The Glock 17 in caliber 9×19 is the greatest extensively used law enforcement pistol worldwide. Because of its unsurpassed dependability, above-average magazine capacity of 17 cartridges in the standard magazine and its low mass, it is trusted by law enforcement officers in their daily duties throughout the world. It is safe, secure and quick to use through the revolutionary “Safe Action” trigger organization.


The Glock 17 was the first pistol designed and manufactured by the Austrian corporation Glock. It is a locked breech, short recoil 9 mm Para semi-automatic pistol with a typical magazine size of 17 rounds of ammunition. It uses an improved Peter/Browning barrel locking system. The Glock 17 seemed in the early 1980s for the Austrian Army weapons trials. It arrived service under the designation P80. In 1988, it entered service in the Swedish Army under the designation Pistol 88. It is also used by the Norwegian Army and police. The description 17 is derived from the gun’s being Gaston Glock’s 17th patent, rather than its magazine volume. The Glock 17, like all Glock pistols, has a well-known reputation for being extremely rugged and reliable.

The Glock stirred up reasonably a scare when it was published to have a polymer structure. Some people thought that, based on early descriptions, the whole gun was plastic and ceramic, and therefore undetectable by metal detectors. In fact, the slide, barrel and many other inside parts, comprising about 80 percent of the sun’s mass, are made from metal. The slide and barrel are QPQ Teenier treated, a process that makes their steel more durable to wear and tear as well as to corrosion.

The Glock 17 has become very prevalent because of its simple controls, high durability, and moderate price. It is also reported to be highly reliable in dangerous circumstances like the desert, jungle, and arctic regions. The pistol enjoys widespread use in law implementation but is also a very lucky military, sports, and self-defense pistol. More than 50 countries use it for law requirement or military service.

Description and Specifications

The Glock 17 and all others that Glock has since fashioned use the “Safe Action” fire control system, a single-action mechanism utilizing a striker instead of a hammer and firing pin. Like most other striker-fired pistols, the Glock pistol requires the trigger to pull the striker back the rest of the way, and to publish it. In its ready-to-fire position, the pistol could be “half-cocked.” This arrangement translates to strong trigger pulls which some claim makes training more accessible. Notably absent is any manual user safety, although a trigger safety and added internal measures prevent accidental discharge. Its frame is made from an advanced polymer. Glock barrels use polygonal rifling for enhanced accuracy which works best with jacketed munitions. Otherwise, the lead build-up in the barrel is likely to produce malfunctioning.

The Glock 17 (and only model 17) could be changed with “amphibious kit” that allows underwater firing (in very shallow depths, though). The underwater blasting itself has minimal impact in real combat since the active range is remarkably short. The real intention of that feature is to show the strength of the gun and to allow safe shooting in severe weather conditions, with possible water in the barrel (in many guns this may result in blown barrel).

  • Caliber: 9 mm
  • Cartridge: 9×19 mm
  • Weight: 22.04 oz / 625 g empty
  • Produced: 1980 – present

The instinctive version of the Glock 17, called Glock 18, available only in 9mm Luger and only for Military/Law implementation sales. Glock 18 can fire in semi-automatic or fully automatic modes. The pistol may be prepared with 31-rounds great magazines and after-market folding stocks. For safety reasons, some parts of the Glock 18 are not substitutable with Glock 17 pistols. The assumed rate of fire in full-auto mode is 1200 rounds per minute.


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