Many people don’t know that it was H&K – not Glock – that designed the first polymer-framed, striker fired pistol. The HK VP70 (or “Volkspistole 70”, which translates to “the people’s pistol,” with the “70” designating the year of design) was designed in 1970, beating Gaston’s legendary Glock 17 to market by over a decade. It was produced until 1989.The VP70 most likely didn’t take off as well as the Glock most likely because, while the polymer-striker combo was innovative, the operating system was an uncouth straight blowback, like a Hi-Point pistol, rather than the more sophisticated Browning short recoil system as seen in the Glocks. This resulted in a heavy slide, a heavy-weight recoil spring, and the VP70 also had a heavy double action trigger that was universally loathed. But don’t take my word for it: Alex Capps, notorious and confessed HK fanboy, did a full and unimpressed review of the VP70 for TFB back in 2014. The Glock came to market in the early 80s, and the rest was history. H&K, one of the most well-respected and revered gun syndicates of all time, was bested by an Austrian upstart. Glock had the run of the polymer-framed, striker-fired market with no contenders from HK for decades. (Although, notably, the polymer-framed, hammer-fired HK USP garnered the respect and admiration of many over that same time period.)