A shortened, more concealable version of the original
Glock 17 pistol. This gun is about half an inch shorter in both dimensions,
making it about the same height
and length as the Walther PPK, although the Walther
is much narrower. This gun continues a tradition started decades ago when
Colt took it's highly regarded .45 auto and shortened it by about a half an
inch to produce the Commander pistol. It is a pleasant enough gun to shoot,
and I can actually shoot smaller groups with it than I can with my full sized
Glock 17. This gun will shoot into just under three
inches at 25 yards; the bigger Glock will do a little larger then three inches
at the same range. The smaller gun may be more accurate, or perhaps my shooting
style just favors the differently proportioned gun. The general section on
the Glock goes into far more details on the workings
of the gun.
Like the Colt Commander, after which it is modeled, this
is an almost ideally sized gun for casual or concealed carry. Despite the
reduction in size, it's 15 round magazine gives it respectable firepower.
For those who want those two rounds back, Glock offered the +2 style magazine,
which had a slight, angled extension on the bottom. The Glock 19, with the
+2 magazine had the same firepower as the Model 17, though with slightly reduced
velocity from the 4 inch barrel, in a smaller package. The gun was, and continues
to be, immensely popular with civilian and police users.