Category: Hand Guns
Facts about Glock 17 Gun, also known as “Glock Safe Action Gun”, is a polymer-framed, locked breech, short recoil operated semi-automatic pistol designed and developed by Glock Ges, of Deutsch-Wagram, Austria. The pistol entered Austrian police and military service in 1982. Glock Ges named it “Glock 17 Gun” because the pistol was the seventeenth set of the company’s technical drawings.
The Glock 17 Gun uses some features of the Browning cam-lock system. Its locking mechanism consists of a vertically tilting barrel having a rectangular breech which locks into ejection port cut out in the pistol’s slide. During a recoil stroke, the pistol’s barrel moves backwards initially locked with the slide about 1/8 inches (3 mm) until the ammunition leaves the pistol’s barrel and the chamber pressure drops somehow to a safer level. The lug extension, located at the base, then interacts with the tapered locking blocks integrated in the frame. This forces the barrel down, thereby unlocking it from slide. The barrel's movement is then terminated as the slide continues moving rearwards under recoil and in the process extracts and ejects the spent cartridge casings. The uninterrupted rearward movements of the slide as well as counter-recoil cycles are characteristic of Browning cam-lock system.
The Glock 17 Gun’s magazine body, frame and many of its components are made of high-strength nylon-based polymer called Polymer 2. Polymer 2 is more resilient than most steel alloys and even carbon steel, and also provides increased durability. This plastic is resistant to extreme temperatures, shock, and caustic liquids. Its frame has 4 hardened steel guard rails: 2 in front and 2 at the rear.
The pistol’s slide profile is relatively low, holding the barrel’s axis close to the user's hand. It is more comfortable to operate because the muzzle rise is reduced. It also allows for quicker aim recovery during rapid firing sequences.
To prevent cases of accidental discharge, the Glock 17 Gun is designed with three efficient independent safety mechanisms. The pistol has 2 automatic internal safeties and another external trigger safety. The internal safeties are the drop safety and the firing pin safety.
The Glock 17 pistol feeds from double stack or staggered-column magazines having a 17-round capacity with the option of extension. The magazine can hold 19 rounds with the optional floor plate, and 33 rounds with the optional high capacity magazine. Glock also offers single stack 10 round magazines.
Compact or sub-compact Glock pistols can use magazines designed for larger models of the pistol chambered for the same round, but the reverse is not possible. For example, the compact Glock 19 will use magazines from the full-size Glock 17 Gun, but Glock 17 Gun cannot use magazines from Glock 19, which is smaller. This characteristic is uncommon with many guns that exist today, and is considered a unique feature of the Glock pistols. However, the Glock 36 is different and unique in that, it can only use its own magazines and its magazines cannot be used in other models of Glock pistols.
The current Glock 17 pistols consist of several parts. For maintenance, they disassemble into 5 main groups: the frame, barrel, magazine, slide, and the recoil spring assembly. The Glock 17 are designed for the NATO standard 9×19 millimeter Parabellum cartridges, but can use a high-power +P and +P+ ammunitions with either the full metal jacket or jacketed hollow point projectiles.