First and foremost the venerable Glock image is thought of as a defensive firearm. In fact many experts consider it "the" defensive pistol design and that title is well earned and deserved. Over the last decade Glock has also become synonymous with high speed sport shooting competitions from bone stock to wild and ready to rock. One area Glock is rarely thought of is as a hunting outdoorsman's pistol, however the G20 is without a doubt extraordinarily well equipped for that task and has been marketed by Glock as a hunting pistol for nearly a decade.
We thoroughly enjoyed shooting the G20C compensated 10mm pistol we reviewed in 2006 (see the Product Reviews index page), so for 2012 we decided to review the small frame, non-compensated version. Reviewing Glock pistols is somewhat monotonous, in a good way. No special preparation is required. They are easy to operate, accurate, comfortable to shoot, lightweight and totally reliable. There are no surprises and nothing goes wrong. "Glock Perfection" is more than a sales slogan for Glock pistols.
Developed in 1983 as a law enforcement cartridge and originally adopted by the FBI, the 10mm was designed to deliver exceptional stopping power in a smaller caliber than .45 ACP, and while 10mm sounds like a bullet that is just one little bitty millimeter larger than a 9mm, the 10mm packs a wallop that gave everyone pause because of its higher chamber pressures and heavier recoil; yes, less than a .45 ACP cartridge, but still a handful for many. It has something to do with Newton’s third law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”