Glock 29: The Best Firearm on the Planet?

    Kyle Mizokami

    Security, North America

    Or a big waste of ammo? 

    Long before the term “industry disruption” became a buzz phrase, Gaston Glock upended the firearms industry with his Glock 17 pistol. Rugged, accurate, reliable and with a large magazine capacity, Glock’s pistols became wildly successful. As the company redirected the interests of commercial shooters it also embraced larger-bore guns with loyal followings, producing such firearms as the subcompact 10mm Glock 29 and .45 ACP Glock 30.

    The history of Glock dates back to the early 1980s, when knife and bayonet maker Gaston Glock got whiff of a competition to procure a new handgun for the Austrian Army. With no handgun design experience, Glock plunged into developing a pistol for the contract. After much research and development he produced the Glock 17. The pistol was made of polymer and steel, producing a lightweight handgun with an emphasis on reliability. Pointable (the ability of the pistol to act as a natural extension of a shooter’s hand-eye coordination) and highly accurate, it won the army contract and then went on to literally conquer the world.

    Glock’s design proved scaleable in both physical size and caliber. The original, full-size Glock 17 begat a smaller, compact Glock 19 and later the subcompact Glock 26. The pistol’s action was scaled downward from the original 9mm Luger to .380 Auto, and upward to .40 Smith & Wesson, .45 ACP and other heavier calibers. The production of the essentially the same handgun in different sizes and calibers made transitioning from one Glock to another easy. Glock’s line of handguns were the first to become an ecosystem of small guns and large, in a variety of calibers, all based on an original handgun design.

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