Glock 20/20sf Gen 3 Review


The Glock 20 Gen 3, & 20SF Gen 3

by Steve Sommer

I’ve owned two of these since 2010. It is the most versatile semi auto I’ve ever owned. It will gobble up any ammo you feed it. I’ve shot everything from Buffalo Bore 200gr Heavy 10 to light 155 gr plated reloads and 180 gr lead reloads. I recently bought some Hornady 200gr XTP JHP from Expedition Firearms in Rexburg. These have a little more snap than my favorite 165gr reloads.

There has been a lot written about the Glock barrel and it not being fully supported. Don’t lose sleep over this. The only problem this causes is bulged brass. If you don’t reload its not an issue. If you do reload all you have to do is a full length resize. There are also warnings about shooting lead. Just remember most reloaders shoot hard cast alloy not lead and almost all commercially made projectiles are also hard cast.  I’ve shot thousands of hard cast and know many others who shoot them exclusively.  Just be sure to keep your barrel clean.

 

For the person with average to large hands the big blocky grip is easy to handle and keeps the heavy load recoil under control. I find I can bring it back on target faster than my M&P 40.  A person with small hands may complain about the grip size.

 

I found the recoil similar to the 41 mag.

 

The “SF” stands for short frame. The only difference is that it the grip is slightly shorter, measured from the backstrap to the finger grooves and the trigger travel is 0.1 in. shorter.

The Glock 20 can be used for hunting or protection when in the wild. You can buy a Double Tap 200 gr round with 1300 f/s with 750 lbs of energy when knockdown power is essential or reload 155 gr at 850 f/s mild loads for range and plinking. Plus you can choose from many other rounds for personal protection as a daily carry weapon.

Because it’s a Glock, customization options are endless.  With my first one I bought a 40 S&W conversion barrel, added a 3.5 lb trigger and since I’m a lefty I added an extended mag release, slide lock, and slide release.  All of these upgrades are easily done at home with basic tools.  Below are the specs on each gun.

G20

TRIGGER PULL 5.5 lbs

TRIGGER TRAVEL 0.5 in

LENGTH 7.59 in

HEIGHT 5.47 in

WEIGHT 27.68 oz

WIDTH 1.27 in

BARREL HEIGHT 1.26 in

BARREL LENGTH 4.60 in

LENGTH BETWEEN SIGHTS 6.77 in

MAG. CAPACITY 15 +1

 

G20SF

TRIGGER PULL 5.5 lbs

TRIGGER TRAVEL 0.4 in

LENGTH 8.03 in

HEIGHT 5.47 in

WEIGHT 27.51 oz

WIDTH 1.27 in

BARREL HEIGHT 1.26 in

BARREL LENGTH 4.60 in

LENGTH BETWEEN SIGHTS 6.77 in

MAG. CAPACITY 15 +1

If you’re looking for a powerhouse 10mm weapon that can also shoot the lighter, less expensive 40 S&W with an additional drop in barrel, and everything in between, then you must check out the Glock 20 family.  It’s just plain fun to shoot and don’t forget the Glock reliability as well.