The Glock 29 made use of the 10mm cartridge, a powerful round as subcompact pistols go.
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The Glock 29 (also known as the "Multi-Purpose 10") was similar to other Glock handgun forms in many respects and were classified as subcompact weapons. The Glock 29 and similar Glock 30 shared characteristics, varying only in choice of caliber (.45 ACP for the Glock 30). As with other pistols of the Glock family, Glock 29s were manufactured out of the Glock GmbH concern of Austria. The handgun came in a standard 10mm AUTO cartridge form with a magazine count of ten rounds (a fifteen count magazine was optional). The action mechanism was based on a recoil/double-action principle which, when coupled with the 10mm cartridge, made for quite a powerful handgun considering the type's "subcompact" classification. A double-recoil spring was utilized in the design to help dampen the recoil effect.
Outwardly, the Glock 29 was similar in appearance to previous Glock offerings. The design was ergonomic with strong clean lines. The slide was slab-sided with a flat top to which sights were affixed. The curved trigger sat within a thick trigger ring ahead of the pistol grip, this itself doubling as the magazine well.
Upon inception, the Glock 29 proved popular with security forces where a light subcompact weapon - able to be concealed with some ease - could be effective. The handgun was also marketed as a backup hunting sidearm to broaden appeal. Operators enjoyed the handy carrying size and ergonomic thought given to this stout little pistol, especially when compared to other larger and heavier products fulfilling these same roles.
Overall, the Glock 29 sported a running length of 172mm with a barrel of 96mm. Its empty weight was 700g with a loaded weight nearing 935g.