Glock: The Rise of America's Gun

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book—from a top-notch reporter—will enlighten you about both gun culture and business culture. It’s fascinating, even-handed, and packs considerable punch!”
—Bill McKibben, bestselling author of The End of Nature, Deep Economy, and The Age of Missing Information
 
“Glock is a riveting tale with masterful pacing and meticulous research. Paul Barrett knows his subject intimately, and it shows. . . . It’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in handguns or the firearm industry or even American pop culture.”
—Cameron Hopkins, editor in chief, Combat Tactics magazine; American Rifleman’s Industry Insider blog

“With his customary insight and crystal-clear style, Paul Barrett has told the story of how a simple toolmaker from Austria came to be the dominant force in the manufacture and sale of pistols in the United States. . . . Glock is not at all just for the gun enthusiast. This book is for anyone concerned about the level of gun violence in America, and that should be all of us.”
—Richard Aborn, president, Citizens Crime Commission of New York City; former president, Handgun Control, Inc.
 
“Glock is a great read. Very informative from both a technical and historical standpoint—warts and all.”
—Frank A. DiNuzzo, chief firearms instructor, New York State Police (ret.); chief instructor, Glock, Inc. (ret.)
 
“Paul Barrett’s Glock is a fascinating and bizarre tale of an entrepreneur, a weapon, and a nation’s love affair with guns.”
—Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer, The New Yorker; author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court
 
“Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Remington: These were the American firearms industry’s major players for 150 years. In the 1980s they were joined by a foreign upstart, Glock, which soon overtook them all. Paul M. Barrett ably investigates Glock’s seemingly inexorable rise to power, profit, and predominance in this riveting story of how a plastic Austrian pistol...transformed into America’s chosen gun.”
—Alexander Rose, author of American Rifle: A Biography
 
 “It’s a story that pulls back the curtain on a secretive company that was apparently willing to do whatever it took to be successful. And it’s a heckuva good read.”
—Jim Shepherd, The Outdoor Wire

 
"Barrett is right on target, delivering a well-oiled, fact-packed, and fast-paced history of the Glock."
—Publishers Weekly

“Offering huge discounts and shrewdly marketing to police from its facility in Smyrna, Ga., [Glock] employed Gold Club strippers and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to attract crowds, entertain clients and lend the pistol a sexy cachet that grew exponentially when it popped up all over TV and movies as the gun of choice for cops and killers alike. . . A colorful case study of the manufacturer who beat long-entrenched, legendary brands at their own game.”
—Kirkus 

“An informative, frequently surprising account of the evolution of America’s gun culture and the gun that helped define it.”
—Booklist

"How a pistol developed by an unknown engineer with little firearms experience became the dominant, if not iconic, law enforcement handgun in the United States." —The Washington Post

"Gun enthusiasts and gun detractors will almost surely read the saga of Glock, told expertly by journalist Paul M. Barrett, with divergent views...His authoritative voice permeates the nonfiction narrative. His own views about Glock and other weapons merchants are not easy to decipher, which is perhaps one of his book’s many strengths."
—Dallas Morning News

"An engaging history of the most famous handgun in contemporary America. Barrett..[has] impressive knowledge of criminal and weapons history in the United States, as well as of Glock's business practices."
—The New York Times Book Review

"It's rare for a nonfiction book to read like a thriller, but that's what happens with "Glock." The book covers an intriguing and important topic, and it does so with panache and accuracy. Anyone interested in guns or gun control should read it."
—The Washington Times

“With an almost breezy, extremely readable style journalist Paul Barrett has written the definitive biography of a gun that has become the standard for American firearms.”
—Florida Times Union

“Smart and engrossing.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“A compelling tale…a fascinating look at one man’s extraordinary success.”
Wall Street Journal

