Glock 32 .357 Sig Review: The Hallmark of Reliability

Glock 32 Review

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This Glock 32 review will talk mostly about why a Glock makes sense for a .357 Sig firearm and how it can be used by those who prefer the .357 Sig, as a nearly perfect carry pistol.

Some things about the .357 Sig as a carry option

A quick disclaimer: the .357 Sig is a potent round and it moves very swiftly out of a barrel. It has a reputation for being able to penetrate barriers and shoot through windows while delivering shots that are lower in deflection and higher in stopping power than comparative projectiles. In a carry situation these two aspects may be of consequence for some shooters.

You must be able to control your firearm, and the .357 Sig is very snappy, can muzzle flip much more than the 9mm or .40 or .45, and while it is an excellent threat stopper, that aspect should be weighed into your overall planning. Overpenetration may or may not contribute to your planning process, but it should be noted that the .357 Sig is fast and can over-penetrate in congested areas.

All that said, it is the ballistic makeup of the round that makes this an excellent carry gun, not to mention all of the benefits of using a Glock pistol. The .357 Sig as a carry round is substantial and is in the same league as a 10mm, from an overall “parameters” perspective (it’s a lighter weight projectile, but it has sufficient stopping power and penetration). The recoil is not as heavy as the 10mm, but the muzzle flip is substantial.

The Glock 32 as a carry option

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While carry guns need not be super over-powered, stopping a threat efficiently is of paramount importance. That’s why the .357 Sig is so good in this market segment. It offers a proven stopping potential; high round counts and still manageable recoil and relatively fast follow up shots, despite notoriously significant muzzle flip.

All of that said, it’s a nearly perfect round for a gun in the compact carry size from Glock. This is the same size platform as the Glock 19 and 23. It’s small enough to conceal realistically in regular clothing options by normal sized or larger framed shooters. It is also small enough to fit the hand size of many smaller shooters.

From a handling perspective, the “Compact” Glock models are very mainstream. The size versus capacity allows shooters to easily conceal a nearly full featured gun that doesn’t skimp on round count.                 

The 19 and 23 have been beloved carry options for decades now, with larger shooters finding them particularly interesting options as they can still shoot them from a grip size perspective and concealment, while not perfect, is very good.

Where the Glock 32 shines though, is the combination of superior stopping power and the sizing of the pistol. With the .357 Sig round, you are getting substantial stopping power, in an easily controlled size and which can legitimately be concealed in a number of conditions or styles, with a huge amount of aftermarket options. That includes important things like holsters. However, you don’t need a custom buildout to get your factory handgun into a carry condition.

The capacity is more than most shooters will be used to getting from a purpose-built concealment pistol. The magazine capacities for carry are 13, 14, 15, and 16. When specifically carrying in a low-profile situation, the 13 and 14 are absolutely acceptable. For larger shooters who can conceal the gun with looser fitting clothing, or specialty holster placements, the 14 and 15 round magazines will make only a negligible difference in sizing.

It goes without saying (though we said it a few times) the “compact” models of the Glock family of pistols (of which the G32 is one) just make sense as carry guns. Given the .357 caliber option, this is among the finest combinations of size and power you can find on the market.

Why Glock pistols make so much sense for the .357 Sig

The polymer frame of the Glock pistols adds a certain resiliency that steel and aluminum cannot match from a structural perspective. Clearly, steel and aluminum can be tough, but they don’t have the flexibility to handle the punishment of thousands and thousands of rounds of heavier ballistic options.

While the .357 Sig is not considered to be a particularly punishing round relative to some of the bigger magnums and higher calibers with a lot of powder behind them, it is a fast moving, hard hitting round. And all theory aside, the frames, barrel lugs, guide rods/springs have been notorious for failing in several different platforms.

Even Sig’s perennially tough anodized aluminum and steel firearms (and Sig was the company that released the round) have been damaged and the company has interestingly whittled down the offerings for the caliber. It’s not because the .357 Sig is not popular or capable. It is both popular and capable.

