Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

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Crown Publishers, 2012 - History - 291 pages
Based on fifteen years of research,Glockis the riveting story of the weapon that has become known as American’s gun.  Today the Glock pistol has been embraced by two-thirds of all U.S. police departments, glamorized in countless Hollywood movies, and featured as a ubiquitous presence on prime-time TV. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists, and coveted by cops and crooks alike. 
 
Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, an obscure Austrian curtain-rod manufacturer, and swiftly adopted by the Austrian army, the Glock pistol, with its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, arrived in America at a fortuitous time.  Law enforcement agencies had concluded that their agents and officers, armed with standard six-round revolvers, were getting "outgunned" by drug dealers with semi-automatic pistols. They needed a new gun.
 
When Karl Water, a firearm salesman based in the U.S. first saw a Glock in 1984, his reaction was, “Jeez, that’s ugly.” But the advantages of the pistol soon became apparent. The standard semi-automatic Glock could fire as many as 17 bullets from its magazine without reloading (one equipped with an extended thirty-three cartridge magazine was used in Tucson to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others). It was built with only 36 parts that were interchangeable with those of other models. You could drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or leave it out in the snow, and it would still fire. It was reliable, accurate, lightweight, and cheaper to produce than Smith and Wesson’s revolver. Made in part of hardened plastic, it was even rumored (incorrectly) to be invisible to airport security screening.
 
Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an attempt on Gaston Glock’s life by a former lieutenant—Glockis at once the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, as well as a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun culture in America.
 

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User Review  - rmagahiz - LibraryThing

A history of the upstart Austrian handgun manufacturer and the reputation it inspired, with scenes from the fight to regulate US handgun distribution. The most interesting parts for me were the pieces ... Read full review

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User Review  - branjohb - LibraryThing

This book is a good place to learn the history of GLOCK the company, its founder, and the people who made it the best semi-automatic handgun in the world. The book has very little intrigue, mystery ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER
1
CHAPTER 3
20
CHAPTER 5
33
SUPER GUN
51
CHAPTER 7
68
CHAPTER 8
84
CHAPTER 9
92
MASSACRE IN KILLEEN
106
CHAPTER 16
194
CHAPTER 17
213
CHAPTER 18
223
Acknowledgments
269
223
273
CHAPTER 12
277
CHAPTER 20
279
Index
281

LAWYERS GUNS AND MONEY
116
MY WAY
161
CHAPTER 15
181

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PAUL M. BARRETT is an assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. He is the author of American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion and The Good Black: A True Story of Race in America. Barrett lives and works in New York City. For more information, go to GlockTheBook.com.

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