12 rare Glocks you may not know of

By Editor, Oct 6, 2014 | |
  1. Editor
    With so many models of Glocks out there, there are bound to be a few that you have never heard of. With that in mind, we decided to take a look at a dirty dozen that are lesser known.

    Blue Glock

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    The Glock TFX shown in the hands of Mr. Colion Noir

    A group called Simunitions makes a neat little round that is used in force-on-force training. You know, the kind of stuff where a blue team rushes into a structure to seize it while a red team tries to stop them. In the world of Simunitions, these guys would be equipped with handy modified guns that shoot a cartridge loaded with a polymer dust-type bullet that leaves one heck of a mark, but in general, won't kill or seriously injure the person shot by one. Well Glock modifies their own to be compatible and they sell it as the G17 TFX.

    The Other Blue Glock

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    A company called Ring's has been making solid blue training guns for decades. These run about $40 and are great for holster drills, retention drills and similar. The good news is that Glock has just cleared Rings to sell to the public, although they have long sold their solid blue (licensed by) Glocks to military and police for years.

    Red Glock
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    This particular model is in the hands of Michelle Viscusi of Team Glock, courtesy of her Facebook page.

    For those who want to practice swapping out magazines, proper sight alignment, and even field stripping in as safe a manner as humanly possible, there is the "P" series (for Practice) from Glock. These guns, made in a faithful version of the G17 and G22 are popular with competition shooters and law enforcement training teams. There is also a slightly improved variant with a trigger that automatically resets at the proper weight.Now that's kinda cool

    Pistole 80

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    The gun that started it all. In 1980, Glock won the Austrian army (Bundesheer) contract against long-time favorite Steyr, who had provided the country their guns since the 1800s. The new polymer framed, striker fired weapon was designated the Pistole Type 80 and looks remarkably different from the later Glock 17 that followed in its footsteps. Although now pushing 35, the Bundesheer has no plans to replace it currently. Note the upside-down triangle in the circle on the slide and grip. This is the standard Bundesheer national mark.

    Swiss Guard

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    Ever seen the Pope on TV and noticed the brightly colored ceremonial guards around him? Well that's the Swiss Guard and they are not ceremonial. With a history that dates back to 1506, these soldiers are all veterans of the Swiss Army and serve volunteer stints afterward stationed in the Vatican. Although more commonly seen with their halberds (long handled battleaxes), they are well trained to use both the SIG 550 series rifle and...wait for it.... Glock 19 handguns. These guns are marked with the pontifical seal of the Pope, making them literally, Holy Glocks.

    Russian Glock

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    Glock is an Austrian company and always has been. However, they have set up shop around the world, making guns wherever the demand is great and customs regulations are strict. This is why we have Glock in Smyrna Georgia. Well you may not know this but there is also a Glock concern in Russia. Moreover, of course the guns are so marked. Note on teh frame just above the grips of this G34...Assembled in Russia.

    The Other Russian Glock

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    Lines must be long at the Glock distributor in Moscow, because last year detailed reports of a Russian Glock-ski made with a frame constructed out of compressed and epoxied sawdust (not making this up) showed up. This gun, in true Russian black-market fashion was in 9x18mm Makarov and fired with a hammer rather than a striker.

    Iron Glock

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    Not to let the Russians win, Boris over at Northeastern Shooters homebuilt a series of steel-framed guns that he dubbed "Iron Glocks." To complete the build's cosmetic make-up, Boris took a $20 airsoft Glock, removed and threw away everything but the lower frame, and inserted the Iron Glock into it. Oddly enough, the airsoft gun was nearly a perfect fit for the IG, only needing slight modifications with a dremel tool. And the super neat thing is that he made the frame so that it could accept either a .40 slide, 9mm slide, or 22LR slide, which gives you impressive flexibility.

    The Hi Point Glock

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    You may have heard of the series Drugs Inc, on the National Geographic Channel. If not, its basically the premise of Fox's Cops, only they ride around with drug dealers instead of the police. In a recent episode, a dealer brought out his "Glock 40" and showed it off. Well about that.

    Glock 18

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    Crafted for military and law enforcement markets, the Glock 18 and its later 18C model were the only (so far) select-fire factory Glocks. By select fire, we mean full auto, Title II, Class 3 handheld machine guns. The original G18 was a standard Glock 17 with a few "slight" modifications. These included a select-fire lever on the left rear of the slide that switched between semi-auto and full auto. The switch actuated the modified sear and trigger to allow the firearm to achieve full auto cyclic fire.


    The guys at Guns and Tactics letting a G18 rip. We want.

    With the lightweight of the firearm overall (22.04 ounces unloaded) the short action of the breech's movement was accomplished very fast. This gives the G18 a cyclic rate of fire of up to an amazing 1300 rounds per minute as long as the ammo holds out. Keep in mind that the old 1920s classic Tommy gun and the modern AK47 have a cyclic rate of about 400rpm, and you understand what a chainsaw the G18 really is.

    Glock 28/25

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    Made primarily for the Latin American market, where civilian ownership of pistols chambered for 9mm and higher is illegal, Glock has long produced the Model 25 and 28. Although they have been around since 1995, they were prohibited for sale in the U.S. due to their size being too small for import under the Gun Control Act of 1968. It's a shame too because the 23-ounce G25 is a Glock 19, only in .380 with a double stack 15 shot mag. They were, however, available to law enforcement. It's believed by many that constant calls to Glock about selling these guns in the states led to the production of the new G42 this year.

    And there you have it. How many of the above did you know about already?

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