The GLOCK 17 pistol first appeared at the Austrian Army trials, won it and was adopted by Austrian Army and Police in the early 1980s under the designation of P-80. Since then, the Glock 17 and its descentants become very popular military and law enforcement firearms, being exported in more than 50 countries. Currently, Glocks are chambered in all major pistol calibers, namely 9x17mm Short (.380ACP), 9x19mm Luger, .357SIG, .40SW, 10mm auto and .45ACP. Also, Glocks available in full-size service models, semi-compact models, compact models for concealed/backup carry, and in longslide competition models. Training versions, firing non-lethal practice ammo, also available. Training versions are distinguished from "live" ones by frame colour - blue frame for guns that fire non-lethal ammunition and red frame - for non-firing guns.
The Glock 17 (and only model 17) could be modified with "amphibious kit" that allows underwater firing (in wery shallow depths, thought). Basically, the underwater shooting itself has wery little effect in real combat, since the effective range is extermely short. The real purpose of that feature is to show the strenght of the gun and to allow safe shoting in severe weather conditions, with possible water in the barrel (in many guns this may result in blown barrel).
GLOCK Ges.m.b.H. P.O. Box 9, A-2232 Deutsch-Wagram, Austria, Tel.: +43(0)2247-90300-0, Fax.: +43(0)2247-90300-312
(Unloaded and without magazine) 703 g (1.54 lb) (17), 698 g (1.53 lb) (17C), 748 g (1.64 lb) (17L)
186 mm (7.32 in) (17/17C), 225 mm (8.85 in) (17L)
114 mm (4.48 in) (17/17C), 153 mm (6.02 in) (17L)
6 grooves, rh
10, 17, 19, 31, 33 rounds
40m (131 feet) (effective)
350 m/s (1148 ft/s)