Its over 35 years old now and the legendary Glock 17 attained iconic status a while ago. As a result of being the 17th Glock patent it was named the G17. The Austrian Government put out a tender to replace their ageing Walther P38 handguns in 1980. One requirement of the brief were that the total number of parts could not exceed 58. This was because this was the number of parts the P38 had. Further requirements were that the pistol was to be absolutely secure against accidental discharge from shock, strike, and drop. From a height of 2 m onto a steel plate. As a military pistol the requirements that cleaning and maintaining of the pistol was to be accomplished without the use of tools. Furthermore the long term maintenance must also be achievable without the use of gauges, measurement tools, and precise testing devices.
Mr Glock’s design was successful and adopted by the Austrian armed forces. Since its introduction, the company has introduced a bevy of other models. These models are in various frame size and various calibers. The G17, however, chambered for 9 x 19mm Parabellum, remains the Glock that comes to mind when mentioning the name Glock. As a consequence it is every Hollywood producers goto gun type for a new movie.
If simplicity is prerequisite for reliability then the iconic G17 is a perfect example. Designed for professional use, the G17 is now trusted by police officers and military personnel all over the globe. It features unparalleled reliability, easy field stripping and cleaning. Furthermore it has optimal magazine capacity of 17 rounds and superior carry comfort because of its its low weight. In addition the “Safe Action” trigger system makes the pistol is safe, easy, and quick. Most important and what you need in critical situations. Did we mention reliable? So how do you make a great semi auto pistol greater?