Glock pistols are among the most popular and widespread handguns in the world. You regularly write to me to find out which model to choose from the Glock range, which now includes more than fifty models if you take into account all the generations of handguns produced by the Austrian firm.
The Glock pistols are in fact about thirty handgun models and 8 different calibres, but also 5 generations of production which complicates the deal for the new buyer.
The special safety of Glock guns: the Safe Action
Glock semi-automatic pistols are equipped with the manufacturer’s “safe-action” technology. These are weapons designed for combat and are nothing like the more traditional weapons like the 1911 platform and its descendants, which have safety catches.
Glocks do not have an exposed hammer, decocker or safety catch. The trigger tail has a small, prominent pedal that must be pressed for the safeties to deactivate and the weapon to fire.
The most common Glock models
The Glock 17, Glock 19 and Glock 26 chambered in 9mm are the most common and widespread handgun models in the Glock range to date. The Glock 45, a hybrid between a Glock 17 and a Glock 19, is also set to become a standard. These days, you can easily buy Glock online as there are many online stores and Glockgeneration.com, we recommend you to visit this store and find the details about latest Glock models.
The Glock 17
Designed for law enforcement and first introduced in 1983, the Glock 17 is an incredibly reliable and durable firearm. Chambered in 9×19 Parabellum calibre, the Glock 17 has had unparalleled reliability since its introduction, which is why it remains so popular to this day.
Its polymer and steel design keeps it under the kilogram mark with a weight of 650g empty and 905g loaded.
The Glock Model 17 is a classically sized handgun designed to offer maximum capacity (17+1 or 17 rounds in the magazine + 1 in the chamber) and to be carried in a visible manner.
The Glock 19
Introduced in 1988, the Glock 19 is a compact version of the Glock 17 and therefore shares all its characteristics despite its reduced size and weight (595g empty, 850g loaded).
Interestingly, despite having a shorter barrel than the Glock 17, the Glock 19 is equivalent in all respects to its big brother. The choice between one or the other model is therefore a matter of preference in terms of size and comfort of use.
The Glock 19 is chambered in 9X19 Parabellum and has a capacity of 15+1. Its compact size allows it to be carried more discreetly and comfortably in concealed carry (Concealed Carry Weapon in the USA) but also to be more manoeuvrable for professionals who will place it in a dedicated holster in concealed carry or on the front of their ballistic plate carrier.
The Glock 26
Introduced in 1996 as a back-up gun for law enforcement and special units, the Glock 26 is a sub-compact pistol. Chambered in 9×19 Parabellum, it offers a 10+1 capacity despite its ultra-reduced size.
It is the ideal handgun for discreet carry, with performance that remains very respectable despite the short 88mm barrel (compared to 102mm on the Glock 19 and 114mm on the Glock 17).
The Glock 45
The Glock 45 is the civilian and somewhat more advanced version of the Glock 19X developed for the US Army. The Glock 45 features a flared magazine well, serrations on the front of the breech, the new generation Glock Marksman Barrel (GMB) and all the internal features of the fifth generation Glock pistols. Like the Glock 19x, the Glock 45 is a crossover pistol that combines a compact slide with a full-size frame.
The Glock 45 is, to put it simply, the love child of a Glock 17 and a Glock 19: the frame of the gun is that of a 17 and the barrel/head part that of a 19.
This results in a shorter sight radius for faster target acquisition and the larger frame makes the weapon more controllable. Most of the features of the Glock 45 are the result of Glock’s consultation with its best customers (intervention forces, special units), so this model can be trusted to satisfy the greatest number.
The Glock 45 will certainly be the brand’s flagship model in the years to come.
Customizing your Glock
There are hundreds of accessories, each one more useful than the last, to improve the aesthetics and/or the performance of your Glock. Precision barrels, recoil compensators, open breaches, trigger shafts, sights, frame modifications (stippling), custom paint, etc.
I personally find it almost essential to stipple my Glock to ensure the best possible grip. The rest is up to each individual… knowing that it is preferable to stay as close as possible to the original internal mechanics in order to avoid creating mechanical problems that do not need to be.