What Everyone Is Saying About Glock Accessories

By Kristen Baird


The underlying principle behind all firearms, everything from cannons and muskets to shotguns, rifles and hand guns, is the same. Take a sealed metal tube with an opening at one end (called a bore), drill a hole in the sealed end (the breech) and pack it with gunpowder. Thread a flammable length of material called a fuse through the hole and into the gunpowder. Place a cannon ball on top of the gunpowder. Understand how this works and it will be easier to understand what Glock accessories are used for.

When the fuse is lit, the gunpowder ignites, creating a large volume of very hot gas. The pressure on the cannon ball as a result of the gas is greater than the atmospheric pressure coming in through the open end, so it is propelled out of the tube at a high rate. Note that it is the momentum of the cannon ball (mass times acceleration) that causes the damage at the other end; the projectile itself does not ignite or explode.

The disadvantage of early handguns was that they could fire only one shot at a time, after which the shooter had to clean and reload before firing the next shot. Next, came the revolver, which only needed to be reloaded after five or six shots had been fired. The ammunition, called bullets, rested in a revolving chamber until needed, when they advanced into the firing chamber.

Revolvers were great, but they still weren't fast enough. Enter the semi-automatic pistol. The revolving cylinder was replaced by a bullet-carrier called a magazine, that fit nicely into the butt, or handle, of the weapon. Larger magazines are had a capacity for up to 15 bullets.

The pistol had the advantage of a lighter trigger action than the revolver, too. However, semi-automatic pistols had a disturbing tendency to jam at the most inopportune moments, something to which the revolver was not prone. Automatic pistols remedy this by feeding bullets into the chamber automatically.

The Glock is a semi-automatic pistol developed in the late 1970s by an Austrian engineer named Gaston Glock. The Austrian army found itself in need of a new sidearm and so invited manufacturers to submit designs in response to a 17-point request for proposals (RFP). Glock owned a manufacturing company and led a team of engineers and designers to put together a design incorporating a plastic frame as well as metallic components.

Happy with Glock's design, the Austrian Ministry of Defense placed an initial order for 25,000 pistols. The Glock, available in all major calibers, is now America's favorite hand gun, with the 9 mm being the most popular. One of the main accessories for the weapon is the magazine, which has a higher capacity than other gun makers' magazines.

In Europe, the magazine is designed not to just drop out of the weapon onto the ground partly loaded. It's not the done thing. The magazine comes out at the press of a button. American soldiers, on the other hand, don't like to waste time prying out a spent magazine, and prefer it to drop out of the weapon of its own accord.




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