The fact that I am even writing this attests to my willingness to change even though I normally dig in both heels and resist dramatically to anything affecting my preconceived notions. It was not too many years ago any "real sixgunner" would look down his nose at anything so lowly as a 9mm, let alone a 9mm Glock. I made much of what little reputation I have now shooting big-bore, really big-bore sixguns and reporting about them. Long before I started writing and over many decades virtually every writer did the standard .45 ACP vs. 9mm argument with the latter always losing. By the 1980s, that was about to change.
Two things happened and those two things were Glock and the introduction of ammunition, which was certainly well above the standard 9mm hardball. Many concluded the high-quality 9mm loads being offered were at least on par with the legendary stopping power of .45 hardball. I accepted the ammunition long before the Glock and one of my favorite concealed carry guns was the Smith & Wesson Model 3913 loaded with 9mm hollowpoints. It was not high capacity, however it tucked in behind my belt and stayed there. It is still always loaded and always close at hand. Slowly but surely I began to accept the Glock for what it was. I mostly look at firearms as not only useful tools but works of art. The classic lines of the Colt Single Action, Ruger Flat-Top, Smith & Wesson's .44 Magnum and Combat Magnum, and the 1911 are all highly efficient and--just as important to me--eye pleasing and worthy of custom stocks; even engraving.
It was not until I attended a Glock Seminar divided between classroom and actual shooting conditions that I really appreciated the Glock for what it was. Over a 3-day period I fired 1,000 rounds of .45 ACP ammunition and the Glock never hesitated, never failed to feed, and I never missed a target. My anti-Glock armor was cracked wide open. Glocks in .45 ACE .45 GAP, and 10mm were soon added to my shooting battery and although they worked perfectly I normally went with something smaller for concealed carry. This past year found me looking through the Glock Annual where I discovered the 15-shot Model 19C ("C" for compensated) 9mm. To me this looked like the perfect answer for a high-capacity, easy-to-carry 9mm with a compensator making it even easier to control in rapid fire. It came with excellent sights with the rear sight in a dovetail and adjustable for windage.
It shoots extremely well with very little recoil making...