This Glock 29 review will highlight a seriously overpowered deep concealment handgun that’s made for shooters who want the ultimate in concealed carry performance while sacrificing nothing on the ballistic spectrum.
The Glock 29, to put it mildly, is not for the faint of heart. In fact, there is legitimately nothing “mild” about the Glock 29 10mm pistol. It might better be described as the honey badger of deep concealment guns: it’s almost cute, but it packs a fearsome bite and is designed to be deadly to any that cross its path and press their luck.
This is not a gun for those with small hands unless they desperately want to shoot a powerful, hard to control round. It’s also a gun that requires a bit of a learning curve for those with big hands to control, due to the sub-compact design/designation. It’s a lot like the Glock 32, but a bit less muzzle snappy (don’t let that fool you into believing it’s not muzzle snap heavy) and with a bit more "straight-back" recoil.
Notably the Glock 32 is not as wide as the 29. We’ll talk about the way Glocks are built to withstand the punishment of the 10mm later. The 32 is also built tough to compensate for the punishing .357Sig round. Glocks in general do well with high velocity, high energy rounds.
To get it out of the way early on, we wrote about the hard to control Glock 32 in another article. Not that it’s hard to control for everyone, but it is front jumpy due to the high velocity exit of the 125 grain projectiles. As a comparative note: the 10mm can be even tougher to handle with the small grip frame of the sub-compact format in the Glock lineup. It’s got significantly more straight back recoil, and it is also fast and therefore has substantial muzzle flip.
They are different types of cartridges for a shooter to handle from a "small grip frame" perspective, but needless to say, you should shoot one before you buy one, if you aren’t positive you can handle, and want to handle, the combination of recoil and muzzle flip.
That should be center stage in this Glock 29 review. A lot of people simply don’t like the fact that it can feel at times, not fully secure in your hands right after you take a shot. It’s something that is easily fixed with a bit of practice and some learning curve, but it’s present early on, for most shooters.
Why you want a Glock when it comes to high energy rounds
Glock has a very interesting reputation for being able to outlast competitors with regards to their penchant for releasing heavy caliber pistols (things like .357 Sig and 10mm Auto). Sig themselves have shied away from producing these rounds, despite being heavy into the game earlier.
Because of the extreme recent popularity of the 10mm (in part brought on by the longevity and reliability of the Glock platform), many manufacturers are jumping back into the game and they are building their guns to a higher standard to compensate for the extremes presented by the round.
Glock never had to worry about any of this. The relative number of complaints and factory issues with the 10mm guns has been tiny, while competitors have all had to discontinue or heavily modify their initial offerings. The Glock 29 has remained virtually unchanged, except for the generational changes common to all their offerings.
Thanks to the resilient polymer frame, the energy excess in the heavy cartridges like the 10mm Auto has a place to escape to, while steel or aluminum frames have to deal with the battering in the form of frame stress points, which seem to have a history of failure.
The beefier recoil system and the sure lockup of the barrel for the Glock guns makes the 10mm a bit tamer (not in felt recoil to the shooter, but) in felt recoil to the pistol itself.
Manufacturers are just now starting to get into the business of producing guns they feel confident in, chambered in 10mm. That is a huge testament to the value of Glock pistols in the chambering. Glocks have been in steady production in the caliber for decades. No other company can say that. Certainly, no other manufacturer can say they have the types of sales in these calibers that Glock has.
Glock simply has the history of durability that adds credibility to the pistols they make. They have long lasting guns still in service with many thousands of rounds through them, in punishing calibers like the 10mm.
Why would you want a 10mm for self-defense or concealed carry?
It’s pretty simple: power.
Stopping power. Penetration. Velocity. Confidence in your shot being able to stop the threat.
There is a significant caveat if you are the type who worries about overpenetration in crowded public places, though no one can be sure they will ever actually have to use their CCW, and therefore, stopping power is the defining characteristic for most. This cartridge can definitely pose problems for friendly fire in home defense type scenarios because of the extreme velocity and heavy projectile. The same is true for Concealed Carry.
A point to remember: if this is your choice for a concealment pistol, you are likely unconcerned with overpenetration because of the close engagement conditions and the significant training you are likely to participate in.
Learning to shoot under stress is a huge part of being a responsible concealed carrier. We recommend for higher powered rounds like the 10mm present in builds that are sub-compact, that the user gets very comfortable with the way the gun behaves in fast fire/fast draw and fast follow up situations to ensure there is no lack of confidence in a defensive scenario.
The 10mm can command 1400+ feet per second velocity out of fairly standard factory loads and upwards of 575 ft. lbs. of energy, even out of barrels as short as the G29 is utilizing (3.78” long).
You can push extreme limits of the round reaching nearly 1500 fps and nearly 800 ft. lbs. of energy in some factory loads. These are significant ballistic variables. Note: the smaller barrel length of the Glock 29 will likely not achieve the full spectrum of velocities, but you’ll be close.
The impressive round count from the Glock 29 (10 rounds in a standard magazine configuration) is more than enough for a seasoned shooter to feel confident during a combat scenario.
The ultimate durability test for any pistol is the 10mm Auto cartridge
With the heavy recoil; the fast velocities and the punishment of the round on component parts the 10mm is tough on guns. It’s also right at the basic limit for people from a recoil perspective: the point at which felt recoil becomes uncomfortable for the broader shooting community.
This position in the market for the 10mm means it is still mainstream enough to produce in a high-volume gun, and yet it’s still powerful enough to have to make special builds to control the durability and reliability of the firearm.
Glock has proven they know how to handle the 10mm Auto in a smart way. They build guns that can withstand the punishment of the round, and still appeal to the consumer market. Guess what? Glock is smiling all the way to the bank, because no other maker has been able to compete with them in the 10mm market for many years.
Glock 29 Review: Conclusion
The Glock 29 review above is pretty simple: it’s a pistol made for shooters who want to get away with carrying the highest power pistol they can get without printing in public. It’s also a lot to handle. With great power comes great responsibility. Along those lines, Glock has been very responsible for the love of the 10mm in the past 2 decades due to producing incredibly reliable, high durability pistols in the punishing caliber.
If you can handle the “heat” that the 10mm produces, and you want a very concealable pistol, the Glock 29 has all the credentials, the past performance and the proven reliability that you want for the purpose.
- Superior firepower
- Great capacity for a sub-compact gun
- Incredibly reliable and proven in real world scenarios
- Very concealable
- Easily serviceable by the shooter
- Hard to handle for many shooters
This is best for
Full sized concealed carriers who want the best power in the smallest size. Shooters who want to use modified mag plates to get a bigger grip but can’t be bothered by the longer grip frame being in the way.