Skip to comments.GLOCK Celebrates 25 Years in the United States with 2,500 Limited-Edition Pistols
Posted on 04/28/2011 5:01:06 AM PDT by marktwain
SMYRNA, Ga. --(Ammoland.com)- In 1986 GLOCK, Inc. entered the United States with the introduction of its legendary GLOCK 17 made available to law enforcement and military organizations.
This year, 2011, GLOCK is commemorating its 25th Anniversary in the United States with a Silver Anniversary, Limited-Edition, 25th Anniversary GLOCK 17 Gen4 (9×19) pistol.
The 2,500 pistols are part of a year-long celebration that will be supported with a commemorative logo, advertising, promotions and various other activities.
The company opened its U.S. headquarters, GLOCK, Inc., in Smyrna, GA, in 1986. At the time, the introduction of the semi-automatic GLOCK 17 pistol revolutionized the law enforcement industry in the United States. Today, 65% of Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States chooses GLOCK pistols, making GLOCK the worlds largest pistol manufacturer.
The 25th Anniversary, Limited-Edition GLOCK 17 Gen4 features a custom, silver 25th Anniversary logo inset on the grip. It also features inscription on the slide. The pistol comes in a silver colored GLOCK pistol box, a departure from the signature black GLOCK pistol box, to commemorate the Silver Anniversary. The 25th Anniversary Logo is laser cut into the foam insert, and the set comes with a commemorative key chain.
In keeping with the Gen4 model, the pistols design is centered on ergonomics and the dual recoil spring assembly. The Gen4, just like any GLOCK pistol, has the same tested Safe Action system, durable exterior finish, cold hammer forged barrel, reliability and lightweight that has made GLOCK firearms famous. All GLOCK pistols are backed by the GLOCK Limited Lifetime Warranty and world-class customer service and support that is second to none in the firearms industry.
GLOCKs Gen4 model pistol brings revolutionary design changes to the worlds most popular pistol. Most noticeably, the basic grip size of the Gen4 is smaller compared to the previous generation designs, due to the fact that the new generation offers a multiple backstrap system that allows the user to change the circumference of the grip to fit their individual hand size. The grip which has a new Rough Textured Frame (RTF) surface designed to enhance grip traction, offers three options: a short frame version, medium frame or large frame that are easily changed and secured with a single pin. The trigger mechanism housing has also been dimensionally adapted to fit in the smaller sized grip space.
The magazine release catches are also significantly enlarged and reversible for the ambidextrous shooter. To utilize the swappable magazine release feature, the Gen4 magazines have two notches cut on both sides of the magazine body, allowing users to switch access of the catch to the left or right side of the pistol with no additional parts.
Internally, the original recoil spring has been replaced with a dual recoil spring assembly, which noticeably reduces the recoil while simultaneously increasing the life cycle of the part. The slide and barrel shelf have been resized due to the larger diameter of the spring assembly. The front portion of the polymer frame under the slide has also been widened and enlarged internally in order to accommodate the dual assembly.
Gaston Glock pursues perfection in everything GLOCK develops, said Gary Fletcher, Vice President of GLOCK, Inc. GLOCK, Inc.s dedication to perfection creates reliability; and reliability builds confidence. We will build on our strong heritage to continue producing the best firearm for U.S. Law Enforcement, Military and law-abiding citizens.
These keepsake pistols will soon be made available to distributors for sale to the public. Consumers are encouraged to visit their local dealer or retailer to find out more about this special opportunity to own a part of GLOCK history.
About GLOCK, Inc. GLOCK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCKs superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with 65% of agencies nationwide choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the company has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nations law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.
Excellent pistols, but I for one will never understand the fascination or love people have for them.
I prefer these
and I like my leg and prefer not to shoot myself there.
Well for one thing a gun never goes down in value. I have never sold one for less than I paid for it.
Glocks are for people with small hands.
There’s a beauty in the simplicity....and the feel of plastic, there’s nothing like it.
I couldn’t agree more.
