1,000 Round Glock Torture Test

We all know that Glocks are tough. Yeah, you may prefer a different gun and maybe you have reasons to dislike Gaston’s creation. But, when it comes down to it, you have to admit that Glocks are pretty tough and very reliable. So, what if you put 1000 rounds through a brand new gun? Do you think you might have a malfunction or two? Let’s say you take that gun toss it in the lake and then drag it down a gravel road for a while. Would you expect that gun to still fire reliably? Well, that’s exactly what Lewis Frost of Phobos Solutions did in this video from Trigger Time TV.

In this episode, Lewis Frost teams up with Charles Sumner of Glock and a few others to shoot 1,000 rounds of 9mm through a new-in-box Glock 17. Then, after they empty all the mags, they’ll be taking the handgun for swim and nice afternoon drive. What the torture test here:

What do you think? Did the results of the Glock Torture Test surprise you? Let us know in the comments below!

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33 Comments On This Article

  1. The thousand rounds would have been much more impressive if they weren’t using ALL new unfired mags. What if only 5 or 6 mags were used? How would they stand up? After all the mag is an integral part of the gun! Oh by the way, the gun did exactly as I expected it to…

    • I have had my 17 for about 6 years. Still have the same 3 mags it came with. I have easily ran 5000-6000 rounds through mine(likely more). Zero malfunctions, period. The weapon has never failed once no matter what ammo I have used. I only do normal maintenance in between range trips, sometimes no cleaning at all.I bought 3 extra mags when I bought the gun but have yet to take them out of their packaging.
      I’m a total Glock convert, I own a 17, 42, and a 43. Never had a single failure to feed, fire or extract with any of them, ever.
      Bought a 17 for my Son, he’s an active duty Navy Seabee and small arms instructor, now he’s a total Glock convert as well.

    • I have 2 mags that I have fired a few thousand rounds through with not one problem. That’s why I bought a Glock, after I had read reviews. It’s not a beauty but it’s dependable. AND I never treat my guns like the video.

  2. Can they try this same test with other guns? I’d love to see how an m&p and p320 and a Ruger sr9 would hold up. (Just to name a few).

  3. And yet another torture test on another Glock. Yes. We all know they’re great guns. Proven reliability. My personal preference will never change. I haven’t jumped on the Glock bandwagon and I never will. You see, I was taught to keep better care of and be more responsible with my firearms. I clean them after each and every use. I don’t dunk them in water/mud/sand. I don’t drag them down a gravel road. In 20 years of ownership I’ve fired over 1000 rounds from my Colt 1911. Shoots just as good now as it did when I first bought it, and just as accurate.

    • My previous career wasn’t always very easy on sidearms(or primary weapons either). I wish I had a Glock back then, one little thing to not worry about. It’s going to go bang every time you need it to, couldnt always say that about my 1911. Don’t get me wrong, I love 1911’s and carried one for many years but never had one that gave me the confidence of my glocks. Accurate and reliable when you need it, every time.

    • That’s great. I carried a 1911 for 2 years as well. Until I realized 50% more capacity and the unfailing reliability were worth the switch. Yes, in ideal conditions, your weapon is clean and ready. What happens when, in the heat of the moment, you drop it? In unpredictable terain? No matter how well your upkeep is, you never know what will happen, at any given moment, that will render it all meaningless.

    • I do get my pistols wet, muddy, dusty, and dirty. My pistols also get banged around pretty good since they’re tools. I was also taught to take care of them. So mine also get cleaned after each and every use.

      1,000 rounds in 20 years? I shoot 1,000 rounds per month through my pistols.

      Guess what holds up day in and day out for me? Yup. My ugly ol’ Glocks. As much as I love my 1911’s, they seem downright finicky compared to my Glocks. Glocks just work and won’t quit.

      I have no idea why you’d even post in a Glock thread to brag about your 1911. Are you really that insecure?

      I own Glocks and 1911’s and love both for different reasons.

      • “Love both for different reasons ” hit the bullseye with that comment. It’s like owing a late model suv and a vintage muscle car. Both great but for different uses.

