In the upcoming March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, the late Mike Hughes, a former Gunsite instructor, discusses how the venerable Glock autopistol came to become one of the most popular handguns used for classes at Gunsite Academy.

Hughes writes, “With U.S. law enforcement making the transition to the G17, the Austrian wonder gun started appearing with some regularity at Gunsite Academy. The first, a pebble-textured G17 brought to a Gunsite 250 class, arrived on June 22, 1987. Initially, Col. Cooper was no great fan of the Glock, doubting the efficacy of the 9mm chambering and the gun’s ‘untried’ polymer frame… As more Glocks saw use at Gunsite, and as Cooper witnessed firsthand the gun’s accuracy and reliability, his opinion gradually warmed. In his November 10, 1987, newsletter, the colonel wrote, ‘We have had several of the Glock plastic pistols here at the school, and we find them to be quite serviceable arms.’”

To learn more, check out the March 2014 issue of Combat Handguns, available on newsstands and digitally December 17, 2013. To subscribe, go to

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