The Glock 20 Generation 4 (Gen4) is known for its ability to deliver its heavy lead payload with high precision at distance. Glock is an Austrian based firearms manufacturer with an excellent reputation producing high quality and highly reliable firearms since 1982 with the introduction of the Glock 17 and produced the first-generation Glock 20 in 1991.
The use of Glock’s hi-tech polymer helps absorb some of the recoil in those favorite heavier calibers. For the hunting community, the 10 mm ACP is the largest caliber that GLOCK makes. It has come to be a reliable companion whether providing a safe and accurate finishing shot even when hunting big game or something lighter than a rifle when out scouting an area. It is also an excellent home defense choice.
Though similar to the shorter .40 caliber Smith and Wesson cartridge, the 10 mm is more powerful. It has a Modular back strap system makes it possible to instantly customize its grip to accommodate any hand size. This pistol also features a reversible ambidextrous magazine release, a slide lock on the left side, and a modular backstrap to fit almost any sized hand.
It has a large frame with a wide overall width of 1.34 inches, a height of 5.51 inches, and a sight radius of 6.9 inches. The barrel length is 4.61 inches, a slide length of 7.6 inches, and 8.07 inches in overall length. It has a safe action trigger with a 5.5 lb. trigger pull. It comes with a 15-round magazine. There is an accessory rail for a laser or light. The Glock 20 weighs 27.51 ounces without a magazine, 30.69 ounces with an empty magazine, and 39.86 ounces with a full 15 round magazine.
The Glock 20 Gen4 provides nothing short of incredible energy and deep penetration—massive firepower. The use of Glock hi-tech polymer considerably reduces felt recoil. With muzzle energy of 550 ft/lbs. and a magazine capacity of 15 rounds it is extremely accurate. The price point on this jewel is between $600-$700 USD.
Variants of the Glock 20 include the Glock 20 SF (Short Frame) combines the SF design with the powerful 10mm cartridge making the frame more comfortable and significantly enhancing controllability and accuracy. The SF design reduces the circumference of the receiver at the rear offering increased ease-of-use and control, especially to shooters with smaller hands. The Glock 20 SF dimensions also provide a long sight radius for better precision.
For a long time, the large caliber revolver has been the most common recommendation for home protection as well as large predator protection often suggesting the .44 caliber or larger. This great advice when it comes to big bears, but not everyone can handle a large caliber of that size.
The Glock 20 is a full-size pistol, weighs less, and carries more ammunition that the majority of large caliber revolvers. One has to get lead on the target. The Glock 20 holds more than twice the rounds and is easier to handle compared to the revolver. The Glock 20, chambered in 10mm, is increasingly growing in popularity as the go-to gun in areas containing large predators.
The Glock 20 has proven to be a reliable tool in many difficult situations and climates. another common feature is the versatility in that owners can obtain drop-in barrels in .38 Super and .357 Sig. This pistol can handle any ammunition from 125 grain softies to large hard cast projectiles with deep penetration in large predators.
These barrels can easily be changed out, and different sight configurations can be added. One might also consider adapting the trigger to enhance shooter accuracy. The Glock 20 provides a blank slate when it comes to personalizing an already excellent platform and making a more perfect fit for the end user.
With the proliferation of larger predators on the rise, predator defense has become a significant concern, especially in more populated areas with development encroaching on long-standing natural habitat. Coyotes are now commonly observed in many cities. Cougars and bobcats are encroaching into yards, parks and streets. Many have become bold in their interaction with humans.
Often it is just a matter of time until an unsuspecting walker, hiker, camper or child is attacked. Combined with increased hunting restrictions and a reduction of hunters participating in the activity across the US, and the problem will become much worse. Brown bears are always a concern in our Northern states, but black bears have become common on trails and campgrounds throughout their old ranges.
Even living near the national parks, residents have to place refuse into bear proof structures to keep the predators from getting an easy meal and making a big mess. For reasons like these, people are looking for a reliable tool, the Glock 20, for both two- and four-legged predators.