In 1980 a young successful business man, Gaston Glock went to the Austrian Ministry of Defense to supply the army with trench tools and weapons that were needed. When leaving he over heard two Austrian colonels discussing the army's request for a new short firearm. The officers were criticizing how they've waited almost five years for someone to design this small handgun. Manufactures from all over including, Styler attempted designing a gun for the army's request but none seemed to get it just right. Glock seeing this as a challenge asked the officers if he could join the tender.
The Austrian colonels wanted a lightweight pistol that could carry as many rounds as possible while minimizing backfires and other accidents. They also wanted the weapon to include no more than forty parts, allowing quick replacements. And that could fire properly after contact with different environment and climate changes. Glock had never before used a gun so he went and bought a few to observe: Beretta 92, Sig Saucer P220, CZ75 and a Walther P38. He striped these guns down examining closely and then reassembled them. He then expanded his research by going to the Austrian patent office to observe patents that related to short handguns that would be suitable for his design.
On April 4, 1981 Glock applied for a patent on the Glock 17. This particular pistol was a semi-automatic 9mm handgun that held up to seventeen rounds while holding up all the requests by the Austrian army. By 1983, the Austrian Army order twenty-five thousand guns. This success brought Glock to the top. The man who never touched a gun before creating this pistol started designing more handguns including the most common .40 caliber handgun. Now people and businesses all over the world invest in his models for safety and sport.