Glock is the single most popular manufacturer of handguns in the United States. Thanks to a marketing department that could sell bayonets to millionaires and billionaires, Glock’s brick-like semi-automatic pistols are universally recognized, glamorized and immortalized. Just ask 2Pac. Oh wait. I’ve avoided Glocks due to their association (in my mind) with Tupperware. After resisting Glock’s plastic fantastic siren song for more than a decade I finally decided to see if Glocks are all that and a bag of chips. So I asked, and I received and I shot the ever-loving crap out of Glock’s standard duty model: the venerable Glock 17.
Even though it’s nearly 30 years old, the Glock 17 reached iconic status some time ago. Since its introduction, the company has introduced myriad other models varying in size, caliber, sighting arrangements and whatnot.
But the 17 soldiers on. Unless you’re a diehard devotee of a 19, a 20 or a (insert favorite model number here), the 17 is probably what most folks think of when they think of Glock.
Here at Gunivore, we’ve gone to great lengths to cover much of the extensive Glock handgun lineup. The Glock legacy is impressive and well-founded, as the company has built a reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality, world-class handguns of an assortment of varieties. It’s easy to forget now, but before Glock’s rise to prominence in the gun world during the 1980’s, the state of the handgun community was much different than it is today.