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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