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. 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 -9mm -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 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 newGLOCK 37chambered 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.