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Glock 18

Automatic pistol

Glock 18

The Glock 18 is a fully-automatic version of the famous Glock 17

 
 
Caliber 9x19 mm
Weight (empty) 624 g
Length 186 mm
Barrel length ~ 114 mm
Muzzle velocity ~ 360 m/s
Muzzle energy ~ 490 Joules
Cyclic rate of fire 1 200 rpm
Magazine capacity 17, 31, 33 rounds
Sighting range 50 m
Range of effective fire 50 m

 

   The Glock 18 is a fully-automatic pistol. It is a fully-automatic version of the Glock 17. This pistol was developed by an Austrian Glock company, headed by Gaston Glock. Some sources report that this pistol was developed to meet requirement of the EKO Cobra, an Austrian counter-terrorist unit. Other sources claim that this pistol was deigned to increase appeal of the gun to military and police markets. It is worth noting that in the 1980s weapons produced by Glock were little known and very unusual.

   Production of the Glock 18 commenced in 1982. Other sources report that production commenced in 1986. At that time the original Glock 17 was adopted by Austrian army and police. In the following years this new and unusual pistol became one of the most popular handguns due to its advantages and aggressive marketing.

   The Glock 18 is one of the few automatic pistols that are currently produced. It is used by the US Army. However it is available only to specially trained military personnel. It is also used by the US law enforcement SWAT teams. It is also in service with some other countries.

   The Glock 18 is very light for an automatic pistol. At the time of its introduction it was much lighter than other automatic pistols. Low weight was achieved by making 80% of parts, including the frame out of polymer. The only metal parts are barrel and trigger mechanism. Even though this pistol is made of polymer, it operates well within a temperature range from -40C to +200C. Also this rugged pistol do not rusts. All metal parts are covered with rustproof coating.

   At the time of its introduction this automatic pistol was referred as a revolutionary design. Even though it incorporated previously known solutions. This pistol is simple in design and operation, reliable, lightweight and inexpensive.

   The Glock 18 is chambered for 9x19 mm Parabellum round. This pistol has high muzzle energy and provides good penetration, even with 9x19 mm ammunition. Cyclic rate of fire is a whooping 1 200 rounds per minute.

   This pistol has a simple design with a minimum of parts. Even though it is similar to the Glock 17, parts have slightly different dimensions and are not interchangeable. The Glock 18 automatic pistol can be disassembled within a minute using just a pin, or nail. Failures are rear.

   The original version of the Glock 18 had a barrel, that stuck out of the end of the slide. However increased length was a major downside, so on later versions the barrel was shortened.

   A fire mode selector is mounted on the left side of the slide. This pistol fires in semi-auto and full-auto modes.

   The Glock 18 is fed by a double-stack magazine that holds 17 rounds. The magazine is interchangeable with the Glock 17. Also this pistol can be fed from a 31- or 33-round magazine. The rate of fire is that high, that you can empty the 33-round magazine in less than two seconds.

   This pistol has no manual safeties. Instead it uses a patented "safe action" trigger system. An automatic safety is built into the trigger. It blocks the trigger it it is not pulled properly. It eliminates self-action or accidental shots. After each shot the safety lock is reset and turned "on", until the trigger is pushed once more. Another automatic safety does nor permit fire if the barrel is not fully locked.

   The Glock 18 l has a fixed sight. Effective range is about 50 meters. This automatic pistol can be fitted with a detachable shoulder stock.

 

Variants

 

   Glock 18C. Early model with barrel vents, and keyhole opening in the slide. It was designed in order to reduce the muzzle climb during automatic fire with the help of escaping gas.

 

Video of the Glock 18 automatic pistol


 
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