Firearms / Pistols / Glock 17

Glock 17

General Facts

  • TYPE
    Pistol

  • ORIGIN
    Austria

  • NICKNAMES
    P9M (German police service)
    P80 (Norwegian service)
    Pistole 80 (Austrian service)
    9.00 PIST Glock 17 (Finnish service)

  • DESIGNED
    1980 - 1982

  • DESIGNER
    Gaston Glock

  • PRODUCTION
    1982 - present

  • PRODUCERS
    Austria - Glock

  • QUANTITY
    Well over 2.5 million produced, production continues.

  • UNIT COST
    Unknown

  • CHARACTERISTICS
    Very reliable
    Large magazine capacity
    Limited costs
    Limited weight
    Single safety only

Introduction

The Glock is a series of late Cold War era pistols of Austrian origin. The Glock 17 was developed in the 1980's for the Austrian military. The Glock has become one of the most produced pistols for civilian, law enforcement and military use.

Design

The Glock is a semi-automatic pistol that uses the short recoil mechanism, similar to the Browning High Power. The Glock is mainly made out of polymer, including the frame and magazine. There is no external hammer since the Glock is striker fired. Other than a trigger safety no safety systems are present.

Firepower

The original and most common model is the Glock 17 that fires the 9x19mm round from a 17 round magazine. With the exception of the Glock 18 machine pistol all Glocks are semi-automatic pistols. It is available in 9x19mm, .380 ACP, .357 SIG, .40 S&W, 10x25mm, .45 GAP and .45 ACP. The effective range is a few dozen meters.

Users

As the design proved to be a success the Glock was widely exported to law enforcement and military users worldwide. The Glock is one of the most successful pistols in production and has conquered 65% of the US law enforcement market.

Variants

Full size models

The first and baseline model of the Glock series of pistols was the full size Glock 17. The Glock 17 is chambered for the 9x19mm round, the Glock 20 for 10x25mm, the Glock 21 for .45 Auto, the Glock 22 for .40 S&W, the Glock 31 for .357 SIG and the Glock 37 for .45 GAP. Most of the Glock pistols are also available with a compensated barrel and are denoted by a C behind the model number, such as the Glock 17C.

Glock 17: Chambered for 9x19mm.
Glock 20: Chambered for 10x25mm
Glock 21: Chambered for .45 Auto.
Glock 22: Chambered for .40 S&W.
Glock 31: Chambered for .357 SIG.
Glock 37: Chambered for .45 GAP.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17, 19, 33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length186 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.625 kg empty, 0. 905 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber10x25mm Auto
Magazine15
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length117 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length193 mm
Width33 mm
Height139 mm
Weight0.785 kg empty, 1.110 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 172 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine13
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length117 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length193 mm
Width33 mm
Height139 mm
Weight0.745 kg empty, 1.085 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 172 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 S&W
Magazine15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length186 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.650 kg empty, 0.975 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.357 SIG
Magazine15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling406 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length186 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.660 kg empty, 0.940 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 GAP
Magazine10
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length186 mm
Width30 mm
Height140 mm
Weight0.735 kg empty, 1.005 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Automatic model

The Glock 18 is a Glock 17 that is converted into a fully automatic version to create a pistol size machine pistol. The Glock 18 has the same dimensions as the Glock 17 and due to its high rate of fire is often fitted with special 33 round magazines. Most Glock 18's are fitted with a compensated barrel in order to reduce recoil. The production number of the Glock 18 is insignificant compared to other Glock models.

  • Specifications:
  • G18
TypeMachine pistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17, 19, 33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1-F
Rate of fire1.100 - 1.200 rpm
Barrel length114 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length186 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.620 kg empty, 0.900 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 165 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Compact models

The compact models from the Glock series of pistols are smaller and shorter than the full size models. The magazine capacity is slightly reduced but the performance is near similar to the full size models.