Something about an exposed hammer makes me feel safer. I want to know that the hammer is not pulled back, I want to know that the gun is in an abolute safe state - by a means that I can directly see.
Yes, I will freely acknowledge that Glocks are well made, that they are every bit as ‘safe’ as the Brownings, Taurus, Colt, etc semi-automatic pistol competition.
But, I find a supestitious affinity to seeing and being able to pull the hammer back with my thumb, or use my thumb and finger on the trigger to return the hammer to the rest position.
Bump for later.
Do you make a habit of putting your finger on the trigger while pointing the gun at your leg?
I have a small firearms collection consisting of different manufacturers. My Glock 21 has been my standby since 1998. I love my Springfield 1911. However, my 21 is the best shooting out-of-the-box, non-custom firearm I’ve owned. I also like the fact it’s 13+1 of .45ACP.
There’s nothing like the feel of plastic.....really?
I’ll stick with metal thank you.
The Glock is the only gun which requires one to pull the trigger in order to do a take down.
IMO, this is a flaw.....one should never need to pull the trigger unless they are shooting.
And because of Glock’s motto (Perfection), they will never admit this is a flaw in their design.
Checking to see if a gun is unloaded should have been the first safe step. If you are going to skip that one, depending on other mechanical safeties is a gamble.
Plastic is fine, but Glocks are ugly. And while I can’t testify from personal experience, I’ve heard enough stories about frame-torque discharges being alleged that I would not encourage a loved one to buy one.
And still, I don't care for Glocks because I find them bulky and dislike the absence of a single external safety feature.
I’ll remember not to be humorous in the future, sorry.
Buying a Glock made me do 2 things:
1. Ask myself "Why did I ever sell my 1911?
2. Talk the guy who had my 1911 into trading it back for the Glock.
So THAT's why liberals don't like guns!
I have over 10,000 rounds through my G17 qo ever a jam.
Probably 7500 through a G26 w/o a problem either.
Bump for later viewing of the anti-Glock dopes.
Sorry, but having to pull the trigger in order to perform a take down violates on of the 4 rules.
That’s simply a fact!
At the point you have decided to take the gun apart, you need to start by making sure it is unloaded.
Again, if one is unwilling to engage the safety located between their ears, it is unlikely they will correctly use any other mechanical safety.
While some may like the absence of a safety, I think that it is advisable unless one is in the mountains of Afghainstan. Walking down the grocery aisle at the supermarket, I want at least one safety.....call me crazy.
Why would you design a gun which necessitates the pulling of the trigger for anything other than shooting? It makes absolutely no sense to me.
If you sell 1 million guns, guaranteed that statistically 20 or so will take down the gun negligently.
It is a design looking for trouble.
Only someone who knowlingly ignores some of the 4 rules could be in favor of it.
The only ones that will get hurt by their design during this function are those willing to disassemble a weapon while it is still loaded.
It isn't for everyone, and I didn't like it at first. But I have become used to it and happy with it.
Some people are better off without that feature; I could suggest knitting for those but they might hurt themselves with the pointy sticks.
Yeah: technically, that's true. But consider that if you've conscientiously taken the other procedural steps, including the one of pointing the gun away from anything you wouldn't want to destroy, it's an acceptable and safe exception (such as dry-firing). Another thing you can add to the "ritual" of cleaning and disassembly (and that's how I prefer to think of it) is to verify the negative status of any loaded-chamber indicator your pistol has. Some use a white dot, others a colored flange, etc. but it's a smart thing to do as well.
Since the gun I learned to shoot with as a child had a similiar feature, I guess I just don't see it as strange. It is not a Glock only design and applies to different types of firearms and has for decades.
If I told people, even in the gun community, that I carried a 1911 in Condition 0, they would say I am crazy and asking for trouble.
That is basically how a Glock is carried.
Not my cup of tea.....that’s all I am saying.
I tend to agree. I don’t think you should use a Glock either.
OK, then don't carry a revolver.
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