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GLOCK PISTOLS: THE BASICS
Glock is the most issued service pistol of the modern-day, which is massively impressive for a company founded to make curtain rods. Gaston Glock had no experience making guns but he did have experience in polymer manufacturing. He gathered together top European handgun experts, prototyped the Glock 17 in 1982 and the rest is glorious Austrian history. Glocks for sale
Glock pistols are polymer-framed, semi-automatic, short-recoil operated, locked-breech, striker-fired handguns. Well, most of them are – the rimfire G44 is a blowback-operated pistol and is the only gun to break the mold. Glock pistols come in tons of different calibers and in a variety of different sizes. These weren’t the first polymer frame pistol, but they were the first wildly successful polymer pistol.
The G17 was the first model produced and was designed to fill a need within the Austrian Army. The Austrian Army’s specific needs drove the weapon’s development and defined Glock pistols to this very day. The Austrian Army needed a safe, lightweight, high-capacity, and reliable semi-auto pistol and Glock filled that need.
WHAT DO GLOCK NUMBERS STAND FOR?
Glock has a simple way to name their pistols. Every model is assigned a number after the letter G, which predictably stands for Glock. The numbers have nothing to do with the firearm itself and may seem arbitrary to most – for example, the G45 is not a 45 caliber handgun, it’s actually a 9mm.
The numbers are assigned to designs as they are started, not in the order in which they are released. So while the G20 and 21 began development before the 22 and 23, the 22 and 23 were released first. glock 19 gen 5 for sale – glock 23 for sale – buy glock 26 – buy glock 19 – glock where to buy – best glock to buy – glock 34 for sale
GLOCK’S SAFE ACTION DESIGN
The G17 hit the streets at a time where manual safety devices on handguns were the norm. Glock’s Plastic Fantastics had no manual safeties, but that didn’t mean they were unsafe. Glock refers to their pistols as the Glock Safe Action Pistol referencing the three built-in independent safety devices.
The trigger safety is that famous little doohickey that sits in the middle of the trigger. Your finger presses the trigger safety as you pull the trigger so without activating the trigger safety, the trigger cannot be pulled.
Firing Pin Safety
The firing pin safety blocks the firing pin from moving forward when the striker is cocked. As the trigger is pulled, the trigger bar pushes the firing pin safety up and out of the way. If you release the trigger before firing, the firing pin safety automatically falls back into place.
The Drop Safety
The drop safety is a device that does exactly what you think. If you drop the gun it ensures it cannot fire. As you pull the trigger the trigger bar lowers down the safety ramp and allows the firing pin to release.
A GENERATIONAL THING
Glock is currently in its fifth generation. New generations arrive as Glock makes changes, both external and internal. There’s no timeline on when Glock generations end or begin, they’re improved upon as need be.
The release of a new generation doesn’t always mean earlier generations are disappearing. Often new and older Glock generations are produced side by side.