Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

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Broadway Books, Jan 15, 2013 - History - 300 pages

The Glock pistol is America's Gun. It has been rhapsodized by hip-hop artists and coveted by cops and crooks alike. Created in 1982 by Gaston Glock, the pistol 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. With its lightweight plastic frame and large-capacity spring-action magazine, the Glock was the gun of the future. 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.
Filled with corporate intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs--and an attempt on Gaston Glock's life by a former lieutenant--"Glock "is not only the inside account of how Glock the company went about marketing its pistol to police agencies and later the public, but also 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
SUPER GUN
51
CHAPTER 7
68
CHAPTER 8
84
CHAPTER 9
92
CHAPTER 10
106
CHAPTER 11
116
CHAPTER 16
194
CHAPTER 17
213
CHAPTER 18
223
CHAPTER 19
240
CHAPTER 5
282
CHAPTER 13
283
149
289
EPILOGUE
290

CHAPTER 12
130
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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