About the Handgun:
One of the first successful polymer framed designs, Glock handguns are common sidearms among law enforcement agencies and military organizations around the world. Although a striker-fired pistol, the Glock employs a single-action (SA) trigger, meaning that the trigger does not cock the gun, but only releases the striker when pulled. Cocking of the striker is performed by the retracting slide. Glock pistols have no manual safeties. The trigger is the only operating element. All three internal pistol safeties are deactivated when the unique single-action trigger is pulled, and automatically activated when it is released. For more information on the Glock design, please refer to the Glock pistol animation in the Basics section.
About the Manufacturer:
Founded by Gaston Glock in 1963, this precision-engineering business surprised the world in 1983 by winning a contract to provide 25,000 pistols for the Austrian army - having never made a pistol before. This venture met with great success however, and Glock's guns have acquired such a sound reputation for reliability and simplicity that subsidiaries have been opened in the US, Hong Kong and Uruguay. By the year 2000 more than 2.5 million guns had been sold to military and police forces in a hundred countries.
About the Cartridge:
This cartridge was introduced along with the Luger semi-automatic pistol. The pistol and cartridge was first adopted by the German Navy in 1904 and then by the German Army in 1908. This cartridge has since been adopted by the military of practically every non-Communist power. It has become the most popular and widely-used handgun cartridge in the world. Performance wise, the 9mm cartridge has somewhat more power than the .38 Special but falls well short of the .357 Magnum.