Glock 19: Chambered for 9x19mm.
Glock 23: Chambered for .40 S&W.
Glock 25: Chambered for .380 ACP.
Glock 32: Chambered for .357 SIG.
Glock 38: Chambered for .45 GAP.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine15, 17, 19, 33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length174 mm
Width30 mm
Height127 mm
Weight0.595 kg empty, 0.850 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 153 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 S&W
Magazine13, 15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length174 mm
Width30 mm
Height127 mm
Weight0.600 kg empty, 0.880 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 153 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine15, 17, 19
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length174 mm
Width30 mm
Height127 mm
Weight0.570 kg empty, 0.774 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 153 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.357 SIG
Magazine13, 15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling406 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length174 mm
Width30 mm
Height127 mm
Weight0.610 kg empty, 0.855 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 153 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 GAP
Magazine8, 10
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length102 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length174 mm
Width30 mm
Height127 mm
Weight0.685 kg empty, 0.905 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 153 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Sub compact models

The sub compact Glock is even smaller and lighter than the compact Glock. A sub compact Glock pistol has been developed in every caliber.

Glock 26: Chambered for 9x19mm.
Glock 27: Chambered for .40 S&W.
Glock 28: Chambered for .380 ACP.
Glock 29: Chambered for 10x25mm.
Glock 30: Chambered for .45 Auto.
Glock 33: Chambered for .357 SIG.
Glock 39: Chambered for .45 GAP.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine10, 12, 15, 17, 19 ,33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length88 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width30 mm
Height106 mm
Weight0.560 kg empty, 0.740 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 144 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 S&W
Magazine9, 11, 13, 15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length88 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width30 mm
Height106 mm
Weight0.560 kg empty, 0.765 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 144 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.380 ACP
Magazine10, 12, 15, 17, 19
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length88 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width30 mm
Height106 mm
Weight0.529 kg empty, 0.675 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 144 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber10x25mm Auto
Magazine10, 15
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length96 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length172 mm
Width33 mm
Height113 mm
Weight0.700 kg empty, 0.935 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 151 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine9, 10, 13
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length96 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length172 mm
Width33 mm
Height121 mm
Weight0.680 kg empty, 0.960 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 151 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.357 SIG
Magazine9, 11, 13, 15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length88 mm
Rifling406 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width30 mm
Height106 mm
Weight0.560 kg empty, 0.755 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 144 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.45 GAP
Magazine6, 8, 10
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length88 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length160 mm
Width30 mm
Height106 mm
Weight0.548 kg empty, 0.718 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 144 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Slimline model

The Glock 36 is the only slimline pistol in the Glock lineup and is also the only Glock pistol with a single stack magazine. It is thinner than the sub compact Glock due to the single stack magazine for the .45 rounds, combine with a thinner slide this makes the Glock 36 very easy to conceal.

TypePistol
Caliber.45 ACP
Magazine6
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length96 mm
Rifling400 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length172 mm
Width28 mm
Height121 mm
Weight0.570 kg empty, 0.765 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 157 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Target models

For target shooting version of the Glock 17 was developed with a longer barrel and slide as the Glock 17L. The Glock 17L is chambered in 9x19mm. The Glock 24 is a similar model chambered for the .40 S&W round. These pistols were discontinued in favor of the competition models.

Glock 17L: Chambered for 9x19mm.
Glock 24: Chambered for .40 S&W.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17, 19, 33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length153 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length225 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.670 kg empty, 0.950 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 205 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 S&W
Magazine15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length153 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length225 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.757 kg empty, 1.082 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 205 mm sight radius
Remarks-

Competition models

The competition versions of the Glock replaced the target models. The competition models feature a shorter barrel and slide than the target models, but longer than the full size models. Compared to the target models the trigger pull and balance have been improved.

Glock 34: Chambered for 9x19mm.
Glock 35: Chambered for .40 S&W.

TypePistol
Caliber9x19mm Parabellum
Magazine17, 19, 33
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length135 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length207 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.650 kg empty, 0.930 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 192 mm sight radius
Remarks-
TypePistol
Caliber.40 S&W
Magazine15, 17
OperationShort recoil, locked breach, safe action
Fire selector0-1
Rate of fireSemi-automatic
Barrel length135 mm
Rifling250 mm hexagonal right hand twist
Muzzle velocity?
Stock-
Length207 mm
Width30 mm
Height138 mm
Weight0.695 kg empty, 1.020 kg loaded
SightsIron sights, 192 mm sight radius
Remarks-

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