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Glock naming scheme

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by EskimoPie, Mar 15, 2009.

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  1. EskimoPie

    EskimoPie Member

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    Is there any rhyme or reason to Glock's naming scheme? I might just be dense, but it looks fairly random to me... Just have to memorize them all?
     
  2. hirundo82

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    They are numbered in order of introduction. The Glock 17 was the first one introduced, supposedly so named because it was Gaston Glock's 17th patent (the company originally made curtain rods IIRC).

    The most recently introduced models (except the "slim frame" models such as the G21SF) are those in .45 GAP, the G37, G38, and G39.
     
  3. EskimoPie

    EskimoPie Member

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    Ok, thanks for the info... while 'order of introduction' is great for corporate history it does nothing to help provide any information about the gun itself.
     
  4. RyanM

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    You just have to memorize them.

    Glock 17 - 4.5" 9mm
    Glock 18 - 4.5" 9mm machine pistol
    17L - 6" 9mm
    19 - 4" 9mm
    20 - 4.6" 10mm
    21 - 4.6" .45
    22 - 4.5" .40
    23 - 4" .40
    24 - 6" .40
    25 - 4" .380
    26 - 3.5" 9mm
    27 - 3.5" .40
    28 - 3.5" .380
    29 - 3.8" 10mm
    30 - 3.8" .45
    31 - 4.5" .357
    32 - 4" .357
    33 - 3.5" .357
    34 - 5.3" 9mm
    35 - 5.3" .40
    36 - 3.8" slimline .45
    37 - 4.5" .45 GAP
    38 - 4" .45 GAP
    39 - 3.5" .45 GAP

    It does sort of make sense when looked at that way. You can see what design directions the company went in. First a regular one, then a machine pistol, then a compact and a longslide. Then they branched out ito 10mm, .45, and .40, and made compact and longslide .40s, and a .380. Then they introduced all the subcompacts almost all at once. Then all the .357s. Then the two new longslides. Then the slimline, then all the .45 GAPs. And now I think they're intentionally delaying making a real "Glock 40."
     
  5. Quiet

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    In additon to the number system, Glock also uses these designations for variants.

    P = Practice (red framed Glock)
    T = Trainer (blue framed Glock)
    C = Compensated
    SF = Short Frame
    MB = aMBbi-magazine release
    RTF = Rough Textured Frame
     
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    Also TRDS...Top Rack Dishwasher Safe....sorry, couldn't help myself. :) We return you to your regularly scheduled thread...
     
  7. The Lone Haranguer

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    Glock's numbering system is much easier to keep track of than Smith & Wesson's Third Generation metal-frame pistols. :p S&W "Whiz Wheel"
     
  8. BlindJustice

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    It's goofier than S&W's numbering scheme but at least they
    just seem to take the next 2-digit number whereas at times S&W
    seems to have the guys in charge of model numbers all take
    vacation at the same time and they leave it to a monkey
    throwing a number at a dartboard of unused numbers.

    R-
     
  9. green country shooter

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    The confusing thing will be when they introduce a model 40, it had better be in .40 caliber or there will be chaos.
     
  10. Kind of Blued

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    "Who's on first?"

    They've certainly done dumber things before.

    Ex. 1 - Smith & Wesson Model 357 (chambered for the .41 Magnum).

    Ex. 2 - Smith & Wesson Model 22 (chambered for the .45 ACP).

    Oops, autoloader forum. :eek:
     
  11. burningsquirrels

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    it'd be nice if they made single stack 40, then 9. :shrug: not sure what other variations they can offer.
     
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    I really haven't lost any sleep worrying about it.
     
  13. LightningCrash

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    The Glocks are supposedly enumerated based upon patents issued for the guns.
     
  14. wrxguyusa

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    Especially since the ".40 caliber Glock 40" is probably the most referenced Glock in news reports. Apparantly all the police have them, but we probably aren't allowed to buy them. I heard they don't set off metal detectors and shoot bullets that go through bullet-proof vests. ;)
     
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    The Glock 40 will be a full-size .22LR handgun.

    Just because, it would be ironic...

    Glock 22 = .40 caliber
    Glock 40 = .22 caliber

    :neener:
     
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    "SF" stands for "Short Frame" not "Slim Frame". The Glock 36 is a "Slim Frame" gun, the "SF" guns are just as fat as their non-SF brethern.
     
  17. Starcheck55

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    can you even imagine the amount of KBs you'll get from a newly designed 40s&w Glock. just hand the glock to the BG and let him blow his entire arm off. :rolleyes:
     
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