The Glock pistol is a short recoil operated pistol with a polymer frame and locked breech. It was introduced in 1982 and first entered police and military service in Austria, where it received acclaim for being a top performer in reliability and safety tests. The Glock was also the first short recoil operated pistol to receive a patent, and was a hit with gun lovers. It is manufactured by Austrian manufacturer Glock Ges.m.b.H.
The Glock pistol gained worldwide fame because of its popularity in the defense community and its adaptability. The Austrian military first purchased a Glock in 1982, and major departments of the United States began using it in 1986. The pistol’s polymer sights and magazines made it one of the first mass-produced polymer pistols. The pistol’s reliability and solid reputation with law enforcement agencies have made it a popular choice for civilians and law enforcement agencies.
The Glock pistol has a white-dot front sight and a checkered, steel trigger guard. The slide of the Glock slides on hardened steel guide rails. There is a dedicated accessory rail for laser sights and flashlights. For concealed carry, the Glock is made of a nylon-based polymer frame. The grip is squared off at the front. The magazine is a single stack and is not reversible.