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Gaston Glock

"2016 marks the 30th anniversary of our entry into the U.S. market. To commemorate the occasion, 30 anniversary pistols have been uniquely hand-engraved by 5 Master Engravers. The exclusive pistols will be presented throughout the year to exceptional individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the success of GLOCK. Each of these G17s includes a limited production serial number and a certificate of authenticity signed by me.

When I brought the GLOCK 17 to America in 1986, I could not have imagined or predicted the success that GLOCK enjoys today. GLOCKs are now the weapon of choice for over 65 percent of the law enforcement agencies across the United States, and they’re used in more than 50 elite military units worldwide. Our pistols are the choice of millions for personal or home protection and target shooting. Today, our plant in America produces GLOCKs with the same quality and precision as those produced in Austria, with a staff and organization totally committed to serving our customers.

We are as dedicated today as we were 30 years ago to making the very best pistols on the market, pistols designed to meet your needs and expectations. We cannot thank you enough for your trust and your support. It is what drives us every day.”

Mr. Glock Signature

GLOCK HISTORY

1986: "GLOCK introduced to the U.S. market"
  1. 1986
    GLOCK introduced to the U.S. Market

    The engineering, innovations, and durability of GLOCK pistols immediately capture the attention of both the U.S. law enforcement and commercial markets.

  2. 1987
    GLOCK Develops the G18 pistol

    GLOCK develops the G18 "Select Fire" machine pistol—the smallest machine pistol in the world.

  3. 1988
    G19, G17L & 2nd Generation introduced

    Production begins on the GLOCK 19 Compact, and GLOCK 17L competition pistols.

    "Second Generation" pistols are introduced. To meet American ATF regulations, a steel plate with a stamped serial number was embedded into the receiver in front of the trigger guard.

  4. 1989
    2,000 US Police carry GLOCK

    More than 350,000 pistols have been sold since 1982, and approximately 2,000 U.S. police departments are carrying 150,000

  5. 1991
    The birth of GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation

    GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation was established.

    Production begins on the G20, 10mm Auto pistol, and the G21, .45 Auto pistol comes into series production by mid-year.

  6. 1995
    Development of subcompact models

    Production begins on on subcompact models; the G26, 9x19, and the G27, .40.

    In addition production begins on the G25, .380 Auto.

  7. 1998
    3rd Generation Introduced

    3rd Gen pistols are introduced, with an accessory rail (called the "Universal Glock rail") to allow the mounting of laser sights, tactical lights, and other accessories.

  8. 1999
    2 millionth pistol sold

    GLOCK presents the 2 millionth pistol at the Shot Show in Atlanta GA, USA.

    Production begins on the “Slimline” model G36, .45 Auto, and the training pistol G17T AC, 7.8x21 caliber-now equalling 5 training models for different applications and environmental conditions.

  9. 2002
    Production begins on tactical light

    Production begins on GLOCK Tactical Lights, and a complete product line of aiming and lighting modules—including visible and invisible lasers-is launched.

  10. 2004
    .45 G.A.P. caliber introduced

    GLOCK introduces complete pistol line—standard, compact, and subcompact—in .45 G.A.P., delivering decisive firepower.

  11. 2006
    Celebrating 20 years of perfection

    GLOCK Inc. celebrates of 20 Years of Perfection in the United States.

  12. 2007
    5 million sold worldwide

    GLOCK reaches a significant milestone by selling a total of 5 million pistols worldwide.

    Production begins on the GLOCK SF (Short Frame) pistols in .45 Auto and 10mm Auto. 

  13. 2009
    Production begins on 4th Generation

    Production begins on GLOCK Gen4 pistol models in several calibers and sizes.

    The Glock 22 RTF2 (Rough Textured Frame 2) (chambered in .40 S&W) was introduced.

  14. 2010
    Popular models introduced in Gen4

    Dedicated to continuously pursuing perfection in engineering and function, GLOCK introduces the Gen4 pistol in the G17, G19, G26, G31, G22, G23, G27, G35, and G37 models.

  15. 2011
    Silver anniversary celebrated in USA

    GLOCK celebrates its Silver Anniversary — 25 Years of Perfection in the USA.

  16. 2013
    1 million in record sales

    In 2013, over 1 million GLOCK pistols were sold – a record-setting milestone for commercial sales.

  17. 2014
    GLOCK 42 & 41 introduced

    GLOCK introduces the G42 in .380 Auto as well as the longslide .45 ACP pistol: the G41 Gen4.

  18. 2015
    GLOCK MOS & G43 introduced

    GLOCK introduces the best-selling pistol ever – the G43 single stack 9mm sub-compact slimline pistol.

    GLOCK developed the Modular Optic System configuration for the G34 Gen4, G35 Gen4, G41 Gen4 and the G40 Gen4 MOS chambered in 10mm auto. 

  19. 2016
    Celebrating 30 years in the United States

    GLOCK Inc. celebrates 30 years in the United States.

    The G17 Gen4 and G19 Gen4 are now offered in MOS configuration.

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