Will Glock fans finally get that single-stack 9x19mm pistol they have always wanted? Early signs point to “no.” Just weeks before the 2015 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas, a Glock distributor released (potentially prematurely) photos of four new optic-ready handguns from the Austrian gunmaker. The new models are Modular Optics Systems (M.O.S) variants of the G34, G35, and G41, and the new G40, a 10mm dubbed the “Hunter.”
Glock has not yet made an official announcement on the new models, which are widely speculated to be introduced at this year’s SHOT Show. The biggest surprise in the leak of the new models appears to be the G40. Glock has other handguns chambered in 10mm, such as the G20 and the subcompact G29, but the long-slide, optics-ready 10mm pistol seems to be a bit of an outlier. The 10mm cartridge is held up by its proponents as one of the few semiautomatic pistol calibers capable of being used for taking medium game like whitetail deer, and the G40 appears to be built with that purpose in mind. The round is also used for self-defense guns, and is the parent cartridge of the more popular .40 S&W.
Glock 10mm pistols have also found use as backup guns when hunting big game, especially by those who prefer the higher capacity of a semiautomatic pistol as compared to a more traditional revolver.
The single-stack 9x19mm handgun that longtime Glock enthusiasts have wished for may not be among the “leaked” models so far, but the G40 is still generating buzz online. Are these Glock models something that you would be interested in? Do you think they are an elaborate hoax? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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