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GLOCK Announces Limited Production Runs for Summer 2017

This morning marks the opening of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta. To mark the occasion GLOCK announced some special production runs.

The summer specials include a number of pistols and features the GLOCK community has been asking for. These include G17 Gen4 and G19 Gen4 pistols with front serrations, steel sights, and extended controls. They also include a return of the G17L and the G24, as well as the introduction of Gen4 editions of the G17C and G19C. We are also producing the G17 Gen4, G19 Gen4, G42, and G43 with factory installed night sights. In addition to these pistols, we are producing a series of pistols with Olive Drab frames: the G43; G26 in Gen3 and Gen4 models; and the G17, G19, and G34 in Gen3, Gen4, and Gen4 MOS configurations.

These pistols will be available at GLOCK dealers beginning in June 2017.

GLOCK announces a limited run of pistols for Summer 2017.

GLOCK (General/Rumor/Unicorns)

This is where I keep general facts about GLOCKs until I understand enough to put them where they belong. Some of them I fully understand, I just do not have any better location for the information yet.

      1. While the actual number fluctuates, about 65% of the law enforcement agencies in the United States use GLOCK pistols as their Department service weapon.1
      2. When US Army soldiers captured him in December 2003, an empty GLOCK G18C (standard frame, 9×19mm Parabellum, compensated, select fire machine pistol) was found in Saddam Hussein’s spider hole. On 4 March 2004, four soldiers from the US Army’s fabled Combat Applications Group presented the gun to President George W. Bush in the Oval Office.2
      3. The .45 GLOCK Action Pistol (G.A.P) cartridge was developed in 2003 as a response to comments that the large frame .45 Automatic GLOCK was too big. The .45 G.A.P. cartridge was developed from the .45 Automatic cartridge, and its shorter overall length allows it to fit in a standard frame GLOCK pistol. Thus, the .45 G.A.P cartridge provides performance that close to the .45 Automatic cartridge in a standard frame GLOCK pistol.3
      4. The GLOCK G19 (standard frame, compact size, 9x19mm Parabellum) is the most carried legal concealed carry gun across the United States.4
      5. The GLOCK Gen4 Simunition pistols have a polymer slide that has an aluminum insert. This makes the Gen4 practice models quite a bit lighter than the previous versions.5
      6. GLOCK models are numbered for Gaston Glock’s patent sequences. The GLOCK G17 was Mr. Glock’s first pistol, but it was his seventeenth patent. He designed the G18 next.6
      7. The GLOCK G18 was initially designed for airport security in Austria.7
      8. GLOCK barrels are hammer forged. The rifling and chamber are formed at the same time.8
      9. The GLOCK G18 is not a modified G17. For importation into the United States, it has a different slide, a different frame, and different parts.9
      10. The GLOCK G18’s rate of fire in full-auto is 1,200 rounds per minute. This means that it will shoot 33 rounds in just under 1.4 seconds.10
      11. GLOCK barrels have hexagonal/octagonal rifling (depending on caliber). This provides better bullet to barrel fit, better gas seal, higher and more uniform projectile velocity, and increased accuracy over conventional rifling.11
      12. All GLOCK G18’s were/are imported after May 1986. Thus, there is no legal provision that I am aware of that would allow for a privately owned, legally transferable G18. They are all law enforcement only (or dealer demo).12
      13. GLOCK Ges.m.b.H, to date, is a privately owned company under the leadership of its founder Gaston Glock.13
      14. In 2016, GLOCK launched a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration in the US market. GLOCK commissioned thirty hand-engraved G17 Gen4 pistols. Each of the pistols was uniquely engraved by one of five Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) Master Engravers and have a limited production serial number and certificate of authenticity signed by Gaston Glock. The pistols will be presented throughout 2016.14
      15. The 100,000th member of the GSSF was Mr. Gaston Glock, Sr. Since the honor of the 100,000th membership was kept in-house, a new member was picked at random, Daniel Thompson of Wellington, Kansas, and awarded a free GLOCK pistol certificate.15

This is where I publish things I have been told/heard/read that I have not been able to attribute to what I consider a verifiable source.

      1. While I have not had the opportunity to try it myself, I have been told that GLOCK .40 S&W double stack magazines will work in GLOCK .357 SIG double stack guns.16
      2. I have been told and have overheard conversations about, privately held GLOCK G18 pistols. It is unclear if they were said to be legally held or not. My understanding of the applicable laws allows no provision for this to have happened legally.17
      3. US Navy Special Warfare (SEAL Teams) selected the GLOCK G19 as their primary operational pistol. Although there has been speculation about the Gen3 having been selected, there does not seem to be any consensus on which generation has been chosen. Also, there does not seem to be any guidance on the future role of the current pistols being used operationally.18

There are some GLOCKs that seem to have achieved unicorn status in the United States. Those that I know about are:

      • Original GLOCK
        P80 … 19
      • Russian GLOCK
        There are GLOCK frames that have a ‘ASSEMBLED IN RUSSIA …’ cartouche in the place of the more common ‘MADE IN AUSTRIA …’ or ‘MADE IN USA …’markings.20
      • Bureaucratic GLOCK
        The first words out of most anti-gunners, and ignorant government bureaucrats when referencing GLOCK pistols is, ‘Why don’t they have a safety?’ If you are reading this, then you probably know that GLOCK pistols do have safeties – three of them to be exact. However, there is a GLOCK that is specially made for these naysayers … the external safety GLOCK prototypes. I believe that there are four of these to date. They are:

            • I have seen a picture of a G17 made for the original Austrian Army contract in 1982.21
            • I have heard about a similar one submitted to the Tasmanian Police.22
            • There is a rumor of one with a cross bolt safety made for the British Ministry of Defense in the late 2000s.23
            • There is the G21 that everyone assumes would have been submitted to the US SOCOM if the trials had not been canceled.24
      • Blessed GLOCK
        The Pontifical Swiss Guard have some GLOCK G19s (standard frame, compact-size, 9×19mm Parabellum) for those situations where a more concealable firearm is preferred. They are marked with the Pontifical Seal. To date the Swiss Guard has never sold any weapons at surplus; here is to hoping that they run out room eventually.25
      • Green ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Russian black market GLOCK knockoff that has a frame pressed out of sawdust and a hammer vs a striker.26
      • Iron ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Boris: Son of Kalashnikov over on the NorthEastShooters.com ⇒ forum made the Iron GLOCKs. The series of forum posts clearly detail the process he went through to create all metal replicas.27
      • See-thru ‘GLOCK’ (Non-factory)
        Anibal Salinas of @Weapons_Armament_Research ⇒ (Instagram) has cut slots into his GLOCK frame grip and filled the holes with see through windows. When coupled with a Elite Tactical Systems (ETS) ⇒ transparent GLOCK magazine, the number of remaining rounds can be viewed at a glance.28

Random Knowledge: GLOCK Frames

A client recently asked if I would cut a utility rail into a second generation GLOCK frame. I informed him that GLOCK would swap any second generation frame for a third generation frame for $100 plus the client’s local sales tax.

All you have to do is send the gun to:

6000 Highlands Pkwy SE
Smyrna, GA 30082

Include a letter stating that you would like to swap the second generation frame for a third generation frame. Include your name, address, and phone number. You can either send payment with the gun, or state in your letter that they are to call for payment info.

Footnotes / Sources:

This information was verified by GLOCK customer service as of 6 May 2016.


The GLOCK G17 is a standard frame, full-size, locked-breech, recoil-operated, double-action-only, semiautomatic pistol fed by a detachable box magazine and chambered in 9×19mm Parabellum.

G17 Gen3G17 Gen4G17 Gen5
Caliber:9×19mm Parabellum9×19mm Parabellum9×19mm Parabellum
Frame Type:StandardStandardStandard
Frame Size:FullFullFull
Overall Length:8.03 inches7.95 inches7.95 inches
Overall Height w/ Magazine:5.43 inches5.43 inches6.14 inches
Overall Width:1.18 inches1.18 inches1.34 inches
Barrel Height:1.26 inches1.26 inches
Barrel Length:4.48 inches4.48 inches4.49 inches
Sight Radius:6.49 inches6.49 inches6.49 inches
Weight (unloaded):25.06 ounces25.06 ounces25.26 ounces
Weight (loaded):~32.12 ounces~32.12 ounces~32.14 ounces
Trigger Pull Weight:~5.5 pounds~5.5 pounds~5.5 pounds
Trigger Travel:~0.49 inch~0.49 inch~0.49 inch
Rifling:Hexagonal Profile
right-hand twist
1:9.84 inches
Hexagonal Profile
right-hand twist
1:9.84 inches
Hexagonal Profile
right-hand twist
1:9.84 inches
Magazine:Stagger ColumnStagger ColumnStagger Column
Magazine Capacity (standard):17 cartridges17 cartridges17 cartridges
Magazine Capacity (optional)10 cartridges
33 cartridges
10 cartridges
33 cartridges
10 cartridges
33 cartridges
Number of Safeties:333
Available in MOS Configuration:NoYesNo

GLOCK1 introduced the pistol that would become the G17 in 1981.

In 1982, GLOCK won an Austrian Army service sidearm contract for 20,000 to 30,000 G17 pistols (known as the P80).2

They delivered the first pistols under this contract in 1983. Although I have never seen one (except in pictures), I have read/heard rumors that GLOCK submitted G17 prototypes with external safety switches for consideration as part of this contract.

In 1984, the Norwegian Army adopted the G17 as its standard issue service side arm. This was the first adoption a Glock pistol as a service weapon by a NATO member country.

GLOCK began importing G17s into the United States in 1986.

GLOCK manufactures the G17 under one or more of the following United States Patents:


Glockmeister Sight Tool

In gunsmithing school we are taught to use several different methods of changing sights. There are many different tools that aid in the changing / installation of sights for each type of gun / sight pairing.

One area many people seem to have trouble with is the rear sights on Glock pistols. It is not that changing / installing them is difficult. The hard part is getting them in place without marring the sight with the tool you are using.

I was struggling with this very issue during my last semester in school when I encountered a forum posting raving about the Glockmeister sight tool. It went so far as to question the intelligence of anyone who installed Glock sights more than a few times a year without this tool.

Well as a Glock Certified Armorer I was hoping to work on my fair share of Glocks so decided to give it a try. I visited the website, paid my money, and waited for the UPS driver to arrive. A few days went by and there it was looking up at me from its box. I felt smarter already and I hadn’t even touched it yet.

I used it to install another rear Trijicon HD Night Sight (GL104Y) on a Glock G21 I had been working on. The Glockmeister Sight Tool for All GLOCK Models did not disappoint. It very well may have been the easiest gun accessory upgrade I did in my entire time at school.

I spent more time than I care to admit tinkering with the first rear sight on that Glock. During the install I nicked the side of the sight so I was not satisfied with my work. I would not have returned it to a client in that condition. After I installed the second one with the Glockmeister tool I knew that I would be keeping this tool close at hand. I was done in minutes and there was not even the opportunity to mar the sight in the process.

Any hobbyist with basic skills who doesn’t mind the cost of the tool should not have any problem using it effectively. Just remember that most gunsmith shops will do the work for significantly less then the tool costs.

I highly recommend the Glockmeister Sight Tool for All GLOCK Models for anyone who installs more then three sets of Glock sights a year.