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Is It Happening? GLOCK Assault Rifle Patents Emerge

It’s often been asked “why don’t GLOCK make rifles?” and time and time again we’ve heard rumours and even had a few hoaxes about a GLOCK Assault Rifle entering the market. But last month a couple of interesting new patents from GLOCK were published. It appears that GLOCK engineers have been hard at work on a rifle-caliber design for at least a couple of years.

Published just last month, the group of patents points towards one or more rifle/carbine designs being developed by GLOCK engineers. In this article, we’ll dig into the patents and examine what we know about GLOCK’s developments and dive into the history of some of its predecessors which have used the new design’s most intriguing feature – its annular gas system.

The principle design seen in the patents features a rotating bolt and bolt carrier based on Eugene Stoner’s influential AR-18 design. The weapon is likely chambered in common rifle calibres and some of the patent drawings suggest a standard 5.56x45mm chambering. The design appears to be principally the work of experienced small arms designer Elmar Bilgeri, perhaps best known for his work on the Steyr Scout Rifle

Published just last month, the group of patents points towards one or more rifle/carbine designs being developed by GLOCK engineers. In this article, we’ll dig into the patents and examine what we know about GLOCK’s developments and dive into the history of some of its predecessors which have used the new design’s most intriguing feature – its annular gas system.

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