Ron Grobman of Tactical Fitness writes:
I’m always surprised by the number of gun owners who don’t have the slightest idea how to take apart their gun. It’s an essential skill; critical for proper cleaning, maintenance and inspection for wear and tear. That’s why I teach new students how to field strip their handgun before we fire a single round. It’s also one of the main reasons I use GLOCKs for beginning shooters.
You may know this already, but all you have to do to field strip a GLOCK is check that the weapon’s unloaded, press the trigger, pull the slide slightly back, pull down on the takedown levers and push the slide forward. You then remove the slide, spring assembly and barrel. While a GLOCK pistol consists of 34 parts, new students handle just four of them. Not a unique feature, but important nonetheless.
For teaching new students, what GLOCKs don’t have is equally important: an external safety, de-cocker or large takedown levers. These are mechanical devices that can confuse a beginner. And what GLOCKs do have is a good trigger.
I know: GLOCK triggers aren’t as crisp and clean as many of their competitors’ guns (e.g., FNS-9 and Walther PPQ). But GLOCK triggers perform reliably, offering new shooters a well-judged 5.5lbs. of pull and a highly tactile reset.
I consider the GLOCK 19 the best starter gun for new shooters. In addition to the advantages above, the brand has the largest aftermarket parts selection available. My students can easily find new sights, mag release extension, magazines, and holsters at affordable prices, just about anywhere they go. But the main reason remains their simplicity. For clarity of instruction, GLOCKs are perfection.