“The sometimes shocking details about Glock…moves the reader from one anecdote to the next. . . . certain to fascinate audiences regardless of their thoughts on the Second Amendment.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mark A. Keefe IV
The rise of the man and his gun, as ably reported by Barrett, is a story of innovation, manufacturing, marketing, money, lawsuits, power, influence, politics and a little sex. Barrett does an admirable job of describing the Glock's cultural and corporate ascendancy.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
At age 50, Gaston Glock was manufacturing knives and bayonets for the Austrian army in his garage, when in 1980 he learned the army wanted a replacement for its antiquated pistol. With an okay from the minister of defense, he took on the project: “That I knew nothing was my advantage.” After consulting with experts, he hired technicians and in 1982 launched his lightweight Glock 17, sometimes called the “plastic pistol” because of its polymer frame. American police officials wanted a new handgun, and civilians gravitate toward what the professionals carry, so Glock scored a bonanza. Die Hard 2 gave the Glock tremendous public exposure in 1990, and it was featured in films throughout that decade and embraced by hip-hop stars. U.S. gun makers, who had once scoffed at the Glock, now felt threatened. When Smith & Wesson copied the gun’s design, Glock sued. Taking aim with a full arsenal of such anecdotes, Barrett traces the events that made Gaston Glock a billionaire. Assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, Barrett (American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion) is right on target, delivering a well-oiled, fact-packed, and fast-paced history of the Glock, surveying its crafty marketing and its huge impact on the American gun industry. (Jan. 10)
Library Journal
Barrett (American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion) spent years immersing himself in handgun culture to discover how the Glock became 21st-century America's firearm of choice. Real factors (innovative design and manufacturing; brilliant marketing; the adoption of the Glock by U.S. law enforcement; glamorization by Hollywood and rapper culture; the "concealed carry" laws of the 1990s; and Glock's public spats with the National Rifle Association) intersected with myths (e.g., stories about the gun's Austrian inventor; rumors about terrorists sneaking plastic Glocks past airport security) to make the Glock the most popular U.S. handgun. By 1995, there were half a million Glocks in U.S. homes and police holsters. The gun continues to earn record profits for its manufacturer. Barrett tells the story of inventor Gaston Glock, who has become something of a "strange bird"; he became a billionaire despite many years of mismanagement at the company. VERDICT This book, which has received wide prepublication buzz in the gun press and Internet communities, is a balanced study, a must-read for anyone interested in guns, their role in American life, and how a product becomes an icon in the popular imagination.—Mark K. Jones, Mercantile Lib., Cincinnati, OH
Kirkus Reviews
A Bloomberg BusinessWeek editor takes expert aim at Glock--the man, the company, the handgun. Before it was "America's gun," it was Austria's, where outside Vienna Gaston Glock operated a garage metal shop. When the Austrian Army needed a new sidearm in the early 1980s, the unlikely Glock designed a revolutionary semi-automatic pistol, featuring a polymer-fashioned frame. Light, thin, easy to shoot and maintain, Glock 17 beat back media assaults against easily concealable "plastic pistols" and, instead, earned the attention of U.S. law-enforcement agencies looking for greater "stopping power" against increasingly better armed criminals. Offering huge discounts and shrewdly marketing to police from its facility in Smyrna, Ga., the company employed Gold Club strippers and Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders to attract crowds, entertain clients and lend the pistol a sexy cachet that grew exponentially when it popped up all over TV and movies as the gun of choice for cops and killers alike. Within the industry, Glock went its own way, quietly settling or aggressively defending lawsuits, alternately feuding or making nice with the federal and city governments and the powerful NRA. Having reported this story for years, Barrett (American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, 2006, etc.) well knows every aspect of the Glock phenomenon, the company's astonishing rise to market dominance and its seamy business practices--which have included money laundering, tax evasion and illegal campaign contributions. The author unmasks the in-house lawyers who embezzled and the financial advisor who siphoned funds and who clumsily attempted an assassination of the increasingly imperious founder, whose taste for mistresses and lavish entertainments only grew as Glock amassed billions. Gun enthusiasts surely will enjoy Barrett's account, but it also serves as a colorful case study of the manufacturer who beat long-entrenched, legendary brands at their own game. A solidly reported story of a modern-day Samuel Colt who transformed the handgun business.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307719959
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 156,838
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 7.82 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet 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.

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Chapter 1

Shootout in Miami

It was nine forty-­five a.m. on April 11, 1986, when Special Agents Benjamin Grogan and Gerald Dove spotted the two suspects driving a stolen black Chevrolet Monte Carlo on South Dixie Highway. The pair had been robbing banks and armored trucks in southern Dade County over the past four months. To catch them, Gordon McNeill, a supervisory special agent with the Miami field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had set up a rolling stakeout. “They had killed two people; another woman was missing,” McNeill said. “They had shot another guy four times. In my twenty-­one years with the agency, I never felt more sure that when we found these guys, they would go down hard.”

