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Based on fifteen years of research, Glock is 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—Glock is 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.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Contents 

CHAPTER 1

SHOOTOUT IN MIAMI

1

 

CHAPTER 2

“PISTOL OF THE FUTURE”

6

 

CHAPTER 3

“ONE UGLY AND ALL- BUSINESS- LOOKING PIECE OF

SELF- DEFENSE HARDWARE”

20

 

CHAPTER 4

“PLASTIC PERFECTION”

25

 

CHAPTER 5

“HIJACKER’S SPECIAL”

33

 

CHAPTER 6

“SUPER GUN”

51

 

CHAPTER 7

GOING HOLLYWOOD

68

 

CHAPTER 8

THE MARK OF CAIN

84

 

CHAPTER 9

“COPY THE MOTHERFUCKER”

92

 

CHAPTER 10

MASSACRE IN K ILLEEN

106

 

CHAPTER 11

LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY

116

 

CHAPTER 12

“KA- BOOM”

130

 

CHAPTER 13

POCKET ROCKETS

149

 

CHAPTER 14

“MY WAY”

161

 

CHAPTER 15

GLOCK CULTURE

181

 

CHAPTER 16

GLOCK GOES TO THE WHITE HOUSE

194

 

CHAPTER 17

AN ASSASSIN’S ATTACK

213

 

CHAPTER 18

“MONOPOLY MONEY”

223

 

CHAPTER 19

THE IMPACT OF THE AUSTRIAN PISTOL:

GOOD FOR AMERICA?

240

 

EPILOGUE

262

 

AFTERWORD

269

 

Acknowledgments

277

Selected Bibliography

279

Source Notes

281

Index

289

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307719959
Author:
Barrett, Paul M.
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.7 in 0.54 lb

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"Synopsis" by , 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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