Glock 29 SF (Gen 4) Pistol Review

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Glock 29

The Glock 29 SF, Gen 4 (“G29”) is marketed as being a compact pistol, suitable for CCW with the stopping power of a larger gun. The G29 is definitely powerful as it can deliver up to 600 to 800 pounds of energy when fired. The G29 has earned rave reviews from its owners and the press.  Also, Glock guns are considered to be top notch as  Glock manufacturers some of the most respected pistols on the market.   Glock’s firearms are known for being durable, accurate and reliable in the field.  As a result, the Glock is used by police and military worldwide.  Glocks are also praised by the press.

For example.  National Interest gives both a thorough review of the Glock 29 and also a great history lesson on Glock guns:

The history of Glock dates back to the early 1980s, when knife and bayonet maker Gaston Glock got whiff of a competition to procure a new handgun for the Austrian Army. With no handgun design experience, Glock plunged into developing a pistol for the contract. After much research and development he produced the Glock 17. The pistol was made of polymer and steel, producing a lightweight handgun with an emphasis on reliability. Pointable (the ability of the pistol to act as a natural extension of a shooter’s hand-eye coordination) and highly accurate, it won the army contract and then went on to literally conquer the world. Glock 29: The Best Firearm on the Planet? | The National Interest Blog

Because Gaston Glock was not constrained to the norms of firearms manufacturing, he was able to “think outside the box” and manufacture a world class pistol.   The Glock 29, according to National Interest is a subcompact pistol geared for home defense.

The 10mm Auto Glock 29 was designed for those interested in home defense, regular gun enthusiasts and hunters. The 10mm Auto round, designed by firearms authority Jeff Cooper, was designed as a lighter, faster alternative to .45 ACP. A 180 grain, full metal jacket 10mm Auto cartridge will clock 1,050 feet per second at the muzzle—still subsonic speed but considerably faster than .45 ACP. Lighter 10mm Auto rounds will clock up to 1,500 feet per second, comfortably in the supersonic range. By comparison, a 230 grain full metal jacket .45 ACP round will achieve a muzzle velocity of just 890 feet per second. The 10mm Auto round also produces greater energy at the muzzle and is more compact. Glock 29: The Best Firearm on the Planet? | The National Interest Blog

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Glock 29 Owner Reviews

G 29 owners also give this pistol rave reviews, which are summarized below.    The power, reliability, ease of use, and CCW capability for the G29 are summarized analyzed below.


The G29 has is among the most powerful subcompact pistols on the market. In fact, it is so powerful that, with the right ammunition, this pistol can stop rampaging bears in their tracks. and, despite its small size, the G29 holds 10 rounds. So, this pistol is ideal as a sidearm to carry with you in bear country. However, if you are using this pistol for urban self-defense, to reduce the recoil, you should consider using lighter ammunition.


Glocks are known for their reliability, and the G29 fulfills this promise. One reviewer noted, that the G29 (although this is obviously not recommended) can still function relatively well after being wet or muddy. Additionally, reviewers have noted that the G29, without any significant problems, flawlessly shoots multiple types of ammo ranging from full metal jacket target ammunition to maximum power defense ammo. The G29 also is known for being able to withstand, without out any issues, shooting 100 to 400 consecutive rounds of ammo.

Ease of Use

Glocks have a reputation as not being user-friendly for those with average or small hands. Glock attempted to address this problem with an “aggressive grip”. The aggressive grip reduced the circumference of the grip by shortening the length between the G29’s backstrap and its trigger, which made the G29 a better fit for an average-sized handed shooter.  Please note, I said average size handed shooter and not small handed shooters. So, if you have small hands the G29 may not be for you.

CCW Friendly

The G29 is among the most powerful subcompact pistols on the market and is also easy to conceal. Therefore, solely based on its size, the G29 is an excellent choice for concealed carry. However, it may not be the best choice for everyone.  First of all, as I stated earlier, the pistol grip may not be suitable for those with small hands. Also, for self defense purposes, more power, for a CCW pistol, is not necessarily better  for the simple reason that it may be too powerful for either the novice or small stature  shooter.


The G29 is an excellent choice for both CCW and bear country side-arm use. However, as the review mentioned, the G29 is not for everyone. For example, the G29 may not be an ideal choice for the small handed or novice gun owners. But, the dominant power of the G29 combined with its concealed carry ability makes the G29 an excellent choice for many. So, if you are interested, I highly recommend that you give the G29 a try.