Do You Need a Compensator for Your 9mm Glock?

Gaston Glock revolutionized gun design with the invention of his namesake pistol. In time, that gen one Glock 17 spawned a whole category of firearms. Currently, Glock pistols are in their 5th generation. A bevy of Glock models such as the G 17, 19, 20, 21, and many others are now available in every size, barrel length, and caliber.

Glock handguns have been proven in combat, law enforcement, and now even amongst the American Special Forces. Over the past few decades, this weapon has amassed an enviable track record for out-of-the-box reliability as well as simplicity. With a mere 34 parts, fieldstripping the Glock is a breeze.

The low bore axis makes for fast and highly accurate shots, while its unique safe action ensures the weapon can only be discharged when you squeeze the trigger.

Improving on Perfection!

The good people at Glock Inc. refer to their brand simply as 'Glock Perfection.' There is a lot of substance to the claim. After all, it has captured around 75 percent of the police handgun market, not to mention other law enforcement agencies. This has come about after rigorous testing for reliability, durability, and accuracy. However, it is possible to improve on perfection by mating it with the right accessories.

Here, one of the best aftermarket parts for a 9mmm Glock is a compensator.

What is a Compensator?

This device can be attached to the barrel of your Glock pistol. The pistol compensator is designed to help you to get right back on target once you have shot a round from your pistol.

You can certainly shoot very fast with a stock Glock 9mm pistol. However, a compensator can increase the speed of those shots a whole lot more. These devices are rapidly becoming popular solutions for reducing both real as well as perceived recoil. You can use one to increase muzzle control on the range and even in real-world applications. Your Glock compensator will substantially reduce muzzle flip and increase the precision of your shots so that you always land your shots in the 10 ring.

How Does a Glock Compensator Work?

The Glock 9mm pistol uses a conventional locked breech mechanism that is commonly used in most pistols all over the world. While this system is very reliable, its main drawback is that it tilts the barrel upwards after every shot. The higher your muzzle climbs up after every shot, the slower it is to reacquire the target.

The gases produced by the ignition of the round create recoil and muzzle flip. Regardless of how hard you hold your Glock, the muzzle will still kick upwards.

The compensator on your pistol will redirect most of the gases upwards, thereby pushing the weapon down immediately after a shot. This way, you will find yourself back on target almost as soon as you take your shot.


In a nutshell, your Glock 9mm compensator will allow for faster follow-up shots, increase your accuracy and make you a better precision shooter. Best of all, today's cutting-edge 9mm Glock compensators are small enough to be carried in commonly available concealed carry holsters.