Gaston Glock, an Austrian engineer and successful businessman and manufacturer of injection molded parts and components, founded GLOCK in 1963.
In the 1970s, the development and production of the first military products began with the development of a line of knives, grenade casings and machine gun belt links.
In the early 1980s, the GLOCK semi-automatic service pistol was born in response to the needs of the Austrian Army. Its polymer frame and the SAFE ACTION® System developed revolutionized the pistol market
Mr. Glock's innovative design successfully passed a series of stringent tests against national and international competitors. In 1983, the Austrian Army accepted the GLOCK pistol as its new service pistol.
Shortly after, in 1984, the GLOCK 17 passed the NATO durability test with flying colors. As a result, the pistol was selected by the Norwegian Army as its standard sidearm, putting GLOCK on the path to becoming the sidearm of choice for international law enforcement.
In November 1986, the company opened its US headquarters, GLOCK, Inc., in Smyrna, Georgia.
The GLOCK pistol would soon be available in various sizes and would accept ammunition of different calibers. This combination, along with the simplicity and reliability of Mr. Glock's design, revolutionized the pistol market.
Development and start-up of first military products, such as field knives (FM 78), components for fragmentation and training grenades and machine gun belt links.
Development of the innovative excavation tool (Folding Shovel) with surface-treated blade that can be locked in three positions for multiple uses. The hardened saw located inside the handle can be quickly mounted if required.