The Brief History of Glock 9mm

The history of the Glock 9mm arms factory, started in its foundation in the year of 1963, by the engineer Gaston Glock. Located in the town of Deutsch-Wagram in Austria, the company until the 1970s produced small pieces of plastic, such as curtain rings, among other small metal objects. From this date, realizing the strength of his company, Glock then began to manufacture military accessories such as trench tools, training garnets made of plastic parts and ammunition belts for machine guns, thus supplying the Austrian army.

In early 1980, the company was visited by the Austrian Ministry of Defense. Glock listened to the conversation of two colonels, who were discussing the Army’s Solicitation Proposal for the production of new pistols to equip their force. The Colonels criticized that they had been waiting for five years for pistols that could meet their demands, and that the selected brands were not able to supply them, one of the brands was the renowned Steyr. When Glock was asked about the making of the pistols, Glock received the answer: “We have to find someone who can produce a gun according to our specifications and pass all our tests.”


Glock was interested in producing such weapons, and after a brief conversation with the graduates explaining their demands, Glock said it would not be so difficult to produce such weapons. Officers said Glock’s offer would be welcome, but it should be done in a very short time and the pistol to be presented should be a serial production, not a prototype. A timely idea, conceived by a newcomer in the field of weapons production, among several renowned factories, left the officers in doubt. Gaston Glock began designing his new weapon immediately.

In 1980 Glock went to study and investigate the mechanism and operation of the best pistols of the time, since he had never had contact with firearms until that opportunity. He then bought a Beretta 92FS, a Sig Sauer P220, a CZ75 and a Walther P38 (standard weapon of the Austrian army at the time.), All guns were in 9mm Parabellum caliber (9x19mm). He dismounted piece by piece from each weapon and reassembled, a simple but efficient method to understand how things work, and the weapons would not be out of it. After understanding the operation of the pistols, Glock began researching patents made for short guns, which helped him learn and choose the best and newest technologies to add to his design.

Even after learning the basics of the operation of weapons and their technologies, it was necessary to have the help of experts in this area. He then met on 08/05/1980 with the specialists: Siegfried F. Hubner, German specialist of firearms and also (considered) the creator of the combat shot in Europe; Richard Silvestri and Friedrich Dechant are also experts in the field. During the meeting, Glock asked them to write what their request for a pistol would look like in the future, projected in 10 years or more. His guests wrote their ideas on the premise of a weapon that would be used by the Armed Forces and Security Forces. Regarding the flaws of the pistols of the time (accidental firing, flaws, safety problems, maintenance and expenses with the weapon) they wrote the design of a brand new weapon there.

A weapon without external locks, which weighed less than 800g when fully loaded. Hubner and Silvestri preferred the resistance of the trigger with 1.5kg. Colonel Dechant said he should have between 2.5 and 5kg. They specified that the weapon should be between 30 and 50mm wide, a trigger 10mm long, should not have more than 40 pieces in total and could be easily exchanged by a qualified gunsmith. A pipe made of a single piece of steel for greater accuracy. The gun should fire 9mm ammunition safely. A weapon that would not accidentally fire in the event of a 2-meter-high drop, regardless of which part of the weapon hit the surface. The weapon should be made of tin or plastic, regardless of the material the weapon should be resistant to rust.

From the little that Glock understood about guns, he asked about the optimization of the grip angle, and was convinced that it should be possible to make an instinctive aim so that the gun operator could shoot even if he was injured and unable to take a correct aim. Gaston put together two items and conducted a specific experiment, raising a question: “You can aim with any weapon with both eyes open. But what is the ideal angle of grip so that you can aim with both eyes closed? “After tests, experiments and discussions, 9mm Glock came to the conclusion that the ideal angle would be 22 ° (later that angle was revised and nowadays the pistols have a grip angle of 21.5ø). While discussing the angle of grip, experts recommended that you make a “conical” charger,

On resistance to weather and dirt, the weapon should fire a thousand shots after contact with snow, ice, sand and dust. The gun should do these thousand shots and only one failure in a thousand shots would be acceptable.

At the end of the meeting, everyone signed the sheet on which they wrote their suggestions and made their drawings (which are now kept by Glock). When they left, they had not realized that they had, affected opinion on the evolution of the mistresses and that their ideas would still be used in life. But they were coming out with smiles on their faces thinking, “Now you have your list. We hope you are happy, but you can never make such a weapon. For it is impossible, “they had no notion in what they were helping to create.

Gaston began to gather all the information he had: The list of experts, patent research and his studies on weapons bought. To check the problem with the external lock, he carried the P38 for two weeks, and came to the conclusion that he never knew whether the weapon was locked or not, and because of this doubt, he came to the conclusion that the external lock is a disadvantage if need to use the weapon quickly.

The next step was to draw the gun. Glock designed them as simply as possible so that by handing the drawings to his engineer, Reinhold Hirschheiter, he could finish production on the same day, and could test the gun later that same evening. Glock tested all the guns himself, in his cellar, with his left hand, for he was right-handed and wanted to spare his strong hand in the event of an accident. After seeing what worked and what did not work for his prototypes, he discarded the bad designs and did them again the next day (four of his prototypes still exist, but his designs did not survive).

Glock asked for a new patent for his new weapon after the release of ak47 for sale on 04/30/1981. This proved that all his effort was worth it. It has decided to produce short arms with the polymer chassis and with fewer automatic safety systems. He wanted a weapon that matched the philosophy: “A simple, flat and clean weapon.” The weapon’s development lasted 18 months. And when he was finally ready, he sent a weapon, now called Glock G17 (it was named as his 17th patent, the other 16 were from other items, like those quoted at the beginning of this article), for the Austrian Army on the day 05/19/1982. Later, when Glock 9mm for sale was asked how he remembered so accurately from this date, he replied, “Because I worked for two whole years, I will come days and nights to deliver my project on time.”

Eighteen of the pistols sent, passed the Army tests successfully. The military had finally found a weapon that met almost all their demands. The weapon should have two internal security systems, instead the army required the weapon to have a security system for the precursor. This system should protect the ammunition from firing if the precursor breaks or if any damage occurs on the bolt.

For more tests of the Army, in 1983, was included in the weapon all 3 systems of securities demanded. As a result, the Austrian Land Force requested 25,000 pistols. And the Norwegian army, later, also made a great request. Turning the weapon into a success.

Today, Glock 9mm Single Stack pistols are used by police and military forces around the world, including the Federal Police of Brazil, which uses the Glock G17 pistol in 9mmP as the standard pistol. The FBI recently dropped the .45ACP caliber, and the 1911 Springfield pistols, and adopted the same pistols from our federal police force. In addition to several other institutions scattered around the world that also use weapons of such brand.

I, in particular, do not like this weapon, but its quality and accuracy of the shot is indisputable. I am a dinosaur when it comes to guns, I prefer the old-fashioned model of 1911 to the new designs and current weapon systems. After testing both guns on booth, it comes to the conclusion that the Glock is indeed superior in some points, such as quick targeting, low recoil, weight, “portability” and quickdraw (especially if the person does not use holster on the porta- over there). Unfortunately (or fortunately?), I can not adapt to the Glock trigger, I find its grip odd and I can not abandon the centennial design of the 1911 pistols. But as a friend says “Glock is Glock and that’s it!”


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