Moments later, other FBI units converged; soon, three unmarked sedans trailed the bank robbers. McNeill, closing from the opposite direction, spotted the black Monte Carlo at the head of the strange convoy. In the passenger seat, one suspect shoved a twenty-­round magazine into a Ruger Mini-­14 semiautomatic rifle. “Felony car stop!” McNeill shouted into his radio to the other units. “Let’s do it!”

FBI vehicles corralled the Monte Carlo, ramming the fugitive automobile and forcing it into a large driveway. The three remaining government sedans skidded into surrounding positions. Two more FBI cars arrived across the street. In all, eight agents faced the two suspects.

Suddenly, one of the fugitives started shooting. FBI men scrambled for cover and returned fire. The occupants of the Monte Carlo seemed to be hit in the fusillade, but the government rounds weren’t stopping them.

In the chaos, the federal agents struggled to reload their revolvers, jamming cartridges one after another into five-­ and six-­shot Smith & Wessons. Three of the FBI agents were members of a special-­tactics squad and carried fifteen-­round S&W pistols. But none of the handgun fire seemed to slow the criminals. The gunman with the Ruger Mini-­14 merely had to snap a new magazine into his rifle to have another twenty rounds instantly. One of his mags had forty rounds. His partner had a twelve-­gauge shotgun with extended eight-­round capacity. The bank robbers were armed for a small war.

Agent McNeill took a round in his right hand, shattering bone. Shredded flesh jammed the cylinder of his revolver, making it impossible to reload. He rose from a crouch to reach for a shotgun on the backseat of an FBI vehicle. As he did, a .223 rifle round pierced his neck. He fell, paralyzed. A fellow agent was severely wounded when he paused to reload his Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special. “Everybody went down fighting,” McNeill said. “We just ran into two kamikazes.”

As law enforcement officials would later discover, the bank robbers, Michael Platt and William Matix, were no ordinary thugs. They had met in the 1970s at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Matix served as a military policeman with the 101st Airborne. Platt received Special Forces training. Both were practiced marksmen. They operated a landscaping business and according to neighbors seemed like hardworking individuals. Neither one had a criminal record. But something had turned them into psychopaths.

Platt, demonstrating his deadly close-­combat skills, worked the shoulder-­fired Mini-­14 with precision. Based on the M14 military rifle, the Mini-­14 was popular with small-­game hunters, target shooters, and, ironically, the police. Platt took full advantage of the semiautomatic weapon’s large magazine and penetrating ammunition. Bobbing and weaving, he sneaked up on Grogan and Dove, the agents who had originally spotted the black Monte Carlo. “He’s coming behind you!” another agent screamed. But the warning came too late. Platt fatally shot Grogan in the torso and Dove in the head.

The firefight had been going on for four minutes when Agent Edmundo Mireles, badly wounded, staggered toward Platt and Matix, who had piled into a bullet-­ridden FBI Buick. A civilian witness described Mireles’s stiff-­legged gait as “stone walking.” Holding a Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum at arm’s length, he fired repeatedly at the two gunmen at point-­blank range, killing them both. It was the bloodiest day in FBI history.

All told, the combatants fired 140 rounds. In addition to the deaths of Platt and Matix, two FBI agents were killed, three were permanently crippled, and two others were injured. gun battle “looked like ok corral,” the Palm Beach Post declared the next morning, quoting a shaken witness. But the legendary gunfight in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, had lasted only thirty seconds and involved just thirty shots, leaving three dead—­one fewer than the modern-­day battle in Miami.

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Lieutenant John H. Rutherford, the firing-­range director with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, heard about the shootout later that day. “The bad guys,” he recalled, “were starting to carry high-­capacity weapons, unlike what they had carried in the past. . . . That was a scary, terrible thing to hear about,” he said. “If the FBI is outgunned, something is wrong.”

Scholars of law enforcement and small arms pored over the forensic records of the Miami Shootout, generating thousands of pages of reports. Police departments across the country held seminars on the gun battle. Gun magazines published dramatic reconstructions. NBC broadcast a made-­for-­TV movie called In the Line of Fire: The FBI Murders.

