Glock 17 / 18 / 19 [Automatic Pistol]:

The first of the new batch of polymer framed pistols, the Glock 17 gained infamy in its early years as "the Plastic Gun", which supposedly was invisible to metaldetectors. These wild stories bypassed the fact that the slide, barrel and other major parts of the Glock 17 are still entirely from steel, and that the gun is hardly invisible to airport metaldetectors and the like.

Nowadays the Glock 17 and the large family of weapons derived from it have gained a reputation as good reliable and solid handguns, and they have been adapted by numerous armies and police forces as their standard sidearm. The gun has a fairly high magazine capacity, which can be upped by two more rounds by adding a special floorplate to the magazine. This item is made by Glock itself, and can be purchased by law enforcement agents and the like.

The Glock 17L is a longer slide version of the Glock 17 used for target shooting and has a barrel length of aproximately 1.5 inches longer than the standard Glock 17.

The Glock 18 is similar to the Glock 17 series but is designed to be fired either semi-automatic or fully automatic. The original design was for the DEA and the weapon is available to Law Enforcement only.

One of the many versions is the Glock 19, which is nothing more than a compact Glock 17. Apart from the slightly shorter barrel and the lower magazine capacity and weight, it is exactly the same gun.

Weight: 1.5 lbs (0.68 kg) [Glock 17 & 18] / 1.4 lbs (.65 kg) [Glock 19]
Caliber: 9 mm Parabellum
Barrel Length: 4.5 inch (11.27 cm) [Glock 17 & 18] / 4 inches (10 cm) [Glock 19]
Overall Length: 7.3 inches (18.5 cm) [Glock 17 & 18] / 6.85 inches (17.4 cm) [Glock 19]
Action: Double Action Only.
Mode of Fire: Semi Automatic only (Glock 18 Semi / Fully automatic).
Range: 165 ft (50 m).
Magazine: 17 + 1 (19 + 1) [Glock 17 & 18] / 15 + 1 (17 + 1) [Glock 19] [Optional Magazine sizes of 19, 31, and 33 rounds.]
Cost:$ 620 (Glock 17 & 19)
Made in: Austria.
Special: First of the polymer framed guns in widespread use. Many different versions available (see listing).

[Glock, Glock 17, Glock 18, and Glock 19 are copyright of their respective owners. ]

Writeup by Mischa (E-Mail Mischa ) and by Kitsune (E-Mail Kitsune).

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