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The Glock 17 was designed by Austrian engineer Gaston Glock in 1982. Glock had no experience in designing firearms but is experienced in advanced synthetic polymers, an advantage that can give him and his company the first successful pistols with a polymer frame. Soon, the Austrian Armed Forces formed a strict competition to replace the outdated Walther P39 as the standard sidearm of the military. The Glock 17 defeated its competitors quickly, giving notice to the Austrian military, and quickly became the standard sidearm of the Austrian Army in the same year it was designed. Later, the Glock 17 quickly rose to fame in many NATO countries and is used as the standard sidearm for many NATO countries' militaries. The G17 is the standard military sidearm for the British Army since 2013.
The G17 is a self-loading, semi-automatic, short recoil, locked breech, tilting barrel pistol. The pistol is composed of 34 parts: hammer-forged barrel, spring-loaded claw extractor, three independent safety mechanisms, a stamped sheet metal extractor, fixed, adjustable and tritium-illuminated pistol night sights. The G17 is also prominently known to be made out of a high-strength nylon-based polymer invented by Glock, increasing the durability of the pistol. The G17 uses 17-round detachable box magazines. The pistol uses 9×19mm Parabellum cartridges.
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- The "Glock" part of the Glock 17 is named after Gaston Glock, the inventor of the pistol. The "17" comes from the gun being the 17th patent procured by the company.