Glock 20 Review: A Viable Hunting Handgun?

Glock 20 Review: A Viable Hunting Handgun?
We ordered this RMR mounting kit by Strike Industries from Brownell’s. We also added the optional charging handle to aid in cycling the slide with the RMR mounted. Author Photo
The author took this wild hog in Florida with the Glock 20. Author Photo
The author took this wild hog in Florida with the Glock 20. Author Photo

In this Glock 20 review, big bore revolver expert Max Prasac outfits a G20 with an RMR optic and optional charging handle and goes after some pork.

Points That Make The Glock 20 A Viable Hunting Pistol:

  • Powerful 10mm chambering
  • Exceptional reliability
  • Simple Glock design allows trouble-shooting in the field
  • Light enough not to encumber a hunt

This will not be an evaluation from a concealed-carry perspective. It’s a full-sized gun, in a full-sized chambering, and I am not interested in how well I can conceal it under a jacket. I am approaching this test as an evaluation from the perspective of a handgun hunter.

But first, let’s take a quick look at the Glock 20 itself. The G20 is built on the full-sized polymer frame so it is no delicate flower. Full-sized is also the manner in which I would describe the grip. The standard magazine capacity is 15 rounds and the standard barrel length is 4.6 inches and comes equipped with fixed front and rear sights. Fully loaded, the Glock 20 tips the scales at just less than 40 ounces. I will spare you the mechanical details as that is not why we are here.

First Impressions

We ordered this RMR mounting kit by Strike Industries from Brownell’s. We also added the optional charging handle to aid in cycling the slide with the RMR mounted. Author Photo
We ordered this RMR mounting kit by Strike Industries from Brownell’s. We also added the optional charging handle to aid in cycling the slide with the RMR mounted. Author Photo

Okay, so I’ve shot more than a few Glocks in my lifetime and the thing that sticks with me the most is that they are dead reliable and seem to always run. However, I never really considered one as a serious hunting piece. For me, hunting handguns hold no more than six rounds, or five if chambered in a meaningful caliber. As I mentioned earlier, my daily carry guns are revolvers. Don’t roll your eyes, there is nothing more valuable than reliability, accuracy and familiarity with regards to your carry gun.

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My first thoughts were that the grip is a bit on the thick side, but that’s okay if the shooter has big mitts. Also, the grip angle is wrong for me, glaringly evident when I shot the G20 off of the bench. However, the bench isn’t everything and only tells part of the story. I reserved judgment until I could flog the Glock in the field.

Since the plan was for me to evaluate the Glock 20 as a hunting handgun, I started by ordering what I felt were a number of 10mm loads obviously intended for more than personal protection. Federal’s new 10mm load featuring 180-grain Trophy Bonded jacketed soft points (see page 48) got the nod as did a couple of offerings by Double Tap Ammunition, the most serious being their 200-grain hard-cast load. It is important to note that I never once in my test regimen experienced anything even resembling a jam or a malfunction. Granted, my testing offers a small sample, but it is reassuring.

I shot the Glock initially for familiarization with a number of loads, and concluded that if I was going to stretch its usable range out a bit, it would be beneficial to add a Trijicom RMR reflexive sight. In order to use the RMR, the rear sight needs to be drifted out. I used a wooden dowel and a hammer, with the slide in a vise. There is a specific tool for the job available from Brownells, and the RMR requires a Strike Industries mounting kit that I also ordered from Brownells. We also installed the optional rear sight-charging handle to aid in cycling the slide with the mounted RMR.

I ordered my Glock 20 with the optional additional six-inch barrel. To be honest, I was unimpressed with the accuracy exhibited by the longer barrel and promptly returned the original piece to its rightful place and my accuracy improved dramatically.

Once bench testing for accuracy and sight-in were complete, I practiced in a variety of field positions, to include predominantly offhand shooting. Yeah, it’s the most difficult position to become proficient with, but it prepares you for nearly anything you may encounter in the field.

The True Test

The Glock 20 is chambered in the powerful 10mm round. Author Photo
The Glock 20 is chambered in the powerful 10mm round. Author Photo

I booked a flight to Palm Beach, Fla. one long weekend with the G20 in tow. My good friend Jeff has a large hunting lease not far from Palm Beach, and like much of Florida, it is overrun with an abundance of big, feral hogs.

My brother-in-law Vincent and I headed to the property early Saturday morning to meet Jeff. The morning session was uneventful, so we took the hottest part of the day off until the late afternoon. In warm climes like Florida, hogs will lay up during the hottest part of the day, reemerging to forage when the temperatures drop in the late afternoon and early evening. We came up empty on the second session as well.

Driving back to camp, I was riding on the seat mounted on the back of Jeff’s truck—a genuine Florida swamp buggy—looking for dark shapes moving in the waning light.  We drove by a road that forked to the left of the main road and as I looked down there I spotted movement—way down at the end of the road. I banged on the roof of the truck and Jeff stood on the brakes. I told him to back up and there they were, a good 1,000 yards away, black shapes moving in and out of the brush.

Though quite a ways off, I jumped down, Glock in hand, and made the long stalk. Jeff and Vincent got out of the truck and watched in amusement while I picked my way down that road towards the wild hogs. I managed to get within 20 yards of the edge of a field, where I could see the tops of the tall grass moving and hear grunting.  One hog exited and I could make him out clearly. I centered the dot on his shoulder and let one 180-grain Trophy Bonded bullet fly.

