THE SECRET OF WHO ARE WE
The Federal Ministry of Defence of Austria formulated 17 criteria for the new generation service pistol. Including requirements that it would be self-loading; fire the NATO-standard 9×19 mm Parabellum round. The magazines were not to require any means of assistance for loading; be secure against accidental discharge from shock, strike, and drop from a height of 2 m onto a steel plate. After firing 15,000 rounds of standard ammunition, the pistol was to be inspected for wear.
It’s then used the best pistol to fire an overpressure test cartridge generating 5,000 bar (500 MPa; 73,000 psi). The expected maximum operating pressure (Pmax) for the 9mm NATO is 2,520 bar (252 MPa; 36,500 psi).
Glock developed a working prototype within three months that combined proven mechanisms and traits from previous pistol designs. In addition, the plan was to make extensive use of synthetic materials and modern manufacturing technologies, which lead to the G17 becoming a cost-effective candidate.