12 August 2006
Mechanical and Chemical Industry Co. (MKEK) is to start importing the notorious Glock-17 pistol, also known as the "ghost" pistol since it's alleged to not show up on x-ray machines.
Officials said yesterday that with permission from the Defense Ministry, MKEK will start to import the pistol and that some 2,500 people, mostly police officers, have already placed orders.
The pistol is also used in terrorist attacks, including May's high court shooting by gunman Alparslan Arslan, a lawyer registered with the Istanbul Bar.
According to reports, he burst into a session at Turkey's highest administrative court after passing unnoticed through the x-ray machine at the entrance gate with a Glock-17 and emptied two magazines, wounding five judges. It later came to light that the machine was out of order.
The Glock-17 was the first pistol designed and manufactured by the Austrian company Glock. It's a locked breech, short-recoil 9 mm Luger semi-automatic pistol with a standard magazine capacity of 17 rounds of ammunition
Glock sidearms are very common handguns among law enforcement agencies around the world. They're standard sidearms for the Austrian, Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian armies; the Austrian, Canadian and London police; various special units such as the German GSG 9 counter-terrorism unit of the German Federal Police, as well as the new Iraqi security forces.
Glock reports sales of over 2.5 million handguns in over 100 countries.
Contrary to claims, Glock pistols do set off metal detectors and can indeed be detected by X-ray machines due to their metal barrels and slides.
Reports say 83.7 percent (by weight) of the Glock pistol is normal gun steel and the plastic parts are in fact a dense polymer known as 'Polymer 2' which is radio-opaque and thus also shows up under X-ray security equipment.
12 August 2006, The New anatolian