At the 2016 edition of the HIT Show in Vicenza (northern Italy), the Bignami S.p.A. company showcased some of the most recent Glock handguns to be made available on the Italian civilian market.
These are not yet the new Glock 17 and Glock 19 MOS pistols showcased in January at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, though: those will not be launched on the European civilian markets before the next edition of the IWA OutdoorClassics expo, scheduled to take place in Nuremberg (Germany) next month.
Sport shooters − particularly IPSC, IDPA and USPSA shooting disciplines competitors and enthusiasts − will love the MOS version of the Gen.4 Glock 41 long-slide .45 ACP caliber semi-automatic pistol, featuring a 13-rounds detachable magazine and a 135mm-long barrel. The extended slide offers a longer sight radius and a better balancement against recoil and muzzle climb, as well as a Glock-patented MOS ("Modular Optic System") base that allows the use of issued or aftermarket interfaces to make the pistol readily compatible with some of the most common micronized red-dot sights − specifically several models manufactured by Leupold (DeltaPoint), Trijicon (RMR), C-More, MEOPTA, EOTech, Docter or Insight Technology.
Small-handed shooters and those who need a smaller, pocket pistol for defensive concealed carry will cherish the Glock 43 − probably Glock's most eagerly awaited pistol in years. A subcompact, slimline full-caliber 9mm pistol, feeding through single-stack six-shots magazine, the Glock 43 is just slightly larger and longer than the previous .380-calibre Glock 42 model, and for the Italian market it has been converted from the original 9x19mm caliber to the local 9x21mm IMI round.
Last, but not least, the quintessential Glock 17 full-size semi-automatic pistol − or, more specifically, its Generation 4 model − will now be also available in a variant dubbed the FTO, featuring a 120mm-long barrel with a threaded muzzle protected by a screw-off protecting cap. The threaded muzzle is conceived for sound suppressors and silencers, but since said accessories are illegal in Italy and in most European Countries, civilian shooters will be capable to exploit the threaded muzzle to install compensators or flash hiders for sport shooting.