What is the difference between Glock and Smith & Wesson?

What is the difference between Glock and Smith & Wesson?

Between Glock and Smith & Wesson, let's see who has the other in their sights! In terms of history and brand awareness Smith & Wesson wins hands down. Having been producing firearms for 169 years, Smith & Wesson has an ample amount of experience in developing and manufacturing firearms. Glock on the other hand, was founded in 1963, they have been making firearms since the 1970s. Although it was not until the 1980s before the Glock pistol was created. 


Customizable Glocks VS Affordable Smith & Wesson: A Side By Side of the Brands

Some major differences in these two popular brands are that Smith & Wesson produces a wide variety of guns, while Glock produces only pistols. Both brands produce an extremely beginner friendly pistol. These pistols being the Glock 43 and the Smith & Wesson M&P. However, these brands, as well as their pistols have some defining differences. Glock has a much vaster aftermarket presence than Smith & Wesson in terms of pistol parts. This allows for a much more customizable gun experience with a Glock. Both brands have similar feels in terms of ergonomics, but Glock tends to be overall more rounded in the pistol market. However, that also makes Glocks more expensive. Smith & Wesson pistols have had a history of being more affordable. Smith & Wesson’s selection of firearms is extensive, selling revolvers, rifles, and specialized weapons, in addition to their wide selection of pistols. 

What are the most popular guns from Glock and Smith & Wesson?

Each of these two massive brands has a few pistols that stand above the rest in quality, ergonomics, and usability. Some of Glock’s most popular pistols are the Glock 43 and Glock 19. For Smith & Wesson, the more popular pistols are the M&P Shield and M&P M2.0. While all these guns are exceptionally good for beginners, each has small differences that can make all the difference in that critical moment. The Glock 43 and Glock 19 are both slightly larger than their Smith & Wesson counterparts the M&P Shield and M&P M2.0 which can be an inconvenience with concealed carry. Some clothing types can cling to concealed guns and cause printing. Which is a term for when clothing shows the outline for concealed firearms. This defeats the purpose of a firearm being a concealed carry. Size can be important though as smaller and lighter guns can have a stronger recoil, potentially making them more difficult to use.

the most popular guns from Glock and Smith & Wesson

In addition to overall gun size, each brand has differences in ergonomics such as grips, slides, and triggers. Glocks tend to follow the same formula for their pistol ergonomics. Glock pistols usually have a few variations from having a couple different generations of manufacturing. Depending on which you get, the grip texture can be slick or aggressive. Slick grip textures can be difficult to hold on to when the recoil hits, while aggressive grip textures can cause chafing and discomfort when concealed. However, aggressive grip textures can be very helpful when firing the gun and handling recoil. As such a hybrid grip texture like on a Glock 19 gen 4, is great for a first-time gun owner. Glock’s fourth generation saw many good improvements for the brand.

As for Smith & Wesson, the M&P shield’s grip texture is more on the slick side and the M&P M2.0 is more aggressive. One area where Glock is not as strong is the grip on their slides. The Glock slide grip simply does not cover as much area nor is it as aggressively notched. This is one area where Smith & Wesson has the advantage. The slides on the M&P Shield and M&P M2.0 have better rear grooves which are more aggressive than Glock slides. Meanwhile, triggers are more of a personal preference between both brands. The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield and M&P M2.0 both have hinged triggers which depending on your hand size can be difficult to comfortably pull. The triggers on both brands will soften up after 500-1000 rounds or so. To be one hundred percent sure, you should fire pistols from both brands and decide which one feels more comfortable to you.

Glock and Smith & Wesson Magazines

Each of the pistols mentioned above comes with a standard magazine size. Both brands have extended magazines for their guns. Although Glock extended mags tend to hold more rounds on average. For example, the standard M&P Shield magazine holds 8 rounds. An extended magazine can bring that to 10 to 12 rounds. The Glock 43 can only hold 6 rounds from a factory magazine. 

There are extended magazines that can add between 2 to 6 rounds, as well as drum magazines which can make the total capacity 30 rounds. The larger Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 magazine can hold 10 to 17 rounds depending on which version of the pistol you purchase. While the Glock 19 holds 15 rounds normally with an option for an extended mag holding 32 rounds. While some of these extended magazines may be very long and cumbersome, the additional rounds can come in handy at the shooting range or in a critical situation.


Why are the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield the most popular pistols of their brands? Which gun is best for me, a Glock or Smith & Wesson?

Both the Glock 43 and Smith & Wesson M&P Shield are similar in overall size, concealability, and price. The size of these two guns is on the smaller scale when compared to their larger counterparts. This allows them to fit in more convenient pockets, purses, holsters, etc. than the larger variants. The M&P Shield is slightly larger than the Glock 43, but not by much. Both pistols are similarly priced and perform similarly at the shooting range. For people with larger hands, we recommend the M&P Shield. While if you have smaller hands, the Glock 43 would most likely be more comfortable. However, in order to really determine which pistol fits into your hand and which feels better overall, we recommend you try both pistols out before you make your decision to purchase one.