When a former U.S. Navy SEAL whose current profession is training military, government, and civilian shooters alike says he trains his students exclusively with Glocks, there might be something to it.

Kyle Defoor says in this story from, that ease of use and consistent trigger pull are two of the major reasons he favors the Austrian striker-fired pistols.

“In my humble opinion, these reasons make Glocks the best pistols for new shooters,” Defoor said in the story.

After fighting in Afghanistan during the War on Terror and leaving the Navy, Defoor was the head of firearms and tactics training at Blackwater from 2004 to 2009, the story says.

From the story:

“Defoor has seen a wide range of pistols in his military and training careers. Each year he trains between 1,000 and 1,200 students. Of those, he estimates that 80 to 85 percent are shooting Glock pistols.

“The Glock pistols perform great,” said Defoor. “Without a doubt, Glock pistols are the most reliable handguns that I deal with.”

And he puts his money where his holster is, revealing in the story that he carries a 9mm Glock 19 as his EDC.

“I’ve carried a 9mm for over 20 years now, and I’ve killed a variety of game with it,” Defoor said.

The lack of a manual safety, Defoor says, is also an advantage of the Glock.

“I’m not a real big fan of safeties or decockers on a pistol for any reason. Unlike the rifles that we carry, pistols are kept in a holster with the trigger guard constantly covered, so I see no reason to make the task of shooting even harder when it’s really not necessary to begin with. I mean, it’s 2017. Do we really need pistols with hammers on them anymore?”