels like its fighting back with every shot.

    The 36 is a good gun. It has its place and is good at filling it with ease. However, it's not for everybody. But, then, neither is a good old 1911. Diversity, as they say, is the spice of life.
     
  15. Gloc9mm

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    The 1911 is a very nice Weapon, I have had one for more Yrs. than I can remember. But IMHO back then Glock wasn't even close to being Marketed and the 1911 was probably the most reliable Semi-Auto that you could buy.

    But if I was just starting out today purchasing Weapons I probably would never have bought the 1911. Large Hands or not the Lady below made a few very good as well as blunt points that make a lot of sense. Why Carry something that pulls your Pants down when you can get something more reliable, comfortable and is much easier for anyone to handle, as well as spend less for it due to current day Technology? Plus I also feel a Safety is totally senseless to place especially on a Carry Weapon unless your not totally comfortable Carrying and using it. If I ever need to pull a Gun God Forbid, I don't want to go thru a checklist in the split second I may get. I also stay away from adding "Bling" like Lasers etc. to any Weapon just for that reason as well. I can easilly afford that stuff, I just don't want it.

    But I must say I never felt like a Sissy for Carrying a Glock, and I doubt the 60% of all LE Officers that Carry one do either. I personally feel I have my best chance of survival with a Glock, and that is all that matters to me.
     
  16. gunpoor

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    lohkai- I don't know how you could call this gun ' dainty '.The 36 is lean , light with no frills. The 'LADY SMITH' now thats dainty.
     
  17. Will_Carry

    Will_Carry Well-Known Member

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    I bought the +1 magazine extension for my G-36. It eliminated the pinky pinching. My pinky is positioned over the gap between the magazine and the reciever. When ever I shoot the pistol it pinches a blood blister on it. The extended mag eliminates this and gives me one extra round.

    I think the Glock 36 is one of the best concealed carry pistols on the market, but there are SO MANY so I couldn't say if any pistols is THE best. I also carry the Glock 19, which fits the same holsters as the G-36 and gives me 16 rounds.
     
  18. gunpoor

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    Will Carry- Let me know how that + 1 extention works. I've heard that people were getting more FTF's while using the extention.
     
  19. gunpoor

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    Last month I started getting FTF's and FTE's about one in 20 rounds. I ordered a new recoil spring on line. I just replaced the spring and after 100 rounds not a single failure. So the first recoil spring was good for about a thousand rounds. The replacement spring was very easy to get and cost about 30 bucks.
     
  20. ltbear

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    I traded a baby browning to a fellow opoerative about two mounths ago have put around two hundread rounds thru it and found it to be my main carry gun our basic carry is a 40 or perrfered 45 I found the glock 36 to be compack reliable and accerate would like to find out if the internal lazer sight is avalible and best place to get mags