Later examination would reveal that, for all their bravery, the FBI agents prepared poorly for the violent encounter. At the time, though, and ever since, one idea about the significance of Miami eclipsed all others. The lawmen had been, in Lieutenant Rutherford’s word, “outgunned.” It was a perception widely shared by cops, politicians, and law-­abiding firearm owners: The criminals were better armed than the forces of order. Nationwide, crime rates were rising. Drug gangs ruled inner-­city neighborhoods. Guns had replaced knives in the hands of violent teenagers. The police, the FBI, and all who protected the peace were increasingly seen as being at a lethal disadvantage. The FBI helped shape this perception by emphasizing the seven revolvers its agents had used, deflecting attention from the three fifteen-­round pistols and two twelve-­gauge shotguns they also brought to the fight.

“Although the revolver served the FBI well for several decades, it became quite evident that major changes were critical to the well-­being of our agents and American citizens,” FBI Director William Sessions said in an agency bulletin after Miami. Revolvers held too little ammunition, and they were too difficult to reload in the heat of a gunfight. There were questions about their “stopping power”: In Miami, the FBI fired some seventy rounds, and Platt and Matix received a total of eighteen bullet wounds. Yet the killers stayed alive long enough to inflict a terrible toll.

In 1987, Jacksonville’s Lieutenant Rutherford received the formal assignment to recommend a new handgun to replace the Smith & Wesson revolvers that his department issued. His counterparts in hundreds of local, state, and federal police agencies were given similar missions. “My job,” Rutherford told me, “was to find a better gun.”

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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
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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    A Reporter's Journalistic View of Gun and GLOCK Culture in America

    Glock: The Rise of America's Gun is not the work of a Glock fanboy like many of these gun books are. It is the gun version of Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World. Of course it is an historically-accurate representation of the life and times of Gaston Glock and everything GLOCK, Inc., and its line of handguns.

    It is also a complete history of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, a history of gun-related politics and policies, and also a very accurate and sober portrayal of America's love for and of guns.

    In the same way you read Cod even though you're not into fish or fishing, you really should read Glock. If you're anti-gun, you'll learn both about the culture of firearms in America and how powerfull and intelligent -- savvy -- a force your enemy really is. If you're pro-gun, the Glock revolution will blow your mind, especially in contrast with how pathetically every gun manufacturer in the world performed against GLOCK, especially poor Smith & Wesson, a company that watched as GLOCK came in and single-handedly replaced every .38 Special revolver in every police station in America with not only a high-capacity, semi-automatic, magazine-fed pistol, but with a Glock 17.

    I can keep on going. Each story is more amazing than the next. The chutzpah of Gaston Glock is only bettered by the cajones of his right hand man during the early days in Atlanta, Mr. Karl Walter, a man who turned the conservative and serious world of arms sales and arms dealing in America into a discoteque, into a circus, into a strip club, into a world of Hollywood action flicks, rap music videos, and an army of Glock devotees that is only bettered by those mad men and women who are obsessed with their 1911.

    So, in an exemplary blogger outreach campaign, Mr, Barrett sent me a Galley copy to read. And I read it. I consumed it and was mesmerized. I was mesmerized by how much I didn't know about these United States, about gun legislation, about gun bans and bans on high-capacity magazines. I was flabbergasted by the loopholes in these bans that were so big you could taxi a 747 through them,

    I was not mesmerized by the typical fanboy depiction of their favorite gun and gun maker, I was mesmerized by a book writen by a in investigative journalist who dig into the GLOCK empire, and its ripple effects on not just Law Enforcement but popular culture, rap music, politics, television, and hundreds of movies.

    I really didn't know anything about the history of firearms in America or how they're sourced and have been banned; how they're imported -- or, rather, sourced and then assembled -- and how they're marketed and sold.

    And that's not even scratching the surface of all that is GLOCK, Inc, and its illustrious founder, Gaston Glock, an Austrian nerd who ended up developing, designing, and producing the most iconic pistol since the Colt 1911:

    If you liked Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World, Salt: A World History, The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World, or Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, you'll love Glock: The Rise of America's Gun by Paul M. Barrett.

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Eye opener

    Wow! As a 1911 owner and NRA Certified Instructor this is an eye opener to the GLOCK empire. This book tells you how the company got started, the marketing strategy, politics, and in-fighting at this world-wide gun maker.

    I still think the GLOCK is a very, very dangerous pistol to own.

    It is not something the renowned father of modern combat pistol shooting Colonel Jeff Cooper would endorse.

