1980, the Austrian military decided to replace the venerable
Walther P-38 pistol as its issue standard, and thus set in
motion events that would change the course of handgun evolution
Gaston Glock was, at the time, making knives
for the Austrian military; he had no experience in firearms
design, but he did have experience in polymers, and he set his
fertile mind to designing his first pistol to submit for the
Austrian military trials. By 1981, he had taken his concept from
design to production; in 1982, Glock's innovative design won the
Austrian military trials, and was adopted as the P80 (for
"Pistole 80"). Shortly after Austria's adoption of the
P80, Norway and Sweden followed suit, and Glock's company was
off and running.
The commercial version of the P80, with minor
variations, became known as the Glock 17, and was introduced in
the United States in 1986. Thanks to the pistol's innovative
design, coupled with Glock's masterful marketing strategies, the
Glock 17 soon became the ubiquitous pistol of the latter 20th
century. One of the earliest articles ever written by my brother
Jeff had the rather incendiary title, "I
Hate Glocks". Currently in its fifth design generation,
the Glock 17's popularity remains undiminished to this day.
The original Gen 1 Glock 17 was not exported
to the U.S. for long; in 1988, Glock started shipping the Gen 2
Model 17, so the early Gen 1 Model 17s are not often seen. The
relative rarity of the Gen 1 Model 17 in the U.S., however,
pales in comparison to that of the original P80 pistols; in
Europe, a pistol's slide is the serialized part, so no P80s were
able to be legally imported, as pistols in the U.S. must be
serially-numbered on the frame. To my knowledge, there are only
two original P80 pistols currently in the U.S.: one is in the
Glock collection, and the other is in the collection of the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History.
Recognizing the historical importance of the
Glock P80 pistol, and acknowledging the huge collector appeal of
Glocks in today's American market, the folks at Lipsey's
distributors decided it was high time that the P80 was
reintroduced in its original, classic form. Lipsey's
has offered limited-run Glock pistols in the past, but
undertaking the reintroduction of the P80 took their commitment
to an entirely new level. Glock had never before offered a
"retro gun", and it took almost three years for Lipsey's to
shepherd the P80 to market. Back in the day, no one had ever
imagined that a market would ever exist for a
"classic" Glock pistol, so sometime in the 1990s the
original P80 frame molds had been "re-purposed". Glock
had to re-create these molds, as well as reverse-engineer other
parts that would be required to make an authentic reissue, and
as a result, Lipsey's had to make a large financial commitment
to bring the project to fruition.
The result of Lipsey's commitment to the
project, and of Glock's willingness to undertake it, is a
wonderful tribute that is true in nearly every way to the
original P80 design. All parts for these reissue P80s were
produced by Glock; there was no Polymer80
involvement in the project. The reissue P80 has many features
that hearken back to the original P80, making it as true a
reissue as can be produced. Unlike the original P80s, which had
no serial number on the frame, the new P80s must have their
serial numbers on the frame in order to comply with U.S. law;
familiar serial-number plate is embedded underneath the forward area
of the frame.
Glock P80 9mm Pistol
Standard Capacity: Lipsey's Item
10-Rd / State Compliant: Lipsey's Item
- Special Features -
|Original P80 / Gen 1 Frame
|Gen 1 Wrap-Around Pebble Texture Grip
|Original Style P80 Slide Markings
|Original Style Polymer Front & Rear
|Original Style Flat Extractor
|Original Style Single Pin Frame
|Original Style Smooth Trigger - Gen 1
|Original Style Pebble Texture on the
Front of the Trigger Guard
|Original Style Polygonal Rifling
|No Front Slide Serrations
|No Frame Accessory Rail
|Includes: Two Magazines, Magazine
Loader, Cleaning Rod & Brush, Cable Lock,
Instructions, "Tupperware" Style Peel-Top Box,
Collectible Packaging (Outer Box), Certificate of
|MSRP as of September 2020: $669.00 US
Shooting the P80 proved to be both fun and
unsurprising. Glocks are famous for their workhorse reliability,
and the P80 proved to be satisfyingly accurate and 100% reliable
using a wide variety of ammunition types and brands...with one
exception. CCI Blazer Brass 115-Grain FMJ just would not
function in the P80; nearly every round failed to feed, which is
unusual for ball ammo. I determined that the Blazer ammo just
didn't quite have the requisite power to cycle the slide with
enough authority for reliable function. This is not the fault of
the pistol, nor is it really the fault of the ammo, as the
Blazer has proven to be very reliable in most pistols; the Blazer is just not a fit
for this particular pistol. A spring kit would doubtless have
fixed this, but I prefer to simply choose a load that is 100%
reliable, and there is no shortage of those for this Glock P80.
This does underscore a point that cannot be stated too
strenuously or too often: when choosing a load for "Social
Work", one must run enough of that load through the pistol
- ANY pistol - to assure 100% reliability. A pistol that is to
be entrusted with the life of the bearer, or the lives of the
bearer's loved ones, MUST function with ABSOLUTE reliability,
EVERY TIME. Using the right loads, the Lipsey's Exclusive Glock
P80 is every bit that reliable; it is equally at home on the
target range or the Mean Streets.
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