Glock is arguably the most beloved handgun manufacturer in the world, and for good reason. In addition to introducing the world to their high-quality polymer build, Glock has gradually built an ever-increasing catalogue of diverse handguns, all of which are designed to fit the needs of specific gun owners. Glock doesn’t just manufacture handguns of different calibers – they produce handguns of different sizes within certain calibers, offering greater specialization and more options than any other handgun manufacturing company. One of the best examples of this is Glock’s development of subcompact guns – accompanying guns to standard Glock lines which serve as subcompact, smaller versions of the standardized Glock entry.
In our modern times technology has been making the move towards smaller and more compact devices. This holds true for our cellphones and computers as well as firearms. We want machines that can fit in our pockets but are more powerful than the machines of yesteryear. This trend is very apparent in the gun world and is something that Glock took notice of. After all in business it’s all about what the customer wants and what they wanted was power in a small package hence the introduction of the Glock 30.
In 1980, the Austrian authorities were looking for a new service sidearm to replace their Walther P38 handguns. Gaston Glock, who ran a company which developed training supplies for the Austrian military, was invited to submit his own idea along with some well-known firearms manufacturers. The Glock 17 (9mm) became Austria’s official service handgun in 1982, and soon afterwards it gained the world’s attention. Many nations followed in Austria’s footsteps, and even NATO accepted the gun into its ranks, providing it with its own NATO serial number.