    Yes, it goes bang everytime. Buy there is no slide mounted safety. So maybe it will go bang in the wrong places, as history can tell. And it is the ideal "spray and pray" pistol. Marksmanship not necessary here.

    2 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

    The reviewer above who wrote the review "Eye Opener" h

    The reviewer above who wrote the review "Eye Opener" has no business handing firearms...Great book, and the FACT is that ANY firearm is only as safe as the operator...if you feel you need a "manual" mechanical safety, or it is inherently unsafe, then please don't handle firearms around other people. What is unfortunate is that as an NRA Certified Instructor, you are in a position to spread this garbage, incompetent fallacy to new shooters.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

    Gaston Glock was a rockstar?

    The glock is an asskicker!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    Easy Read, Entertaining, and Very Informative

    This was a great look at the history of the GLOCK and how it has become one of America's most popular firearm manufacturers. The book provides a lot of insight into firearm legislation over the years, and how certain requirements and laws are the way they are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Investigative journalist provides good, unbiased account

    I liked this book's account of GLOCK's the good, bad, and the ugly. I appreciated the author's objective comparison of GLOCK's reliability compared to similar products. Equally intriguing was the behind-the-scenes shady promotions that ranged from suggestive marketing to out & out fraud.

    All in all, my opinion of my GLOCK pistol on my hip as I type this is somewhat changed after reading: a reliable product whose reputation is tarnished by its manufacturer's unsavory business practices & founder' s greed. A great read that appears objective and well-researched.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

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    An excellent book

    Was an excellent read, which didn't last over a weekend. Very informative on the founder of GLOCK, writings that have been limited to a few articles in news magazines and the yearly column in the GLOCK autopistol magazine. How the handgun became such a great success in the US. As a GLOCK fan, was surprised with the strip club section, and the money spent at the Gold Club in Atlanta. An interesting read for anyone that enjoys the GLOCK empire. Really would like to see a biography of the founder to come out someday.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2012

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    Absorbing, Powerful and yet Frightening

    I didn't grow up with guns. However, the constant presence of them in the U.S. is hard to dismiss. Barrett writes exceptionally about the history of American gun makers and the unassuming entry of Gaston Glock-Austrian- into this market. How Glock was busy making curtain rods and was apparently at the right place at the right time when he designed the Glock 17 from nothing; the gun with the least amount of parts and made out of hardened plastic. We learn about all the players and discover Glock treats women as crudely as he treats Americans-even his own daughter. Glock has become the gun everyone wants; Hollywood, FBI, Police Departments, Oklahoma City Bomber Timothy McVeigh had one and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords owned the very same gun that injured her last year-a Glock. The dark side of this tale is that Glock, the company continues to have record profits and questionable accounting practices which shield millions of dollars away from taxes. But we knew it couldn't be a perfect Cinderella story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2014

    Eye opener guy is fucking retarded ok

    I read the book yea cool good book great gun i myself own 5glocks all standard issued glock10s and one 9mm barreta m9 as a marine Sgt 1st class i know my guns and i am also a sniper and love to see guns in action and my my wife is also a gun fanatic she has 1 9mm sig my 16 year old song ass a barreta m9

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    Great story, like 'The Social Network' ...

    ...but about Glock. Interesting and politically neutral.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    The author seems lost in the middle of this book. After the firs

    The author seems lost in the middle of this book. After the first fifty pages, the author skips between legal issues, Glock's personal struggles, Glock's relationship with the NRA, and executive turnover without any real cogency.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    xSGT.$HAWDOWx

    ME KNOW GOOD GUNS FROM RUSSIA TO THE UNITED STATES AND THE GLOCK IS A GOOD GO FOR CLOSE RANGE SHOOTING IN ALL BUILDINGS

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  • Posted January 29, 2013

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    Great

    Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    I love guns

    Glock are so cool oh & happy new years

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Owen

    The glock was originally created by the austrians. The glock was eventually americanized when it showed its capibility. So technically we took the glock under our wing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Great read whether you love guns or hate them

    This book transcends politics and business and tells the story of Gaston Glock: entrepreneur, rock star, and megalomaniac.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Interesting

    Interesting book.

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  • Posted March 4, 2012

    I'm Glocked!

    Never liked the look of them. Now that I know the history, I will be investing in one. Good reading.

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    Posted March 4, 2012

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    Posted February 11, 2012

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