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Old 06-02-2010, 01:48 AM   #1
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This is a question for all of you Glock lovers out there. What's the deal with all the Glock numbers? I mean a 9mm Glock can be a Glock 19 along with a Glock 17, 26, 34, etc. I would think that a different Glock number would represent a different caliber. Is there something that makes sense to you that doesn't to me?

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The model number is just that, a model number. I believe that it corresponds to the sequence in which it was developed.

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The first Glock was named after the patent number Gaston applied for. It was his 17th patent so the gun became the Glock 17. The 18 is the full auto version of the GH17. Next was the G19 (compact version of the G17). The G20 was the next one designed (the 10mm) and it was realized the 45 ACP would fit too so the G21 was born. Before the 20 & 21 were actually on the market they jumped on the development of the S&W 40 cartridge and came out with the G22 and quickly followed with the compact version, the G23. And so it goes all the way to the last one introduced, the G39.

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The first Glock was named after the patent number Gaston applied for. It was his 17th patent so the gun became the Glock 17. The 18 is the full auto version of the GH17. Next was the G19 (compact version of the G17). The G20 was the next one designed (the 10mm) and it was realized the 45 ACP would fit too so the G21 was born. Before the 20 & 21 were actually on the market they jumped on the development of the S&W 40 cartridge and came out with the G22 and quickly followed with the compact version, the G23. And so it goes all the way to the last one introduced, the G39.

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The first Glock was named after the patent number Gaston applied for. It was his 17th patent so the gun became the Glock 17. The 18 is the full auto version of the GH17. Next was the G19 (compact version of the G17). The G20 was the next one designed (the 10mm) and it was realized the 45 ACP would fit too so the G21 was born. Before the 20 & 21 were actually on the market they jumped on the development of the S&W 40 cartridge and came out with the G22 and quickly followed with the compact version, the G23. And so it goes all the way to the last one introduced, the G39.

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The 9mm cartridge is obviously standing the test of time. The 10mm, some say, has been surpassed by the .40.

However, considering the .45 ACP has proven itself so thoroughly, any idea why Glock didn't start with a .45? Was it just for reasons of magazine capacity?

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The first Glock was named after the patent number Gaston applied for. It was his 17th patent so the gun became the Glock 17. The 18 is the full auto version of the GH17. Next was the G19 (compact version of the G17). The G20 was the next one designed (the 10mm) and it was realized the 45 ACP would fit too so the G21 was born. Before the 20 & 21 were actually on the market they jumped on the development of the S&W 40 cartridge and came out with the G22 and quickly followed with the compact version, the G23. And so it goes all the way to the last one introduced, the G39.

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The 9mm cartridge is obviously standing the test of time. The 10mm, some say, has been surpassed by the .40.

However, considering the .45 ACP has proven itself so thoroughly, any idea why Glock didn't start with a .45? Was it just for reasons of magazine capacity?
I would imagine it was because the company started in Europe and if you wanted a chance at military and police contracts, that's the caliber you would be most likely to sell.
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