Did you know there is a full-auto Glock? Yep! Travis shows us a world of Glocks you’ve probably never seen or shot.
Glock pistols are, without a doubt, the most popular pistols currently on the market. They dominate the world of military and police forces and the civilian concealed carry market. Here at Crossbreed, we are all about concealed carry, and you might be surprised to know there are five Glocks you can’t have! Yep, while most of Glock’s massive catalog is readily available to you, there are five guns you can’t get…yet.
When it comes to banned Glocks, the Glock 18 leads the way, and we aren’t likely to ever get our hands on one. Why? Well, it’s a machine pistol, meaning it’s a selective-fire pistol capable of full-auto fire. With the National Firearms Act and the Hughes Amendment blocking future machine gun ownership, getting a Glock 18 in the hands of any of us will be near impossible.
I don’t think Glock even produces the Model 18 anymore since machine pistols aren’t popular weapons. Practicality isn’t high with the gun, but who says a gun needs to be practical? Sometimes it can be fun, and the Glock 18 is a handful of fun.
When the Germans needed a new service pistol, they turned to Glock, but they hit Glock with specific requirements. This caused Glock to return to the drawing board and produce a pistol, unlike any other Glock. While Glocks might vary in size and caliber, they are all basically the same pistol inside. The Glock 46 is a whole different beast.
It uses a rotary barrel locking mechanism which lowers the bore axis and creates a smoother recoil impulse. Additionally, the Glock 46 can be decocked without pulling the trigger, an important requirement of German Police requirements. The gun can only be decocked with the slide locked to the rear and requires the rotation of a portion on the rear of the slide. Sadly, the Glock 46 isn’t available on the commercial market in Europe or the United States.
Like the German police, the U.S. Customs and Border Control needed a specific pistol for a specific role, and Glock was willing to solve it. They produced the Glock 47. Unlike other Glocks, the G47 isn’t one size profile, but four total. A Glock 47 is a full-sized Glock pistol in 9mm with the MOS optics platform. The G47 features full parts compatibility with the Glock 19.
This means the Glock 19 barrel and slide can be fitted onto the Glock 47 frame like a Glock 19X or Glock 46. On the flip side, the Glock 47 slide can be tossed onto a Glock 19 frame for a longer barrel, sight radius, and MOS compatibility. The Glock 47 seems awesome! I wish Glock would release it to the commercial market, but they haven’t.
Glock 25 and Glock 28
I’m tossing these pistols into one entry because they are very similar and the reasons you can’t get one are the same. The Glock 25 and Glock 28 are both 380 ACP pistols. The Glock 25 is essentially a Glock 19 in 380 ACP. The Glock 28 is a 380 ACP version of the Glock 26. Outside of caliber, the main difference is the blowback-operated design rather than a short recoil design. This is due to the rather low energy generated by the 380 ACP.
The G25 holds 15 rounds, and the G28 can hold ten rounds. Both guns were designed mainly for countries where the use of 9mm would be illegal. The reason you can’t get these two little Glock in the United States is due to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The anti-gun crowd didn’t want lower-income people to purchase firearms, and the main source of affordable firearms was coming from overseas. The Gun Control Act established a point system and this point system took into account firearm size, caliber, design, sights, and more to establish a sporting purpose to allow them to be imported into the United States. The Glock 25 and Glock 28 don’t have enough points to be imported.
These little guns are neat, and the only real desirable thing they offer is the fact you can’t get your hands on them.
The Big Wide World of Glocks
Sadly we can’t get all the Glocks they’ve ever released. Glocks are everywhere, heck you can build your own with an 80 percent Glock kit. The Glock 47, in particular, appeals to me, but that’s me. Which one of these impossible to get Glocks would you want? Let us know below.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.
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