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 choose Glock pistols, making Glock the world’s 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 pistol’s 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.
Glock’s Gen4 model pistol brings revolutionary design changes to the world’s 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. Glock’s 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 nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit www.teamglock.com.
Recommended Glock Resources:
The Gun Digest Book of the Glock, 2nd Edition
About the Author: Corey Graff is the online editor for gundigest.com. His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as guns from the World War II era.
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