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Glock Law Enforcement: Firearms Designed for Police Officers

By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2015 10:27 AM

As Glock marketed its guns to law enforcement first, it is not surprising law enforcement is a primary customer.

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These five Glock models remain police favorites as well as the signature brands Glock recommends to law enforcement:

1. Glock 17
According to a Washington Post report, the 17 was the first marketing success of Glock law enforcement guns. Starting in 1988, police departments tried out the Glock 17 and soon enough, this model became the new standard issue. Discount programs did not hurt the transition either: Washington, D.C., paid only $1 million in 1988 for 4,300 Glocks. Even with newer more advanced models available, this remains a current favorite due.

2. Glock 19
Considered a scaled-down version of the 17, the 19 features a smaller barrel. It weighs only 30 ounces and carries 15 rounds. Those who prefer it like that the low recoil, which can help maintain accuracy, the Criminal Justice Degree Hub reported. Customizable grips allow for an improved ergonomic experience and operators can upgrade it with larger magazines.

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3. Glock 22
The 22 is slightly longer and heavier than the 19 and unlike the 19, it also accommodates .40 caliber bullets. It is not recommended for concealed carry, due to its size, but as law enforcement officers rarely need to conceal a weapon, that is not a requirement. Those who prefer this sidearm say it has better stopping power and that it is similar to the 17, the Criminal Justice Degree Hub said.

4. Glock 41 Gen4
This weapon is listed on the Glock website as a “top choice” for the company’s law enforcement customer base. A practical-tactical .45 automatic pistol, it is designed for improved weight distribution and balance and a larger sight radius.

5. Glock 42
A new Glock model, the slim 42 is a .380 automatic designed for routine training. It is the smallest pistol developed, and it is not only ideal for law enforcement but also concealed carry. Female police officers likely appreciate this model as it is considered ideal for smaller hands. Glock spent years performing research that resulted in the Glock 42, meeting requests for a smaller, easy-to-conceal, yet reliable and durable weapon, according to the company's website.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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