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Glock is an Austrian defense contractor (named after the founder Gaston Glock) mainly known for being the manufacturer of polymer-framed pistols, but it also makes things like field knives and shovels. Its first pistol model was the classic Glock 17 (so named because it was the 17th patent of the company), a 9mm handgun with an unusually (at the time) large 17 round capacity, introduced in the early 1980s as a response to the Austrian army asking for a new sidearm. Popular with law enforcement agencies throughout the world. Contrary to an urban legend, Glocks certainly do set off metal detectors, due to their heavy metal barrels and slides. Glock pistols use an unique mechanism with no external safety. All three safeties are disabled one after the other while pressing the trigger.

The gun has seen much exposure in action movies and the name has been vernacularized as a generic slang term for any expensive black handgun. In a perhaps fitting twist of irony, the "point and shoot" ease of use and high capacity of the Glock pistols has caused Glock to become the single most favored brand of handgun for contemporary hip-hop artists to reference in their music, notably Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent, Ludacris, and others. Indeed, the Glock brand has practically become a fashion accessory for successful rappers.

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