Train with the Glock 17

Practice what you preach. We’ve all heard this advice. If…

Practice what you preach. We’ve all heard this advice. If you have been reading this magazine for any length of time you will know that I do a fair amount of teaching and instructing. Shooting skills, particularly when it comes to shooting both fast and accurately, are perishable. The longer you wait between practice sessions, the rustier your skills will become. I have both heard and passed on that guidance for at least two decades.

glock172.jpgLately I am instructing full time. Like most readers, I own a number of firearms: some for hunting, some for sport, and, of course, others are kept for defensive/duty purposes. I found that what I needed was a pistol that would be first and foremost a training tool. At present my number one defensive pistol is a Glock 23, so choosing a Glock for a trainer was not a difficult decision. My next question was which model?

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  • Paul

    Mr. Heckman,

    Thanks for your readership and patronage of our magazines. As a Small Arms and Tactics instructor for the U.S. Military I do in fact where body armor / load bearing vests on a regular basis and hence most often do wear some type of drop-leg holster. (though not in the photos you mentioned) As for “tactical load vs. speed load” try not to get wrapped around the axel over verbage. Not everyone in the shooting world uses the same terminology. The point of the piece was simple; purchase a pistol you can afford to shoot and practice often.
    Paul Markel

  • Larry Heckman

    I have just read Mr Merkels article but I am confused, what is he practicing? I do not think it is duty related he has no tac vest to justify the drop leg holster and i do not belive the drop leg conceals very well. I am no expert by any means but the pictures ” shows a tactical reload”? I see the magazine heading for the ground and the slide does not seem to be locked back was he misquoted and meant speed reload? Perfect practice makes perfect and if Mr Merkel was not misquoted and this is how he teachs I am concerned. I do agree that due to rising costs that we should practice and compete with similar weapon as what we carry, I carry a 226 in 40 Sig for duty and shoot a 228 for practice and competition because the controls are the same. The glock lends itself well to this roll due to the fact that if youshoot one glock you have pretty much shot them all, they point the same and the triggers are almost carbon copies it is a grat system. Shooting is a perishable skill and does need to be practiced but done right not in a way that just looks cool.