  4. That’s a torture test??? You need to check out the Grand Power MK7 test. A pickup truck load of mags and they did not slow fire.Take a look and see how a real torture test should be done

  5. Did one of the first Glock torture tests back in 1985. Gaston Glock sent me one and told me to do my worst. It appeared as an article in International Combat Arms, a Petersen publication.
    Test was similar to Mr. Sumner’s, only we used sea water from the Pacific with the pistol immersed for a week, then withdrawn, slide pulled back and with the empty magazine in-place, skimmed across a dry lake bed in the Mojave Desert twice. Reloaded the pistol and fired several (can’t recall how many after all these years) magazine loads without a bobble. I recall being so impressed I bought that pistol, a Glock 17 with what later came to be called the pencil barrel and still have it.
    We also did a test with the Orange County Sheriff’s Dept at the John Wayne Airport — ran the Glock through two different x-ray machines. Even the plastic frame showed up every time.

  6. There is always a doubter or detractor. I love the 1911 and they are proven performers. I have several in different brands and barrel lengths, from Kimber to Colt. But when it comes to carry, go bag, or SHTF scenarios, I wouldn’t take anything but a Glock. 65% of law enforcement officers carry a Glock. You can also argue about caliber. I won’t even start on that one. 9mm is certainly not the most powerful, but it usually gets the job done. With 65% of LEs carrying Glocks, and a significant number of 9mm weapons in Glock and other brands, if SHTF occurs, I always want to have the most commonly available weapon and caliber around for parts and ammo. Another reason to have a .223/5.56 or .308/7.62x51or 7.62×39 long gun available. You may not have the luxury of cleaning your weapon as Harrison mentions. I won’t argue, that cleaning is important and I respect his opinion. But you may not enjoy that luxury in a SHTF scenario. Remember that rats run in packs. You usually don’t encounter a single adversary if they are even remotely determined. That’s why most of us who carry, also have a minimum of one spare charged magazine ready to go. One further comment, I doubt a 1911 of any brand could take the drag down the road test without discharging.

  7. I know you’re really trying to put it to the test, but I’m sure glad that the trigger didn’t catch on a bottom twig when you pulled it out of the water.

  8. Glocks work. Period. Always. Every time. Without fail. I own a Gen 3 G21 purchased in 2001, have fired god knows how may thousands of rounds through it every week at the range and USPSA, carry it daily and not a single malfunction in all that time. They don’t go off when they are dropped like Sigs. The whole “you have to pull the trigger to disassemble it for cleaning,” is just so much nonsense. First, I guess people with that complaint never do dry fire drills, and second, if you’re too stupid to clear your gun before cleaning it you should’t own one.

    The Army went with the lowest bidder ($169,527,169 for Sig vs $272,232,562 for Glock). You get what you pay for.

  9. The Sig and Glock designs were judged competitively on eight factors as well as price. On seven non-monetary factors, the Sig offering, a version of their popular Model P320, was found to be “acceptable” in one category, “good” in three, and “outstanding” in three while the Glock, by comparison, was found “acceptable” in one, “good” in five, and “marginal” in one.

  10. Nice commercial! I’ve heard Glocks are reliable. Sorry, but I just can’t get past the clunky look. I have a cheap .40 S&W sigma that I’ve put over 1000 rounds through mostly reloads and not a hiccup, but lousy trigger. I think most guns will do the same test and pass. I can buy a Glock in CA, but I want a PPQ or M&P 2.0 and can’t have them due to our corrupt dem gov. Youtube is a great place to see Glocks compared to others.

  11. Oh yes, I forgot to mention in my previous post that I don’t like the feel of the Glock in my hand. It is probably my hand that is the issue, but it is not a good fit for me. I did check into the Glock because reliability is super important!

  12. Very good even if much done already demo. Was a Deputy in a very busy area, and would never have carried any other brand than Glock. Before they came out a Smith .41 mag was the gun of choice but a Glock mod 22 took its place. Never a failure even with mags that I had for 12 years. Mags are made as tough as the gun. New spring and cleaning once in a while is always a routine good idea. No matter what the gun.

  13. Have a G20 Gen 3. My favorite. Picked up recently the Smith & Wesson SDVE 9mm. The trigger doesn’t bother me. Shot them fine. You Tube Atlanta Home Invasion. All captured on video. The female occupant done very well with her SDVE in .40. One handed,one dead.

  14. There were no malfunctions ? Maybe I’m mistaken but I thought I saw the gentlemen in the red shirt towards the end rack the slide maybe 5 or 6 rounds into a fresh mag. This was not a mag change. Again I might be wrong. I have a 17, 19, 22 and 34, and they have never malfunctioned over the years. However none are my daily carry because there is no external safety. Being very old school I still carry a 1911 loaded chamber, hammer cocked and safety engaged, but that’s me. It’s what I know best and feel most comfortable with. Finally a 9mm is not in the same league as a PJHP 45ACP.