The 9mm Glock is a collection of polymer and steel semi-automatic pistols that are among the most commonly used handguns in the world; claiming up to 65% of the law enforcement market in the United States, with the Glock 17 9mm reigning in as the dominant force.
Designed by Austrian company Glock GmbH in Deutsche-Wagram, its original intent was to replace the World War II era Walther P38 that was the standard hand weapon of the Austrian Ministry of Defense. According to the company’s website, over 2,500,000 units in its multiple variants have been produced since 1982. A pioneer in
synthetic polymers, Glock GmbH paved the way in handgunmaterials manufacturing by introducing the first
synthetic polymer – or plastic – handgun frame.
The standard 9mm Glock 17 measures 7.32 inches (186 mm) and weighs 22 ounces (625 grams). It has an optional 10, 19 and 33 round capacity with 17 being the standard. It is a short recoil operated locked breech that uses a cam-lock system.
Upon first holding the Glock, I could quickly feel its lightweight qualities and how easy it was to grasp and maneuver. As a aligned my sights to the target and controlled my breath, I squeezed slowly on the trigger and finally allowed it to surprise me at the fire. The bullet escaped through the barrel and connected evenly with the target as the pistol recoiled with soft forgiving. A brief realigning was necessary to repeat the process again, and all the proceeding rounds managed to connect evenly and assertively at the center of the objective.
The 9mm Glock has gained a solid following and reputation for many reasons including its lightweight qualities, reliability, passive safety features and simple yet defined style. As a semi-automatic pistol, it
remains a personal favorite due to its control, simplicity and itsability to consistently attain its target.
I’ve been getting a lot of slack over the years on the Glock being too much of a block, too square or too unsexy. It’s been compared negatively to the 9mm Beretta 92. I’m a big fan of the Beretta, but it’s an unfair comparison because you’re paying almost twice as much for the firearm over the Glock, and the Glock was never
designed to be sexy, but to be intimidating, reliable and practical while being priced well enough to fit the demanding budgets of law enforcement.
So, if you don’t like it, don’t buy it. Have fun walking down the runway with your sexy Beretta as I shoot 9mm cartridges into the furious darkness of the night with my 9mm Glock.