Gaston Glock, an Austrian engineer, and businessman founded GLOCK Ges.m.b.H in 1963 and began production with his first line of knives and machine-gun belt links in the ’70s. After the successful launch of Glock knives and belt links, Gaston Glock created the first Glock semi-automatic pistol in 1982. Glock saw a need for the Austrian Army to be outfitted in a service pistol that could be ready at a moment’s notice. With this in mind, he created his patented Safe Action pistol design. The 3-internal safeties, the Glock is made to be fired quickly and controlled to prevent accidental discharge by a police officer or soldier.
Gaston Glock has been instrumental in changing the entire gun industry with his incredible design and engineering teams. As the Austrian government asked for a lighter pistol with a higher magazine capacity, Glock went right to work and created the Glock 17. In 1984, the Glock 17 passed every test NATO threw at them with the highest of markings in durability, simplicity, and reliability. Shortly after the Norwegian Army adopted the Glock 17 as their standard-issue duty pistol, the rest of the world caught on and made the Glock the most renowned pistol across the world.
The Glock 19 is one of the most sold pistols across the world because of its durability, performance, and concealed-carry capacity. As the Glock 19 Gen 5 pistol was rolled out, more people switched to the new feel of more than 20 different modifications from the Gen 4, including removing the finger grooves in the pistol grip. If you’re interested in learning everything you can about the Glock 19, read our blog “Glock 19 Review”.
The Glock 43 is designed to be a secondary pistol for law enforcement because it’s incredibly lightweight and can be concealed anywhere on your body. A lot of LE professionals carry this pistol on their ankles, hip, or inside a shoulder holster because its small enough to go unnoticed. Everything you need to know about the Glock 43 can be found in our blog, “Glock 43 Review”.
The Glock 45 is growing as an alternative to the Glock 22 semi-auto pistol that is known as the primary law enforcement pistol. The Glock 45 is a 9mm versus the .40 caliber S&W round used in the Glock 22, making for more control and less felt recoil. The 45 comes in Gen 5, so it has no finger grooves that have given many LE pros fits about grip positioning. If you’re interested in learning more about the Glock 45, read our “Glock 45 Buyer’s Guide” blog to get the most up to date information.