Left side view of Glock 18C. Note the fire selector at the rear of the slide.
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The Glock 18 is a machine pistol of Austrian origin. It is a machine pistol conversion of the Glock 17 pistol. Although the Glock 18 is an uncommon firearm, its 33 round capacity magazines are often used in Glock 17 full size and Glock 19 compact pistols.
The Glock 18 is a Glock 17 full size 9mm pistol with the added ability for automatic fire. The Glock 18 has the same dimensions as the Glock 17 and looks very similar. Due to its high rate of fire it is often used with special 33 round magazines. Most Glock 18's are fitted with a compensated barrel in order to reduce recoil. In order to make the Glock 18 more controllable it is often fitted with an aftermarket detachable shoulder stock.
The Glock 18 is a select fire pistol. It has the ability for semi-automatic fire and full automatic fire. The cyclic rate of fire is very high at 1.100 to 1.200 rpm. This makes the Glock 18 difficult to control. Effective use of a machine pistol requires a skilled operator and a lot of practice.
The Glock 18 is a weapon for specialist users. Most of them being counter terrorist or VIP protection units. A machine pistol suits a niche application. Even in the hands of a skilled operator there are few situations in which a machine pistol achieves better results than a pistol or sub machine gun. For these reasons the production number of the Glock 18 is insignificant compared to other Glock models.
The Glock 18 is derived from the full size Glock 17 pistol. The fire control selector is the only very visible distinction between the two pistols.
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