Glock 17 Rifle and Pistols

Glock 17

Type Semi-automatic Pistol
Weight 620.86 grams
Length 188mm
Barrel Length 127mm
Magazine Capacity 17 cartridges
Caliber 9mm Parabellum
Rifling 6 grooves, Polygonal, RH
Effective Range 40 meters
Muzzle Velocity 360 m/s
In Service 1983-
Country of Origin Austria

The Glock 17 9mm semi-automatic (below) pistol features a 17-round magazine and a novel polymer frame. While made for military and law enforcement use, the Glock 17 is a favorite for personal protection, in part due to its huge magazine capacity and its innovative ‘safety trigger’ mechanism.

Developed by Austrian inventor Gaston Glock in the 1980s, the Glock 17 9mm was quickly termed the ‘plastic pistol’. It became to the focus of media attention when it was proclaimed that it would be adopted by terrorists because it was undetectable by conventional X-ray machines used at airports (this is false).

Sensationalism aside, the Glock is an important advance in firearms engineering. While the use of polymer technology did not start with the Glock, it was Glock that brought this material into distinction in the firearms industry. Rifles have benefited from this technology as well such as the AR-15 upper receiver for sale over online.

The Glock 17 is actually 87% metal by weight and cannot pass undetected through any X-ray machine or metal detector staffed by an attentive operator. No terrorist group has seized on the Glock pistol as a standard sidearm, although the armies of Austria, Norway, and Sweden have adopted the pistol. It was also adopted for use by many police departments in cities including Washington D.C. and Detroit, and in total more than 3500 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have issued or authorized the Glock pistols for duty use. One reason for the growing popularity of the Glock with law enforcement may be its low number of parts—only 35 components or the top rated ar-15 of 2017. For law enforcement requirements on trigger pull weights, the Glock factory produces heavier-than-standard springs to provide agencies with trigger pulls that approximate double-action revolvers.

Initially only offered in 9mm, Glock pistols are presently also available in .357 SIG, .40 S&W, .45 A.C.P. and 10mm Auto calibers.

Glock’s polymer pistol is one of the few semi-automatic pistols that recently had to meet some unusual, but appropriate requirements of military testing. For evaluation by the U.S. Navy Seals, a modified firing pin assembly was fabricated for the Glock pistol to allow it to be fired underwater.

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The Schwinn 431 Review

The Schwinn 431 is an upgrade to the very popular Schwinn 430. Critical to a smooth and wobble free ride is the flywheel, and the Schwinn 431 comes with a hefty 25 lbs flywheel, rarely seen in an elliptical trainer in this price range and almost twice the size found on some. Stride length is 18” which is adequate for most people, though very tall users may be more comfortable with a longer stride length. Another option over at CK fitness explains with his Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review how you can change the stride length which can be better for those of us who are over 6 feet tall.


The frame itself has been strengthened compared to its predecessor, though as with recommended maximum user weights, the 300lbs of the Schwinn 431 should be taken with a grain of salt. Unlike other products such ae With dimensions of 59″L x 26″W x 68″H, the trainer is more compact than most, always a benefit if space is at a premium. With a unit weight of 172 lbs, transport wheels come in handy.


Footpads are articulated and padded, resulting in minimized stress on feet and lower legs. The Schwinn 431Separate handlebars for the upper body and heart rate can be monitored through embedded sensor pads. The console includes a place to stow your Ipod/MP3 player, cooling fan, a towel hook and a water bottle holder although not as nice as the one on the Bowflex Pr1000 Review. It features a backlit LCD, a real advantage in low light situations. You can choose from 19 different workout programs, incl. manual, 10 profile, calorie goal, time trial, 3 heart rate control, fitness test and 2 custom.

The warranty of the Schwinn 431 is adequate considering the price, with 10 years on the frame, 2 years on parts, 6 months on wear parts and 1 year on electronics.


While the under $1000 price qualifies the Schwinn 431 as an economy model, you get a stable elliptical trainer with a smooth ride as well as a lot of nice extras typically found only on elliptical costing more. The Schwinn 431 is definitely a good value and well worth checking out.

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How to match your earrings with your dress

If you’re headed out for a night on the town and slipping on your favorite dress, chances are you’re deciding which earrings to wear as well. Before you pick, read this short post on how to match your earrings with your dress!

What’s your (dress) type?

Short dress

Slender gemstone teardrop earrings are perfect for summertime short dresses, as they give a slimming effect to the face and neck.

Long dress

wedding dress with jewelryLong dresses go well with elaborate earrings and more intricate accessorizing. Multi-tiered or faceted earrings are perfect with long, smocked dresses and empire-waist beach gowns, and colorful chandelier earrings are perfect with beautiful, colored long dresses.

Vintage dress

Summer is a great time to go vintage, and if you’re wearing a vintage dress from Nasty Gal or the like, picking fun novelty resin or plastic earrings can help put the final, light-hearted touch to your outfit. Designs such as large plastic hot pink, animals, or vintage toys are perfect choices.

Cocktail or Modern dress

Feeling a bit muted? If you’re wearing a dress with neutral hues including black, white, grey, or beige, try on some vibrantly colored earrings with a bit of asymmetry – such as red coral cluster earrings, glass earrings, or intense indigo beaded earrings.

What’s your personality?

When choosing what type of earrings to go with your dress, you should also consider your personality, or the look you want to achieve.

The Classic Look

Pearl or diamond stud earrings are always a beautiful bet

Going Glam

Chandelier earrings, large colored gemstone earrings, or diamond-halo jewelry always add some glamour.

The Playful Look

Chunky earrings, colorful plastic or resin material, or unique, non-traditional objects are always good playful choices.

What if it’s my wedding?

If you’re looking for earrings to match to your wedding dress, then there’s a slightly different set of guidelines.

Golden Rule: Don’t Overdo Your Jewelry

Why? Because you are the star of your wedding day, not the earrings you choose.

White gown

Stick to pearl or platinum earrings, as gold draws too much attention away from the dress.

Diamond white gown

Diamond white is barely off-color white, so this works well with gold or silver earrings, or any slightly modified version of each (e.g., rose gold or pearl)

Ivory gown

This beautiful candlelight shade sometimes has soft yellow undertones, and so gold earrings highlight the creamy tint of your soft white gown.

Final note – It’s fun to choose a colored gemstone to add a bit of color to your wedding day jewelry. For instance, if you’re a December baby, brilliant blue tanzanite might be your choice for beautiful tanzanite engagement rings. Or you can match your jewelry to your wedding colors.

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