Sig has had some issues servicing the guns and there have been concerns with mixing and matching the .40 Smith & Wesson or 9mm platforms with barrels and parts that are purpose-built for the .357 Sig. They have a policy of not condoning this type of mixing and matching of component parts regarding the .357 Sig.

Another note: Sig Sauer no longer makes or sells barrels on their own for the .357 Sig chambering.

What does all this mean? It means that Glock has outperformed from a durability and longevity perspective. Little has changed over the years with their .357 Sig offerings.

It’s a combination of things that contributes to the durability and longevity, but the toughness of Glock components is generally the focal point. Furthermore, that flexibility in the frame makes the wear and tear on the barrel lugs, the guide rods and other parts noticeably lesser.

Offerings from other manufacturers are not as prevalent on the market, and there are tons of anecdotal stories about failures due to the velocity and power of the round in high round count guns. Glock has embraced this dominance in the market and gone all in on the .357 Sig round. From a practical perspective, unless you are carrying a duty style firearm full time, or you have particularly large hands the obvious choice from the Glock .357 Portfolio is the G32.

It features a barely over 4-inch barrel; and weighs in fully loaded at factory capacity (13) at just over 30 ounces. The impressive sight plane (right at 6 inches) for the overall length gives additional capability for accuracy.

The long and short of the Glock 32 is that It overdelivers in the space for a compact carry gun, with the history of longevity, durability and its ability to function in adverse conditions. It is familiar to most mainstream shooters; it is simple; you can carry it loaded with a fair bit of safety, and while the trigger leaves a bit to be desired, it’s well built for duty and concealed carry purposes.

The story of the .357 Sig is nearly as prolific as the Glock story and they seem to come together in a perfect match in the Glock 32 given the mainstream shooter’s propensity for high power, small size and total reliability. Whether you love or hate the looks of the Glock pistols, there is very little industry wide difficulty in admitting that they have impressive durability and reliability.

Conclusion

You can knock the looks of the Glock pistols, but it’s getting kind of old hearing it for those who recognize that practical firearms are rated on more than just their appearance. Not to mention, Glock has done a lot to improve the looks of the gun over the years. Of course, Glocks have a legitimate history of providing reliable, durable and functional firearms that stand the test of time and are used under extreme conditions regularly by duty users the world over.

The story of the .357 Sig in the form of this Glock 32 review, is that it combines impressive power with great sizing that has been a proven wining combination over the years as competitor offers are dwindling on the market because they cannot deliver the same impressive performance that the Glock portfolio is delivering with the .357 Sig cartridge.

If you want a great carry gun and aren’t opposed to a snappy, muzzle-rise-heavy cartridge, this may be the one for you.

Pros

  • “Bulletproof”
  • Simple and easy to understand
  • The caliber is impressive for a wide range of activities from carry to duty to range use, even if it is a bit hot for some shooters on a regular basis
  • Glock is embracing the caliber; and considering how potent it is, they are winning the game

Cons

  • No real cons

This is best for

Shooters who want impressive ballistics out of a mainstream gun that can fit a wide range of shooter’s hands. Shooters who can handle a snappy round and want a great all-purpose pistol.

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  1. I love my G32. It’s become my favorite round for protection, although my department doesn’t allow the carry of it. When I retire in a couple of years, I can carry anything I want. I will make my G32 my standard CCW weapon of choice, thus placing my many many 9mm and .45 variants in the safe. About the only time I wont CCW it, is during very hot summers, when carrying even a smaller and lighter weight weapon will dictate that necessity. In that case, I’ll go back to my Glock 42 or 26 with Federal 147gr HST’s. But the other 9 months out of the year, it will be my G32 and probably Winchester PDX1 hollow points or Speer Gold Dots, all in 125gr HP configurations. If the round is good enough to protect the POTUS via the U.S. Secret Service, then it’s good enough for me. For now, my G32 is my “house” (night stand) defense choice. It’s also my “camp” gun, while out in remote locations that don’t have bears. In those cases, I still use a Glock 20 or 29, or even a Colt Delta Elite in 10mm.

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