The history of GLOCK

Discussion in 'Glock Forum' started by wsar10, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    Most of you probably know this, but for those that don't here it is, enjoy !
    this is probably gonna take an hour to type so please be easy on me when it comes to mistakes:cool:. This timeline is from 1960- 2003.

    Gaston Glock formed GLOCK Austria in 1960, it was a manufacturing facility of plastic and metal products of all types.
    1970- They began to make products such as knives, e-tools, machine gun belts and gernades for military and police orginizations.
    1973- the Austrian Army began to look for a new side arm to replace the Walther p38
    1980- Gaston learned of Austria's search for a new side arm and began design of the 17
    Austrian's army sidearm design requirements
    -self loading
    -be able to manually load without any tools or assistance
    -min. 8rnd capacity
    -all functions must be adone one handed i.e. loading and firing right or left handed
    -safety must be absolutely guaranteed in all circumstances
    -shock, stroke, and drop tested from 2 meters onto a steel plate
    -can be torn down without tools
    -no more than 58 parts
    -no test equipment needed for long term use
    -submited pistol must include drawings showing all materials used with an exploded view with all tolerances and measurements including full production detail
    -all parts must be interchangeable without special fitting
    -only 20 failures MAX per 10k rnds
    -after 15k rnds the pistol must still perform properly
    -the user must never be in danger of an ejected round during proper use
    -must meet min. muzzle energy
    --pistols must meet 70% of the above to qualify.

    1982- GLOCK submits a prototype for testing and and passes with flying colors, wins a 4,000 unit contract;)
    1983- GLOCK 17 named this becuase it was GLOCK's 17th international patent
    1983- GLOCK submits samples to U.S. dept. of deffense
    1985- Norway and Sweden opted for the G17 for military use. NATO adopted the G17 as the standar pistol. In July the G17 was submited to the U.S. BATF. In November GLOCK inc. USA was formed
    1986- GLOCK was accepted for import into the U.S. GLOCK in Smyrna GA incorporates and the first pistols arrive:D
    1986- GLOCK 18
    1988- GLOCK 17L, 19
    1989- 2nd gen frame
    1990- New plant built in GA for assembly and test firing
    1990- GLOCK 22, 23, 20, 21
    1991- captured RSA starts being used
    1994- GLOCK 24
    1995- GLOCK 26, 27
    1996- GLOCK 29, 30
    1997- FGR frame
    1998- GLOCK 31, 32, 33, 34, 35
    1999- GLOCK 36
    2002- GLOCK 17 (3 pin model)
    2003- intro of new GLOCK 37 chambered in GLOCK's new proprietary cartridge. Introduction of GLOCK tactical light. Import and assembly in GA averages 270,000 guns per year and stated to tool up for more per year.
    2003- GLOCK night sight, GLOCK 19 (3 pin model), GLOCK 37.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
  2. EvilD

    EvilD New Member

    Gen 2's came out in 1988

  3. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    not as far as GLOCK is concerned, i'm sure much like vehicle they started building them the year prior, but the actual release date is 89.

    gen1= 82-89
    gen3= 89-97
    gen3= 97- ?
  4. VCMike

    VCMike New Member

    That is really interesting, thanks for the info.
  5. EvilD

    EvilD New Member

    maybe, but i bought my Gen 2 in 88
  6. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    if you gun is 99 or older, You can post you S/N prefix and I could tell the month and year of production I have chart but it only goes up to 99.
  7. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    to the top for any new guys......
  8. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    My glock 23 is from 1990 :)
  9. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    I believe the chart i found goes up to Jan 2010.
  10. Glock 22 Gen 2 S/N prefix - ALH
  11. bhale187

    bhale187 New Member Supporter

    Thanks for bumping this, I had not seen it until now.

    "1983- GLOCK 17 named this becuase it was GLOCK's 17th international patent"
    Learn something new all the time, I just assumed it was because the 17rd mag

    "1989- 2nd gen frame"
    Can you cite that? I've always heard it as '88 for gen 2 glocks, and I've seen Gen 2s with 1988 ship/purchase dates
  12. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    I'm thinking that's a 1993 prefix.....
    I will check at home and post a "for sure" answer.
  13. iGlock

    iGlock Lead Farmer

    June 1993 i believe
  14. ^^ you guys are awesome that's pretty cool to know when my handgun was made.
  15. bigcountry92

    bigcountry92 New Member

  16. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    ^ this is correct....6/93
  17. wsar10

    wsar10 New Member

    Your GLOCK was born in, Feb. 1994
  18. This is a great thread. I personally feel orbits important to know the history of not only your firearm but also the company which manufactured it. Really good stuff.
  19. heliteiv

    heliteiv New Member

    How about a g 21 that starts with mrs