Glock 17 9 x 19mm pistol

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Overview

The Glock 17 is a semi automatic pistol chambered for the 9 x 19mm cartridge and one of a series of pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H, located in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria.

In 1980 the Austrian military invited tenders for a new modern duty pistol to replace their WW2 era Walther P38 handguns. After outperforming 8 other contenders in the trials, the Glock was first accepted by the Austrian military and police in 1982 and was named the Glock 17 due to the 17 patents raised by the company in the development process.

The companys founder, engineer Gaston Glock had no experience with firearm design at the time of their first pistol design, but he did bring his extensive experience in synthetic polymers, which was instrumental in producing the first successful line of pistols with a polymer frame.

At the time, uniquely, the Glock’s frame, magazine body and several other components are made from a nylon based polymer invented by Gaston Glock. The barrel and slide are high grade steel so a Glock would certainly show up on airport security screening which was a concern raised by alarmist (and mis-informed) press articles at the time which suggested that a plastic gun could evade airport security detection.

Also unique to the Glock is a trigger safety, a two stage mechanism backed up by two internal safeties, a firing pin safety and a drop safety. The three safeties are disengaged one after the other when the trigger is squeezed and automatically reactivated when the trigger is released.

Glock pistols have become the companys most famous product, commanding 65% of the market share of handguns for US police forces as well as supplying numerous national armed forces and security agencies worldwide. By 1992 over 350,000 pistols had been sold in more than 45 countries.

It is now in its 4th generation, the pistol has been developed and refined with a number of variants, a fully auto Glock 18, the sub-compact Glock 26 and it is available in several calibres.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for police forces and security agencies from 1980 up to the present day throughout Europe and N America.

Foxtrot has several Glocks, the one shown is a third generation Glock 17, chambered for 9 x 19mm, with an integral accessory rail to allow the mounting of tactical lights or laser sights.

Film Set Notes

A frequently seen handgun, actor friendly and reliable. It is uncommon though to see this used by the villains, the Glock 17 has a strong law enforcement connection which perhaps has been absorbed by the Art Department/Designers/Director when deciding which weapon the cast member will use?