The original Browning High-Power was the last design of John Browning, an influential engineer who's accomplishments include the M1911A1 and many of the basic design concepts used in most autoloaders today. The High-Power Mark 3 is the latest incarnation of the original, and is only slightly evolved from the earlier versions. The High-Power series has been extremely popular since its introduction before World War Two, and is currently in use in over fifty countries.
FN believes that the High-Power's popularity vindicates its single-action design, and have retained it throughout all its versions. The HP-35 is the most modern production version of the original, and the Mark 1 had few changes. The Mark 2 made the safety lever ambidextrous, and changed the shape of the grips. The Mark 3 is the current version, and differs only by a further enlargement of the safety lever and some minor changes to the sights.
Glock GesmbH, Austria
Introduced in the early 1980s, the 9mm Glock 17 offered a number of innovations. Although the basic recoil-operated cam-dropped breech is essentially the same as found in the M1911A1, Browning High-Power, and many other weapons, the Glock makes extensive use of plastics, dispenses with external hammers, safeties, and slide locks, and has fewer than half the parts of most autoloaders. The result is an extremely rugged and reliable weapon, and the use of a safety switch on the trigger and two internal safeties make it quite safe as well. Furthermore, the Glock's light recoil and ergonomic grip make it a comfortable weapon to fire, and it enjoys a reputation for accuracy. The trigger resistance is adjustable, and the fact that it has no external devices makes the Glock 17 totally ambidextrous. The standard magazine holds seventeen rounds, but a slightly elongated "plus two" magazine is available that holds nineteen.
Contrary to some media representations, the use of plastics in the Glock weapons does not make them invisible to X-ray machines and metal detectors. The barrel and other metal parts are more than sufficient to be detected by even low-sensitivity devices.
The Glock 17 was adopted by the Austrian army in 1983, and has since been picked up by the militaries of over forty additional countries. In the U.S. alone, more than 2,000 police and government agencies issue the Glock. The Glock 22 fires the .40in S&W round, but is the same outside of magazine capacity and some minor dimensional differences. No "plus two" magazine is available for the Glock 22.
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