Glock 36

My main goal today was to compare the difference in feel between the Glock 30 and Glock 36.

My main goal today was to compare the difference in feel between the Glock 30 and Glock 36.

The Glock 36 has been around for quite awhile. Why is Concealed Carry Magazine doing a review of a pistol that has been available since the spring of 2000? Because the Glock 36 is one of the most concealable .45 caliber pistols available. This little black beauty can be hidden practically anywhere.

Mechanical Specifics

Handgun: Glock 36 Specifications

Glock 36 Specifications

The mechanical specifics of the Glock 36 are outlined in the table below. If you like numbers and measurements, then this table is for you. If you are more of a touch and feel person, then you’ll like the story of my trip to the gun shop to buy my Glock 36.

I love to go to the gun shop. My gun shop of choice stocks practically every Glock available. I usually do a lot of research before I buy anything. Buying pistols is no exception. My main goal today was to compare the difference in feel between the Glock 30 and Glock 36. As my table outlines below, the 36 has a single-stack magazine that carries 6 rounds. One more in the chamber gives a total of 7. The 30 has a double stack magazine which holds 10 rounds with the additional one in the chamber for a total of 11 rounds of .45 ACP. My gut feeling was that the 10 +1 round Glock 30 would be the winner.

Handgun: Glock 36 can be hidden anywhere

This little black beauty can be hidden practically anywhere.

I am 6’4”, weigh 225 lbs. and have pretty big hands. As I stood by the display case and handled each of the two pistols, I couldn’t believe the difference in how they felt in my hand. The Glock 30 felt like I was grabbing a 2×4 piece of lumber, while the 36 fit my hand comfortably. After about 10 minutes of handling and dry fires, the choice was clear. The Glock 36 was the pistol for me.

How did I justify the four fewer rounds? The 36 was that much more comfortable. Besides, 7 rounds of .45 ACP ought to get the job done.


Handgun: Trijicon TRGL12 Night Sights for the Glock 36

Trijicon TRGL12 Night Sights for the Glock 36

I’ve never seen a concealed carry holster that I wasn’t willing to buy and try. You could say that I am searching for the elusive “perfect” carry holster.

If you have decided to make the .45 ACP your carry caliber then you are most likely thinking you will be sacrificing some level of comfort or convenience. Not so with the Glock 36. The area of concealability is where the Glock 36 really shines. My three favorite carry holsters for my 36 are: 1.) Smart Carry holster 2.) Galco Leather Ankle Glove and 3.) Galco USA-1 holster.

The Glock 36 works well with each of these very different carry methods. With all three holsters, comfort level is extremely high thanks to the 36’s ultra- slim profile and minimal dimensions.

I will go into the specifics of each of these holsters in future issues. Suffice it to say that having a .45 ACP close at hand is very comforting. With the Glock 36, it can be comfortable as well.


Handgun: Glock 36 six round magazine with its OEM mag floor plate

Pictured above is the Glock 36 six round magazine with its OEM mag floor plate. Note the large gap between the grip and the plate.

I think the Glock pistol is the most reliable pistol ever designed and manufactured. The Glock 36 holds true to this level of reliability. I’ve fired over 1,000 rounds through my 36, both rapid fire and slow fire. I’ve never had a failure to feed, failure to fire, or failure to extract. The pistol just works. After a week or two of carrying, a good amount of clothes lint and dust will build up around the trigger mechanism and the frame-slide interface. Nevertheless, every time I have taken the gun to the range, it has fired flawlessly. You should be willing to bet your life on the reliability of the pistol you decide to carry. I trust mine with my Glock 36.


Handgun: PEARCE GRIP “PlusOne” grip extension to makes the grip a lot more comfortable

Pictured above is the PEARCE GRIP “PlusOne” grip extension. This accessory will not only increase your firepower, it also makes the grip a lot more comfortable.

The Glock 36 is fantastically simple to field strip and clean. The steps for field stripping are as follows:

1.) Remove magazine and rack slide to clear chambered round. Re-check that pistol is unloaded.

2.) Point pistol in a safe direction and dry-fire.

3.) Pull slide back approximately .25 inches or until the slide catch groove lines up with the rear witness line of the slide lock lever. If you pull too far, you’ll hear the trigger reset and you’ll have to start the process over.

4.) Using your left thumb and middle finger, pull down on the both slide release tabs at the same time.

5.) When both of these tabs are fully pulled down, use your other hand to pull the slide off the frame.

