The GLOCK 27 is a sub-compact semi-auto pistol that fires .40S&W caliber cartridges. The magazine holds nine rounds (10 with the Pearce extension). Here are some photos of my first GLOCK 27, and my second. (I sold my first GLOCK 27 a few years ago, but have recently picked up another one.) We shall begin with the box. Nothing special here, but someone might like to see a good shot of a GLOCK pistol box.
That was the box that came with my first GLOCK 27, which was brand new. My most recent GLOCK 27 is an older used model, and the box is very plain, with no foam liner.
And here is the inside of the foam-lined box, with the GLOCK 27, two magazines, a magazine loader, two empty, fired aluminum cartridges, an owner's manual, various literature, a lock and a cleaning brush.
(I had considered a Kahr PM9, but it cost $60 more than the GLOCK, and came with only one magazine. Not only that, but the GLOCK's reputation for reliability far outweighs the Kahr's reputation. I'm also attracted by the .40SW caliber over the 9mm.)
Here's the right side of the used GLOCK 27:
And here's the left side:
My old (brand new) GLOCK 27 came with two magazines. Each will hold nine rounds:
Here's a magazine loaded with Speer Gold Dot .40SW 165 grain cartridges:
Here's a photo of my Kel-Tec P11 and my GLOCK 27 together. As you can see, there is not much difference in size.
Here are two more shots that show the Kel-Tec and the GLOCK together. The GLOCK is just a bit longer than the P-11; but it is also just a bit shorter in height.
Here's my GLOCK 27, Kel-Tec P-11 and Taurus PT-145 together.
Measurements for the three guns are:
GLOCK 27: 6.5" x 4.24" empty weight: 20 oz. +mag and 10: 26.5 oz
PT-145: 6.25" x 5.25" empty weight: 20 oz +mag and 11: 30.5 oz
PT-11: 5.8" x 4.5" empty weight: 14 oz +mag and 11: 21 oz
Here's a photo of my GLOCK 27 with my Kel-Tec P3AT on top of it. As you can see, there is not MUCH difference in the height of the two pistols.
Of course the P3AT is much thinner than the GLOCK, and it is that slimness that makes the P3AT so easy to carry concealed in a pocket.
As soon as I got my GLOCK home I disassembled it, and made sure that it was clean and oiled. It was clean already, but needed a few drops of oil. Disassembly and reassembly were quite easy.
Here are two pictures of the "guts" of the GLOCK 27:
Here are some photos of the chamber and the bore. Workmanship and finish was very clean and slick. There's also a photo showing the sizes of the P3AT bore together with the GLOCK 27. (.380 vs .40 S&W)
I have read several accounts of negligent discharges of Glocks, blamed on the light trigger. However, after dry firing it numerous times, and a few trips to the range, I have come to the conclusion that the trigger is not as light as some say. It's easy, but not dangerously so. There is about 3/8 inch of "take up slack," and then another 1/4 inch of resistence to actually fire the weapon. "Keep your finger off the trigger unless you mean to shoot," is always proper advice.
Range Report: My dealer gave me a box of 50 American Eagle rounds for practice, and I purchased a box of Speer Gold Dot hollow points, 165 grain. I shot at 7 yards, rapid fire, standing without support, and had six inch groups in the center of the target.
The pistol has a sharp recoil, and I did not find it pleasant to shoot. However, it's a ccw weapon, it's not meant to be pleasant to shoot, so I'm not disappointed. I experienced one failure to feed with the Gold Dots, but that may be attributed to operator error, I think. I have a sore on my thumb knuckle from a stint at the range last week, and it was painful to shoot. I may have been holding the firearm a bit gingerly because of that.
Second range report: I have added Pearce plus one extensions to the magazines, and the G27 is much easier to hold (and not much bigger) and control. It is not difficult to shoot 3 inch groups at 5 to 7 yards. Also, I have added a "ClipDraw" on the left side. I managed to get a Hogue Handall on it today, too, and it feels solid, now. Here are some photos showing the magazine extension, and the ClipDraw.
Final thoughts: The GLOCK 27 is a fine firearm, very well built and dependable. However, it IS difficult to hold on to, and the grip is not as comfortable as on my other firearms. It may be just a bit too large and heavy to be a pocket gun (at least for most people). However, I often wear khaki pants with larger pockets, and I'm going to give it a good trial run for pocket carry.