My aim was true and the hog went down, while hogs exploded en masse out of the field in all directions. As I moved in a little closer, my downed hog made an attempt to get up, but I shot him in the neck and any notion of escape was immediately abandoned. Meanwhile I centered on another that was in high gear and squeezed the next two shots on him while he retreated into the stand of trees and brush just to my right. The smoke cleared, and silence ensued.

By now it was nearly dark. We recovered hog number one but couldn’t locate hog number two in the thick palmetto until the morning. Success. I’m really beginning to like the G20 about now.
I clearly found the G20’s strengths on multiple, fleeing porcine targets. The red dot aids in rapid target acquisition in low light. I have been using red dot-type sights on hunting revolvers for years.  I don’t feel the G20 is limited to the role I pressed it to serve, but it sure was the right tool for the job. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it on much larger game animals at reasonable distances.

I never shot the G20 past the 50-yard mark and I felt most comfortable with it under 40 yards. I feel that in stock configuration, this is close to the limit in respect to range, at least in my hands, but there are a number of aftermarket parts available that will considerably improve upon the stock platform. This is not an indictment of the G20, as I felt that within my self-imposed limits, this is one very effective hunting sidearm, one that I look forward to hunting with more in the future.

Some like to call the 10mm the .41 Magnum of the auto pistol world. Not quite, but the 10mm does boast a large diameter (.40 caliber), and when loaded to spec offers quite impressive ballistics.
Some like to call the 10mm the .41 Magnum of the auto pistol world. Not quite, but the 10mm does boast a large diameter (.40 caliber), and when loaded to spec offers quite impressive ballistics.

I don’t hunt with a handgun to take long shots. That is not why I am in it. I like practicing fieldcraft, stalking and getting close by stealth. This is the challenge to me as a hunter. If you are looking for a sidearm, at a reasonable price, that can pull double duty as a personal defense piece and a primary hunting piece, the Glock 20 will serve you well.

Glock 20
Type:    Semi-automatic pistol
Caliber:    10mm
Barrel:    4.6 in./ 1:9.84 twist/RH
Sights:    Fixed front/fixed rear
Capacity:    15 + 1 shots
Weight:    30.89 oz (empty), 39.71 oz (loaded)
Trigger Pull:    5.5 lbs.
Grips:    Polymer
Overall Length:    8.22 inches
SRP:    $600

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Max Prasac is the author of <a href=""><i>Big-Bore Revolvers</i></a> and <a href=""><i>The Gun Digest Book of Ruger Revolvers</i></a>. He is a member of Handgun Hunters International, life member of the North American Hunt Club, and a life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Max writes a column for <i>Boar Hunter</i> and <i>Bear Hunting</i> magazines, and is an occasional contributor to NRA publications.


  1. There is an awful lot of uncertified bull on the internet!

    I have killed several pigs with a longbow and wood arrow on the ground at 15 yards or less and have friends that have killed many more than me at the same ranges.
    Yes a wounded pig can be dangerous and might run you over in a panic but hell, I have seen little girls kill them with a knife!
    Glock does not recommend shooting lead but I know competition shooters that shoot thousands of rounds of lead bullets through stock barrels every year with no damage. It just requires a little maintenance and inspection.
    I have killed a few pigs with my Glock 29 10mm using handloaded Hornady XTP’s. The G29 is a very handy gun to carry as a backup while pig hunting but as a primary for shots under 30 yards which is my limit with open sights.
    I would one day like to have a Glock modified for a RMR sight also.
    Thanks for an interesting article.

    • I am a Glock Armourer

      Have been since 1998.


      Lead will fill up rifling and blow up the gun!!!!!

      10 mm is really prone to do this, the speed of bullets,
      causes lead to deposit, quickly, in the factory barrel’s.

      This will cause big problems, and big pressure issues,
      when the gun is fired.

      This will cause, the shell casing, in the gun too, blow out, in the area, that is
      made, as a pressure relief , (so the slide does not hit you in face) in the
      unsupported, part of the barrel, at the feed ramp, area, this will then, cause, the mag,
      leave the gun, very quickly, at the same time, the bottom half of your gun, is blowing apart,
      in your hands and face, hurting you, and anyone, around you, at the time.

      You, now have a, GUN, that may not, be, fixable, and damaged, beyond repair!!!!!

      As far as the comp. shooters, go, they have many extra barrel’s,
      to fix that problems, they can also can, fix their own gun, or have a
      Armourer or Smith on staff to fix any problems.

      Or the Sponsor Gun company have, people to fix any problems, with their gun’s.

      Don’t shoot lead in Glock Factory Barrels

      You cant stupid!

      Thank you

  2. I would like to have seen the Buffalo Bore Heavy 10mm Ammo – 220 gr. Hard Cast – FN (1,200 fps/ME 703 ft. lbs.) used on a very large hog

    • You can not shoot LEAD in a Glock Factory barrels!

      It will fill up the rifling and blow up the gun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Glock 20 in 10mm will shoot easily 100 yards and more.

  3. I haven’t been pig hunting myself, but from talking to people I know who have, it seems that getting so close to wild pigs would be a bit nerve wracking. They can be dangerous and are very fast. They can close that distance and be on you before you know it if you don’t drop them instantly.

    • I have hunted Russian Boar in northern WI. and can agree of the dangers. If wounded they can and will charge you, and if a follow up shot is not good you could be in real trouble.
      I was fortunate to put down two, one with a S&W 460 and the other with a S&W 500. Both were one shot kills from 30-40 yards, with my old Glock 20 as my back-up.


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