Of course you should clean your firearm regularly, but when it comes to lubrication, please do not over-do it. The Glock 36 requires very little lubrication. Glock recommends a single drop of a gun lubricant on each of the slide rails, the inside top surface of the slide, the barrel, barrel lug, and barrel hood, and finally the trigger bar area. That is a grand total of 5 drops of lubricant! If you over-lubricate, your Glock will accumulate crud at a rapid rate. This will lead to failures to feed, fire or extract. You do not want any of these to happen with your carry gun.


Handgun: Glocks 36 for Glocks-lovers

If you like Glocks, you’ll love the 36 and if you don’t like Glocks, well maybe you should buy a nice 1911!

Some people think Glocks are ugly. I think Glocks are beautiful. The Glock pistol is an exercise in function over form. The first few handguns I ever purchased were either stainless or nickel plated. I think I was going for that Pulp Fiction/Terminator look. If you are someone who really dislikes black or blued guns, well you might have a hard time with Glocks. Me? I think a Glock looks mean and efficient.

Specifically, the slide of the Glock 36 looks like every other one of its siblings. The racking serrations on the rear of the slide are more than adequate and not too sharp. The stock sights of the pistol leave a bit to be de- sired. I would recommend an aftermarket product like Trijicon night sights. Not only do these sights work in the dark, but they are much more durable.

The frame/grip portion of the Glock 36 is really a fantastic piece of mechanical design. Like all other Glocks, the molded-in checkering on the grip is adequate. Some people would argue otherwise, but it seems fine to me. The highlight of the frame is the upper grip contour that is on both sides near the top of the grip. This contour provides the perfect place to rest your thumb and forefinger. Your thumb naturally falls into this contour on the left side of the gun. This same contour on the opposite (right) side of the grip is the perfect place to rest your trigger finger while in the ready (finger off trigger) state.

If you like Glocks, you’ll love the 36 and if you don’t like Glocks, well maybe you should buy a nice 1911!


Handgun: With PEARCE GRIP “PlusOne” grip extension

This picture is to illustrate the overall length increase when adding the PEARCE GRIP “PlusOne” grip extension.

There is no such thing as a perfect gun. The Glock 36 has one little problem that will frustrate some yet go unnoticed by others. I’ll call it the pinky pinch. Depending on the size of your hand and how you grip the pistol, you may experience the pinky pinch when the pistol is fired. This is caused by a little gap that exists between the grip and the magazine floor plate. This problem can be completely eliminated by removing the stock Glock magazine floor plate and replacing it with a PEARCE GRIP “PlusOne” grip extension.

The photos above show the drastic difference between the Glock floor plate and the PEARCE GRIP floor plate. Not only does the “PlusOne” grip extension give you an additional round of ammo, it also completely eliminates the pinky pinch problem.

One additional “PlusOne” grip extension feature to make note of is the plug located in the back of the magazine floor plate. The picture on the right shows how this plug will effectively fill the gap that exists on the lower grip of the Glock 36.


Yes, I like Glocks. Yes, I like the Glock 36. To be honest, I like every gun I own. I have done my best here to point out all of the positive aspects as well as the negative aspects of the Glock 36.

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21 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. Great article. Thanks!

  2. I just bought a glock 36 and i wish i had not gotten it. It is a nice gun if yoou do not care that any one who may grab it from ur holster can fire it imeditly. With the safety on the trigger anyonee can shoot it including a 2 year old child. I hate the gun for this one reason and had i known where the safety was i wopuld never have bought it.

    1. Honestly, external safety is an option. Also, under stress of a real life and death situation, unless you practice regularly, you risk drawing your weapon and not flipping the external safety off. Second, I am surprised that anyo e could buy a weapon without researching the purchase first, and thoroughly understanding it’s functional characteristics. Finally, Glock is famous for it’s lack of external safety. It has multiple internal safeties… It is one of the main selling points of Glocks. Ok, one more point, a child grabbing your gun from your holster??? If you list that as a concern, you really are too irresponsible to handle firearms.

    2. So you are the only person in the world who has no idea how a Glock works?

    3. Obviously you had no clue to what is a Glock if you bought one and then were surprised. I hate to say it but maybe you are better off not owning a gun or at the very least please get yourself educated before your next purchase. And take some handgun shooting skills classes. It will do you andthe rest us us a lot of good.

    4. Your an idiot for not knowing where it was and buying it any way

  3. @Harold I am not sure how many guns you looked at before deciding on your Glock 36, but on most guns (minus 1911 platforms) external safeties are looked at as optional. When walking around with a concealed pistol, how easy would it be to really get that gun from you? If you answer anything other than a real PITA, then maybe you should invest in a different holster.

