series of semiautomatic pistol

The Glock pistol is a series of polymer-framed semi-automatic pistols. They are designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H. in Deutsch-Wagram, Austria. It entered Austrian Armed Forces and police service by 1982.[2] Different models use different ammunition.

An early "third generation" Glock 17
Typesemi-automatic pistol
Place of origin Austria
Service history
In service1982–present
Production history
DesignerGaston Glock
ManufacturerGlock Ges.m.b.H.
No. built5,000,000 as of 2007.[1]

There was resistance from the market to accept a "plastic gun", but this was overcome. Glock pistols have become the company's most profitable line of products, with 65% of the market share of handguns for United States law enforcement agencies.They also supply many national armed forces and security agencies around the world.[3] Glocks are also popular firearms amongst civilians in the U.S., for recreational and competition shooting, and for home or self defense.[4]


  1. Corporate Heritage
  2. Kasler, Peter Alan 1992. Glock: the new wave in combat handguns. Boulder, CO: Paladin Press. ISBN 9780873646499
  3. Sweeney, Patrick (2008). The Gun Digest book of the Glock. Iola, WI: 2nd ed, Krause Publications. ISBN 0896896420.
  4. Barret, P.M. Glock: the rise of America's gun.