When Gaston Glock developed the Glock 17 for the Austrian Army, he wasn’t just replacing the aging Walther P38, he created an industry. Fast forward 34 years and we see an industry centered around Glock pistols. I venture to say that Glocks have more accessorizing options than the 57 Chevy; not even the venerable 1911 can come close to the Glock in terms of “things you can do” to them.
When discussing the Glock 17, it’s unavoidable and more often assumed that this workhorse got its name from its 17 round magazine, a false assumption. The Glock 17 gets its name from the fact that it was the 17th patent held by the Glock company. Every other model pistol thereafter is name in numerical sequence; e.g., Glock 18, Glock 19 Glock 20, etc. For reasons that completely escape me, not all models are available in the United States. The Glock 42 was the classic example available to Europeans for years before its introduction in the United States.
In my upcoming review, which I hope to have completed end of April, I won’t rehash the Glock magic; instead, I’ll give you my impressions on the Gen 4 enhancements. So, stay tuned for that.