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The Glock pistol , sometimes referred to by the manufacturer as a Glock "Safe Action" pistol and colloquially as a Glock , is a series of polymer - framed , short recoil -operated, locked-breech semi-automatic pistols designed and produced by Glock Ges.m.b.H. , located in Deutsch-Wagram , Austria. It entered Austrian military and police service by 1982 after it was the top performer on an exhaustive series of reliability and safety tests. 
Note: When adding pictures of Glock 17 pistols to movie/TV/video game pages on IMFDB, please use the image of the correct model. When in doubt, keep in mind that the 3rd Generation model was introduced in the late-1990s, so any Glock 17s that appear in movies prior to this time are inevitably going to be the 2nd Generation or even the 1st Generation models. Also note that in some cases Glock 17's are used as a substitute for the Glock 18, converted to fire full auto. See the Glock 18 section below for more information.