Created in 1982 via Gaston Glock, an imprecise Austrian curtain-rod producer, and quickly followed via the Austrian military, the Glock pistol, with its light-weight plastic body and large-capacity spring-action journal, arrived in the United States at a fortuitous time. legislation enforcement companies had concluded that their brokers and officials, armed with average six-round revolvers, have been getting "outgunned" by way of drug purchasers with semi-automatic pistols. They wanted a brand new gun.
When Karl Water, a firearm salesman established within the U.S. first observed a Glock in 1984, his response used to be, “Jeez, that’s ugly.” however the merits of the pistol quickly turned obvious. the normal semi-automatic Glock may fireplace as many as 17 bullets from its journal with out reloading (one outfitted with a longer thirty-three cartridge journal was once utilized in Tucson to shoot Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others). It was once outfitted with merely 36 components that have been interchangeable with these of alternative versions. you'll drop it underwater, toss it from a helicopter, or depart it out within the snow, and it will nonetheless fireplace. It was once trustworthy, actual, light-weight, and less expensive to provide than Smith and Wesson’s revolver. Made partly of hardened plastic, it was once even rumored (incorrectly) to be invisible to airport defense screening.
Filled with company intrigue, political maneuvering, Hollywood glitz, bloody shoot-outs—and an test on Gaston Glock’s existence via a former lieutenant—Glock is without delay the interior account of ways Glock the corporate went approximately advertising and marketing its pistol to police organisations and later the general public, in addition to a compelling chronicle of the evolution of gun tradition in America.
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