Glock Magazine Variant History

G17 magazines

TheShredBox has a detailed video explaining the chronicling the 17 different variations of Glock 17 magazines that have been made and released so far. For Glock fans and fans of variants I think you will enjoy this. I did.


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  • Spencerhut

    Good timing as I just went over this with my wife last night. I did not know nearly as much about the subject as the video provides. Knew about the liners, completely missed the over insertion notch.

  • MrApple

    “These are the Glocks of our lives.”

  • Bill

    What are the markings on that slide? P80 and the circle/triangle thing?

    • P80 is the Austrian military designation for the Glock 17.

      • G0rdon_Fr33man

        P80 is also the designation of the Glock used in all branches of the Norwegian Armed Forces.

      • Bill

        Thanks, I learned something new.

  • P161911

    No mention of the old orange training mags?

  • I wish they would bring back the Gen 1 style finger-grooveless grip.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Ugh! You’re telling me! I paid $350 or so to have them removed and stippled over among other changes.

      They “get it” on the 42/43. I’m pretty confident Next-Glock ™ won’t have them.

      • The only problem is Glock’s glacial updates to the model line. Given that they recently released the barely upgraded Gen 4 (with really the laziest interpretation of removable backstraps of any pistol) I’m not holding my breath for a Gen 5 for a long, long time.

        • JumpIf NotZero


          Well, I don’t know, I think a modular M&P, P320, APX, Ruger American, and all the others coming…

          Glock Gen5 goes modular I bet, within 8 years.

        • BryanS

          Probably due to their military and police contracts, many of which have PITA proceedings to go through if there is a change.

          • I honestly think they just don’t care. The sights have been incorrect for over 30 years, people have been calling for a single stack 9 since the mid 90’s, etc. They know they have the market locked up and have virtually no incentive to make improvements.

            Every single design feature of the Glock (except for the Tenifer finish) is designed to cost as little to manufacture as possible, and all upgrades from Gen 1 – 4 have been as minimal as possible while still being able to qualify as “improved.” And that’s not because they got it perfect the first try 😉

          • JumpIf NotZero

            On the topic of that single stack, the 43 is a pretty big disappointment to me. It needs to be an 8 round default size to even stand out now (which would be just as concealable)…

            I don’t know, I think a LOT is going to change the same year the old man dies. Esp considering what the lawsuits between him and his “old lady”.

          • NoNamesOnTheNet

            Maybe a disappointment to me too, but it sure is purdy…

            (Needed another reason to show off mine’s fresh cerakote…)

  • Gman 94568

    Great summary. Nicely presented.

    • JumpIf NotZero


      Because of this I realized that I have a mid-80s magazine that’s been in regular rotation in my range bag right now. Still going strong.

  • Very cool history of the impact of Glock

  • hkryan

    Is there another firearm in history with as many factory magazine variants? Glock perfection… 17 variants and counting…

  • Dickie

    Yeah would be interesting if the got rod of the finger grooves. Id find that groovy… I hooe they dont go modular. What would be the point. The xchange kits cost as much as a new gun. A glock is already as modular as one can get if u think about it. Every single part has an aftermarket counter part. Any other theories of what gen5 will bring? Im sure MOS slide cut will be standard.