  4. Harold I would be more than happy to give you 75% of what you paid. I can always use another 36.

  5. I’m interested in reading comparative reviews of the Glock 21, 30, and 36. Those of you with experience with any two or all three of these guns: which do you prefer, and why?

    1. I shoot a G21 with TruGlo TFOs and a 3.5lb trigger job at Rio Salado Sportsmans Club at Tuesday Night Steels (google or U Tube it) and its great. (It’s 20 yeas old), Just bought a G36 to replace my Kahr CW45 for carry and it’s perfect after 200 rnds, Way, Way better groups in half the time. Your question is of course about a combat / comp gun vs a carry gun. So why do you ask? Here in Arizona there is no such thing as carrying a G21 concealed.

  6. I’m not going to comment about Harold’s feelings. He is entitled to his opinion and it’s not going to change his mind anyway. I do want to say that my wife and I own several Glocks. We both feel that there is not a better gun on the market. We both carry every day. I chose to carry my G36 and She carries a G26. We use a Glock Clip Draw instead of a holster. This is a dangerous way to carry unless you use a Glock trigger Safety Block. (Harold may consider one of these for his own piece of mind.) In my opinion “there is no better way to conceal carry.” There is no holster bulk in your pants and a zero chance that the gun will fire with the Safety Block installed. The Safety Block only deploys when you put your finger on the trigger. The Block deploys and the gun goes bang. And my opinion is… if you are concerned about someone getting your gun from you and shooting it. Then maybe that person should consider what the true responsibilities are of gun ownership. May God Bless You All and be safe.

    1. SO? Harry Reid is entitled to his opinions. That does not make him not a moron, however. Now does it Harold (same name if you think about it).

  7. I have had my 36 for almost a year and dearly love it. I highly recommend it be looked at seriously before purchasing another cc weapon.

  8. Very informative article-thanks. I owed and fired a std size 1911 and a JERICHO 941f, both works well but heavy for a daily carry gun. I was searching for a compact/ light but yet a reliable piece. Now I made up my mind, I’ll take the G36.

  9. I’m sold on the G36. currently I have the Sig P6 as my carry weapon. The Glock will give me an option of rotating firearms.

  10. Anyone having an issue about weapons retention should either learn the self-defense tactics of weapons retention or not wear a weapon at all. The name ‘carry concealed’ is supposed to mean that no one knows you are armed; thus, why would someone grab your weapon and shoot you with it if they don’t know you have it? Harold, quit reading stupid articles of Lodi, CA. SWAT cops getting shot with their own weapon by curious little kids. That guy was an unadulterated idiot and should be let go from that department for such a stupid act. There is absolutely no excuse for that, period. But then again, it is Lodi. Trust me when I say this, I used to live there many moons ago and that department has always been sub-standard. Moreover, in his instance, he was wearing an exposed weapon, not concealed. And yes, anyone pulling the trigger of a Glock hard enough (5.5 lbs) will fire the weapon. That is as designed. If you don’t like that aspect, then get an Springfield XD with a back-strap safety and that will address your trigger ‘oops’ paranoia.

  11. I own and Conceal Carry a G36 and I love the little gun. It has awesome knock down with the 230 Grain Hydra-Shok rounds and also conceals perfect. Anyone with Harolds concerns should get more training. Also as said above if your weapon is showing while carrying concealed YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG GET MORE TRAINING.

  12. After owning a G36 for about a week, I’ve found that it’s no mystery as to why it isn’t selling. In a nutshell, the gun is neither here nor there as far as size. It’s a single stack 45 with a magazine almost twice as thick as that on a 1911 for the same caliber bullet. If Glock wanted to make a slim 45, they should have made a slim 45, and not gone halfway. OK,then, why did I buy it? Mainly because there’s not a lot of choice out there when it comes to a cc 45 unless you want to go to a 1911 compact.

  13. I have owned a Glock 36 for several years now. It’s my primary carry that I tuck away inside my waistband at 4-5 o’clock in a crossbreed super tuck. I wore this package all summer with shorts and a T-shirt and you can almost forget the gun is there. The 36 and the 19 are very close in size. I’m considering switching to my 19 so I have more rounds due to the number of multiple attacker incidents I have seen in the news lately.

  14. has anyone compared the glock 36 to a springfield xds(45)

  15. is my glock 29 the same size as the 36 as far as frame, for holster fit?

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